Each week seems to go faster and faster. But, in reality it doesn’t. Each week holds the same amount of time, and days. This week I found the difference lay in our verse.
“Yahweh your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will bring your quietness with His love. He will delight in you with shouts of joy.” Zeph. 3:17
I found myself back in a familiar land. A land where uncertainties lay. A land where discernment is more crucial than ever, and a land that propels me to cling tighter to God. A land where the horizon appears to be far in the distance.
Six months ago I thought I had left this land behind me. In fact, some of the supplies that I carried with me, as I journeyed through it, I had given away.
Last week as my thoughts turned to our verse at hand, I was taken back in time to reflect over the last six months. God had provided an opportunity, and although it was named “seasonal” I held out hope it would become “regular.” It did not.
In that seasonal time, there was a lot of anxiety and pressure. Long hours that forced me to leave behind certain hobbies. The flat land I had left put me on an uphill climb, at a 60-degree angle! Have you ever found yourself on a journey that seemed strenuous? Perhaps a life event that you thought would bring great joy, introduced stress and turmoil. I felt alone, but I was not. Do you feel alone on your journey? You’re not.
“For the LORD is watching over your journey.” Jdgs.18:6b NLT
In all the struggle of the climb there was a bright side. I meet some wonderful people that otherwise I would have not meet. Today I have the blessing of calling them “friend,” and wouldn’t trade it.
That journey ended. The climb up then shifted to coming back down. On the way back down, the air was more breathable, and the trails not so steep. Little did I know it would bring me back to the land of familiar.
This week as I find myself back in the land that was, God showed me He was my mighty warrior. In the land of “seasonal” He was among me. With each step up, each scrape, and cut He was:
“in the midst of thee” Zeph. 3:17a KJV
Where does life have you? Are you on a climb uphill, or do you feel like you are descending on a zip line? In either case, He is there. When life is tough, and wrapped up as one challenge after another the days, weeks, and months, seem to go by so slow. I often find myself saying “when will this end?” Do you? Or the famous saying of “is it over yet?” Oh yea, we’ve all either heard, or said that. I see you shaking your head.
But, as I face forward to the land of uncertainties again, things are different. Time seems to go a bit faster. Why? Friends, it’s in the verse.
“He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will bring you quietness with His love.” Zeph. 3:17 HCSB
When we focus on God, not on the land in-front of us, we recognize His gladness. His presence.
“Then I will rejoice in the LORD. I will be glad because he rescues me.” Ps. 35:9 NLT
Oh we may be back in an unfamiliar land with uncertainties as to what lies ahead for us, but the one thing that is guaranteed, that does not change. No matter what land we find ourselves in, this is certain:
“For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” Ps. 100:5 NLT
What land do you find yourself in? The land of:
Whatever land you are facing we can carry our verse for this week with us, and as you walk with one foot in front of the other remember:
“We must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.” Gal. 6:9 HCSB
As much as I want to run the other way, bypass this land I again face, I cannot. There is only one way to the other side and – its straight through. Girlfriend, guy friend, the same may be true for you also. God has you facing a familiar land again, one you thought you left behind, or perhaps a new land that brings a whole new experience. Whichever yours is pack your supplies, embed His word in your hearts and mind, as you put one foot in-front of the other remember the words of Christ Jesus:
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” Jn. 15:5 NLT
As I close I can hear the birds singing in perfect unison outside, and can only imagine that they too know:
“He will delight in you with shouts of joy! Zeph. 3:17b HCSB
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2016
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