As I get older, I find myself having more questions but I also realize that these are questions that can’t be answered until I am face to face with my Maker. One of my cousins passed away two weeks ago. She had been suffering from cancer for some time. While I’ve only met her once, I am saddened. I can’t imagine the pain that her mother must be feeling.
Not even a week after her passing, I learned that one of my friends passed away. Nobody saw it coming. It got me wondering if God has some kind of checklist in heaven. Of course, we who are still alive in the world wouldn’t know our expiry date. Yes, we live to glorify God and to bring Him honor. However, that question remains. What is that one thing that I’m supposed to do in this life of mine that after having completed it, I would’ve done what I was born to do and can be called home.
How does He decide when to call His children home? Someday, I would ask Him when I am face to face with Him. Over the years, I realize that believing in God doesn’t mean that we don’t have questions. It’s ok to have questions, but choosing to believe that He is good and He has the best intentions for us without us knowing the reasons and plans is part of having faith in our good Heavenly Father.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
Last Monday, the Lord impressed upon my heart that I should fast (not from food) but from dramas. At first, I thought it was going to be so challenging after being hooked to various TV series (or some would call telenovelas). Back then, I didn’t know why He had led me to fasting from dramas but now I do. I found that the TV series had become a way of escapism from dramas in the real life. Sometimes it gives me the happily ever after that I desire. If you enjoy watching dramas, did you notice that it ends when the protagonist achieves his/her goals (whether it’s getting the revenge sought, getting married, seeing justice done)? Or in some series, the ending might not be what you desire but there is an end to it. It’s not a constant run in the rat race, or the race of life.
In my time away from dramas and drawing near to God by prayer and reading His Word, I was reminded that He is everywhere. Sometimes when work stresses me out, I can run to Him and hide because He knows me.
Can anyone hide from me in a secret place?
Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?”
says the Lord. -Jeremiah 23:24 (NLT)
Are you tired of constantly running? Perhaps you’re not in the rat race but someone else is, which indirectly causes additional pressure in your life? If so, remember to draw near to Jesus.
29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”