The Promised Land. We learned about this landscape on Friday night of our conference. Keep in mind that I am primarily reflecting here on what the these lessons mean to me. My thoughts do not necessarily portray or summarize what we were taught. What do you think of when you ponder those three words? Does your mind veer to the promised land of biblical times or do you let your imagination wander to what this might look like in your life? Does your promised land consist of wondrous material things or is it filled with the happiness of friends, family & the full life that money cannot buy? Do you even dare to dream about it? Are you in yours?
The promise land is "home". In her presentation, Beth Booram played for us a beautiful rendition of "Over the Rainbow" by Eva Cassidy. We were reminded about how Dorothy's (from the Wizard of Oz) "promised land" was home. Remember the quote: "There's no place like home". So again, I ask, what is "home"? We are home when we are living the life we were created to live. How do we get home?
For me, I'm learning that home is not a place, an occupation or a way of life, but a state of mind that is focused on seeking God's plan and purpose for my life. I am at home when I'm in the center of God's will, whatever that may be in whatever time of life it may be. If the promised land is indeed prosperous, then I know how to get there because the bible says in Psalms 1:1-3 that:
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
The promised land is indeed a land of blessing. But we should not get so comfortable in it that we start "worshipping" this "land". After all, we got there by worshipping God, right?
Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the LORD, exercising
lovingkindness, judgment, and
righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight, says the LORD.
I love this passage from Jeremiah 9:23-24. To me it just sums it all up. I don't have everything down perfect, but I am trying to give my whole heart to Him so that He will direct me to my promised land. What about you?