The image of life as a journey is very much accepted by people today. It is a common phrase used to describe the different experiences of life, and what we learn from them. But we can be in such a rush to ‘pack’ everything into our day, week, or month, so as not to miss anything, that we miss what matters the most.
So sometimes it is good to pause and to reflect. Self-reflection allows us to consider where we are, and where we are going. In faith we open our minds and hearts to hear God’s whisper – to hear His love! Even if He says, “What are you doing here?” there is no condemnation. God will ask the question to prompt us to consider the answer. Often, we need a pause, and we need a prompt – is it time for a change in direction, or a time to move forward?
We are coming to the end of the year, and what do we conclude? As we pause to reflect and look back on this past year, on our feelings and even our frustrations, what have we learnt from this unprecedented time? We all are at a different stage of our journey, and we will all have different answers to that question.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”Soren Kierkegaard
Maybe we should consider in two parts, what we have learnt about ourselves, and what we have learnt about God.
There are two things, mainly, that I am reflecting on, I have learnt that it is okay not to be okay. I don’t like to admit when I’m struggling, I like to think that ‘I’m fine’, that I am coping. But we have a Lord who knows how we feel, who understands and has compassion for our frailty. And more than that He is waiting to step in and to provide the strength that we need. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
For God’s power to operate we need to admit our weakness, and then we can receive His strength.Tweet
The challenge is not to wait until things are broken and shattered into pieces but as soon as the cracks start to appear, to turn and depend on the Lord. He is waiting for us to ask for His help – “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
And I have also learnt to practise gratitude, to see the goodness of God in the details of my life, and to praise Him. God has surprised me this year! I know He is faithful, and I know His love and grace. I have experienced a sense of His presence and His hand of blessing, in totally new ways.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”Romans 8:28
To conclude, as we look back, we can look ahead, with no fear for the future, and a sense of expectancy to grow in knowledge and love for the Lord. And, maybe to take forward, that what truly matters most on our journey, is those who travel with us!