We are on the brink of 2014!
Who knows what lies ahead?
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 . . .
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.