Last week someone who lives in another state called me to ask if we could pray about their weather there. They were under horrible conditions and predictions about tornados. “Of course,” I replied. This afternoon she called me and while we visited, she mentioned on the news there had been a huge, horrible dark green tornado photographed and shown last week. Rather than land anywhere, it later dissipated.
Further into our conversation, she remarked she just had her doubts about prayer sometime and I was flabbergasted. Not ten minutes before she had told me about the tornado that had been spotted but never landed. We had specifically prayed for protection regarding the weather and as far as I was concerned, the prayer was certainly answered. Micah 7:7 states, “But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”
Today, I will be grateful for everything, even the answered prayers I forget or fail to notice.
This morning as I sit at my desk and look out my back window, there are five deer, three are laying down and two are standing grooming each other. What humility and love is expressed in their actions. My heart sings as I pray with Psalm 118:24 which reads, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
The ones laying down are all facing different directions, being alert to any sudden movements. Couldn’t we learn from these blessed creatures and love more and be more alert in our thinking watching for any darkness that would attempt to rob us of our joy and peace?
In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the author says, “For those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings.” What a statement!
Recently, I was pondering something in my life and questioning the reason behind it. A light came on in my thinking as rather than asking “Why is this happening” or “When will this end”, I began to wonder “How was I getting blessed by this experience?” Psalm 112:7 reads, “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Lessons become blessings when understood and seen through God’s (Love’s) eyes.
Gratitude and humility are keys to the Kingdom of Heaven and dissolve any and all anxiety. We need to always rejoice because we cannot see the entire picture yet that God has in store for us and it is always Good! Philippians 4: 4-6 reads, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Pride and fear will never enter in and are dissolved by Love and Truth.
The above verse reads, “Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” One source says…”one’s identity as a child of God.. is constantly being reaffirmed.” This being said, it also means this spiritual renewal is continual, not eventual. This keeps everything in the present and should keep us from regret of the past and fear of the future! Sin and error is never found in the present. What a freeing way to live!
This morning as I think of today and plan it out, I am reminded of Proverbs 16:9 which states, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Isn’t that a reassuring thought? I will keep that verse in my heart today.
Today I will refuse to take myself so seriously! I will laugh at myself more and realize I am not in control of my life. God is my pilot and I am His co-pilot, not the other way around as the saying went years ago. From Proverbs 17:22 it reads, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” and from Proverbs 31:25 it states, ” She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Sometimes, it seems that the world reports only dire predictions and bad news. Today I will recognize God’s presence refusing to believe He has left us!