Friday, November 15, 2013

AT THE CROSSROADS

     "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths." (Jeremiah 6:16 NIV) Remembrance Day ceremonies draw us into times past. Cold wind and rain seem appropriate as we hear the names of those from the village who gave their lives for our freedom.

     Another day a stream of pleasant memories flows when I dig out the recipe for Minnie Ziegler's light fruit cake. I think of foods prepared only at Christmas, family gatherings and holiday customs. Aunt Alison went to the commons on the far side of the river to cut evergreen boughs for wreaths and swags. She decorated them with papier mache silver bells that, as a child, I was sure were the very bells in the song on the radio.

     We're encouraged to remember. Deuteronomy 32:7 says, "Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. (NIV) There's comfort in the memories of happy times with loved ones and a joy that comes with carrying on their traditions. We benefit from the lessons of the past, but I love the "NOWS" in God's Word. A favourite is Hebrews 11:1, "NOW faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (NIV)

     In Ephesians 3:20 Paul writes, "NOW" to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!" (NIV)

     We stand in Christ at the crossroads reflecting on things past, thankful for His present help, and anticipating His guidance into blessings of the future.

Friday, November 1, 2013

HIDE AND WATCH

     Mr. Whisker's ability to find a hiding place, be still and watch amazes me. When something of interest to him is happening, he snuggles into a spot and hunkers down. He keeps his eyes on whatever has intrigued him and does not move.

     At times we are absorbed with some problem. Instead of searching out the solution God's Word offers, we can be scatter-brained thinking of possible fixes and ridiculous "what ifs". When the Holy Spirit captures our attention long enough to nudge us toward a verse, we see a change we can make, a promise to stand on... but... if the answer doesn't happen right away, often we return to our same old ways and become discouraged.

     In Romans 8:25 Paul says, "if we hope for what we do not see [yet], we eagerly wait for it with perseverance." (NKJV -brackets mine) Hope is powerful. We have the Word of God and we can trust it. What He says He will do. We need to see the answer in our hearts before we see it in the natural realm and we can't give up.

     King David claimed God as his hiding place. (Psalm 32:7) And Father God is the safe refuge for every believer. He provides a place of trust and rest until the difficulty is resolved. To hide in the sense of passive withdrawal from our troubles is self-defeating. To rest in confident trust that God is moving on our behalf is victory.

     If my furry buddy can focus, control himself, and persevere until the thing he's waiting for transpires, surely, by God's grace and with the Holy Spirit, the most capable Helper, I too can hunker down in quiet assurance.