Oh woe unto to me? – Reflection of the Month
I intended starting this piece off by saying how 2010 did not turn out sooo well for me … I almost think I have every reason to be grumpy, moody and all upset with 2010, and I’m thinking ‘not again’ … going into 2011 with the same prayer points. If I could weep, I would. However, the acute bursts of tears are not forthcoming. But suddenly, I am ashamed of myself … at my ability to focus on what I did not get and forget the other magnanimous things that God gave and did for me.
In short if I had to choose between some of the things I got and what I did not get, I’ll choose without hesitation the things I got. Oh my gosh! I wonder how different I am from the children of Israel when they were being delivered from the hands of the Egyptians – something they had cried out to God for a long time – and yet once they were rescued, and on the journey to freedom, they started to complain about the manna, forgetting the great suffering they had experienced, and remembering only the seemingly scrumptious food
“… Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: “Who will give us meat to eat? We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!” Nums 11: 4-6
When I first read that story, I thought “how can” … how could they be so quick to forget what God had done for them, and felt if it had been me, never! Lord, have mercy on me. I’m jolted to reality by a couple of facts again and today:
1. To focus on our blessings and not the lack of, and be thankful in every situation. Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God
2. Never think ourselves to be better or beyond any situation, we never know which situation will test our faith and if we think we stand, we need to take heed lest we fall (1 Corinthians 10:12)
2010 may not have what I or you wished it to be, but let’s appreciate the little and big blessings that came our way. God can be found even in small things. In the experience of Elijah, God was not in the powerful winds, earthquake or fire, but in the gentle whisper. 1 King 19: 11 -12. He will not leave nor forsake us, though His promise may seem to tarry, be patient, be still and know that He is God!
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Reflection of the Month January 2011