I wrote about this in July of 2019.
It is now June 28, 2021, two years later.
I am back in Portland, after time in Georgia, Brazil, Florida (where Covid-19 caught up with me,) and am now in Bedroom #1 here with Sheryl and Hermilio.
Tuesday eve – almost 9 pm – and still light outside.
The Pacific Northwest is in the grips of a nasty heat wave that is breaking records, and I’m going to attempt to put some thoughts on paper.
Today, all day, I’ve been asking the Lord; “Where do I belong? What am I doing here?” I don’t have an answer..You see, I know one thing: When we walk with God, where He places us is not a mistake “
I’ve been in Portland many times and lived here during different periods.
I didn’t have this restlessness rattling around inside of me. I was at peace, for this is where I was supposed to be.
So – why am I now asking this question? Is there something I’m supposed to be doing and am not doing it? If so, why don’t I know what it is?
Sometimes I laugh at myself. I’m sure that at times people look at me and shake their heads… they are nice about it, but they wonder what is wrong with me? Why can’t I be content and happy here, where I am?
How can I explain so people can understand?
I’ve learned to be content and happy in over 60 different places in this world.
Paul put it like this in his writings:
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. ..” Philippians 4:12
And Paul had plenty of situations!
A highly respected and bright pupil, Paul was taught by the leading rabbis in Jerusalem.
After Jesus was crucified, a living Jesus confronted Paul on the road to Damascus. Paul, who was seeking Christians to throw them in jail and more . . . spends the rest of his life sharing about the importance of Jesus, as others throw him in prison, stone him, malign him.
Here, Paul says he has learned how to be content in the midst of any and ALL situations.
Do I want to be content in all circumstances? Yes, I do!
What should I be doing?
Paul gives me three no-nonsense, practical and inclusive answers.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
“6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, at the same time, thanking him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 5: 15-21
“15. So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy
Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves and making music to the Lord in your hearts.
20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:15-22
15 See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.
16 Always be joyful.
17 Never stop praying.
18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.
20 Do not scoff at prophecies, 21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.
22 Stay away from every kind of evil.
This is my list of instructions. I have no excuse for not being content, even though I don’t have answers
I’d better get to work, studying these guidelines once again – and applying them in my life. When I obey Him, He takes care of my emotions.
Thank You, Father! I am where you want me. I trust You, knowing You are putting things in their proper place – including me..