Diminishing Returns

"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience..." (Hebrews 10:35-36a)

One thing after another

This is very important. If we don't go into a new season from the bottom, up, we may be expecting something other than what God had planned. Granted, He "is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20) but sometimes it's more along the lines of some other aspect of our life, not the one in question. We invested. And we'll reap the reward if we hang in there. But fixating on one right way to harvest may end in making us miserable. The reward is that we got to participate in whatever God was doing at the time and place.

"But He answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?" (Matthew 20:13)

I can't help but think Jonah faced a similar torment. After he tried to escape, leaving the work of God for someone--anyone else, the Lord reeled him back in. What did he expect? I can't say I know but that it seems he was more than perturbed (why?) at how things turned out, in spite of the fact God spared Ninevah and all its inhabitants. Remaining grateful we have "our Father who art in Heaven" is where it's at. Everything flows from there. When "wisdom" speaks from Proverbs (8:30), she says she "was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him". It says in Job (38:7) how "the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy." The angels and the Holy Spirit in the former--granted, we're referring to primeval times--know something we don't. If, as described in the two verses, there's something above our narrow window on wants and needs and timeframes, then there's always something to rejoice about. How 'bout this:

"for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." (Hebrews 13:5b)

And after that...?

I must confess I have a problem with this. Where my reach exceeds my grasp and there's always something for which I'm pining or whining. This is part of the human condition but the "whiny" part. We don't get to see everything going on. Another day will always come with something new, untested, uncharted. "If we're still here, God's not finished with us yet." We all know this and have heard it bandied about ad nauseam. Just put it in your own words. And after that, tack on a "thank You" or the like and let God bring you up to and into the next thing.