Reassuring Your Gift

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Rom. 2:1-2 (Message)

As I sat along the artistically chiseled rocks of the Inagua Island, All my senses savored the awe of nature. The tranquility of being surrounded by the mighty blue ocean with the sounds of water tumbling over rocks, rushing into cracks then splashing against the narrow shore line was simply captivating. The last rays of the sunny cast an impressive silhouette against the clouds that threatened rain and I thought, “What beauty!”.

In the distance, not far across the water, I could see the heads of mountains that belonged to another land where the concept of freedom and equality was starkly different from mine. The people of that nation saw the same sunset, heard the same ocean, felt the same balmy breeze but had a different rhythm in their heart. The unfairness of it all distracted my evening’s meditation. However greater disturbance was yet to come as the Holy Spirit impressed me with a new thought: “You don’t have to cross the ocean to sense this pitiful contrast. There are many persons on the same land on which you sit that have not the sense of freedom and beauty you now discern.”

It got even worst as I considered that just moments before I too, a few steps away from this altar of inspiration, was locked in a room surrendered to the redundant information on TV and the Internet. I too was oblivious to the beauty that surrounded me. It’s a choice one makes everyday. Though we breathe the same air, serve the same God, sing the same hymns, our experience of freedom in Christ is so vastly different. The extent to which we are free is the extent to which we choose to be free.

So as I tasted the saline splashes of the ocean on my face, I prayed a simple prayer; “ God give me the consciousness of my need to choose and the wisdom to choose aright. May I choose praise over pity. I want to always choose contentment over covetousness. Help me to see challenges as the fitting room for triumph and disappointment as the waiting room for my glorious destiny. - Patrice Williams-Gordon
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