God is keeping watch over you

Alison W. Grove

A noisy flock of birds was nestled in the tree tops the other day as I walked to my car. I could not tell what kind of birds they were, but I suppose the treetops were simply a resting place from their arduous flight.

These birds were on there way to somewhere, a destination, a place that would offer food, possible opportunities for nesting, or building a home. Hearing the noisy birds reminds me that as the year ends and a New Year approaches, we too are on a journey.

Our lives are moving toward something and in some cases, one might not be able to identify exactly what it is that we might be searching for.

As human beings we are on this endless search for meaning in our lives. We are looking for those things that add value, purpose, and hope for why our lives matter.

The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes shows us that certain paths in life lead to emptiness. This profound book of the Bible helps one for discovering our true purpose in life. Such wisdom can spare us from the emptiness that results from a life without God.

Solomon teaches us that one will not find meaning in life through knowledge, money, pleasure, or popularity. Our true meaning originates from knowing that what we are doing is part of God’s purpose for our lives. As we turn the corner toward a new year, now is a perfect time for considering for yourself where such value and purpose of life holds meaning.

Reflect on which pursuits bring you only fleeting enjoyment and which bring you lasting joy. It is never too late for drawing yourself closer to God. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.


Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week’s column comes from Rev. Alison W. Grove, pastor of Covenant and Faith United Methodist Churches, Lock Haven.