The Angel on Top of the Tree – Almost

Jeremiah 29:11-14

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.  You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you says the Lord.

Thought for the DayGod is with us in our wait.

 I found that cleaning after many days of working on projects was very rewarding.  Days of continued jobs in our last house and preparing for our children’s musical at church caused me to let a few things go at the house.  So, I finally cleaned and as I did I put the final touches on the Christmas Tree, well almost.  Our Christmas tree is tall and I needed to put the angel on the top.  If anyone had videoed me, I’m sure there would be a laugh.  Since we left our ladder in the last house to continue working, I had nothing tall enough to stand on.  I tried a chair, then I tried clipping kitchen tongs on the bottom of the angel to get her high enough, then I tried a long umbrella, and I tried a cane.  The angel is still not on the top of the tree.  As I looked at the angel this morning, still sitting on the mantle, I thought about my life and how I have been trying to “figure it all out”.  On a daily basis, I try to think about reasons why I still have not gotten a teaching position and, although I feel I am doing many rewarding and precious things, I find myself still trying to figure out where God is leading me.  I find myself, like that angel that sits on the mantle, waiting to be placed where God wants me.  But, like that angel, I know in time, I will find myself in the perfect place.  The angel will be placed on the tree with the help of my family, and I will find my place with the help of God.

I am thankful today for hope and faith.  Because I have hope and faith, I have the wonderful knowledge that God is leading me to his calling.  Because I try to follow God every day, I try to continue doing the things He has led me to right now.  Many days I fail as I try to get ahead of God, many days I feel it has been too long so I push too hard and cry that I am still in the same place.  Today, that angel sitting on the mantle has given me the thought of hope and faith.  Because that needlepointed angel, made by a precious pastor, sits on the mantle, I have held it and admired it many times.  It has been in a place where I could actually hold it, feel it, and love it.  Because I have not had a job, I have been able to hold my family closer, spend time preparing for children’s choir, spend time with God on my walk and in my writing, and spend time with God doing things that needed to be done.         Soon that angel will be placed atop the tree and soon I will be placed where God has called me.  Where that is, I do not know.  But, I don’t need to know because I have the hope and the faith to know that God, our Father, knows exactly where He is going to place me.  I wonder, have I been keeping God from being able to put me in my proper place, because of my wants and desires?

Prayer:  Father God, praises to You this day for all You have created.  Thank You for the love You have shown us through the years.  Knowing You have been there throughout our lives gives us the faith and hope when we don’t know where we are to turn.  Help us know that You are with us and in Your time, we will know where You are leading.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:   Those who are waiting.

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