“I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

I love this quote by Alice in Alice in Wonderland.  I think this adequately describes days we have all experienced.

I am rather convinced here in Israel the atmosphere or the soil in which our vegetables grow must have a different make-up than anywhere else in the world.  I have literally woken in the morning and had a clear direction of what I would accomplish, who I would see and where I would go.  However, by noontime I seemed to have “changed a few times.”  As the White Queen said to Alice, “It is a poor sort of memory that only works backward.”   But so many times it seems as though that is exactly how things go!  Backwards or sideways- but certainly not forward!

Then, oddity of oddities, at the end of the day somehow, though I don’t quite comprehend the method by which the day went, it all seems to come together in the end.Alice (Small)

“Where should I go?” asked Alice.

“That depends on where you want to end up.” said the Cheshire Cat.

Cheshire cat (Small)In the story about Alice in Wonderland, the young girl wandering through the strange land of disappearing cats and late White Rabbits has no direction, which results in arriving just where she should be.

 

But Abundant Hope International has purpose, direction and goals.  We have places we want to be and destinations to reach.  Though there are days when there is so much to do, and so many  Survivors in need, and so many desires to fulfill- ours as well as theirs- that sometimes I feel just like Alice.  I seem to have lost my way and begin searching for answers in many different places.

Then this morning I was reminded of where I can find my direction.  Proverbs 4 told me which way to go.

“Listen, my son, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.  I give you sound learning so do not forsake my teaching.  

“Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.  I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.  When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.

“Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.  Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.  Do not swerve to the right or to the left; keep your foot from evil.”

There is so much said in this entire chapter, but these words this morning had full meaning.  I have been in Wonderland for a few days, without direction just like Alice.  I was feeling disoriented and unsure of my steps.

Today I was reminded of a few years ago when I asked the Lord if I should make some changes to the original plan.

He clearly asked me, “What was the last thing I told you to do?”

I said, “You told me to ‘stand.’ “

His answer?  “Then do what I told you until I tell you different.”

With that reminder of my direction, I can be thankful that God is the Almighty One, He is our Rescuer, our Father and the One to give answers. With important decisions, He is the God of the Impossible.

It is my hope this one statement from The Queen in Alice in Wonderland will always apply to me:

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!”

May this be said of us all.

Susan

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