Imagine standing at the top of a mountain, looking as far as your eyes can see and gazing at luscious green mountains, valleys covered in trees and living creatures. The sky, a tapestry of soft pink hues, caressing the morning as the day is rising. Take a deep breath, can you smell the freshness of pine and musk, flowery breeze and fresh dirt? Can you hear the tweeting of joyful birds and the gentle humming of a nearby waterfall?
Doesn’t that image alone make you feel more alive, more adventurous? What if your daily life could make you feel this way?
We can all agree that life has its ups and downs. There are times when it’s hard just to take another breath, and other times when our biggest concern is not being stuck in traffic, trying to get to work on time. What about those days when you seem to be battling an invisible force that wants to get the best out of you? What if you actually were?
Often times, we can’t fight because we fail to recognize who our enemy is. We take a blow here and there, turn around a bit dizzy and point the finger at the wrong enemy: our children, our friends, our spouse, our co-workers…
There is something strange that we are all constrained too. It’s called time. God created it, He masters it, He is not stuck in it or rushed by it. We are. At times, like when we are in the waiting room waiting for news about a loved one who has gone into surgery, time seems so painfully long. There’s also when we find ourselves with a tight deadline or when we spend good quality moments with our families and friends. It seems like there could never be enough hours in a day.
Waiting on God can be hard. Especially when expecting the fulfillment of a promise, or an answer to a prayer.
The other night, my husband and I prayed together. Before praying, we like to read Scriptures to set our focus on the Truth of the Word of God. We use a deck of cards with verses on them to do so. That evening, without much thinking, I picked the first card on the pack and read it aloud: The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. (Psalm 34:17, NIV)
Then we began to pray. While we prayed, I felt so out of place. I mean, who can boast of being a righteous person? Not me. I did not feel like I measured up. Deep in my heart I secretly thought the verse simply applied to those who had it more together. Have you ever felt this way?
Mary’s mother was quite ill. She had just had a major surgery and was now recovering quietly in her shared room. Her roommate left, and was replaced by a new one. Much to Mary and her family’s discomfort, that new roommate was quite loud, and rude.
The whole family tried to close their eyes on the situation, even asking for a room change which was denied. That was until