Today is the 6th day of the new year. How are your goals/resolutions coming along? A lot of what I’ve read on the internet says that by this time most of us have already failed at our resolutions. I prefer not to think about it as failure, because change is a process. The only failure is if you don’t try. Having said that, I’m doing okay so far with my goals.
One of the goals I made this year was to spend more time in relationship with Christ. Relationship is what it’s all about after all. We grow our friendships by spending time with one another so my goal is to be intentional about spending time with God. It’s the best way to grow our relationship.
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The other night in my quiet time I came about this verse in Isaiah 8, verses 11 through 14.
“The LORD spoke to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people. He said: "Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy…”
This verse just jumped off the page for me. Right now my employer (a city owned hospital) is going through a really challenging time. The city council has been evaluating bids by different companies to lease and run the hospital. This is a good thing for the hospital and for the community.
A good thing doesn’t always mean the status quo and so things will be changing, possibly by the end of the year. As it usually does in situations like this the grape vine has been flourishing. People are concerned and many theories about what may happen are scampering around the office as well as the city. It’s tough for everyone. Morale has plunged and people have begun to leave for pastures that seem more stable.
I’ll admit, I have my own theories and I have talked about them with coworkers and friends. It’s hard not to. It’s human nature. But in the midst of this God has reminded me of who’s in control. He gave me these words from Isaiah as a way of telling me to let go of the “conspiracy” theories and to trust His plan. I can’t see the full plan right now, but God is holy and because of that it’s going to be okay.