So what outcome do we line up with? I believe just like the firefighters have to blaze a ditch at times to keep the fire from hopefully moving into another area, we have to draw a boundary or two in our we lives. We have to chose our attitude toward today, be thankful for what we have and not complain about what we don’t. Enjoy what you have every day. Don’t put it away and never enjoy it. Remember, it can be gone very quickly and if we still have it, hold it lightly. We can’t take any of it with us. As I always say, drink from the good glasses. They do not give joy sitting in the cupboard.
Today as I finished my quiet time, I was reading in Lamentations and reading about their response to the consequences of their actions that they had chosen. It seemed a bit like a paraellel to some of the fires going on in the areas where I live and south of me. It made me think of what is important, and what is less important. I was so thankful too as I sat in my little corner of the world, and looking out my window to see God’s provision right in front of my eyes. How often do we take for granted all that we have, along with the surroundings we enjoy? I think it happens more often that not.
I have been thinking of how quickly our lives can change. From cohesive relationships to drama and pain. How we can take everything for granted until we don’t have it anymore. In some areas, we can find it really isn’t missed and those are good eliminations. That can even be freeing. But there are circumstances in our lives where it hits you and life changes quickly. It can be as we see in the news where families and communities have lost everything! That means all the memories and possessions are gone in just a short time. We can have broken relationships that are there one day and next day they are gone. It’s a hard life at times that we are called to live.
I have had some rough times recently, and I am having to make some rough choices in my thoughts and actions. It is hard. It is work. It is giving some things up. It is drawing a ditch in front of my life so I can tell the devil to take his messes elsewhere. Oh… he will try to jump the ditch…for sure. But I have the hose ready to spray my ditch with the power of the God’s Word. I can tell him JUST what God says about it. I go back to last the post where I talked about pray, pray and pray some more. That is where my focus has to be, and where my power to live each day comes from.
As I turn from my window, I can come away with a renewed thankfulness, and determination that I will make it through this also. God hasn’t left the situation or my life. So as I sat at the window this morning, I dug the figurative ditch. I will continue to stand with God right beside me holding the line!
Will you allow God to stand with you and hold the line with you in your life? He wants to, you know.
Until next time…