4 January 2023
I checked into a local hotel as I battled tiredness and disruptions after Christmas last year. Knowing that it’s just noise from the evil one, I just have to be alone with God - to be clear what He has to say about 2023, in light of the daunting future ahead.
As I started to review the notes on my phone, V asked me to see the pictures of what my two little grandchildren had come up with at my house on New Year’s Day instead.
New Year’s Day
Ollie had rolled out an old ream of paper, as far as he can, from the patio outside across my living hall and to the kitchen. And asked his mother, my daughter, for crayons, after doing a victory run on the paper :)
V remarked, as I looked at the picture of this long line of paper:
“It’s the Path of Glory”.
Ollie’s leap onto the “path of glory”
Ellie, who just learnt how to walk recently, also decided to walk down this paper “path” as well.
Watching her waddle, I recall what God had shown me, a few hours before that, on the watchnight of New Year’s Eve. I have seen myself as a little child and the Lord was holding my hand. Just like Ellie now, I was filled with curiosity and delight. I felt that I was starting a new walk all over again with Jesus, my first love.
Ollie was busy drawing many “X”s which are like pink crosses. I asked him what he was drawing. “Treasures," he says.
Ellie also stopped to mark some random places as she waddled down the path.
V: “Milestones. She is marking milestones.”
I looked at the drawing in detail, which comprises sketches by my husband, my daughter and my two grandkids (“3 generations”, I mused). I quickly took a video of it before Ollie rolled it up like a scroll and brought it home.
“It is precious,” he says.
I thought the scroll depicts what 2023 may be like.
Ellie and Ollie busy with their composition
I chop it in different sections below for you to decipher for yourself. ☺
The whistle - a warning of danger?
I recall a scene in the movie, The Titanic, where Kate Winslett used the whistle to alert the rescuers where she was, held afloat by her life jacket, in the cold dark ocean. So perhaps, the whistle is provided for the man to call for help?
Ah, as I look at the picture again now, I see the word “lifeline”. Thank you Lord ♥️
I remember teaching before about God's treasures that are buried in darkness… we just gotta dig.
As dreadful as I had thought the future is going to be, this scroll brought me comfort, as I felt God saying:
“No fear, for 2023, just walk down that path of glory laid out for you with childlike faith and you will discover treasures along the way. Not only that, you will be marking several milestones as well.”
Thank you Lord. In You we shall put our hope and trust.
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