It sort of looks like a bunch of snowmen had a get together on our back deck while we were away on vacation! Yep, while we were relaxing in the Bahamas our home in Northern Virginia received record snow fall. All this snow severly reduces one’s desire to be out and about. I have spent these few days settling back into place, doing post vacation laundry, working on posting our vacation blog and photos(www.travelingwithteri.wordpress.com) and in general contemplating my relationship with God.
What am I doing, where am I going, am I doing as God desires? What is His will for me? These are questions I have sought answers to many times over the years. Sometimes I felt sure of the answers, other times I struggled to know the difference between God’s will and my own ideas. This time I found an answer that will always be correct no matter what season of life I may be in!
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5:16-18
Tah Dah!!!! There it was, in print, in the WORD of God! His will for me was written quite plainly for all to see….how had I missed this before? At first I was elated to find such solid instruction and direction written clearly before me, but then my heart sank as I realized the difficulty of each of those mandates.
“Joyful always”? Seriously? Wouldn’t, “joyful as often as possible” be sufficient?
“Pray continually”? I’m guessing my current habit of prior to meals, during a crisis or after volunteering for something beyond my own abilities is not enough?
“Give thanks in all circumstances”? No way! Surely this is a type-o…they left out the word “favorable”…all “favorable” circumstances, right?
Eeeek! Once again the Word of the Lord faithfully yields wisdom and instruction. Lord may Your words continually challenge and change me.