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Friday, December 27, 2013

Not going to run (more on still)

Happy are those who trust in the Lord,
who rely on the Lord.
They will be like trees planted by the streams,
whose roots reach down to the water.
They wont fear drought when it comes;
their leaves will remain green.
They wont be stressed in the time of drought
or fail to bear fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (CEB)

Kwanzaa. For me, it’s time for three things, a) resting in the joyous glow of Christmas, b) considering the year as it ends and the year to come and finally, c) THE New Year’s Day Karamu (more about that later, trust me).

Lord, let me be fixed in inward
peace, fully satisfied with You.
Right now, I am considering the place where God has carried me,  and what happens next. I have learned the value of being still. I have a new and profound appreciation of resting in Him because all I’ve done well on my own is NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Like a tree planted by the waters, I will be still. I shall NOT be moved. Pledging to be still, remaining in Him is an easy enough thing to stay, even when the intent is heartfelt. There is, however a critical difference. A tree CANNOT move from the place where it is rooted. It’s not that trees don’t run-by their very nature, THEY SIMPLY CANNOT.

This requires me to make what the smart people refer to as a paradigm shift. It’s one thing to say that you won’t move. It’s entirely another to acknowledge that to move is to die.  Matthew Henry commentary on Jeremiah 17:7-8 closes with this…
Those that make God their hope, … shall be fixed in an inward peace and satisfaction:

I no longer pray for stillness, though a state of rest is highly desirable (and I benefit from mastering the art of stillness). This year, this season of my life is about so much more. I am Your servant, Lord, and now, in a different way, I am listening. This then, is the earnest prayer I carry forward.

Lord, let me be fixed in inward peace, fully satisfied with You.

Finally, take the advice I found online as you prepare for what has been, and more importantly, what is to come…

"Spend the next few days preparing for the year ahead: Forgive everyone, let go of everything, let God take charge.

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