Dear Ones,
Happy weekend and hope it is a relaxing one too. Today is our monthly Birthday party here at Northern Lakes so we will be going to pick up the cake in a few minutes. I’m also working on Christmas cards and want to get the overseas cards in the mail soon.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
I think we have all heard the phrase, “It is what it is!” I woke up this morning with those words going through my mind but then wondered what does that really mean? When I googled it, I found that it is an expression to characterize a frustrating or challenging situation that the person believes cannot be changed. In other words, it is something we have to deal with and accept, and is much like saying, “Whatever will be will always be.” Yes, it is good to not get frustrated by what we are going through and accept that it is the way that it is right now, but not necessarily how it will be in the future. Otherwise, we leave the Lord out of the equation. But the truth of the matter is that He can change our circumstances in the blink of an eye if He so chooses.
Maybe saying, “it is what it is”, helps us refrain from complaining but as Christians we can put a much more positive spin on it. Just now as I write, the moon is shining in my window and the stars are filling the sky and I think of our mighty God who made all of this. As David said in Psalm 8:3-4 (God’s Word), “When I look at your heavens, the creation of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have set in place—what is a mortal that you remember him or the Son of Man that you take care of Him?” The creator of the universe made us and cares for us, and will always make a way for us for He is full of mercy and compassion. Our situations can change suddenly for we are His and can rest our full trust in Him. Maybe we feel like a door has been slammed in our face, but we can be assured He will open another door for us in His perfect timing. The first time I heard, “It is what it is”, was by an elderly woman who was in a situation she felt was out of her control and was reconciled to the fact that it would stay the same. But today God has changed her circumstances and it is no longer an issue at all.
Let us be people of faith in our mighty loving God who can do all things, and we can say, “It is not what it was in the past for behold all things are new!”
Challenge for today: Be at peace in the present but live with faith for whatever the Lord may do in the future.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy