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.

Perspective

I have never had to cope with anything like the COVID-19 pandemic.

I have been working from home.

Attending church online.

Connecting with family via zoom and WhatsApp.

Walking primarily in my neighborhood for exercise.

Occasionally taking photos as I walked or in my backyard.

I have been doing all these things for about four weeks.

But it was not until a day this past week that the reality
that I did not know when my new normal would end
descended on me like a weighted blanket.

But heavier than the awareness was the question
that seemed to come from deep within,
“Will I be able to keep trusting God through it all?”

God in His mercy provided perspective.
He does not ask me to trust Him through it all
but to trust Him moment by moment,
and gives me the grace to do so.

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, “Perspective.”

Another

Four months. Has it really only been four months since we began the new year? Began it with hope and anticipation, and perhaps even gratitude that 2019 was behind us? Was it only four months ago that we began the new year with resolve that this year would not just be another year? That it would be different? That we would be different?

We seemed to have lived a lifetime in these four short months. A lifetime that has become characterized by uncertainty. Where loss has become the norm. Where it seems that we went to bed one night and hours later woke up in a different world. A world in which, as of today, 2.2 million people are known to be infected with the coronavirus. And over 150,000 have died.

Into the cycle of bad news after bad news, another story, another perspective needs to be injected. Christ is Risen. He sits at the right hand of the Sovereign God interceding for us. We are not alone. God has a good plan and will bring us through this.  

I am joining 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, “Another.” The statistics cited in the post are from the website marketwatch.com.

Patient

“I am standing in absolute stillness, silent before the one I love, waiting as long as it takes for him to rescue me. Only God is my Savior, and he will not fail me.” (Psalms 62:5, TPT).

With Your grace, Your enabling, Holy Father, I can be patient as I wait on You.

I can be patient as I wait because You are trustworthy.

I can be patient as I wait on You because You keep Your promises, honoring Your word above Your name.

I can be patient as I wait on You because Your timing is perfect.

I can be patient as I wait because in my waiting You are preparing me for what You have for me.

With you grace and Your enabling Holy Father, I can be patient as I wait on You.

I am joining (on Holy 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, “Patient.”

Now

What do you need now,
at the present time or moment?
To ground yourself or take flight?
You can do both:
ground yourself in God’s truth
and take flight in the midst of the storm
and turmoil through worship.

What do you need now,
at the present time or moment?
To hold on or be held?
You can experience both:
you can hold on to the promises of God
and know that He is holding you.

What do you need now,
at the present time or moment?
To submit or resist?
Begin with submission to God
and you will receive the grace you need
to resist the enemy of your soul,
and the weapons of anxiety and fear
with which you are being bombarded.

What do you need now,
at the present time or moment?
Perhaps it is hard to tell
but know that your Father knows what you need,
and if all you can do is whisper, “Jesus,”
or groan or weep,
know that your Father knows
and is with you now and always
and has promised to provide.

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, “Now.” Please take a few moments to read Matthew 6:7-13 (TPT) and be reminded this Holy Week that, because of the complete work of redemption, we are children of God. “Let us then come boldly to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us at the moment when we need it.” (Hebrews 14:16, NTE).