My presence will go with you and I will give you rest. Exodus 33:14

Right On Purpose Kind of Friday

Hello lovely people!

Okay! So, I am just popping in for a short time to tell you about my day…. Not major-league kind of news though.

But I had such a lovely day.

I slept-in today morning (more than my usual waking hours) because we didn’t have electricity from yesterday. When my alarm rang, (with sleepy thoughts) I thought, I would end up straining myself searching for my things in the dark, so I figured to sleep in till the break of dawn. Normally, I wake up some many minutes before 6 A.M.

I was out of the house by 7 A.M., ran to get work supplies and got to work at about 7.30 A.M.

Settling in, I was wondering how to deal with an issue I had been struggling with at work. And since I was not coming to any solutions, I just decided to pick out my adult colouring book which I was given by a friend at the church this week (you guys wouldn’t believe how excited I was! Goodness, like a child who just got handed a packet full of goodies.) Anyhow, I began working on my master pieces.

A little digression!

So, guys! I have been reading this book…(I have decided not to insert my cliché word amazing book) because….all the books that I read, I find, are always amazing honestly. I think it is because I am drawn to books that minister to my walk each day with Jesus.

So yes, as I was colouring…. I began mediating on a chapter I read yesterday titled The desert: School of self-discovery. The book is called Moses by Charles R. Swindoll.

And in that extremely, (underline) extremely, therapeutic task of colouring..I began firstly, by reflecting how peaceful I was in that moment. I thought, “Last year a time like today, I had just resigned from my full-time job (today, would mark the third day after officially handing over and leaving the company.) And by that time, my worries had not yet began creeping in, I was still in that state of confusion… wondering… wondering… what was next from there? Where would I go?”

And now, today, exactly one year down, I was shading the promises of God seated on a desk with my heart bursting in awe of God and in awe of how He had led me to this place.

My presence will go with you and I will give you rest. Exodus 33:14

I genuinely and wholeheartedly thought, “I am right at the center of God’s will! And I love it here.”

And I am also not trying to paint a photo of some “perfect peace and no ups and down kinds of  occurrences”…all I am trying to say is that, I was at rest despite everything.

And that was more than enough.

After, I began digging into that chapter…. remember?  The one titled The desert: School of self-discovery. Yes that one.

I spoke to God saying, “God, it is amazing how You bring things to being….You used Abraham to bring me to this place, and now, You are using Moses to show me how to stay, how to wait, how to learn, how to shed the unnecessary parts of self and bring to life those that You desire me to have.”

Here I was, dealing with cases I never imagined I would ever have dealt with. Here I was, not knowing where my life was headed to….but I was convinced that I was right at the center of God’s will.

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Just look at this paragraph, quoting from the chapter…

Imagine an old friend of Moses’ younger days coming up to Midian to visit with the ex-prince—maybe one of his fraternity buddies from the school he went to at the palace. And his friend steps out of his flashy chariot, he looks Moses up and down, noticing the shaggy hair, the beard, and the simple, home-spun garments.

And asks,

“So Prince Moses, what do you do for a living now?”
“I, um, well, I’m a Shepherd.”
“Really? Who would have thought it! You have your own flock, then? A big operation?”
“No. These aren’t my sheep. I work for my wife’s father.”
“You work for your father-in-law?” 
“Uh-huh”
“And, let me get this straight, you walk alongside sheep. That’s what you do?”
“That’s right.”
“Well, I really do not know what to say Moses. What about all your training? You were the best!”

Now! Now! Now! 📢📢📢 Attention.

This response is what got me!

“I have nothing to say about it. All I know is, this is where God wants me. This is where I’ll stay.”

*Breathing out sigh*

I was like, “So, I am not the first, nor, am I the only one to walk this obscure road.”

I was comforted.

Legit! These are the words that follow…

Extract from Moses, Charles R. Swindoll Chapter on The desert

I was beaming inwardly by just that statement.

I do not know how else to explain that feeling. It was out of this world. And that’s the reason I thought to share this part of my journey today, not because I am  trying to show how peaceful or joyful my life is, but because, I was compelled to express the goodness of God.

And I have learnt from David, that there is nothing wrong with that.

Psalms 107: 1-3  O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: for His mercy endures for ever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy; And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
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Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.

Yes, there are many limitations that I have experienced…. But, I have more than enough with Jesus Christ. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

He promised that He would be with me wherever I would go, and He would give me rest!

My presence will go with you and I will give you rest. Exodus 33:14

So, yes! That was my Friday….and it was a really, really, beautiful day…

And I think it’s good to celebrate beautiful days.

Otherwise how will people ever get to know that God is good? How will they ever get encouraged if I do not go, tell it on the mountains, over the hills and everywhere— that God knows, He sees us, He cares for us, He encircles us, He guards and guides us?

How will they know that God has a good plan for each person’s life? And that He is faithful? How will they know that God is able to take His children through tough circumstances and bring them out victorious?

How will they ever know that God is with all His children in whichever desert land they are in life?

How?

Deuteronomy 32: 9-10  For the LORD's portion is His people; Jacob is the lot of His inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of His eye.

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In conclusion, this promise I was colouring was exactly what He has been doing, what He will still do— for me and for you forever— because we are His children in Christ Jesus.

Psalms 107

1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
3 And gathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south.
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; They found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them.
6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses.
7 And He led them forth by the right way, That they might go to a city for a dwelling place.
8 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
9 For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.

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