I wish I never treaded that path…I wish I never broke up with her/him…If only I listened to my parents…If only I studied harder…If only I never resigned…I wish I had that kind of hair,those eyes,that body…that house and car would be nice…Oh I wish that if only…Shhhhhh…too much of the ‘wishy-washy-if-only’ lifestyle…
They say, “If wishes were horses,then beggars could ride.” (For a very very long time I thought this is in the Bible,ha!😂)
We all have our regrets,wishes/desires but preoccupying ourselves with them is like chasing the wind expecting to catch it.Can you change your past?…Can you wish a house/car to being?…You will destroy your life!
I love what William Meyers said in his article,If Wishes Were Horses,
“If you want to ride a horse,you need to do more than wish for it.Wishing for it does not prevent you from riding it;it might be a first step.You still need a plan and you need to execute on plan.”
He goes on to write,
“Reality is very complex,to be sure.One day the wind blows from the north,another day from the south…Weathermen are fine,but if you want to know the way the wind is blowing where you are,the best thing to do is just step outside and feel it.”
*STEP OUTSIDE AND FEEL THE WIND BLOW*
You have a desire to achieve a certain goal by a certain time?Great! What are you doing about it?In William Meyers’ words, “You need more than just wish to ‘ride a horse’.You need a plan.”
Can you walk or drive a car or a bike looking backwards?…Personally,I cannot!…Moving forward,looking backwards is a perfect recipe for DISASTER.Life-threatening.
Why would you waste your precious God-given life dwelling on the past?…Do you have the power to change it?…Well?…Can’t you see how precious the moment you are in is?…Hmmmm😐
I read an article of a young boy who always daydreamt,he rarely enjoyed the moment he found himself in.One day while he was asleep,a lady appeared to him and gave him a magic thread such that whenever he pulled the a string depending on the length,the hours,days,months or years changed.He kept pulling until he found himself as being a ninety year old man.He missed his teenage and childhood years and so he was given a last opportunity and he wished back his childhood days.His wish was granted and from then on he savoured every moment of his life.
We cannot turn back the hand of time like the boy did,but we can choose to cherish every moment of each day.We can choose to forget the past and keep pressing towards the mark like Paul.We can choose to see that Light.Not easy but worthit.
Matthew 6:33-34,Jesus Christ gives us clear instructions to, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.Therefore,do not be anxious about tomorrow ,for tomorrow will be anxious about itself.Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
The birds of the air,the fish of the sea,the flowers of the field,the trees…look at them for a second…through your glass window…God does take care of them.How much more you and I?
Paul emphasizes the words of Jesus when he says, “Do not be anxious about anything,but in everything,by prayer and petition,with thanksgiving,present your requests to God.”(Philippians 4:6,NIV)
The issue of suffering and pain has been quite an issue for lack of a better word.Questions like,Why do bad things happen to good people?Why did God have to send His son to die such a horrible death and so on,stem from the self-same issue.I have been on a mission to understand the same and so through a book called Trusting God Again,I have been led to the book of Job.
He was an upright man,yet disaster befell him.What does this imply?…Job 35:4-8 has an answer for us.(Reading from the Message Version)
If you sin,what difference could that make to God?No matter how much you sin,will it matter to him?Even if you are good,what would God get out of that?Do you think he is dependent on your accomplishments?…God is not dependent on your behaviour.
*He is not dependent on your behaviour my dear friends.He is just God all by himself*
Picture this for a moment,if God was dependent on our behaviour,while we were yet sinners,He wouldn’t have sent His dear son to die for us.With all the filth,He still expressed ultimate love.(This thought moves me!It’s too good!)
In the midst of your wishy-washy-if-only moments,Christ is always present.Infact,he never left at any one point.Allow me to go back to the book of Job,still from The Message Version,Chapter 33:12-14,Elihu assures Job that,
God always answers,one way or another,even when people don’t recognize His presence.
He is there.Would you recognize His presence in the midst of it all,like Job did?
Glandion Carney and William Long in the book Trusting God Again wrote, “Pain is the crucible through which insight develops,the womb from which new birth of understanding emerges.It provides spectactles to examine the depths and scan the heights of life.”
I wrote this to encourage you,beloved reader,that God is there with you,in your low regretful moments.He is with you as you wish and desire to achieve and through the fire,He won’t tire.Job is a testimony of an ever-present God,whose arm cannot be twisted by our piety and self-righteousness.Our sin,as we have seen above,does not change Him.He is God all by Himself.
Pain provides spectactles to examine the depths and scan the heights of life.
I end this write-up today with a poem by Robert Frost,The Road Not Taken.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both,
And be one traveler, long I stood,
And looked down one as far as I could,
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other,as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear…
Oh,I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood and I…
I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference.
Frosts’ point is that even though other choices are available,his choice of the less travelled path(regrets/distress) was good and powerful and meaningful to him.IT MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE FOR HIM.(Trusting God Again,Glandion Carney & William Long)
(Illustrations drawn from the book Trusting God Again.)
Have a week full of Hope and Trust in God.
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