One Thought – A Devotional
A Refining Fire
1 December 2016
I will not forget your precepts.
- Psalm 119:45
I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
- Psalm 121:1-2
I derived much joy while driving in New Zealand. I marvelled at the transforming vistas which were clearly the works of our mighty God.
When I visited Mount John Observatory, within the world-renowned Dark Night Reserve, I realised how insignificant earth is - just one of the billions of stars God had created. My eyes strained to see. There were a few million stars. However, when I looked through the observatory’s powerful research telescope, I beheld millions upon millions more stars thousands of light years away.
I thought humbly to myself: God had created a universe beyond measure, yet God knows me. I am far more important to Him than anything else.
Starting this vacation had been extremely trying and difficult with so much work on hand. I wondered how I was going to find rest in the next two weeks, much less to enjoy this holiday? I knew I needed to rest and to take a break. But I was also overwhelmed and "afflicted" by the continuous challenges at work that needed my instant and constant attention.
But the little hope that I had left in me did not disappoint as my family and I came together to submit the situation to God. I turned to the Lord asking for wisdom to help me find rest and allow me to enjoy my holiday, to leave "the burden of work" at His doorstep, and to be assured that He would be in control when I returned to work.