Forward

“The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to move forward [toward the sea].” (Exodus 14:15, AMP).

Anytime, every time we move forward, we go into the unknown. No matter how much research we have done. No matter the level of expertise we possess. Any time, every time we move forward, we go into the unknown. It is so because human knowledge is incomplete, imperfect, fragmentary (1 Corinthians 13:9, AMP). As such even when what we are moving into is familiar, there will always be aspects that are unknown to us. There is, however, One who is omniscient – ELOHIM. Thankfully, He is with us and for us as we face what is unknown to us.

This truth brings me deep comfort as the world reels with the unknown that is the coronavirus. And I see a link between Proverbs 3:5 and the words of Corrie Ten Boom, “Never be afraid to trust your unknown future to a known God.” The link is this, wholehearted trust of God is tied to a deepening, intimate knowledge of Him.

“Those who know you, Lord, will trust you;  you do not abandon anyone who comes to you.” (Psalm 9:10, GNT).

I am joining (on a Saturday) the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Forward.” The Scripture verses at the beginning and the end of the post were added after the allotted 5 minutes had expired.

Refrain

Refrain, the noun, is a regularly recurring phrase or verse especially at the end of each stanza or a division of a poem or song.

I have been wondering,
if my life was a song,
and each season a stanza,
what would be my refrain?
What would be repeated
at the end of each stanza,
each season?
I thought of several things
but kept coming back to this,
“God is faithful.”

When the stanza was filled with sorrow,
God was faithful.
When the stanza was characterized
by uncertainty and confusion,
God was faithful.  
Whether the stanza was one of joy
and accomplishments
and the satisfaction of a job well done,
or marked with disappointment and failure,
God was faithful.

In every stanza written to date,
God has been faithful.
And for every stanza that will be written
in the future,
He will remain faithful.
If my life was a song,
and each season a stanza,
what would be my refrain?
“God is faithful.”

“Know that Yahweh your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commands.” (Deuteronomy 7:9, HCSB).

“Remember my affliction and my homelessness,
the wormwood and the poison.
I continually remember them
and have become depressed.
Yet I call this to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s faithful love
we do not perish,
for His mercies never end.
They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness!
(Lamentations 3:19-23, HCSB).

I am joining (on a Saturday) the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Refrain.” The Scripture verses were added after the allotted 5 minutes had expired. The definition of “Refrain” cited in the post is from merriam-webster.com.

Here

In an airport when trying to find a restaurant, or in a shopping mall while trying to locate a store, or on a walking trail when you are trying to determine where you are, finding a location map with an arrow or circle with the statement, “You are here,” can be a relief. But location is always in context. If I am standing to the left of something, there is always a right side. If I turn to the east, there is a north, south or west.

There are times, however, when we do not know where we are… in life that is. Perhaps, worse yet, we do not know how we got there. Thankfully, our God, Elohim, never loses track of us. He always knows exactly where we are, how we got there, and what it will take to get us back on track. In the midst of all the uncertainty, the unknown that characterizes our current global season, we can be sure of that fact. God knows exactly where we are so, like pilgrims before us, let us look to Him.

Psalm 121 (NKJV)
“God the Help of Those Who Seek Him”
A Song of Ascents.

1I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?

2My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

3He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.

4Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.

6The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

7The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.

8The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

Adjust

Sometimes You ask me to adjust my grip,
hold things more loosely
as a reminder that everything I can touch
is temporary.
And I do,
failing more times than I succeed
with immediate obedience. 

At other times,
You have to peel my fingers away,
loosen my white knuckled grip
on what I believe will keep me safe on shore
and away from those deep waters
to which You are beckoning me.

Yet other times,
You make it clear that
You are not asking me to adjust
but to be completely transformed.
Then what is required is death,
like that of a seed
which once planted dies
but in its dying,
brings forth a harvest that is life giving.

“I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone [just one grain, never more]. But if it dies, it produces much grain and yields a harvest. The one who loves his life [eventually] loses it [through death], but the one who hates his life in this world [and is concerned with pleasing God] will keep it for life eternal.” (John 12:24-25, AMP)

I am joining (on a Sunday) the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Adjust.”

Tomorrow


Tomorrows have names:
Mondays.
Tuesdays.
Wednesdays.
Thursdays.
Fridays
Saturdays.
Sundays.
Next week.
Next month.
Next Year.
The first day of a new term.
The morning after a wedding.
The first post-divorce day.
The day after a layoff.
The day when the someone in the state or city where you live,
or someone in a place where you work
is diagnosed with an illness of some kind.
The first day of a new normal.

Tomorrows have names
and so do the events they contain.
But the One who holds all our tomorrows,
has the Name that is higher than all names,
and gives us the only reason
we need to face our tomorrows –
He is with us, always.

I am joining (on a Sunday) the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Tomorrow.”

less

The recognition that Jesus was baptizing people and everyone was going to Him, was upsetting to John’s disciples. They brought the news to John and he responded with joy. He reiterated to them that he was not the Messiah; Jesus is. Using the metaphor of a wedding, he identified himself as the best man and Jesus as the groom, and spoke these words, “Jesus must become more important, while I become less important. (John 3:26-27, CEV).

 Jesus must become more important, while I become less important. I am not the forerunner for Jesus as John the Baptist was. I am not His forerunner but for me to fulfill the purpose for which God created me, I must have the same mindset as John the Baptist – Jesus must become more important, while I become less important. I exist for His glory. It is not about me. It is about Him. It is all about Him. As I go about my daily, ordinary living, it must all be about Him and for Him. This requires a daily, often moment by moment dying to self. For, “ Jesus must become more important, while I become less important.

I am joining (on a Saturday) the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Less.”

Direction

When being given directions, “North,” “South,” “East,” or “West,” are just words to me. “Take a right, or a left,” on the other hand, set me on the right path. So do the names of streets and the number of lights before my destination. A landmark or two also are a great help.

We all need direction and I find comfort in God’s promises found in Scripture. Here are some of my favorites: 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.”
(Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV).

“The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”
(Isaiah 58:11, NKJV).

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.”
(Psalm 32:8, NKJV).

“For this is God,
Our God forever and ever;
He will be our guide
Even to death.”
(Psalm 48:14, NKJV).

What are some of your favorite verses of God’s promises to both direct us and be our Guide always?

I am joining (on a Sunday) the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Direction.” Scripture references were added after the allotted 5 minutes had expired.