Last night I got to see a lighthouse in the midst of the ocean. I have always been struck by them. One light in darkness to guide the way. Then tonight at the service I attended. The minister said remember that the lighthouse is not the final destination. Its merely there to guide you to your destination. Which made think of God, he watches us in the midst if our darkest moments, saying if you will only trust me, if you would only look for meat this moment. I can guide you out to where you are going. Even in storms sometimes the only light seen by a sailor is the lighthouse. So want to encourage you to look for God your lighthouse in the midst. Scripture says if you seek me you will find me. Can you see yourlighthouse?
Are you Taking Care of Yourself?
So its a simple question. But I would be willing to bet a quarter the answer is no. Why do I know that because I am guilty. Let's see there is work. Then many of you have things after work, the kids extra curricular activities. Then there is homework that needs to get done, dinner needs to be cook and last but not least bathes and time for bed. m I in the neighborhood. Maybe that's not you, but I have friends that work full time jobs, are full time musicians, play a 2 or more churches on Sunday. Have kids and they have a full time ministry in addition to all of the above. The point is that we have become a generation on the go. For some it maybe the 2 jobs you work to make the ends meet. I just want to encourage you today, that you have to make time for yourself or you will find your body shutting down in moments that seem to be inconvenient but there is nothing you can do about.
I went to Berklee College of Music was a dual degree students. Needless to say that my two majors were opposites. I was a Music Production major, meant let night studio session, 12am-6am. Then I was a business major, early morning classes. I love what I was doing and was much younger. But every year and I mean every year when I went home for Christmas I was always sick. What's interesting about my life in 2017, is that when I go home, I'm sick. Why you ask because when I go home I actually turn the engine of my life off. Then what happens is my immune system which was running on overdrive finally shut down. Bang. Something you should know on Christmas we have like 30 plus people come over. Can you imagine being sick when your the host house.
So my advice, is to if you are starting to feel run down, guess what its too late you are run down. Its time to institute some time to rest, drink lots of liquids ,slow down the pace of life for a few days. If you dont you will end up shutting down on a busy eek and will not be able to accomplish the things that you need to do because you will be sick. So when ask are you taking care of yourself? Maybe you can at least in the beginning stages say, "Im Trying." And last but not least learn the word, NO. Or I'm not available, even if it means the reason you are busy is to take some time for self. I write my time off in the calendar, so I can easily say I'm not free that day. People dont need to know why. Be Well, Healthy and relaxed. Just my thoughts would love to hear your opinion or our personal story of why you can't find time or what are some techniques you use.
Every year depending on what part of the country one lives there are 4 seasons. In the winter, everything lays dormant, hibernating, preparing and getting ready to bloom. In the spring, things start to grow and develop. The ground is ready for planting and the weather is comfortable. Then it hits summer, the things that are planted, are in full bloom, and it seems all you can do is endure the heat and try to make the best of a hot situation. Then we hit fall. The weather returns to a comfortable temperature and the colors of the trees are at there peak as it prepares to shed the leaves of the spring. The trees go through a natural pruning process in the fall. The things that are dead, are dropped to the ground to be put in bags and thrown away never to return.
As I think about this hot summer evening and evaluating where I am in the midst of the seasons in my life. I feel like I'm in the winter season. I've been resting and now I'm waiting to spring forth. I'm ready for new things in my life. However, it seems to me that the winter will never end. I begin to realize that there is nothing I can do to rush the season. I just have to take it one day at time. Then there are those moments when I feel like I'm at the beginning of spring. I begin to enjoy the new things that are happening, things seem to be progressing then all of sudden there is a winter storm that comes from no where. It wasn't expected, and it stays around for days on end. My question is why is it so hard to just have life happen? To know that ultimately God has a plan for my life. I just need to be prepared to receive it, I must be obedient to what He is requiring and I must be willing to do the work that He asks of me. I don't know that I have the answers to the questions but I do know that
"They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."
My question is how long must I wait? I guess in reality as long as it takes because my life is in God's hands. I don't know about you, but waiting is very hard, but necessary in this journey. So as I encourage myself in this winter season of my life, I want you to also be encouraged. I want you to know this day, that you are not alone. We all go through the seasons of life.
What's your season?
When we think about transformation many of us desire for it to happen immediately. However, just like the butterfly transformation takes time. The transformation of an egg to a full grown butterfly can take anywhere from one month to a year. It’s not until my mentor gave me this quote,”Just when the caterpillar thought it was over it turned into a beautiful butterfly,” at one of the lowest moments in my life, I realized that I was merely just in the cocoon turning into a caterpillar.
Purpose of the Word of God