Psalm 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will guide you with My eye. (NKJV)
Since 1962, I have been keeping a diary. When I first started, it was almost entirely work-related. Later, when I refocused (not retired), more personal things were entered on the appropriate pages.
Every October or November, I purchase a new diary for the following year, and all the pages are blank. Usually in December, I start writing in the things that I want to remember: birthdays of my children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren; birthdays and anniversaries of siblings, in-laws, and special friends; dates when certain family members and friends passed away; dates of events which were important in our lives, such as when we moved to different places and countries during my working career; dates when we are planning to do something special in the new year ahead of us, vacations, perhaps; dates of future spiritual talks at the local Long Term Care Centre; and dates when I am booked to lead church services. As the year progresses, the blank pages are filled.
Every day of everyone's life is basically a blank page. We might have made some plans or have some idea as to how things might develop, but it is out of our hands. There is a Dutch saying, which, in effect, says, Man proposes, God disposes.
As the years pass and we get older, the pages of our lives are filled with the events which take place: the things that we do and experience; the mundane as well as the exciting; the sad as well as the joyful; times when we are healthy and times when we struggle, worry, and doubt.
Every once in a while, I get out an old diary and look at what happened in that particular year. Some of the things that I wrote down surprise me, but seemed important at the time. There are some things that I look for and can't find. They may be in there, but I can't find them.
Some things are important enough to write down, others not so much, but there is one thing that we are sure of: God is with us every day. He leads us, guides us, and sustains us. Through faith in Him, we are assured that the names of all who believe in Him as Saviour and Lord are entered in the Book of Life.
Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (NKJV)
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, there are times when we worry about things which are happening all around us or to us. But we are assured through faith that You are with us at all times. We thank You in Jesus' name. Amen.
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