The Good ‘Ol Days

I don’t know how days have been looking for you lately, but for me, recent months have been a little on the “rough” side. This is my first year teaching (yes, in a pandemic), and ya girl has been busier than I want to be, yet smack dab in the middle of God’s will. How sway?!

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things.

Philippians 4:8

Lately I have been fighting to keep virtuous thoughts, biting my tongue to not grumble and complain about my blessings that seem to be overtaking me. Sometimes the very answers to your prayers can cry you to sleep! Fighting to cast my cares and drop off the weights of this burden so that I can walk lightly and easily. I have been grieved by my work load, the political climate, racial injustice, lack of sleep, and well…people. So much strife and spiritual warfare taking place. I’m so glad the fight is fixed and victory has already been won!

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

When we look at biblical prophecies and revelations, we see that things get worse before the day of better. Let’s just face it. It is then that I realize that these days right here are full of rare and precious moments. These days are the ones that I will look back on and be fond of, maybe even long for a bit. I am choosing to adopt the perspective that there are diamonds in this rough year, and that I have a pre-polished view that will glimmer later. This may be a hard pill for folks to swallow, but even including 2020…these are the good ‘ol days!

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 (NIV)

The longer I am on this earth, the greater distaste I have for it. Like King Solomon shared in Ecclesiastes, so much is meaningless here. Earth is like a temporal cave of darkness. Thank God for His light helping us find our way while in it, but not of it. My spirit groans to return home and feels this passage so strongly. My citizenship is in heaven.

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.”

Ecclesiastes 1:2 (NIV)

Until the return, I pray…

My Savior, Yahshua, My precious Bridegroom, prepare your people for your return. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done. On earth as it is in heaven! Help us to enjoy these good ‘ol days on earth, as we approach your judgment and the best days in heaven. Thank you for being with us in both places. Never leaving us, never forsaking us. Granting us the Helper of Your Holy Spirit, and the infilling of your joy and peace. When days, moments, years are rough, help us to remember that you are here…in us, and we can easily cast our cares. Deliver us from all fear so that we can be all that you called us to be and carry out your plans as you have purposed us to. We exalt thee Adonai! Elohim, we adore you and all of Your radiance! Come and do not delay! We await that glorious day! Amen.

©2020 • Chan’tel Nikole Grayson

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