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Monday, January 29, 2007

God only knows, God has his plan - the information's unavailable to the mortal man....?

I have a new editorial to post but before I do that here is something else.

The last few days have been quite an emotional battering and I do feel like I am in danger of not weathering the storm. 3 people I knew in varying degrees have died in the last 10 or so days. Things with Redbrick are kicking off and I am under a lot of pressure. Not to mention other little things like my degree, which isn't going brilliantly. I would appreciate prayer, for me but primarily for the people who have lost loved ones over recent days. There is nothing to soften the blow, especially when all these people were at a stage of life not expected to be the last. It does bring a constant consciousness of how fleeting life is.

But God led me to this part of his word today, and it has never seemed more appropriate:

Psalm 62

My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I shall never be shaken.

How long will you assault a man?
Would all of you throw him down -
This leaning wall, this tottering fence?
They fully intend to topple him
from his lofty place;
they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse.

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I shall not be shaken.
My salvation and my honour depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.

Lowborn men are but a breath,
the highborn are but a lie;
if weighed on a balance, they are nothing;
together they are only a breath.
Do not trust in extortion
or take pride in stolen goods;
though your riches increase,
do not set your heart on them.

One thing God has spoken,
two things I have heard:
that you, O God, are strong,
and that you, O Lord, are loving.
Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.

Well I can't think of many times in my life when I have felt as much like a leaning wall and a tottering fence as I do now. But pouring out my heart to God whilst reading this, I was and am conscious that he is my strength. My salvation and honour rests on him, not on a university degree, not on being Redbrick Editor, not on anyone else.

Paul Simon, when he wrote the above words, was mistaken. Although we do not know all of God's plans - I do not know why he chose to take these three people, and I will never know - we know how we fit into his plan. He has, so graciously and lovingly, involved the mortal man in his eternal plan. And that is a cause of joy that has a real foundation.


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