It’s one of those days. The day I’ve been waiting for since I got back to Melbourne. The sky is covered with a blanket of grey and white clouds and on the horizon is a wet blue strip of sky that lets the light of the sun gently stream across the bottom of the clouds. The breeze is a little strong and the air, not too cold. The atmosphere is peaceful and still and it feels as though time isn’t even a suggestion anymore. The aromas are of the sweet earth from the rain last night. The grass is greener and the colours of the wintery trees, boldly proclaim their glory to the streets. It’s one of those days where you feel present, and the day gives you permission to not worry about tomorrow or yesterday.
“Then he said to them all, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” – Luke 9:23
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:33-34.
It’s been a tough week for me, well two weeks actually since coming back to Melbourne from home but I am thankful for today, the day I’ve been waiting for. To be ever-present is not a strong gift of mine nor is waiting for tomorrow – the future. But during these past two (and almost a half years) God has taught me that slowing down and resting is something He is really good at, and I should be too. More and more He reveals to me that it’s about the day to day life that brings us closer to Him, the routine. A relationship isn’t based on the miraculous moments, they are included but the foundations are based on the day to day choice to acknowledge each other and love each other and put each other above ourselves.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins to purify us form all unrighteousness.” – ! John 1:9
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30.
It’s about respect and thanking Him (and your significant other, if you have one) for everything He does for you each day – the little things and the big things. He likes to hear that He is good because He is and He likes to know that you know He is good and is goodness for you. It’s about sharing yourself with each other, He wants to share all of Himself to us and He desires us to share ourselves with Him. He wants to know us and have a bond with us that is unshakeable.
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
I’m definitely someone who is always waiting for the future, waiting for someone to ask me out, waiting to get married, waiting for my studies to end, waiting for a car, waiting to travel, waiting for the future to start, waiting, waiting, waiting. But sometimes I step over the line and I become anxious, forgetting that everything is in God’s hand and His timing is perfect.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11
“The LORD is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9
It may not be my timing which is extremely frustrating but God’s ways are higher than ours and His thoughts are higher than ours and He can see everything happening and wants to bring it together at the right time to make a new harmonious beautiful song in our lives that glorifies Him and brings us to a place of understanding what it means to trust Him and love Him and most importantly know Him. And all that getting to know Him happens in the everyday life, toil, joy, laughter, sadness, morning, noon and night. It happens when we have a conversation with Him in His Word and in our hearts, spirits and minds.
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? TO act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” – Deuteronomy 31:8
Recently I’ve been catching myself singing “Getting to know you, getting to know all about you, getting to like you, getting to hope you like me” By Julie Andrews from ‘The Sound of Music’. And its such a relevant song. He just wants to know us and for us to know Him too.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” – 1 John 3:1
So to conclude I am so thankful for the LORD and I pray you are all encouraged in your walk and relationship with the one true King, Christ Jesus.
“And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.” – Luke 10:27
Bless you all!
COMING UP: Baking to your souls content (what I baked at home).