At times I can identify with the Psalmist that says “For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills.” (Ps 73:3-5)
Then God reminds me of the numerous riches I have in Him. His Grace. His Peace. His Favour. His Power. His Love….even when I forget.
How can I forget you may ask? Because of the cares and the worries of the day forcing my eyes away from Jesus…while fear sets in.
And all that Jesus wants us to do is ‘look!’ Look to Him that is the only one that makes the impossible, possible and takes away the fear. “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Heb 12:2)
God has said “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”, so we say with confidence “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?” (Heb 13:5+6).
Then I see the first part of verse 5 …”Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have…” and only then do I start understanding the full meaning of Jesus saying to the disciples
“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Mark 6:50)
…as He climbs into ‘my boat’ and my mind stops – unable to take it all in – and with my eyes fixed on Jesus I hear Him say “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest for your souls.” (Matt 11:28)
Take courage my friend, and don’t be afraid. God is with you.
For some time I have been wondering about the reality of God in my life. I have no doubt that God is a loving, peaceful and almighty God (excuse my inadequate vocabulary) that cares for His children in untold ways. I have seen hosts of Biblical promises, given to me over many years, come true. I have seen wonder upon wonder unfold before my very eyes.
And yet, I have to ask “how real is God in my life?”
My sons, Nico jr and Pieta, as well as Jan (fellow director) and I went to our farm for a few days to pray and seek the Lord’s guidance for the year ahead. Our time management needed serious attention and rearrangement. ‘Me time’ had to be slotted in and balance returned to our lives. I planned to go home earlier on Wednesday and Friday afternoons and we returned excited to implement our new plans.
Since our return we have never been so busy. Gone are all our plans. What was going on?
Happy New Year!
The year started with a bang…like most other years. No gradual ‘easing in’ into things and very little time for a chat with colleagues over a coffee. It’s run-run-run! Just a few days back at office, the same cares and worries try to overwhelm me that I left behind before the Christmas break. Really?
There are times that I feel overwhelmed. Amidst my normal duties and day-to-day challenges (fluctuating exchange rates; our country’s political games; staff issues; economic uncertainty and many of my friends’ health problems) I also have the responsibility of looking after a number of construction projects we are currently busy with. Endless problems with at times less competent civil servants that obstruct our progress to get the necessary rights and approvals. Add to this the financing of the projects and the pressure to finish everything on time while a host of unforeseen issues keep on popping up and costs just continue to escalate. At times, the challenges feel never ending and overwhelming.