Wednesday, January 1, 2014

~ A Cross in the Distance ~

Today I woke up feeling as though I had already failed in this new year . My, isn't the enemy quick ?! Luckily I also woke up to a encouraging text from a friend , claiming Colossians 1:9-12 for 2014 . As I read these verses I agreed that they would be a wonderful truth to believe Him for , I also decided to add verses 13-17 .
" 9For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long suffering with joyfulness;12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."
It never ceases to amaze me how quick God is in coming to our aid . I received a new devotional book for Christmas as a gift from my mom , "Jesus Calling", by Sarah Young .  I was excited to begin on Christmas day, but then decided to wait until January 1 . A new year , new words of encouragement , new challenges and new things to trust Him for . As I read day one in this devo the very first sentence was , "Come to Me with a new spirit , EAGER to be changed" . EAGER !!! Eager , what a wonderful word to explain this spinning in my mind and heart over all the possibilities
that 2014 holds . As my day wore on and I was confronted with all the things I'd set in my mental to-do list for today I got one of my migraines and had to lay down . Several hours later I woke up , once again defeated . Its the first day of a new year and already my to-do list is getting put on the back burner . So , tonight as I walked Jack I was thinking about all the things I didn't get done today . How my plans , once again , got derailed . I became momentarily consumed with the idea of , " it's useless to even try " , when I looked up and saw a cross in the distance . Where I live is on a bit of a hill so , while I can't see the lights of town I can see the mountains across the way . Usually it is simply a few house lights if anything that glow from the distance , but tonight I was blessed by one who hasn't taken down their Christmas lights yet . No red, green or blue lights that go around the house or take the shape of Santa , but a simple cross . Truth be told, it is so far away that if I got closer it may not even be a cross , but from the distance of where it sits and where I stand the way the lights glow it appears to be a cross .
I know it is basically impossible to see it, but it is the small
light to the right of the brightest light in the picture .
Tonight as I close this first day of 2014 I am quickly reminded that the enemy doesn't sleep . I am awakened by the truth that there is a distance between where He sits and where I stand . I am EAGER when I see there is a cross in the distance calling me closer , closer and even closer still to where He sits . As I embark on the excitement of a new year I am EAGER to trust Him with more than I can imagine . Last night I began a prayer list of situations , things , needs , so on , so forth that I AM going to trust HIM for in 2014 . I am grateful for the work He did in my life and the lives of those around me in 2013 , but I am EAGER to look toward that cross in the distance in 2014 .
Happy New Year Dear Friends !!! I pray nothing , but the His good and perfect will for your 2014 .

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