I (eye) can be introverted and extroverted
Compassionate or unfeeling
Influential and yet powerless
Self-centered yet thinking of others more than myself, realizing it’s not about me
I can be very approachable or very reserved
I can appreciate a crowd, yet cherish being with myself
I can be all things to all people (once describe as a chameleon)
Yet I can be happily “just me”
My diversity seems to be my undoing
My inconsistencies seem to work against me rather than for me
It’s difficult to find and maintain meaningful relationships
Sometimes – I (eye) find myself …….
Thankfully – G.I.M.R.A.
God Is My Refuge…Always
Cleaning Last Year’s Debris
Washing machines have several wash cycles, from normal to gentle, and from delicate to self-cleaning. I recently put a large area rug in my washer; I wasn’t sure I should have, but I did it anyway. The result, it left a good deal of debris in my washer. It was quite a mess, but at least my rug was clean.
As the year comes to an end I’d like to share two observations; usually washing machines clean other things, but one Thanksgiving I set mine to clean itself. As the machine was self-cleaning, I begin to think about the upcoming holidays, and maybe our self-cleaning is part of releasing stuff taken on last year.
God is allowing us to take debris from the old year, cleaning out the internal trash and garbage collected in our minds and spirits in 2015 and putting it all behind us. Like the washing machine, we need to clean out our interior, so we can have room to accept the new bundles for 2016. By self-cleaning, we are getting ready for the supernatural coming our way.
The second thing pertains to the upcoming new year, and how Thanksgiving and Christmas is a time God has set aside to prepare or introduced us our upcoming future. Beginning with Thanksgiving preparations, God knows we need time to reflect on things which occurred last year, perhaps a new job or career, perhaps a move, perhaps a divorce, perhaps a new love or a new life.
Many things were introduced and experienced in 2015, and our wise and gracious Father gives us a moment to introduce us or get us ready for 2016. I feel some of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are about looking forward.