Where is God in your “mist”?
By Teresa A. LeNeave
My pastor, Rev. Dee Hazelwood, asked us a question during Sunday service that I had to think about for a while. After much consideration, trying to answer that myself, I decided to ask my readers the same question, “What do you want to DO in 2014?”
That doesn’t sound like a hard question unless you want to answer it honestly. To answer, honestly, you have to take time to think about it. What do you REALLY want to do? Not, “What do you want?” – But, “What do you want ‘to do’?”
With the recent death of my 39-year-old nephew, the short span-of-life here on earth has kind of slapped me in the face. I know the Bible says we are just a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes away, but we just don’t “think” that way. Most of us think, and act, like we’ll be around forever. I’m reminded of what James said:
James 4:13–14 (NIV)
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
We plan so confidently from year–to-year, but where is God in those plans? I definitely believe in making plans and setting goals, but we should always keep in mind that those plans could be disrupted at a moment’s notice.
Every year, about this time, we get with our CPA and financial advisors to discuss where we’ll invest our money so we can retire comfortably. Greg and I discuss where we want to go on vacation and where we’ll take the company in the coming year. Now that we’re getting older, we even plan for retirement: where we’ll live, the kind of home we want, and of course, which golf course we’ll live on, or near!
In all our planning my prayer is that we never forget to take into account the things we can’t control. We can’t control the mist or the vanishing. We are totally dependent on God for both the mist and the vanishing.
Since the Word says we are just a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes away, how do we plan for the dash in the middle … the “season of mist”? And, how do we plan for the “vanishes away”?
Think of a misty-dew covered morning. When the sun comes up, the mist goes away. It only has a short lifespan. If the wind blows, it will be carried away. A mist is totally dependent on the wind, the sun or other elements of nature. In the same way, we are totally dependent on God for every breath we breathe. When we plan for what “we want to do”, let’s make plans with God in mind. Don’t make plans without God and His will.
What do I want to do in 2014? I want to write a book. I want to see the world. I want to win people to Jesus. I want to paint more. I want to be a kinder person. I want to be a better wife. I want to be a better teacher and a better song leader … I could go on and on with what I want, but the real question is, “What does God want for my life in 2014”? Will I be obedient to His will? Will I hear Him when he gives me instructions?
What I really want is to not run ahead of God and make plans without God and His will for my life.
I hope you can say the same thing. Take God into account when you’re making plans. Plans with God in them are the only ones that will go into eternity with you. And, they are the only ones that will bring joy and lasting happiness!
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