With most of the nation in the grip of a deep freeze it seems a good time to at least imagine our selves in a warm and sunny place – beachside with gentle waves lapping at our feet. The stress of our hectic lives melting away like icicles in June.
I don’t know about you but 2014 has been a rough start for me. Acclimating to a new and colder climate, adjusting to hearing loss and looking for work. All of which seem overwhelming at times. So much so that at times I just want to get in bed and pull the covers over my head hoping it will all go away! Have you ever felt like that? I’ll bet you have – so, you know what I am talking about.
What keeps me going is (of course) the Lord - and one of the great things he has given me has been the opportunity to share with you through this blog. For me it has been a tremendous blessing and one I enjoy very much – and, I thank all of you for what you contribute. Your comments (both negative and positive) encourage me and challenge me to a higher degree of excellence. And for that I am greatful.
I’ll admit to you something you already know – I am neither a great researcher nor a theologian. Just someone who loves to write in the hope that what I have to share (agreed with or not) will stir conversation, dialogue and thought. And, because Bible prophecy and current events are often the topic of this blog, I would like to say that in spite of what some may think – no one has a corner on prophetic understanding. Therefore, let us approach one another with kindness and understanding in expressing our various view points. And, I thank you, my readers, for most of you are champions in this area – your comments always gracious and encouraging – even in critique.
You know it really all comes down to this – what the apostle Paul has already expressed so succinctly :
“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2
And that is something I think we can all agree on – right?
As I was studying this week I came across these verses from Isaiah chapter 30. What I have termed spiritual R & R.
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15
These verses have come to mean a lot to me in the last few days. Verses which I believe will also be important for the coming year. For without a doubt this world is becoming (by the day) a more difficult place in which to live. The prospect of persecution for our faith (for most of us) greater than ever before. The challenges of living in a world fast becoming a moral and spiritual cesspool more than we could have ever imagined.
How important it is then that in the midst of the battle, we find a place of rest and peace in the Lord. For every great warrior (as we all know) needs some time for R & R. For me, these verses help me to focus on just that. When I begin to feel overwhelmed, I remind my self of two things – R & R (repentance and rest) and QT (quietness and trust). And, in these things, I believe, God will accomplish what he has already promised – to replenish, to renew and to refresh us in these last days.
So, kick back and take some time to enjoy the “son”. Make time for some spiritual R & R. The Lord is ready and willing to meet us there – bare feet and all – and, I guarantee you, you’ll be glad you did!
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6
Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy