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We Are God’s Awesome Delight

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“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)

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What a beautiful verse! And I admit I strongly feel the need to really hold on to God’s promises – like in a vice grip of sorts, if only to keep me from tumbling over the cliff of life and into a deep valley of overwhelming despair which means it’s comforting to know that God is indeed living right here among us.

For example, I once travelled to the Dominican Republic to attend a quarterly management meeting with an awesome team of ‘movers and shakers’. As we got started I felt it was truly great to have an infinite supply of ideas, yet my enthusiasm was tempered by this little fact: execution can more often than not become a challenge when resources are finite rather than infinite. We shared our various views around the table and I took as many notes as possible but gradually, I felt as though my poor heart was going to explode out of my chest (quietly however, so as not to disturb the meeting but explode none the less). How would the items on our extra-long To Do List ever be completed within the stipulated deadlines? Continue reading


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When did we see you Lord???

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Just as God looks after the little children so will He look after us 🙂

Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.
Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”
Matthew 15:29-32 (NIV)

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At times it is obvious that we live in a society of very inconsiderate people.  There are neighbours who blast their music loudly from their stereo on Sunday afternoons while you are trying to rest, or totally block your gate with their car yet have an attitude when asked to move.  Or what about the people who go to parties and park all along the sidewalk, leaving pedestrians to fend for their lives by having to walk in the road?  I am sure you have never seen able-bodied shoppers park in spaces allocated for the disabled or elderly, and it may only be some of us who are affected by co-workers who meet their personal deadline on a team project but somehow forget to leave you with enough time to meet your own.  We hold our heads as executives go off and make decisions regarding our jobs without consulting us and think nothing of it when we have to work overtime to complete an assignment.  We fume quietly as minibus drivers hold up traffic to have long chit chats or stop their vehicles in the middle of the road to pick up or drop off passengers.  And let’s not forget the pedestrians who appear to literally jump out on to zebra crossings without allowing you enough time to apply your brakes. 

Then there are the little things: someone takes the last ice cube from the freezer and ‘forgets’ to refill the ice tray with water, or they replace the iced water container in the refrigerator with exactly one centimeter of water covering the bottom, or better yet leave two little peeny weeny kernels of corn in the salad dish to avoid washing up … sigh.  I have struggled with much of the above during my lifetime and admit that sometimes I grow really tired of thinking of others when it is so much easier to just not bother.

God reminds us however to go over to the book of Matthew where we can take a closer look at His son’s life.  There we see that Jesus always made the time to be considerate of others.  Even when He was tired or didn’t feel like it, He healed the sick or comforted the poor or simply let someone touch His robe so they could be healed.  He never fussed, never fretted, never even considered using some bad words on the disciples when they didn’t see how 4000 or 5000 people could be fed (or should be fed).  Did Jesus wait until He got to know these people personally before reaching out to them? Did He wait until He felt like helping before bothering to do so?  No!  He is always thinking about us and what He can do for us!  Hallelujah! 

So what is our plan?  Should we continue to think of others in the midst of our topsy-turvy lives where so many others are self-centred and blatantly so?  I can only speak for Gale but let’s see how much we can do for someone else this week … if only just because.

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
‘Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 25:34-40 (NIV)

Do you find it hard to be supportive, especially when someone is being totally unsupportive? Is it easy for you to acknowledge the homeless or those down on their luck? Can you reach out and touch someone deemed by society as untouchable? Thanks for visiting and don’t forget to share your thoughts!

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How secure are you?

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“LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance”
Ps 16:5-6 (NIV)

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Many of us have started out the year with a heavy burden which weighs great upon our bodies. It could be the loss of a job, loss of a loved one, a ‘wayward stubborn’ child, a terminal illness diagnosis, a divorce. Then there’s the back-stabbing which can happen whether we are at home, at work or even at church. On top of all that’s going on in our lives there can also be the struggle to make ends meet, to find time for ourselves, to donate our time and energy towards positively making someone else’s life meaningful.  The stress of daily living can be overwhelming, and as I maintain: the struggle is real.

However, God knows the path better than we do. He can see way up ahead whereas we only see the part where we are stuck in the rut. Our Father is aware of the downsizing, laying off, divorce, death, illness – it doesn’t matter; He is totally aware of our portion and our cup but yet, He has made our lot secure.  Furthermore, we are told in Deuteronomy:

“You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. “
Deuteronomy 28:6-8 (NIV)

Is that a promise or is that a promise? I say it’s an amazing awesome promise i.e. let all the people say amen! So what’s the word for this week? It’s SECURE. Can we be secure in the knowledge that God loves us right where we are just as we are? Can we be secure in the fact that come what may, He will always be with us? Yes.We.Can.

Just a little something to reflect on as we move out into the year ahead aka Happy Happy Monday.

 

I love Mondays