First thing first, never compare your life with another vice versa. If one does then depression and anxiety could kick in.
We are on different journeys and individual unique paths.
In the book of Ecclesiastes,’ it indicates there is a time for various things to happen in life, see below, this was written by the wisest man in the Old Testament.
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
It is natural and obvious that we humans like it when good and beautiful things happen to us.
It could be meeting your soul mate, getting married, promotion at work, new business deals, material accumulation so on and so forth.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, we do realize that life is a balance and we have situations that occur in our lifetime that is good, bad and ugly.
When the negative things happen, it’s fair to say it’s a time to grow, if you have lived long enough, you will admit that you learned the most when you were in the valley.
We know that it’s crucial that we have such periods of unpleasantness in our lives.
In as much as I have established that we should not compare our life with that of another, we sometimes notice that some people’s challenging periods last a very long time and why is this?
As the Bible says that God is not a respecter of people. Based on what I have seen and observed in life, I believe our souls have different ages; I believe we have baby soul’s infant souls young souls matured souls and old souls.
What I am trying to get across is that God sometimes sends matured and old souls to perform a particular assignment
From a biblical perspective, an example is, Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes- Malachi 4.5
Also in Matthew 17.10 – 12
The disciples asked Him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 11Jesus replied, “Elijah does indeed come, and he will restore all things. But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but have done to him whatever they wished.
So basically John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah, another way of putting it, Jesus’s forerunner John the Baptist was Elijah incarnate.
That, in my opinion, would make John the Baptist an old or matured soul.
Such souls – matured and old souls, for instance, are here on a mission, and are not too concerned about Maslow ‘ s hierarchy of needs so to speak they know they are on an assignment, and the joy is to get the job done.
In the bible days especially in the Old Testament, when they came across a peculiar person, they would ask who you are, are you one of the old prophets, who send you, etc.
Even when Jesus asked His disciples who do people say that I am, see Luke 9.18-22
And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, who do people that I am?
They answered and said, John the Baptist; but some said Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets has risen again.
What we see here is all the people Jesus’s disciples mentioned were people that were dead, even John the Baptist was dead at the time the question was asked.
My point is, it was the norm for certain people to come back to live another life to fulfill an assignment such people normally have what the world perceives to be a hard life.
We see this in the life of Prophet Jeremiah. God had said before you were formed in your mother’s womb I knew you and approved of you.
What God knew of Jeremiah was his soul.
To be continued, look out for part 2.
Also, you can read more about this in my book ‘How to be Prepared for the Afterlife.’’
Until next time, keep Believing, Keep Hoping & Keep Loving.