This God—His way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true;
He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.
Life is a roller-coaster. It has its ups and it has its down. It has moments of joy and moments of restless anticipation. And all through this one journey, you will be able to experience a plethora of emotions (some of which you didn’t know you could feel), learn and toughen up for a more challenging ride. Some stop this ride halfway, some tough it up and look it straight in the eye with a brave face. Each of us has our own way of looking at situations and reacting to it. Nobody comes with a manual.
Replacing things is easy. Avoiding certain experiences is simple. Recently, someone asked me if there is anything in my life that I would like to replace. I thought about it for some time and responded, “No”. Honestly, I would pick that response over and over and over again. Why? If through all the joys and sorrows, all the victories and failures, all the loved and the lost we can see perfection in our lives, how much more perfectly will God’s plan for us be. He’s the maker after all. So when things seldom make sense to you, lean back and relax. Let the Maker take charge. He knows perfection.
Lord, teach me your way and give me the grace to follow. When life gets hard, help me to fall back on you and acknowledge your strength as my own. Be my strength O Lord; be my shield. Help me live life through your perfection and live in the light of Your truth. Amen.
“You have made known to me the path of life,you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
In the bible we see the story of many people who were called by faith. Abraham had a call to ministry in his life, Lot had a “no-questions-to-be-asked” call of exit by blind faith, and the story goes on about others who have left their homes and loved ones on this blind faith.
Nowadays, we get to decide whether we want to answer the calls we get in life (phone calls to be precise), all thanks to smartphones. But sometimes I wish I knew what the other person was going to say so I could be prepared for the worst, ironically I do wish I had a blueprint of my life just to know at least whether I should carry winter or summer clothes along for the journey. Then again I wouldn’t actually be surprised by the immense joy I get when He puts into me through various situations. His beautifully intricate yet foolproof plans never cease to surprise me.
God paves our path through the people we meet, the places we very randomly visit, the days we wake up to thinking it’s just a normal day but end up witnessing the birth of a loved one, first job, anniversaries, losing a loved one… At times the smallest of small things touch our hearts and end up being significant milestones. Even a random ‘Hi’ might end up being a lifeline sent by God.
We do not know what today holds, we really have no clue of what tomorrow is going to surprise us with, but all we that we know is He knows us better than we know ourselves. He has paved a path for us even before we knew that we were meant to move by a dot on the map.
Lord, as I begin my day today help me to be a helping hand, a lifeline to the people you have sent to me, I submit them into your mighty hands, Lord help me to share the peace and love that you have given me. Amen.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.
– Psalm 37:5
I had a senior at the old place where I worked, who used to send us two or three full pages of requests that scared us. Initially when we saw his name in our mail box, we would think to ourselves that our day is fully set to understanding his request. Pretty soon we realized he was just beating around the bush and most of the time, all that he wanted us to do was as simple as putting a dot on a paper.
At times I have realized that we as humans and God’s children tend to complicate things as simple as drawing a straight line. All we need to ask for God to give us the grace to live each day. Committing our lives could be as simple as asking God to help us put the right spices while cooking or asking Him to accompany us on our visit to the supermarket to help us reduce our impulsive purchases. I always ask God to help me while booking tickets too. Sometimes it gets as simple as that.
One of my Sunday school teachers taught me this thing that I always kept telling myself –
Let Go and Let GOD.
Lord, help me to do what you want me to do. Amen.
Written by Jessmin Sara.