Feb1MonFebruary 1, 2021
I have to admit that this most days this month looked very similar to the day before. It definitely takes effort and diligence to really shake up your routine and not to let your life run on auto-pilot. In my last post, I spoke about being intentional and one of my greatest joys has been to be outdoors in the presence of God more than ever. I have also followed a challenge to exercise for at least an hour every day. In order to change up the routine, I rediscovered cross country skiing as well. It is something I haven’t done with any consistency since before Sharon and I were married! We have also discovered new trails and we have taken long walks. I have to say the highlight was taking time to feed chickadees out at Starkey Hill.
As we enter another month of uncertainty with the lockdown here in Ontario, it’s very easy to get antsy, frustrated and inpatient with the process. However, I am learning about either choosing a good “slow burn” process. It is not the one where I smolder with an underlying anger against all the unjustice of the current situation. No, it is purifying! It is willingness to let everything about my life, my sense of well-being go through the intense heat of Jesus’ unfailing love.
Whether we like it or not we have all been forced to go on this journey together, yet also alone. In Luke 17 there were 10 men seeking healing but only one really discovered full restoration.
As we will see, it is one thing to discover physical healing; it’s quite another to discover emotional and spiritual well-being alongside the physical healing.
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[b] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
It was only one leper that truly experienced “Zoso” the Greek word for wholeness and it
came through thankfulness for everything that Jesus had done.
The most important thing that we can discover through this pandemic is thankfulness…not for the virus, but for everything the virus has taught us about life, about ourselves, about relationships, about who really is in control.
In their heart humans plan their course, but the LORD determines their steps.
It is one thing for this whole pandemic to be finally be solved; it’s quite another to be fully free of the fear, the anxiety and the madness. My hope and my prayer is that we don’t miss out on everything the LORD wants for us to discover in the midst of the madness.
Ann Voskamp writes that thanksgiving is the manifestation of our yes to His grace!
So, please live in 2021 with renewed hope, allow yourself to dream again, to believe that God wants to do amazing things. He has truly been faithful in the past to us and we will continue to see His hand tomorrow. Truly become more aware of the time God has given us. There are two Greek words for time, 'chronos' which literally denotes a space or time or succession of times. In 'chronos' time we are just simply calculating times and seasons. However, we are in another ‘kairos’ moment. We are in a significant moment, an opportunity that presents itself for a specific season. In order for us to be passionate about following Jesus, we need to discover the ‘kairos’ moment we are in and what the LORD is teaching us about ourselves, our relationships and the kingdom!
Never forget that Jesus didn’t come just to give you a life beyond this one, He came to give you a unforgettable life that will continue throughout eternity.
I have come that they may have life and life to the full. The same Greek word here “sozo” wholeness!
Thanksgiving — giving thanks in everything — is what prepares the way for salvation’s whole restoration. Our salvation in Christ is real, yet the completeness of that salvation is not fully realized in a life until the life realizes the need to fully give thanks in everything. Ann Voskamp.
I love how the Amplified Bible describes a blessed life as it related to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) Matthew 5:3
A really good reminder to remember how blessed we are.
Also, please follow our journey as we raise awareness and funding for young girls in Kenya this month. You can read a story everyday on Facebook on my wife's page, Sharon Ninaber #28girls
Support our goal of raising $5K here. https://goye-ministries.com/