God with Us: Watching

Watching 4 Madonna and child window

Watching 4

14 December 2017

….Who’s watching who?

What does watching mean to us? Watching requires observation and observance, implies scrutiny with balance and fairness, careful appraisal, seeking out imperfections or recognizing leadership, enhanced skill or talent or beauty. It celebrates heightened regard, a sense of awe, or a supreme hallowed being, but can lead to judgment and condemnation.

We watch each other, shortcomings, bargains, being short-changed; the “Bottom line”, fair play; we watch our relationships, our money, time, the right opportunity and disputes which can trip us up. We seek contentment, but it isn’t a destination – it’s something we should practice every day, using the experiences that teach us. St. Paul said, ‘Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content’ (Philippians 4:11 NKJV). How do we find it? Here’s how: watch for its glow; seek it with all the passion we can apply; address only the day’s troubles for each day ….and simplify our life.

Sometimes, the dips in the road hit us hard, seemingly without end. The Scriptures will help us as we stumble… “Don’t be impatient for the Lord to act! Keep travelling steadily along his pathway and in due season he will honour you with every blessing.” To rise up, we have to inspire others with our vision and transfer it to them. With the right people involved, plus the blessing of the Lord, we can accomplish more than we ever dreamed possible, “We are labourers together” (1. Corinthians 3:9).

We embrace Advent to celebrate it and measure our own performance by it. It is the anniversary of the most momentous time in history, when God chose to confine his Divine Being into the form of his creation – Man. We must look to ourselves, to define and refine the choices we have made previously and those we will make henceforth. CS Lewis reminds us, “There’s a choice we have to make in everything we do. We have to keep in mind that in the end, the choice each of us makes…. makes us.’

God is watching us. His love flows from a single source. Are we watching ourselves and how we can help each other and….. are we listening?

Aubyn Marath


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