Amazing to believe that we have reached the middle of the term!
Recently I have been reflecting on how quickly busy activities consume our time and can distract us from spending precious time with our creator. I read somewhere that â€œGod is jealousâ€ for our time. He wakes us up with new breath each day, that we may spend our days with Him. How many of us are guilty of filling our days with so many activities that by the end of it, there is no energy left to read the Word or spend time in prayer.
Over the past three weeks, I have been involved in my churchâ€™s â€˜21 Days of Prayerâ€™. It happens at the same time every year, often colliding with events at the beginning of the busy school year. Year after year, I feel compelled to make the sacrifice of time and spend that hour with God and my fellow believers every night in prayer. It has been a privilege to spend this undistracted time with God. It has taken effort and organisation to ensure this time has been effective. Making sure tea is cooked, meetings are left on time and not scheduling social occasions to clash with that hour. I have held that time in high regard. By the end of the 21 Days, it had become my new â€˜normalâ€™. It lead to revelation about how if I treasure the hour in these 21 Days so much, what about the other 344 days?
Perhaps your â€˜God timeâ€™ is something to ponder as we wave goodbye to Summer and brace ourselves for Autumn. I find seasonal changes are a good time to reflect on the season that God has got you in. We are two months through the year, and I have no doubt that the other ten will fly by. The word for 2018 that God has given me is â€œExpectantâ€. No, Iâ€™m not expecting a baby anytime soon (hahaha) but I do feel a renewed sense of faith rise up as I reflect on the word. What is it this year that you are wanting to see happen in your life? What dreams do you have? What are the promises that God has given you? Do you have goals – financial, family, ministry? In yesterdayâ€™s service, one of our youth pastors preached on the promises of God. He said that some of us have put our faith in the promise and not the promiser. Again, a reminder to continue to seek Him.
I was encouraged with Pastor Andreâ€™s word at assembly last week, reminding us that God has a plan. Iâ€™ve been listening to the Bible in One Year plan. Currently I am listening about Jesusâ€™ â€˜loavesâ€™ miracles and Mosesâ€™ â€˜face to faceâ€™ with God encounters. Both are testament to how God had a plan. Jesus knew the disciples didnâ€™t have enough food in the natural to feed the people, but he knew that His father had a plan and he believed in it. Moses had a mammoth task ahead of him, leading the people in keeping the 10 Commandments. Yet, he believed that God had a plan, so much so that he trekked up a mountain to listen to it. I want to encourage you, believe that God has got a plan for your 2018. Spend time with Him, listening, and have faith that this year is going to be your best yet!