Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written: “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.” 2 Corinthians 8:13-15
…respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18
You might wonder where I’m coming from with today’s posting. I’m coming from a place of uncertainty. Today is the first day of Bob’s retirement, and while that might not seem daunting to some people, it is for me. Retirement and post employment (which is what we are hoping for, but do not have secured right now for Bob), is unsettling to think about. After years of going in one direction every day and every day and every day, the mere thought of changing direction can be disconcerting.
You know what I’m talking about. You’ve been there before. You might be struggling with some similarly uncomfortable feelings right now. Maybe your life, too, is ready to take a drastic turn and you’re wondering: How will this change us? Will we rebound? What’s next on the horizon? In this economy, can we stay afloat while we wait for a job to present itself? What if it doesn’t? What then?
Lots of questions are circling around in that grey matter atop my shoulders this morning–I’m not afraid to admit it. And yet, with all the uncertainty we face, there is a peace that pervades any niggling thoughts of peril.
This is what I know: God loves us, that is first and foremost in my thought. His Word reveals a plan for our lives that we can trust. Praise His Name.
Jesus died for us. How important a truth that is in troubling times.
The Holy Spirit of God guides us. We will find our way, because he have a Light to guide us that does not depend on the Energizer Bunny to keep it going, and going, and going.
We are part of a faith community that supports us (thus the verses chosen today–they speak of YOU and your power to encourage one another-in this case, us).
We have friends that love us.
We have Change Agents out there, watching and reporting back to us opportunities they see and that they think might be a good fit for us.
We have children who are the most awesome and amazing people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. They bless us every single day with their love, their devotion, and the wisdom God has given them that they pass along to us, free of Charge. So, yeah, we are blessed!
Will we make it though this present challenge? Knowing Jesus, I can say resoundingly, YES!
Will you? Yes, you will.
You may not be facing retirement or a loss of pay, but you have your own challenges in life, and with your hand in God’s, I can confidently tell you that you are going to be alright.
Trust God to bring you through the fog. He is able. And in the meantime, while you try to figure out what’s next, if you wonder whether you’ll make it, pray. God speak volumes to the heart that is ready to hear.
Pray, ponder, meditate, listen–God’s program for victorious living works, if you work it. Today, stay focused, be self-controlled, seek out joy wherever you many find it and remember to pray.