Happy New Year: Walk In The Light!
Lyndia Grant | 12/29/2011, 4:48 p.m.
It's a new year and I'm being led to talk about the importance of walking as children of light. At times, when you find yourself walking in darkness, seek God's words for your comfort.
These days, we're faced with many issues. To help deal with these issues, there is a beautiful message in the story of Esther and it is available to anyone who has ever experienced brokenness or has ever been crushed by life. Esther's story is for anyone who has ever felt his/her past is so discolored, so disjointed, so fractured, that there is no way in the world God can make reason and meaning out of it.
Esther was a little girl who must have cried her heart out at the death of her parents. Although bereft of the people she loved and orphaned, years later, who would have known that this situation would become key to the very survival of her people, the Jews. God and God alone can do such things. He, in fact, does do such things, working silently and invisibly behind the events of history daily.
In the Word, you are sure to find exciting scriptures that teach us the value of walking as children of the light. In a couple scriptures, it reads: "Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD. - Isaiah 2:5 and "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter." -Isaiah 5:20
We walk in darkness when we allow our thoughts to run wild. Like weeds that grow without any effort, when you plant a garden, you must cultivate the soil. You must plant the garden in some order, plus you must make decisions about what flowers or vegetables you will grow in various parts of your garden.
Weeds, on the other hand, don't have to be planted, they simply show up. You must remove the weeds from your garden for all to be well. You must till the soil of your garden and care for it daily by getting rid of the weeds (negative thoughts) that bring your spirit down.
The moral to this story is: Weeds grow without any effort, and so do negative thoughts. But for a beautiful, organized and well-planned garden, there must first be a desire to plant the garden, you must organize your plans, have imagination, get some specialized knowledge so that you can make this garden work.
Know all of your weaknesses (weeds) so you can bridge them or eliminate them entirely, for it is usually our weaknesses that cause us to walk in those dark places. You can only know yourself through accurate analysis, and this should be done annually.
God has an agenda (remember Esther) and His purpose is for each of us to be capable of carrying out His work each day. So this year, "Walk as children of light" and repeat daily, "I'm the head, not the tail!" Surrender and know that God is able.
Quitters never win and winners never quit. Keep right on trying, no matter how many times you start over. Don't worry about what "they" say, God only put that idea into your mind, not anyone else's. Contact Lyndia Grant by calling (202) 518-3192 or send email messages to firstname.lastname@example.org.