I CHOSE TO REJOICE

 
“Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.

The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills” (Hab 3:17-19)

Today is the 20th day since I fell and broke my foot. I am truly surprised that there are so many lessons to learn from a sick bed. The major set back is that I cannot work like before. I can’t cook or do the daily chores. In the past, I was always running ‘up and down’ so that I am not late with my assignments as a wife, mother or as a pastor. But now I am slow for I have to walk with crutches. So work is missing me… Calling me… Sorry work…

I had to learn how to accept the rest of God… It is a gift I did not pray for… I did not appreciate its value until God dropped it in my lap… This forced rest makes me to appreciate the things that I can never lose, the spiritual eternal things of grace and faith. The Holy Spirit is happy with me… His presence is here with me… For now, He does not want to talk about my ankle. He wants to talk about other things, the glory things… He lifts me up above the infirmity of the body, above the needs of today so that I can see the future, bright and beautiful… No limping, no pain, no lack… The worship must go on…

Based on the Word of God I made some definite decisions: I chose to remove my attention from my present discomfort and to gaze straight and long at Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of my faith… Even if He slays me I chose to trust in God… I chose to believe that He will perfect all that concerns me…I chose to trust Him with the lives of my husband and children (natural and spiritual)… I chose to trust God with the progress of the ministry… I chose to love God for He thought me what love is… I chose to to have peace in Him and not fret about my present situation… I chose to rejoice in Him for I know that He is in control of my life… I chose to be strong not in myself but in Him who never sleeps nor slumbers… I chose to walk by faith and not by sight, for my eyes may be deceive me when even when my spirit knows the truth… I chose to be led by the Holy Spirit daily… I chose to praise my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for He is worthy to be praised forever…

Dear children, be encouraged! This is my free will choice and declaration of faith! Our future is better than our past or the present! The glory that will be revealed in us cannot compare with the present limitations… God is surely doing something…it will end in praise… Why not start the rejoicing now? This is what I am doing, rejoicing in my God! For He never changes… He is always good, faithful and wonderful! I now declare from the roof tops: Jesus is Lord!

Tali 12

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