Reflecting on my past, gives me perspective for today and tomorrow.
June 16, 2015
By Nicholas Creasap
One of the greatest blessings I experienced during residency was meeting with one of my fellow residents on a weekly basis (with few exceptions). We discovered our common faith as interns and made a commitment to meet to each other. We discuss our families, finances, work, and spiritual lives. We pray together, just the two of us. We have invited others, but it has remained just the two of us.
Each year we have chosen different sections of Scripture to read and review. We keep it simple: read the section independently and review together the verses or sections that resonates and demonstrates you read the scripture. We might share more about the verse; we may not. Due to time constraints, we will occasionally just read through those highlighted verses without much discussion, just to maintain accountability to be in the Word. One year was the New Testament. The next, "The Story". Then, Psalms & Proverbs. We recently read Psalm 136.
Psalm 136 King James Version (KJV)
1O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever. 2O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth forever. 3O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth forever.
4To him who alone doeth great wonders...5To him that by wisdom made the heavens...6To him that stretched out the earth above the waters...7To him that made great lights...8The sun to rule by day...9The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth forever.
10To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn...11And brought out Israel from among them...12With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm...13To him which divided the Red sea into parts...14And made Israel to pass through the midst of it...15But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea...16To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth forever.
17To him which smote great kings...18And slew famous kings...19Sihon king of the Amorites...20And Og the king of Bashan...21And gave their land for an heritage...22Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth forever.
23Who remembered us in our low estate...24And hath redeemed us from our enemies...25Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth forever.
26O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth forever.
This summer is a time of transition for me. I graduate from residency and enter into independent practice. Like with all graduations or major milestones in life, I look back on how I progressed to this point. Just like the psalmist enumerates how the Lord showed his faithfulness to Israel, I see ways the Lord went before me preparing the way. Blessings like my friends, family and stable employment.
Seasons of disappointment and struggle which were, in hindsight, probably the best for me. Reflecting on my past, gives me perspective for today and tomorrow. This is why my family always ends our day listing three Thanksgivings each before sending the children to bed.
Three challenges for us all:
- Find and commit to at least one other person for Christian accountability and fellowship, even if in the most simple of ways.
- Reflect on the past with gratitude.
- Look forward to the future God has for you.