Last night I realized that I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and there was no way that I was going to be able to get to the right place at the right time. I had made a major mistake on my schedule, and left someone sitting alone in a coffee shop waiting for me. It felt pretty bad. Once I realized which day I was actually living in, some days seem to run together and I haven't been keeping track very well, and noticed that even with a calendar, I am a scatter brain, my abandon coffee shop friend and I rescheduled. But, still, it doesn't feel good on either end.
This morning, when I got up, still not having slept the greatest in the night, I prayed right away for God to lead me in His Word. 1 Peter 1 popped into my head, and so I turned there in my bible. I have always loved to read in 1 Peter. Today as I read through chapter 1, He spoke to me just as I needed. I love the way the chapter starts out in the Message:
Not one is missing, not one forgotten. God the Father has his eye on each of you, and has determined by the work of the Spirit to keep you obedient through the sacrifice of Jesus. May everything good from God be yours!
God's calendar is perfect. He had his eye on my friend, and on me last night, I can know that everything good from God will be mine and hers!
The chapter continues with this promise:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ for the dead.
He has caused me to be born again to a living hope, I have everything to live for, including a future in heaven, that future starts right now! So, He is keeping careful watch over me, my future, and promising that I will have it all:
to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
I have experienced that the things here on earth fade away. They come to an end. Relationships end. The stuff we gather in our lives end, even the homes we live in. For me, I have had many ends. But, I have also had beginning's, and God is promising me that the treasure in heaven will never fade away, and He is also promising me a protection by His power, I just need to have faith.
The chapter continues with many priceless words that helped me this morning. His Words. I like the way it wraps up in the end:
Your new birth comes from God's living word. Just think: a life conceived by God Himself! That's why the prophet said,
The old life is a grass life
it's beauty as short lived as wild flowers;
Grass dries up, flowers droop,
God's Word goes on and on forever.
This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.
His Word deeply rooted within my very soul, like fire that cleanses, like passion that moves. His Word gives me the hope I need to keep moving, keep speaking, keep thinking, keep being obedient to Him. His Word marks my life with His name, and through Him all things happen.
Jesus, Say That Again, continue to speak Your Word into my heart and soul. It does not fade, Your Word is forever!