The Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9)
New Year’s resolutions, new goals and new chapters were set and probably executed by the 1st of January. That’s awesome. However, there are some people who did not have the ability or desire to plan for the year because of plans that failed the year before.
I am sure that looking back on 2018 brought about different emotions and desires for different women as they sat back and reflected.
Being able to reflect takes courage because it opens one up to wounds and joys of the past. What is important is the change that reflection brings.
Over the last year, many of us had the opportunity to look back at events and incidents, and decide what the way forward was going to be. This year, as those opportunities of reflection are provided, God is also asking, “where are you?”.
When God created Adam and Eve, it didn’t lead Him to become ignorant of their every move. He knew their every move and had an open line of communication with them, until the fall. God wasn’t ignorant of where they were or what they were doing. Instead, He wanted to meet them where they were.
I also believe God will be asking us the same question through the year: “Where are you?”, “How are you doing spiritually or emotionally?”, “Where are you with your struggles and your addictions?”, “What are your desires?”, “How did that situation hurt or heal you?” and He will not be asking for His own sake but for yours.
He wants you to realize where you are and what you’re doing. And He is asking this question because He loves you too much to let you stay put in your faith and become either sinful or stagnant.
Too many times we go through our day or week and don’t take an assessment of where we are at. And when we do stop and assess where we are…and we’re honest with ourselves…we must answer, “I’m not where I’m supposed to be in this or that area of my life.”
2019 is an open notebook, and each day God will ask, “Where are you?”. Do not take offence to His questions. Remember that He is asking so that He meets you at your point of need.
He wishes to have an open line of communication with you, so tell Him how the abusive relationship left you feeling bitter. Tell Him how much fear you have that things will not get better for you in your job. Open up to Him. He is ready and waiting for you to answer the question, “Where are you?”
Sithabile is the Prayer Warrior, not only for the bAw family, but for many men and women who are in desperate need of God. She is also a young and brilliant business woman who runs the Operations of an IT business solutions company. She is a mentor and lover of God, and her aim and desire is to assist young people navigate life and passionately pursue their purpose. To find out more about her business ventures, visit www.sithabilesibanda.com.
Thank you Stha for this powerful reminder to consistently reflect and be aware of our emotional and spiritual state throughout the year.
Let us know if you resonate with Stha’s words and experience. Maybe you have some pointers about living purposefully through the year.