Today after 6 years of very good service, my washer dryer was officially certified packed up! The drum was gone and the cost to repair it might as well buy a new machine. Previously I would have been devastated at such news that meant I needed to fork out unexpected money just before Christmas for such a big household item but I felt a great sense of relief and gratitude that this time I could actually afford to go out and get one.

It is easy to forget about God’s progressive faithfulness in your life but I remember a few years ago when I moved into my home and I just could not afford a washing machine, even a second hand one. It was winter and I had a baby in the house whose clothes I would wash by hand and hang on the radiators. Having spent most of my life in UK, hand washing was never something that I had really had to do because growing up that was the role of the house helper to do and to me, and when I had to use my hands, although there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, it really spelt a great time suffering.

The thing that affected me most was not the ordeal itself but what I thought everyone else would think about my situation and the embarrassment of it all. I also recall in that season when my cousin very kindly leant me his old car which had mould and rust in it that I felt embarrassed to be seen parking amidst people again fearful of what people would think about me coming out from it. It was a great help in a time of need and I saw God’s hand in the blessing of having radiators to heat the clothes and a car to take me from A to B, the emotional turmoil of needing to get out from that place did not let me experience the contentedness that Paul is speaking about in the scripture above and I know my body took a knock in the emotional stress that I allowed it to go through.

On reflection, at these moments I was reminded that life has many up and down seasons but God is with you through them all. If you find yourself in a valley, praise the Lord because you still have breath in your lungs, if you are on a mountaintop, bless the Lord who has given you victory to conquer and overcome. If you are somewhere in between, bless the Lord for the journey that you are on or in a stagnant season, bless the Lord for the time to reflect and be still.

We hear the apostle Paul say in Philippians 4 vs 11-13 as he was grateful for the gifts that people had given him,
” I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

I don’t know where you are at during this festive December season. Maybe this is your first Christmas divorced or without a loved one. Perhaps you have no idea how you are going to string the Christmas meal together because there is no sign of money in your account nor any reasonable expectation of it coming in. Whether you have just lost your job or you are worried about the business deal that you are struggling to bring through. Wherever you are at and whatever your circumstances allow yourself to be content with the things that are ok in your life. Let your heart focus on God’s love for you and have the assurance that He is working everything out for your good.

I will leave you with this scripture to meditate on

NLT Romans 8 vs 35-39 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake, we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Tendayi Ndoro

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