Most mornings I wake up with a song of praise in my mind, or a verse, or a subject to write about. At least it’s been that way for the last 16 years. Though there was a period of time with my job that all I thought about 24/7 was work and how to solve problems. Thank God that period of time is over. But other than that 15 month stint as a District Manager, I usually wake up with things of the Lord.
But not this morning. This morning there was silence. And it was strange. So I greeted my Father, thanked him for the new day, and went about my morning ritual – make the coffee, walk the dog, then settle in for coffee with my Abba. Still nothing.
I searched through Facebook, looking for posts of my rabbi and friends who are currently in Israel. I am so excited for them, spending time in the land. If you are on Facebook, you know that memories of days gone by pop up. Well, 2 years ago on Thanksgiving, I was in the land, and memories popped up about that. And 5 years ago I posted our family Thanksgiving celebration, and that was there too.
Suddenly a line from a secular song rang in my head, ‘Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin into the future.’ Then I looked out my window and saw the moon, remembering that God set it there for times and seasons. And I thought about the Sabbath, how it marks every 7 days. I posted before how the Sabbath is a good indicator of whether or not I am being a good steward of the time God has given me. And I thought about all the plans I had in my head for when I returned from Israel and how far away and unattainable they seem this morning. Life and work sure does have a way of getting in the way.
You know, there are many names for God. El Elyon, El Shaddai, El Gibbor and so on. But it’s times like these, when I am feeling melancholy, that God is my El Kabong. Don’t laugh. God knows me, and he knows that every now and then I need a good whup upside the head to shake things back into perspective.
The Lord reminded me of a quote I found by actor Hugh Laurie:
It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.
The word of God tells us that we are not promised tomorrow. But God has a plan and he asks us to walk in it. So rather than allowing the enemy to bring me down with the passage of time, I choose to be thankful for God’s plan and God’s timing. I choose to rejoice in the weekly Sabbath and the new moon, knowing that I am marching closer to the goal God has placed before me. And on this Thanksgiving Day, I hope you are too.