Last year is gone, with only memories to hold on to. I find in looking back there were many winding roads. The winding road of being too busy, of worrying about what others think, of being afraid for a friend who was dying, or of the truth of our own mortality. In this trip in life that we all take, I find that those sharp turns are satan's distraction to get us to pull off and quit living life with zeal. When I realized that in many of these turns this year I had felt paralyzed and did not know what to do next.
Thoughts that came into my head were discouraging. And I could only return back to the beginning of the road where I had started, at the feet of Jesus, asking the way.
This is the chapter in the Bible I would keep coming back to. Psalm 116 "I Love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice...Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore I will call upon him as long as I live. The sorrows of death compassed me, ...I found trouble and sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. Gracious is the LORD" "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints" 1-5, 15 Friends I do not know the reason my dear friend lost her life to cancer. I do not know why many have judged that it doesn't matter if you eat healthy because of this sister's passion for health reform. I do know that Jesus was her best friend and the next thing she will know is Jesus is calling her name. The LORD truly is gracious and If we beseech him to deliver our souls from the valley of death the next thing we know will be our eyes BEHOLDING our SAVIOR'S FACE!
Praise God we can go on living with a zeal to know him and to help others behold his face.