Snapshots: Day 97
The Snapshot: “This is their journey by stages.” (Num 33:2) It’s not very exciting reading but it is a record, initiated by God, of where Israel had traveled with God, and it was important to remember. What an interesting picture, our lives as a journey with God. It is a very well worthwhile exercise (I’ve done it) to sit down and write a list of key high points (and low) of our lives. When I did it, it helped me face weaknesses and failures but it also allowed me to see the wonder of God’s blessing that has been on my life so many times. I have marveled at where we’ve had the privilege of going, the people we’ve been privileged to meet, the amazing experiences we’ve had – all because He led. Big steps, little steps, all important in the walk with the King of Kings. Walk on!
Further Consideration: I think that taking our lives for granted almost verges on sin sometimes. I mean, think about it. From the moment you turned to Christ all those years (or months) ago, God has been there working in you and through you, changing circumstances and helping you in the circumstances, and there was not a moment when His eye was not on you (read Psa 121 & Psa 139). Yes, the truth is that probably 99% of the time we were not aware of those things, but that doesn’t make them untrue.
Yes, there were good times – and we’ve said this before recently – where life was just good and we had great experiences, and there were not so good times where it went wrong, either by our own activities or of those of the world around us, but whatever it was, He was there with us in it all.
Yes, we live in a ‘fallen world’ where the world goes wrong, life gets messy and complicated sometimes, and even occasionally the sky seems to fall on us. Yes, it can be that bad, but in the midst of it, in the midst of confusion, in the midst of the anxiety, in the midst of darkness, He was still there, He never left us and was always there working for us, even though in the cloud of pain we lost sight of that for a moment. It was just like that for a moment as Jesus carried your sin and mine on the Cross and the enemy railed against him (catch it prophetically in Psa 22), that it all blotted out the presence of the Father who I am convinced never left him (what loving father abandons their son in the midst of a crisis?) and he cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27:46)
Yes, He was still there, through the bad times as well as the good times that go to make the rich tapestry of life, so remember those and give thanks, and keep on giving thanks. Amen? Amen!
(Having just completed a further ten of this series we will pause and return to the Getting to Know God series, but we will come back here later)