I have taken mental notes on my life lately, and one lesson I have learned is the importance of getting up after falling down and not allowing life’s setbacks to prevent us from staying on-track.
It’s 1-1-11, The first day of a brand new year and a new decade. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Over the past few years I have made connections; some because of family ties (our family knew them, so by default I became connected), others because of work and others from churches I attended. Because I LOVE people dearly I am one who dislikes separation, strife or disagreements of any type – but I realize it is a part of life.
For those who were unaware, I suffered a serious fall earlier this week that took me off my feet for about 3.5 days.
I’ve been reflective for the past year or so on many things. Some pertain to me, others to my son and yet others are definitely related to my beloved grandmother. What I have discovered, though, is that I need to spend more quality time basking in the presence of the One Who understands what bothers me and knows exactly how to comfort me. His comfort brings hope, a spring in my step and a gleam in my eye.
It is impossible to create something legitimate from something that is illegitimate. (Only GOD can do that.)
Today as I prepared to take my son out for an afternoon of fun and relaxation (unheard of in my vocabulary), I took up the Bible and Genesis 15 was already marked. I read where God told Abram (before the name change) not to fear; he was promised a “reward (that would) be very great(verse 1).”
What I noticed was Abram’s quick response to God’s promise. I am guessing it was a foregone conclusion in Abram’s mind that his great reward would include heirs (who knows, maybe the entire conversation was not recorded), as he said in verse 2: “O Lord God, what will You give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Eliezer was a slave who was born within Abram’s household. The practice in those days was that sons of slaves would become surrogate sons to their barren owners; an inheritance would be willed to them as adoptive sons. God responded immediately: “This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir (verse 3).”
Because I know this story so well, I stopped reading to reflect on Abram’s life journey from that moment forward. God decreed blessings, a “very great” reward. Abram looked at his life based on what he was accustomed to seeing – the inheritance is usually passed down to a slave of a barren family. God blew his mind with His response since his wife Sarai was very old and past her childbearing years. He was also quite old himself.
The path to destiny is not necessarily clear-cut or predictable.
Many who are now walking in their life’s calling will say they either had promptings that they needed to do it or situations presented themselves unexpectedly and resulted in a new direction for them.
I would say I am experiencing the latter.