ON REPEAT

I must be truthful and admit that after 25 consecutive days of Advent posting, following 10 days in bed with what I diagnosed as the flu( I prefer to not disclose where I obtained my MD) it is slightly ominous to think about writing again.    This is NOT the first time it has occurred to me I have nothing else to say.  AND THEN GOD---  out of the blue while pondering what I could possibly write about after years and years of posts---reminded me of this verse from His Word ~


" What has been is what will be,

and what has been done is what will be done,

and there is nothing new under the sun."

Ecclesiastes 1:9

Could that possibly say there is nothing "New" to write about?


If the wise King Solomon realized we are on repeat---who am I to deny it?  And as I thought this over, it occurred to me God has assured us ~


"And we know that for those who love God

all things work together for good,

for those who are called according to His purpose."

Romans 8:28


SO---there is my starting place---  IF there is really nothing new under the sun---and all things can be used for our good---even if I am on repeat---is there not more to say---more to ponder---more to seek?  Is my purpose not to seek God day in ~ day out?

My dear friend has been chronically ill for months.  Whenever we discussed (you call that a fire drill) what we would do in the event we had a health occurrence which would permanently alter our life---we always agreed we would not pursue living at all costs.  NOW--that is a biggie---but if you get to my age and do not have end of life directives  you have your head stuck in the sand.  "We don't get out of this alive," as promised in The Word~

"And just as it is appointed for man to die once,

and after that comes judgment"

Hebrews 9:27

We can do fire drills- over and over, but the truth of the matter is until we are faced with the reality of a scenario --we truthfully have no idea how we will react.  When we place ourselves into the hands of the medical community--we should be aware they are trained to keep us alive.  At times--this happens quickly and without much opportunity to make informed decisions.  We are put on the medical treadmill and it just keeps rolling along---sometimes with little opportunity for decisions---but instead it just happens.  One thing literally leads to another.

You all know I am no fan of suffering--but the fact of the matter is---even with all my i's dotted and t's crossed---I may be called upon to suffer.  My friend----had no idea what was about to take place---and one thing swiftly led to another until she now is faced with treatment for the remainder of her days on this earth.  BUT----though it is daunting and not just not easy--but I would say some days excruciating she now is faced with the need to have medical intervention  to remain with us.  WHY?  We both are not fans of suffering, but perhaps our suffering is for God's good purpose.  Let me put it like this---if one soul can be saved or one path made clear by our act of suffering---is it worth it?  We all agree it is certainly worth the cost to remain here if God can use us.  If we believe what God's word says---then there will be good---even when we suffer---even when we feel like we have been steam rolled into it.  Our faith is based upon God and His Word---either it is true or it all becomes questionable.  SO---"my narcissist plan" for the express reason of not suffering---may be thwarted once I put my life in the hands of the medical community.  THEN---God may give me the privilege to suffer for His Good Purpose because I love Him and am called according to His purpose.  What greater call could I have?

DEEP THINKING TO START 2024---We will see where this leads us!


4 comments

  1. Very deep but invaluable thinking, Lulu. Our purpose in life should be to love and serve God with every opportunity, even suffering, that comes our way. And as we age, that attitude grows ever stronger.
    Happy and Contemplative New Year!

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    1. It bears exploring-even when my mind is boggled.
      Happy New Year, Martha!

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  2. Standing on His faithful promise keepingšŸ¤—

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