I started typing this post at 4:00 AM in the morning. I’ve been asking God for His specific direction and guidance as of late and this post is the result of that request that I made to God.
It’s not that my wife and I have been going through any real, back to the wall difficulties, but my wife suffers from degenerating disks in her back that were injured many years ago and advancing age isn’t making movement for her any easier. It’s troubling to see that happening to her. And then I’ve personally been going through a few days of troubling thoughts with less than satisfactory results as of late. Nothing totally off the wall either but concerning nevertheless. A setback of sorts with a couple of fellow Christians who I had previously conversed with on the Internet for a while, a sadness with regard to some that I really love getting side tracked with secondary issues, plus another necessary distancing, from a close family member and her young child, where there is a long history of mental and verbal abuse towards my wife and myself, doesn’t help either. And of course, the ongoing repercussions of the corona virus on a couple of older folks like my wife and myself. Being isolated from those that you really love and care for isn’t easy and having to deal with advancing age limitations and coming face to face with our own continuing humanistic deficiencies, definitely doesn’t make the passing of this precious limited time that we do have left, seem like we’re making any great strides.
I’ve mentioned before how I sometimes use this blog to keep myself on track with regard to walking with Jesus and staying in His Word. And I do realise that the course that I plot for myself, with I trust, the guidance and concurrence of God’s Holy Spirit, is not necessarily for anyone else but me. We’re all different, each of us with our own set of circumstances and God deals with all of us in His own unique individual way. It may not sound like it at times but I do truly get that.
It’s not that God is distant, He isn’t. And it’s not that He hasn’t continued to meet our immediate physical and spiritual needs, He does. And it isn’t because we haven’t been blessed so many times over in our marriage, in spite of our own individual and collective shortfalls, because we have and we continue to be blessed. God is good and we are so very grateful for His patience and continuing grace.
But time is short and there are so many loose ends without answers, answers that satisfy the cries and concerns of our hearts for others, and yet we know, like so many others of you who look to Jesus, that our trust is in Him.
Nothing else even remotely keeps me on track, like staying close to Jesus, especially when I falter, especially when the unknowns remain unknown. So I asked God to give me that which would keep me close to Him and He gave me an outline to work on. Maybe some of you will be interested in following it along. I got up at 3:30 AM and started to put down the thoughts that He had given me while I laid in bed.
The concept is simplistic yet timeless and I’m sure many have done it before but it’s a reminder for me, about going back to square one with God and seeing how Israel is the picture of our walk with Him, covering the basics, connecting the dots. I have five paragraphs now in point form and there may be more.
I don’t know about you but I need to be reminded of what God has done in the past and what He does today. His guidance doesn’t change. His path is always the same. God doesn’t change. This is God’s answer to my prayer. Maybe it will be helpful to you too.
Keeping it simple. Focusing on Jesus. Trusting in our glorious Saviour.
More to follow.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!