Greetings, Reading Friends and New Subscribers! This is David Telbat with my Author Reflection, “A Year in Review.” How was your year? If you could look at the past year in the rear-view mirror, in what ways have you grown? No doubt, you’ve had your share of difficulties, struggles, and trials, but can you see your growth? Only by the exercise through the valleys do we get into shape for the mountains. So, after the past year, what’s your shape? 🙂
The Main Lesson for Me
Between writing and the ministry, I rarely slow down. Sometimes, God pulls back His hand on my health just to give me a much-needed rest—occasionally even in the hospital. I may certainly have more hospital visits to come, but I’ve learned this past year, more than any other, to slow down and give God more time.
There’s a biblical principle that says we’ll continue to face the same obstacle until we learn to trust God to deal with that obstacle. Only then will God see our growth and present us with a new obstacle to prepare us for eternity. My continuous obstacle–since I’m energetic and quick to assume too many responsibilities—was that I wasn’t slowing down to enjoy God like I could’ve been.
At the beginning of last year, however, God opened my eyes to my desperate need for more of Him. I’ve served in the ministry for years, and suddenly I was starving for God in a new way! As the weeks passed, I saw how I could enjoy God by trusting more directly on His actual presence with me. My awareness of Him grew, and spending time with Him ceased to be a challenge or chore, but a cherished time of communion. Only then did I notice my projects at hand receive His added help, and my interactions with others became more purposeful.
A Time of Rest
We often talk about how we rest in God. We know that we rest in our everlasting life, afforded to us because of Christ’s finished work on the cross. As He rests from His work, we can rest from our work to achieve what we could never reach. But let me challenge us also to carry that initial rest into a continuous phase. Let us rest also in the pleasure of knowing God as a Person, as our Friend, as our Comforter.
Part of the “curse” of the end times is the increase of knowledge, and the busy pursuit to increase our own knowledge. Our flesh wants to experience and thrive and know and do—often at the expense of actually becoming more like Christ. But this coming year, let us pause more often throughout our daily activities—and meditate on the Person of Jesus Christ, on the very presence of the Holy Spirit living within us, and the Father’s loving ear always available. The woes of this world fade away when we rest in Him more fully.
See you on the next page!
You may enjoy this previous Author Reflection post, “New Year, New Opportunity.”
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1) Vision Beyond Borders is considering developing a safe house in Romania. Currently, there are only four safe houses in Romania, and prostitution and trafficking run rampant. [VBB Founder/Missionary] Patrick was able to meet with contacts there as well as a young lady they have chosen to help start the home. They were able to do a radio program talking about the new safe house. People were very responsive and wanted to help! In addition, they were able to visit another ministry that is trying to help women who have been trafficked. They do not have a safe house and were excited about partnering with VBB to bring women to the safe house once it is established. Finally, they were able to meet with the chief of police, who is a Christian, and was very supportive of establishing a safe house. Please join with us in praying God will use the safe house to unify the Body of Christ in Romania. [Excerpt from recent newsletter. To subscribe to their newsletter, click & scroll to bottom of this page.]
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