Hard to believe but I’m almost half a century old. Indeed God has been very good to me. As I celebrate my 49th, I recall the moment I embraced the Christian faith. The walk so far has not always been full of sunshine but there’s always been rainbow after the rain.
I’m curious and excited about what lies ahead. Obviously, it won’t always be smooth sailing but I know He is with me all the way.
5 Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. 6 The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance!
7 I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. 8 I know the Lord is always with me.
In a world that’s always in a rush, I try to slow myself down. From some messages shared by various pastors, this year is the year of acceleration. How true. My working days seem to speed everything up. Sometimes I ask myself what is all this for? Then I remind myself I have a mortgage to pay. It never stops me from wondering what are they rushing for? Yes, there’s global shortages for some materials and searching for parts is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Yes, I get it; the drive for higher revenue year after year. Are people in a rush to get electric cars, electronic gadgets, or..? What exactly is driving all the demand? I admit I don’t understand. I will understand, if there’s the constant strive to improve one’s wellbeing, the search for treatment for dementia, cancer, etc… Sometimes when things become rather crazy and hectic, I ask the Lord to give me more time or slow me down. Everyone has 24 hours a day but how we use those hours tells a different story.
Everything has a process to it and sometimes, we can’t just rush it. We can sow different seeds but we can’t harvest all at the same time. I have amaranth, basil, chili, and a few other vegetables in my garden but when I harvest my amaranth, my beet is still growing and my broccoli hasn’t even showed its head. So, if you’re upset because you see other colleagues get a promotion, or you see your friends getting something that you want, remind yourself that God always has what is best for you in His mind.
Learn to breathe deeply, rest and smell the roses.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.