Thoughts for the Month

January

‘For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’(Isaiah Ch. 9 v. 6)

The Magi would have found these words when they were searching through documents to find the meaning of the new star that they had discovered; they would then have felt compelled to follow it so that they could pay their respects to this, the greatest being, ever.

No wonder they set out on such a journey to discover this amazing baby!

If you think about it, life is a journey and not an easy one, at that. Throughout, there will be mountains to climb, streams to ford, rivers that seem impossible to cross, narrow twisting paths that sometimes are dead-ends and crossroads that often do not have signposts.

True, but also there are pleasant, fertile valleys where we can take our rest, where we can recharge our batteries.

If life was one big, fertile valley would we appreciate it?

It takes storms and torrential rain to make us appreciate the sun and fine weather; so it is with life’s journey. It is the ups and downs that help us to appreciate the calm areas of our lives.                                                       

If, like us, you enjoy exploring places you have not visited before, then you are probably a map reader. My husband drives but I am the one who directs according to the map and, though I say it myself, I am a very good
navigator!                                                                                      

It is not always easy when having said ‘Take the next left turn,’ the driver turns right but, with a map it is possible to get back onto the correct road.

So it is with our life journey. If we stray from the straight path, we can always reach out and:

‘Into thy hand I commit my spirit.’  (Psalm 31 .5)                                                                         

The Lord will always guide us if we trust in Him.

‘How long shall thy journey be?’  (Nehemiah Ch.2 v.6)

Like the magi, our lives will follow paths we do not exactly know where they will take us or how long that journey will be; but like them, we have a certainty of what we will find at the end of it. For them, it was the baby who would be the greatest king ever; for us, it will be eternal life with that king.


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