“Happy Anniversary!”, we exclaimed as we toasted and clinked our glasses during our celebratory dinner. “And here’s to another thirty five, ” I said.
The realization quickly hit us – there probably would not be another thirty five. We have no idea how many days and years we have been given, but thirty five more? Well, it could be possible, but it was truly unlikely.
We ate dinner laughing about our life together. We made it through some difficult challenges, discovering God does make us stronger than we ever imagine. There were some lean years in which we found Him to be the One who provides.
And then there was acknowledging, we had done more than we ever dreamed we would. God had been faithful, providing us with many opportunities to do things and go places and share experiences we had not even thought possible for us.
We had lived our lives so far, with layer upon layer of His goodness.
We had come into the start of this vacation depleted. I was tired and in need of a rest. We both were actually, hubby probably even more so than me. On the plane I read this quote:
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
And it hits me …
What lies within us, Who lies within us, equips us to better deal with what lies before us.
“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.”
(2 Peter 1:3)
We have it all, whatever we need to meet the demands of each day. This is the very reason it is so vital for us to make time to rest – to rest our minds, our souls, our bodies.
We must take time to tend to Him, which lies within us, so that He will be better able to tend to us. Our souls need tending to. We must make time to nurture and feed our spirits for they long to graze green pasture and drink of living water.
We need to dig deep and drink long without the demands and pressures of our day depleting us of our small reserves. In so doing, we are better able to look back and deal with the past, gleaning wisdom and obtaining healing. We are then able to focus on the days ahead, anticipating and dreaming of all which God has for us. Neither that which is behind, nor what is before us, will seem as overwhelming or able to overtake us.
How do you tend to your soul each day?
May we be faithful to tend to, nurture and develop that which He has given us. For it is what we will need to live this life each and every day.
Tend to Who lies within us.
It is Who we need most.