Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The Israelites were eager to get on with it and head into the Promised Land. Enough of these rambles in the desert! I, too, am often impatient to get on with the good and abundant life promised by Christ to his followers, and complain about the time I perceive it takes God to rest his hand over my life. But in reality it was the sins of the Israelites that kept them stumbling in the desert. Similarly, it is my own short comings and impatience that ultimately keep me waiting for God to ‘take up the cloud’ and lead me further along my life’s journey to the depths of his heart. The impatient Israelites were in no way ready to live in and care for the Promised Land of Israel until God had disciplined and guided them by his commandments. Like them, perhaps I too require God’s discipline and nurture to be ready to enter the next phase of my life. Am I ready to be still, to face God, and to wait for his guiding hand in my life? Holy Spirit of God, help me wait for your timing.
Happy are those whose strength is in you, they go from strength to strength. (Psalm 84: 5)
This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future that only he can see.
Corrie Ten Boom
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Soli ad gloriam Dei
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.