You are already wondering if I have lost my mind; maybe I have, but as I was sitting in my recliner covered up with the most wonderful present I have ever been given and reading from a devotional book with a wonderfully soft cover given to me by another good friend I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with the kindness of my best friend. And so He told me not to worry about how crazy my friends might think me, but to put my thoughts down as I usually do and let Him worry about the outcome.
Have you ever been so at peace and so relaxed that you could actually hear the voice of your best friend? It simply adds the icing on the cake you are already holding in your heart. Life as a rule is hardly ever simple; we live in a complex world with so many different opinions of how things should be accomplished and it gets more and more obvious every day that we are failing miserably to reach our “city on a hill”. The recorded words of Matthew tell us that You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (5:14-16).
Those sound like very lovely words, but if you use the smarts that God gave you, you will come to the realization that this is what we were created for, to spread light in a world that is becoming darker by the moment. Are we too little, too late? God must not think so! Well, if that is true how do we go about trying to change our own lives and that of those we love and even those we do not know? One suggestion that comes to my mind is that we should all spend more time communicating with the Boss, the ruler of this universe that we occupy. I know one excuse we can easily come up with is that we already have a shortage of time in one day; how can we manage more. But then I don’t think I even need to mention that we normally stop all activity when we have a personal roadblock; we simply stop and work on removing it.
The Lord told Isaiah Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert (43:19). Ever since we were created to be God’s children He has never left us to our own failings but has always been close for help when needed. Surely we don’t think that has changed.
Realizing that we as humans always want immediate answers to whatever problem exists it would probably behoove us to remind ourselves that the most important part of solving any problem is patience. A little more thought can often come up with a better solution than an immediate response. For instance you might remind yourself of how Joshua conquered the city of Jericho. The Lord gave Joshua specific instructions about how to overcome the obstacles that existed since Jericho was surrounded by a impenetrable wall. What He told them to do sounds rather ridiculous to us today, but God had his reasons. So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat (6:20). What do you know about that? It would appear that the greatest lesson we can learn about how to solve our problems is simply to ask the God who made us just how He would like for us to approach this problem and then act accordingly. We can do that, can’t we?
Our God, our Help in ages past,
Our Hope for years to come;
Be Thou our Guard while troubles last,
And our eternal Home.