Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Christ’s Presence with the Outcast

Marina Alexander
St. Andrews MTC, Yonkers, NY

“…You are the God who sees me.” ( 13)
 
Hagar felt unappreciated and harassed so she chose to run away, the route a lot of people choose when they are presented with a difficult situation. Hagar was not aware of her future and inner strength and so God decided to send one of his angels to her and knock some sense into her. In today’s day and age, mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety are high. Almost all of us are on a quest to find our niche, a place where we belong and feel wanted. Almost every single one of us have gone or is going through that “I am all alone in the world,” “no one understands me”, etc. phase/period. Like with Hagar, God follows (or chases) us and tries to give us the strength to pull through and face our challenges He laid out before us. God sees us in a way that no one else does.

 

Everyone has a purpose in life but in order to see it and find satisfaction, we have to stick with it and have faith  with perseverance, we will see what God has in store for us. This means trusting that God does have a plan and that it is    taking   place now. Abram and Sarai  did not have the patience for God's plan to materialize. They took matters into their own hands  because they felt that God had forgotten about them and the promise. But God  had to intervene to make something fruitful out of that as well. We often forget to ask for God’s input or look for the signs as to what to do next. We act impulsively based on our wants or other people’s wants or advice.

Be patient and have faith in God. However that does not mean  we are saying, “Okay God, do your thing,” while we sit there and do nothing.  We need to learn about this world that God created and think about how we can do our part while being involved and experimenting with different aspects of life and seeing where God feels we are needed most and are most apt for.

PRAYER

God, help us to appreciate You more; to be patient with  Your plan; to realize the timing that You are waiting for. Help us to become more aware of the world around us, not just our own world. Help us to become aware of the struggles around us. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
  
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14