All our lives we want to make it onto lists. If we make the list then we feel more important and accepted and possibly loved? We also get to be invited to important events, attend the best schools and have the coolest friends.
I am about to be placed on a list myself. Being on this list, however, will afford me the opportunity to have life saving surgery by means of a double lung transplant. Never before was I happier to make a list. Especially since I was told before that I will never make this list, today is cause for celebration indeed.
There is another list I am more interested in getting onto and God is working in my life and on my heart daily to make sure that my name is on that list. You see a crown is waiting for me.
The last couple of weeks were quite challenging for me but in hindsight I see the necessity of it. God has taken me on a crash course in a very short space of time. He needed me and Him to be on the same page about a couple of things but mostly He needed me to have a reality check. God had to show me how things really are not how I wish things to be. Oh I love it when He does that. I get to learn so much about myself and those around me but the best part is that right through the process I get to experience God intimately and I get to see His heart. His big beautiful heart that loves us unconditionally and only wants the best for us.
I was meditating on the book of Joel chapter 2 in my private devotions this morning. Every line spoke volumes but verses 25, 26 and 27 stood out. Verse 25 reads: “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust and the chewing locust …” This promise is so personal to me and the fulfilment thereof brings so much joy to my heart. I almost want to exhale forever, like they make me do in pulmonary function testing but this time I won’t panic and catch a quick breath and fail.
The swarming locusts, the crawling locust, the consuming locust and the chewing locust have been feasting away at me for a very very long time. God took me on this journey of discovery since 1 October and then just when I was about to be overwhelmed by it all verses 26 and 27 jumped out at me and in those promises my soul found peace. Verses 26 “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who dealt wondrously with you; and my people shall never be put to shame”, v 27 “Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel; I am the Lord your God and there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame”. Thank you for keeping your promise Lord!