This will be my very last Bible email, as I am coming to a close as a fieldworker for The Stewards’ Trust at the end of this month. This last year has been a massive journey for me and I’ve learned a lot of things. I’ve especially enjoyed getting to know some of you girls and writing to each of you every other week! Thank you for sharing and trusting me in parts of your lives. One of you, Liv Glenny, sent this verse from James 4:13 to me recently:
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. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
It was a massive encouragement to me. It’s so easy to try and plan our lives and she reminded me that God loves those who wait for His leading.
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life?
I don’t think James is saying it is bad to make plans, but we need to hold them lightly. The plans we make are not our security, God is.
In the amplified version of the Bible James actually says: What is secure in your life?
As well as leaving this job, I have also been in the process of moving houses. I’ve been sorting out my clothes too – I actually emptied out all the clothes I own from my wardrobe and put everything I wanted to give away in boxes. So if any of you want to meet up in the next week/want to check out some of my old clothes please let me know! However, more to the point, this made me realise we definitely take our securities for granted and then see them as normal parts of our lives rather than a blessing.
So this is what I did... I questioned what is secure in my life and then thought about my attitudes toward them.
This is a basic one and I did another on a more detailed level.
This massively encouraged me to look at whatever is next for me with a clean slate and also filled me with thankfulness for the things I have in my life. I want to be able to start again and not rely on what I have as secure in a comfortable mindset, but instead look at what I have with fresh eyes and let God make clear to me what's next in the process - blank canvas style! So there we go, that's where I'm at, James is changing my perspective of what it means to be present.
It is so powerful when we are able to let go of control and give every part of our lives to God. He has the power to change more than we can know and realise! His plans are always good.
Lots of love to you girls and maybe I will see some of you again soon, in a Stewards' Trust context or a different one!