While studying John 11 about the raising of Lazarus from the dead, it is so obvious to me that Jesus can only do that with Love in His heart and thinking. This is so much more than positive thinking but the realization that God is Life! John 11: 41 to 43 reads ” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou has heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always; but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.”
As I go through the day and I work at keeping my thought raised, I can see limitless possibilities and the exact opposite happens if I let darkness enter my thinking. Becoming more and more clear, it is my choice on how I see things! My goal is to see only through God’s/Love’s eyes.
“God’s mother love broods over all! Have I necessities His love will not supply who measures not one need as great or small, but even tends the sparrow at its fall? God’s mother love my strength will ever be which tends us both alike–the bird and me!”
So often we think something needs to happen in order for us to experience joy! Actually, we can be joyful right here, right now and anywhere. Just read a cute poem which reads, “The heart is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds, You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.” The choice is always ours.
Psalm 23:4 states, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” No matter what the human experience, the Christ is right there lovingly pointing out our blessing.
While studying the 9th Chapter of Acts and seeing the before and after of Saul, I am amazed as Ananias listens to God. Saul had long been a persecutor of the Christians until he was blinded by the Truth on his way to Damascus. Ananias was told by God to go and heal Saul of his blindness, but in the 13th verse of Acts:9 he says “Lord, I have heard from many about this man how much harm he did to your saints at Jerusalem;”.
This reminds me of different times I have felt humanly justified in not listening to God. Maybe it was a fear of an upcoming event or a dislike of another person. Whenever I feel a struggle within, I know I am trying to humanly outline rather than listen to God. In the story of Saul before he was transformed into Paul, it would have been easy for Ananias to know he was justified in his feelings toward this man, who had caused so much heart-ache to many, but he had put his personal fears and opinions aside and obeyed God. With the healing of Saul, Paul became invaluable to the Christian movement. We are constantly reminded in our study of the Bible to replace fear with God’s Love and let His purpose unfold. Today, I will watch even closer and replace my human will with His will.
Recently my husband and I went home to our High School Reunion where it was attended by around 100 classmates outside at a large farm. All at once I felt a sting and then itching on the back of my neck. At the same time an old friend walked over to me scratching both of her arms and complaining of the insects. I had pointed out a place on my neck which she and my husband said it appeared I had been bitten by a spider.
My friend then told me of medicine and ointment she used when these things occurred and I was reminded that I turn to God in prayer. Walking away lovingly to a quiet place where I could think about not the poison in an insect but in my thoughts; immediately what came to thought was how critical I had been of my old friends because there was so much complaining about past and upcoming surgeries and old age. Judging others had been immediately replaced with Love for everyone and thinking of good times we had had as youngsters.
The next day, there was no evidence of a bite on my neck and it had been about quarter-sized and red and hot! Romans 8:28 states “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Soon I was looking at everyone through God’s/Love’s eyes.
While at my desk I glanced out at my beautiful hanging basket of pink petunias which were drooping badly, so I went outside to water them. Then I noticed that I seemed to be worrying about an issue that I had been praying about. As I prayed I thought of how I refuse to pray AND worry. I will do one or the other and it is always “pray”.
Beginning with God and His greatness and Love, soon I released the fear that was trying to creep in. After several phone calls from people needing prayer work and taking the thought off of myself, my spirit soon lifted and joy was felt. I glanced out the window and the flowers had perked up and were again beautiful. I had given them nourishment and released them. The same thing had happened to me. My soul was being nourished by my unselfish prayers and I had released all worries to God. The battle is always His.
Song of Solomon 2:13 states “The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” I soon related to this totally.