“Whatever has happened before will happen again. What ever has been done before will be done again. There is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9
Have you ever noticed how cyclical your life is? I sure have.
As unpredictable as life can be, it’s cyclical nature is just as predictable.
For everything that dies, something else is born.
For everything that ends, something else begins.
For every door that closes, another one opens.
After every high, comes a low.
After every storm, comes the sun.
After every loss, comes a gain.
In fact, the cycles are so predictable, it’s a wonder that we worry or doubt at all. Perhaps this is why we’re told to give thanks in ALL things, because another change is always just around the corner.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
This crime was different.
It’s woken us up.
An entire nation has risen
to say enough is enough.
Hate crime or not,
we may never know
but it’s brought an issue to light
that we can’t afford to let go.
This tragedy touched many
It could’ve been me, you, or him.
The guy in line behind us
or the girl at the gym.
When we focus on differences
all of us lose.
Black, white, or grey
We all could improve.
We ought to be stopping
those who perpetuate hate.
The issue only gets more urgent
until it is too late.
We must stop the media
who pits us against them
and the psychotic extremists
who really just need a friend.
See, not one of us knows for certain.
All we have is our beliefs
and they’re as precious as jewels,
even to faithless thieves…
Who try to steal our homes,
our loved ones, and our rights.
Peace or domination,
both are worth the fight.
But when you strip away religion
all that’s left is the Truth.
Our God is your God
and Love is our proof.
It is written, “But you remain the same and your years will never end.” (Psalm 102:27) Precious one, I am. I am the same yesterday and today. I am always available to you. Always within reach. I am always loving you, protecting you, and working for good on your behalf. I am.
I am always watching you, observing you, smiling on you. I am never changing. I am fixed.
While your entire world and life on Earth is characterized by uncertainty, remember that I am. Your Rock, your Cornerstone, your Solid Ground. Meditate on this.
People come in and out of your life, your closest family and friends change their minds and go back on their word, your circumstances are continually in flux, but I am.
Depend on me. Commune with me. Rely on me. Rest in me. Decide with me. Talk it through with me. Give it to me.
You are like the juggler who has more balls than she can handle. Even one ball is too many. Toss them to me, for I am still.
Stay in me. Abide.
The way to progress in the Christian Life is to begin again. -Martin Luther
Last night God asked me, “Why do you behave as though time is your master and you its slave? Worrying about when you will do this or finish that. Did I not create the sun to rise and the night to fall?
Indeed, I created time for you. Not the other way around. Time is precious if you use it wisely, but worthless if you let it use you. To know your days are numbered is wise, but to idolize your time is foolish.
So I ask of you, Child, as you go about your daily duties, will you remember me? Will you seek solace in my presence which transcends time? Better still, will you place your time in My Hands, so that My Good and Perfect Will may be done?”
If you’re going to convince me that a printing press explodes and creates Shakespeare…
You need to at least be able to tell me how it exploded.
If God were small enough to be understood, He would not be big enough to be worshipped.
I am always amazed at how readily God speaks. As soon as the thought crosses my mind, “Hm. I haven’t heard from God in a while…” within minutes, (if I can quiet myself), I hear from Him.
It occurs to me then, that it is not so much that I go through life waiting to hear from God, as it is that I go through life while God’s waiting for me to listen.
Don’t waste your white space. Just because you don’t think anything is going on in your life, doesn’t mean God’s not at work. He uses white space, the down time of our lives, to prepare us. It is standard practice in His method of preparation. Look at any of His chosen ones. Paul was chosen yet God took nearly two decades to prepare him.
YOU, TOO, ARE HIS CHOSEN ONE! So don’t underestimate the times in your life when it seems like you’re not moving forward. “The White Space” is God’s garden in His preparation for your blossoming. It is where He does His best work in preparing you for His calling on your life.
Remember, God calls you first to Himself and then only secondarily to a task. That means, that what God is doing IN you is just as important, if not more important, than what He is doing THROUGH you. So if He is taking longer than you expected to fulfill what He promised in your life, respond with faith. He always keeps His promises. And definitely, definitely, don’t waste your white space.
Most of us agree: we’re blessed. Our lives are full of good things like family, friendship, love, career, success, money, food, music, nature and on and on. But let us remember these good things for what they are: gifts. Rather than clinging to or obsessing over any of these gifts, may we instead cling to and become obsessed with the Giver of all good gifts.