So we are halfway through the year…….Already ?!!…. I can hardly believe it. Time for me to review all the plans and goals that where set for 2016. I have achieved some ……yet others find me terribly off track. Not to mention all the unforseen roadblocks, despair, tears, sweat, doubt, and restless nights thrown in the mix. Did i mention that new career I am working at that’s not quite working with my timeline?, hmmm….don’t ask……..sounds like high drama right?
I have discovered much to my dismay that I am not a patient person, and that much like the children of Israel on their way from Egypt ,….how quickly I too forget Gods goodness and blessings when I feel things are going wrong for too long. Yes, I have those days when I think he is my genie and i should get my wishes (prayers) answered straight away. I am learning though to be thankful for my small miracles, and to keep faithful and not lose my joy….yup lots of learning going on around here, slowly but surely.
I am making a conscious decision to get up and go, stay the course and not be afraid to maybe make some minor adjustments along the way.
So how is your year going so far ? I hope great, if not and its sort of like mine, don’t worry better days are ahead, in the meantime enjoy the journey !.
Yesterday,my friend buried her husband of 35 years. She laid to rest her friend, confidante, lover and the father to her children…40 years of having him by her side but now she must carry on without him. How ?
I watched helplessly with tears flowing down my cheeks as my friend who always exudes grace and elegance could not contain her emotions or find the strenght to stand as his casket was lowered in the grave.
I have no soothing words to say, nothing came to mind that could bring comfort. My heart broke because hers was broken.
I thought about how our heavenly father heart must also break for us when we too suffer because of sin. Still it also reminds that a day will come when death will no longer steal our loved ones and gladness shall forever be in our hearts. What a day that will be, O what a day that will be.
No man is an island and no man stands alone. One thing is for sure, to get to the top you are going to need support.
In almost every success story that I have ever read they always, always had someone who opened a door, provided financial support or as Miss Oprah says somebody to show them the way.
When Josephs brother sold him into slavery he must have felt devastated, confused and frightened. Just imagine being betrayed by those closest to you, being torn from family and what is familiar and taken to a strange new land. However, even under circumstances such as this we are never truly alone. Joseph experienced many ups and downs in Egypt from being in charge of Potiphar’s affairs, being thrown in prison before being brought to Pharaohs attention and eventually being second in command over all of Egypt. This story has many points but the one I am looking at today is that even in this strange new land Joseph the Lord provided supporters in the form of Potiphar, the prison warden and Pharaoh.
Its amazing how sometimes you come in contact with individuals who appear to be selfish with their support or maybe they reserve their support for certain categories of persons.We all can provide support to someone on their journey to the top, you never know what your role will be or at what stage of their journey you will impact someone. For each of us the journey is different but regardless of how you start out success can be yours.
I leave you with this African proverb: If you want to go fast go, go alone. If you want to go far, go together…
Until next time walk good.
“These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient !. They will not be overdue a single day”. Habakkuk 2:3
Oh I can not count how many times I have been anxious and worried when a deadline approaches or something that is really important to me seems to loom out of my control and I rack my brain for a solution, trying to fix things on my own.
The bible tells us not to worry because Gods plan for us will unfold in just the right time and in the right way, he is after all an on time God. Our all knowing all seeing savior that desires all that is good for his wayward children. I love this message because it reminds me that that my God has a plan for me and it WILL unfold in his time. It reminds me not to bury myself in worry even when things/life seems to be going awry. It reminds me to have FAITH because God is in control.
There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever. …Mahatma Gandhi
It was on of those days,…..actually it was the whole week where it seemed I could do nothing right at the office and everything that could go wrong did !. Even the weather seemed to be against me, it got all overcast but no rain fell so you were left with just the grey and dreariness. Then just like the girl I am i got all emotional; and was awash with all those feelings of being not good enough, I felt like a failure and an idiot. Why is this happening now ?, how did i not see this coming ? what should/could i have done differently ?, questions floated around in my head but I had no answers. I had worked so hard for so long, but I was being overlooked, it seemed my work was not recognised (well the mistakes were noted of course), and I had no-one on my side. I vented to my girlfriend but I still felt miserable……..my burden was heavy, I felt like Shrek.
A few weeks before I had read of a Sheep called Shrek, who had wandered away from his master got lost and was holed up in a cave for months before he was found. When his owner found him his fleece was hugely overgrown. When a professional Shearer had sheared him the fleece weighed 60lbs. As i understand it the average weight of fleece when Sheep are sheared regularly is somewhere around lbs. So poor Shrek was carrying around more weight than he needed to because he was away from his owner.
The thought occurred to me then that during the hosting of my own pity party I had wondered away from my owner/father and was carrying unnecessary burden. I prayed; I was still angry & perplexed at first but I persisted in prayer. I prayed for God to show me what I should do differently and prayed that I would not become resentful.
It’s a new week time for a fresh start of course all my challenges of the previous week have not yet been solved but my heart is light because I know that God sees me and he knows my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble…..