Today has been a very difficult day with my feelings being crushed by a relative. After allowing myself some self-pity, I began praying and asking God for direction and guidance and opened the Bible to Psalm 18:30 where it reads, “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.”
That was my answer as I realize God is working his plan out and all I have to do is to trust Him completely and I do.
One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is the one about God telling Elijah to go to Zarephath where a widow woman was there to help him. At the very same time, he was preparing the woman’s heart to be receptive and generous, because when Elijah came upon her, she was gathering sticks to prepare her last meal for her and her son.
When Elijah asked her for a cake first, she did so. What faith! So much inspiration can come from those verses. Elijah didn’t ask God “How will I know her?” nor did he tell the woman to be on the look out for Elijah. We can rest assured that all “i’s” are dotted and every “t” crossed when we yield to God. All details are worked out and we can trust that Truth.
In “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”, we find that giving does not impoverish us nor does withholding enrich us! Also, what blesses one blesses all. When I am trying humanly to work out details to a problem, I can just reread I Kings 17 and give the challenge to God.
Yesterday was spent with our financial man. Following this will be our taxes and then, our will. There seemed to be determination to get my own way and when this happens, God is not prevalent in my consciousness. The day became heavy and awkward as I prayed to see what God was seeing and I was led to Matthew 6:33 where it states, “But seek ye first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
My heart was softened and working with my husband became easier as we got on the same page. Of course, I know to go to God first.
When I began this blog, my goal was to write each and everyday. Recently, it has become a struggle and this morning, I had my “aha” moment. Years ago, I was in sales and it had been very important for me to be in the top 25 of the nation, to be acknowledged as a “crackerjack” sales person and to win the contests! My friend posted from Proverbs that a fool has confidence in himself while a wise man has confidence in God.
This blog is NOT about “me” but about seeing through God’s eyes. It is always evident when there is a struggle, I am trying to do something on my own.
Last night we watched a documentary on the life of a famous singer. The songs she wrote and recorded came from stories of her husband getting drunk and running around. One would almost find the happenings acceptable because so much money was made from these happenings. Otherwise, her life would just look “trashy”. Just found my own thoughts interesting.
Recently while I was praying about something and thought I needed to know the complete answer, I was reminded of one cold, rainy, foggy day last year. I had made a commitment to go to a nursing facility in another town and visibility was almost impossible. After about twenty minutes into the drive, I noticed my hands were gripping the steering wheel and my entire body felt tense.
As I talked aloud to God, I was reminding Him that I could only see the car ahead of me and I certainly couldn’t drive another thirty minutes or so like this. The thought that came to me was such that I heard it clearly. I was told that was all I needed to see. Almost immediately, the tension left my body and I drove the remainder of the way effortlessly. The weather didn’t change, but my outlook did.
Many times since then I have thought about my every need being met and I always could see what I need to see and my faith strengthens daily.
Luke 6:37 reads, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven”. To me, this means to quit comparing because it either leads to inferiority or superiority. I will not look for affirmation today in the wrong places, only to God!