For the last four years I have dedicated each day to being alert and aware of what is happening on the world stage, because like all of you, I see what a scary place it is becoming. I have felt a calling to try to bring both clarity to what I see, and a reassurance that God is still Sovereign and in control. I have tried to look at events and situations through a Biblical lens to try to understand the implications for our spiritual lives and how we are to glorify our Lord.
But for the last 5 or 6 days, I have intentionally shifted my focus away from the world and centered it on individual people. I refused to let the mounting tensions of terrorism, racial division, government corruption, or any of the other news stories that permeate our everyday existence interfere with connecting with the people in my life.
Instead of having one eye on family and one on world events, I was able to immerse myself into deeper engagements with people -- not news headlines, not current events blogs, and not the actions of those who would destroy my country or way of life. It was a time of real connection with neighbors, individual family members, and my husband. And it was all independent of how the world was effecting us. It was deep conversations about goals; it was sharing intimate moments and memories; it was engaging in activities for the sheer fun of it, and most importantly it was about exploring our God and discovering new insights for both old Believers and new Christians. I think I was experiencing real thankfulness and the true human experience.
Then out of the blue, she calls me in September and says her son is going to school here in Texas on a football scholarship. Naturally, I was more than excited to reconnect with her and get to know her son. When I saw her walk through that door, it was like all the years melted away, and I have since been so sad at all the wasted time. Her son said he was glad to know he had family in Texas and it was a foregone conclusion that he would spend his Thanksgiving break with us. Needless to say, I know that God does things in His own timing, and I am now convinced that our reunion was a Divine Appointment! My husband and I spent the weekend getting to really know him; laughing together; relating family history; and best of all, many long conversations about our shared faith.
I have been given so much hope that God is still at work in our youth and our nation. His inquisitive mind is asking all the right questions about God and about the purpose for his life in these times; about the bigger concepts of God that he has not heard in the Church; his knowledge that God is a God of not only Love, Grace, and Mercy, but of Justice and Judgment; and yes, even questions about the relationship of the fallen angels, the Nephilim, and the space aliens that his generation is so interested in. At 21, he is light years beyond what my understanding was at that age and wants more knowledge about the God Most High. He is an exceptional young man and I'm looking forward to having him in our lives.
So, as I reflect back over the weekend and my "time off", I am not only grateful for the rest and respite, but so thankful for the opportunity God gave my spirit to revel in the renewed connections with my family and friends. And I want to extend that concept of family, because it not only included those in my physical presence, but those of you who take the time to connect with me through this blog. Because you are family, too. I really know what the term "the family of man" means now, and I am so appreciative to God for allowing me to see where my priorities lie.
I needed these few days off. I am refreshed and revived and full of hope. Yes, I will continue to engage in our conversations about what is going on in the world... in effect, we need to because, after all, we cannot ignore the plans, lies and deceit perpetrated by the Enemy. But I have a greater sense of our purpose, and how we are to live our lives to glorify our God. I hope to maintain this new sense of optimism, even as I know I must immerse myself back into dissecting the world and its ramifications for God's kingdom. I will continue to look at the ugliness with which Satan is infusing the world, and I will persist in revealing how I think God wants us to take our stand. But, at this very moment, I am at peace in my spirit and I know this is where Jesus wants me. So, we will move forward together, knowing that the presence of God is ever before us. We will be grateful for each day He gives us, showing His love toward others and appreciating the Divine favor He shows us. The giving of thanks .... that is what it was all about, and I don't want to ever lose sight of that.
Psalm 26:3 "For Your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in Your faithfulness."