Hello, hello, hello!! I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend yet. It's holiday season here in the UAE because of an Islamic celebration called Eid Al Adha. Those working in the private sector get to enjoy a 3-4 day break (which is only like 1 or 2 additional days off to their usual 2 days off *smirks*) while those working in the public sector enjoy an amazing 9 day break. Daebak! After going to church yesterday, we'd originally planned to attend a birthday party we were invited to which we did, and visit our relatives once again in the land far away — Al Ruwais. Although that would've been a good idea from the start, we just had to cancel because 1, my mom had to check on her patient at 8:30 next morning (Saturday) which would be impossible knowing that travelling to and from Al Ruwais would take 4 hours in itself. 2, the weather just wasn't so cooperative yesterday. It was so foggy and humid in the city, how much more in the desert? I was kind of frustrated because I wanted my mom to have more time with us, and in all honesty, I only asked for this one Saturday. And it never happened, LOL. So I woke up today, loaded the washing machine and off I go. My Saturday will be filled with house cleaning, ironing, cooking and more house chores. Then I realized that maybe, I could spend some more time with God instead of spending more time for myself, right?
In the midst of all these supposed-to-be awesome plans getting cancelled, I can only say that maybe God was just giving me more time to soak into His word. While we are too busy hotel-hopping, looking for things to do this holiday season, we shouldn't neglect the fact that even the free-time we have, we owe to God alone. Pastor Bill's teaching on "devotion" yesterday has got me thinking about who or what am I truly devoted to. If I was truly devoted to God, I would've realized sooner that one of the most important part of my life — time, was also meant to be invested into something greater. The 9-day off will fade. Sooner than you all know it, you'd be back in your office, stressing on numerous e-mails you hadn't read yet. Or maybe, after a lot of backpacking, you'll realize you still had to wash all those clothes you brought with you.
I'm not saying that enjoying a holiday break is something you shouldn't do. But maybe, just maybe you've also experienced your plans getting cancelled at some point in your lives. Maybe it was that plan that could've changed your life forever, and in one blink has turned into trash. My prayer is that we all learn to submit to the sovereignty of God's will in our lives. Many things don't happen as we have planned, but many things will happen in His own perfect time too. Many prayers will get answered when we least expect it. Let's all remember Paul's saying that although everything is permissible, everything won't be as beneficial as we think. We may have our own conclusions, but God has His own too — and often, that's what will take place in our lives.
May everyday, not just the holidays teach us to steal the little free time we have to dig in deeper into God's word and invest in things that are eternal and truly life-changing. And just like the flower in the picture above, may we bloom wherever we are planted, may we grow in places we think we're not supposed to, and may we always be the light that leads others to Jesus.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven - ecclesiastes 3:1
I have the right to do anything," you say--but not everything is beneficial. "I have the right to do anything"--but not everything is constructive.
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