Happy new year !!! I have not written in a loooooooong time (shy even catches me thinking of why I have not)….but i am glad to be back. So…….. January is OVER ! Finally the fuss over the month, the meme’s , the wallowing in self-pity, the complaining, the randomness is over, or is it?
You see i have witnessed adults and children, men and women,believers (in Christ) and non believers go on and on about January and how hard things are, how broke everyone is , how the month is not ending , how there is no rain , how…… how……… how………eish!! what is it you have been ranting about this past month?
January, i have come to realize is just the same as every other month.Our reactions to the situations we face each month not only shape how we overcome these situations, they also draw people away or towards us. sometimes we have to take a stand simply because it is the right thing to do. To take a stand to speak life when systems and people are failing, to speak peace, to speak love, to declare fruitfulness even when we see “no sign of rain ” because HE is our shepherd and we shall not want! Not because it feels right, or because everybody else is doing it, but because regardless what everyone around us is saying and doing, if what is being said or done is not honoring God, we refuse to participate!
How is it that we are able to trust and believe a mortal who says “i will come through for you” and we fail to trust God who exalts His word above His Name? Has He promised and not Fulfilled? How do we reconcile all the things we say that connote He is unable to deliver with the undying love we profess? Sometimes i get the feeling that i read the bible at the face of it and never quite take time to understand what every word literally means and i guess am not alone. Simply going through the motions and flipping pages; for if i really did pay attention and believed every word that proceeds from God’s mouth, January or any situation for that matter would never be a problem at all, you know ,,, i would not lack any good thing!
Therefore, I have been reminded of this powerful truth this last month;
THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD ; I SHALL NOT WANT.
HE MAKES ME TO LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES: HE LEADETH ME BESIDES THE STILL WATERS .HE RESTORES MY SOUL: HE LEADETH ME IN THE PATHS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR HIS NAME’S SAKE.
YEA, THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH, I WILL FEAR NO EVIL:FOR THOU ART WITH ME ; THY ROD AND THY STAFF THEY COMFORT ME.
THOU PREPAREST A TABLE BEFORE ME IN THE PRESENCE OF MINE ENEMIES: THOU ANNOINTEST MY HEAD WITH OIL; MY CUP RUNNETH OVER .
SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY SHALL FOLLOW ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE: AND I WILL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOR EVER.
Tell me, do these words mean anything at all to your being? do they stir anything in your being, to be better, to live different? Some of us have read this psalm over and over before, some of us have even memorized it, we can recite it off head, some of us are meeting it for the first time, it does not matter; What is God is saying to you right now, and what are you going to do about it?
I urge you therefore my dear friends, hold onto what is good, even if it is a handful of earth, hold onto what you believe, even if it be a tree that stands by itself. Hold onto what you must do even if it be a long way from here, Hold onto God even when the easier option is to let Go.
You , shall not want!