God’s impressions within and His Word without are always corroborated by His providence around, and we should quietly wait until these three focus into one point. . . . If you do not know what you ought to do, stand still until you do. And when the time comes for action, circumstances, like glowworms, will sparkle along your path. You will become so sure that you are right, when God’s three witnesses concur, that you could not be surer though an angel beckoned you on. — F. B. Meyer
Spending time this week in silence, being still, revealed the above list of words to me. Words that seemed to resonate within when I read the words of F. B Meyer. Cause and effect. When we wait, in silence, and are still and observant, the confidence that we know what we know becomes solid. But we should try to remember that the path we are on is personal. It’s designed with us in mind with an outcome… destination…. purpose…. tailor-made just for us. My journey is not your journey and yours is not mine. But we know, within — that gut feeling — that this is what is meant to be, where we are supposed to be, the path that was laid out with our name attached to it. We know because it is revealed to us, step by step, consistently and persistently and patiently. And we receive confirmation of this in the circumstances that light the way before us, like the glowworms Meyer spoke of, or like runway lights that confirm the coordinates the pilot received from the tower. We hear it in our hearts or we hear it in the conversations we have with those master mind alliances we are so fortunate to have in our lives, but we will also see it in the events that unfold in our lives.
I’m reminded of Og’s words, as well, in this personal journey and how it affects us from day to day. More specifically, in others’ journeys, and how their journey may be affecting them.
And with this new knowledge I will also understand and recognize the moods of him on whom I call. I will make allowances for his anger and irritation of today. . . . . I can withstand his arrows and insults for now I know that tomorrow he will change and be a joy to approach.
We don’t know what others are going through, nor is it our business to judge or project our opinion on their day. We are the master of our emotions. Be kind, or as Og says, make allowances for their anger or irrational behavior. (Not always the easiest task!) But remember that their journey may be taking them through circumstances that we can never understand. The only emotions we are responsible for or have control over are our own.
And that is where we find our balance. In managing our own circumstances. In being responsible for our thoughts and our actions. Ours. Not his, not hers, not theirs. Balance in what we allow to affect us; balance in where we place our priorities; balance in our decision making. Balance. Like the walk of the acrobat on the balance beam, without balance, we will surely fall.