What’s Ahead in 2014?

 

Shalom!

We are on the brink of 2014!  

Who knows what lies ahead?  

 

Personal experience,  study of the Bible, & wisdom of sages 

   have taught me. . . 

...my future is a creative partnership between myself and God.   

 

King David testifies of this creative partnership in Psalm 37:23-24.

   "Adonai directs a person’s steps,

            and He delights in his way 

           He may stumble, but he won’t fall headlong,

            for Adonai holds him by the hand."

                   (Complete Jewish Bible translation)

 

Here's how it works. . .

 

Adonai (Hebrew for 'Lord') comes alongside us and says,

    'I have prepared a special pathway for you in 2014. 

        You may not see what is around the bend--

           take courage, press on, the best is ahead!

 

    'On this path you will meet people, encounter circumstances and visit places. 

        Each has a purpose and all fit into my plan for you.  

        Your attitude, your thinking & your emotions will be challenged.

        You will exercise power of choice ('free will') as you respond 

           to the people, situations and places along your journey.  

 

     'Sometimes you will stumble & fall, make a bad decision, choose the wrong way;

           but never fear, I won't let you fall--

        I'm right beside you ready to steady you with my strong hand,

           just as a loving father watches his toddler stumble through his first steps,

              ready to catch him as he falls.

 

     'And when you do fall on your face. . .

        I am at your side to help you back on your feet again. 

 

      'Eventually, with practice, 

        you will walk with steady step, 

        with perfect balance,

           ready to take on bigger challenges that I have prepared for you.    

 

     'In the meanwhile, as you begin the road marked 2014, remember this . . . 

        I'm directing your steps--

           I enjoy ('delight in') watching you learn to walk--

        I'm right beside you ready to catch you when you stumble or fall. 

 

     You will make it through 2014 and be a better person for having travelled that road!'

 

Here's a prayer to help you on your way . . .

 

     Father, 

     I completely and unconditionally trust You to direct my steps today. 

     I won't try to figure everything out on my own,

        nor will I assume I know it all;

     instead I will look for Your guiding, helping hand,

        I will listen for Your still, small voice--

           speaking wisdom to my heart.

     I have no fear, 

        because You love me completely and unconditionally

           and You will keep me on track.

     Thank you . . . I love you.

 

Blessings,

The Sage