Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Little Muddled?



I love this irreverent version of the classic Dickens, “A Christmas Carol.” And right now, I’m feeling a little like this ghost of Christmas present when she declares, “I’m a little muddled.”

The thing is, this time of year, we’re all, to one degree or another, feeling like we’re sharing this creature’s boat.

To and fro, getting, buying, going, here, there, everywhere…

And, oh yeah, we’re simultaneously dealing with the forced upon reflection this time of year brings: discouragement, regret, sadness and uncertainty for the future.

“I’m a little muddled.”

Is anyone else, besides me, hitching a ride on this sprite’s wings?


This time of year, it’s natural to look back, with as much 20/20 vision as we may have and look to all of the “woulda, coulda, shoulda” stuff. Yep, we all could have made different choices. And yes, some of those possible choices could have resulted in better, more positive results.

But, no matter what opportunities have passed, it’s still not hopeless. We have God, Who is never confused, especially when it comes to our muddled lives:

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace...”

1 Corinthians 14:33

Whatever has happened this year, it’s not too late for you, even if you are muddled now. God tells us we can ask Him for wisdom, help, guidance; He is loving and faithful to give it.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally, and reproaches not; and it shall be given him.”

James 1:5

“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it, whenever you turn to the right hand, and whenever turn to the left.’”

Isaiah 30:21

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go: I will guide you with My eye.”

Psalm 32:8

Even here, even now, your life and future looks bright! As long as God is never muddled, we’re more than conquerors!

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11

Copyright © 2016 by Sheryle Cruse



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