Monthly Reflection – June 2013
I hope this month’s reflection finds you all well!
Half Empty or Half Full???
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah- 40: 28-31
At this time of year that days are beautifully long, Wimbledon is in full swing (Go Laura, Go Andy) and the Ashes are about to start (Come on England) – The much anticipated British Summer has finally put in an appearance for 2013! Spirits are high and people are enjoying all the good things that summer brings….. Or are they?
Let me pose you a question – ‘Is your glass half full or half empty?’
The reason I ask this question that just before I went on holiday I was speaking with some friends about the impending longest day of the year and that it would be great having the longest day in the Mediterranean when one of them said ‘The thing about midsummers day is this- it just means that the nights are getting longer and it is nearly winter-Great cold dark and wet nights’
At the time I thought that this was an astonishing comment- sitting in the warm sunshine enjoying a long cool drink!
I think that we all (me included) from time to time can see the impending ‘Doom and Gloom’ on the horizon and forget about the good things around us that are happening now and focus on things that we cannot control or are not relevant to us even in the medium term. We can very often feel as if we are always running up hill and never getting anywhere fast- feeling tired in itself is sometimes enough to make us see the worst of a situation . We can often forget the obvious blessings that we have in our lives and concentrate on the negatives that we see on the horizon- including- Pay, Pensions etc. etc.
So this month I looked at the piece of scripture above in Isaiah that with God’s help we can look forward with hope and not grow weary- That God will help us through anything and that he is with us – No matter what!
So the challenge to us all is to stop and reflect on the good things that God gives us every day and be thankful- and to not worry about the things that are weeks, months and years ahead because – GOD HAS IT ALL IN HAND! He repeatedly reminds us in scripture to rely on him- to cast our burdens on to him. We are reminded in the beautiful poem Footprints that when things get tough in our lives God will ‘carry us’ and not leave us to it.
For me I am thankful for my family, the wonderful holiday that we have just had and so many other wonderful things that are blessings to me today. I am grateful that when I have had trials, worries and seeming disasters in my life that God hand it all in hand!
I am thankful for the freedom to proclaim that ‘Christ is Lord’ in this land. But most of all I am thankful that when it wasn’t deserved that my debt was paid in full by Christ’s blood on the cross!
So I think we should forget that the days are getting shorter and that the shadows are growing darker and longer, that winter is inevitably on its way and enjoy the sunshine that Gods wonderful gift of grace has given us!
‘Dear Lord, I ask that you help me to not only pray about things that worry me or concern me or make me tired and weary. I ask that you help me to remember to say thank you for your abundant Generosity, your daily relationship that sustains me and Gift of Grace. I know that nothing you give me I truly deserve but you give it anyway.
Thank you Dear Lord Amen’
Branch Leader Hertfordshire C.P.A.
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