Every morning I wake up and wonder how I got myself here, she said.
Where? I asked
Into this relationship, job, life, social circle…everything!!!
Why? What makes you think that?
I had always pictured my life to be rosy and happy. I wanted a strong family, a good job, stable income, children, nice in-laws, good looks for life, self-confidence…the whole nine yards.
And what do you have?
It feels like nothing.
But is it really nothing?
What do you mean?
Simple, do you really have nothing or are you so focused on what you do not have that you cannot see or understand what you do have?
What do I have?
That is for you to figure out and tell me.
When you discover what you have and recognise what a blessing it is, your view on life is transformed permanently. Sometimes the best thing that can happen for us is to shift our perspectives about our lives.
It is strangely easy to see all the difficult things we are going through and get stuck there never or rarely see the good that is all around us. I have found that in times when you lack something significant, your mind struggles to connect to the other realities around you. It is easy to turn to the wrong sources of support when you are lonely or the wrong business options or models when you are worn out. It is easy to wallow in sadness when you are lonely and never see the good around you.
What would it take to shift our attention?
As I have read through Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, I keep hearing Moses remind the children of Israel of what ‘The Lord, their God…’ said. Even though Moses was the one in the presence of God for a chunk of the time, he did not ascribe the word spoken to himself rather he knew that it was for the whole community. Yahweh wasn’t his personal God, He was the Almighty God who would be credited for leading the children of Israel out of the place of hardship into the promised lands.
The Israelites had to get to the place where they understood that:
God was for all of them: He was not the preserve of Moses and the high priests. He could be approached. He was trustworthy. He was interested in all of them equally. He did not have favourites rather He showed up more for those who sought Him more.
The miraculous did not overpower the personal: Just because God did big miracles in battle or when the ark was taken or when the priest carried, he was also interested in the personal acts. He saw Achan steal, heard the words of Dothan and his friends, heard the complaints of Miriam and Aaron and so on. When each one crossed the line, it didn’t matter that they were elected of God, they each had to bear the results of their actions.
We must always choose our path: when the Israelites chose not to go up the mountain with Moses, they chose a lower covenant expression. When Joshua chose to stay around Moses and sit at the door of the tent of meeting when he went in to meet God, he chose a deeper connection to and understanding of God and the possibilities there off.
The same applies to us today.
- God is AVAILABLE we just have to call him and he will answer.
- God is NEAR he never leaves us nor forsakes us no matter how hard it may look.
- God is FAITHFUL, he watches over his word to perform and guards the one he has called to walk a certain way.
- God is WISE and gives WISDOM to those who seek him in spirit and in truth and commit to walking with him.
- God is LOVE, love is defined by him, grown with him and expanded through him.
When all is said and done, even when life is easy, a little hard, crazy heavy or just flat…God is committed to his children. He neither sleeps nor slumbers or forgets us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? …Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom 8:35, 37-39