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21/06/2022 03:00 - 22/06/2022 02:00

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint" - Isaiah 40:31 (NIV).

Robert Frost's famous poem, "The Road not Taken" is about a traveller who finds himself at a road juncture facing two roads. The traveller rather than take the seemingly easy watered route, decides on the more drier patch. But difficult as it is, reaches his destiny, well and sound. Finally at the end, the traveller sings: "I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference"!

There are two roads every life encounters. One might be so tempting because everything seems so alluring. Another, few dare, because there is nothing alluring about it.

The one who takes the easy road may easily rush to his destiny, for there is no challenge to encounter along the way. All is smooth. But the one who takes the less traveled road may be delayed as he faces all sorts of obstacles in the way. But through it all the traveller finnaly but sure makes it.

Sometimes the Lord leads us to such a juncture with two roads. Instead of leading us upon the easy road, as is our prayers, he points us to the difficult road. We may wonder why once on it and perhaps think the Lord has abandoned us. However once we get to the destination with the Lord's help, we have only praises, finnaly appreciating the Lord's plan all along for our lives.

Today, you may find yourself on a difficult road, less traveled and full of thickets and thorns. Perhaps you may have a feeling of abandonment. When you persevere, as you should with the Lord's help, and finnaly get to your destiny, as you will indeed, then you will know what a blessing it was to take the "Road Not Taken!"

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I thank you for the road you are leading me along because of the treasures I pick along the way, and difficult as it is, I know with your guide, victory awaits at the end, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).

    The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).

    Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).

    That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.

    Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.

    Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!