This morning as I was pondering the allness of God, I was reminded He is/was the only Creator of the Universe and everything He creates/created, He called very Good as versed in the first chapter of Genesis. If I see otherwise, I am either looking at a mirage or illusion or not through God’s/Love’s eyes.
Isaiah 40:28-31 states “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar o wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Today, I will be conscious of what I entertain in my thoughts and strive to see more of God everywhere.
Many years ago, I took a class where the teacher wanted to make a point with hypothetical thinking. She began by asking what if we had two heads? Would we wear a hat on each head and would our hair be the same color? She went on this way while the class saw this exercise comical, annoying and then irritating, but she was making a point. How often do we question the future with a number of “what ifs?” What if this happens or what if that happens? Whenever I am tempted down that road of thinking, immediately, I ask myself “What if I had two heads?”
Luke 12:22-25 states “Then Jesus said to His disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear…Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?'”
We can study mathematics forever but if we don’t solve a problem, we will never be a mathematician. The very same is true for reading a recipe for a cake but we still have to make it. This is true about riding a bike, swimming and on and on. It is especially true about being a Christian. We can read the Bible forever but if we don’t put it into practice in our life, are we still a Christian? Being a Christian to me means following the teachings of the Christ. Loving one another, standing for principle (which He always did) and knowing He was the true child of God were just a few of the ways. Psalm 25:4-5 states “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” We actually have to put these things into practice in our life.
Many years ago when moving to another city, we found our dream home and bought it before we had sold the previous one because we did not want to lose it to another buyer. My husband moved and I stayed behind since I owned a jewelry store at the time and would go back on the week-ends. After a few weeks, I began to become very fearful since my son was taking over the jewelry store and we actually needed the money from our home.
Praying about it constantly became a ritual as I outlined how it should happen and how much we would receive. During this time, the worry became so obsessive it would be the last thing I thought about at night and would awake to the same worry. While telling my son that I had been praying about it and asking for signs, he laughed and said that he doubted God would answer me with a billboard or other signs like that.
When driving from the store one afternoon and praying, I came upon the exit to go to my previous home where I was staying and I noticed a “yield” sign. I drove about a block and there was construction and another “yield” sign and yes, there was a third sign a block away. A light came on in my consciousness and I knew it was from God since He comes to us where we are! Immediately, I thanked Him for the sign and knew all was well and complete. That next week-end at an open house, we received a contract and the house sold. I just needed to open my eyes to the perfection all around and release the fear that can seem crippling and keep us from seeing that God is always working His purpose out and it blessing all. Psalm 25:14-15 reads “The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only He will release my feet from the snare.”
As I was studying the story of Joseph this morning, I was thinking how there was idolatry between Joseph and his earthly father. Genesis 20:3 says “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” This worshipping another can often come in the guise of parent and child, which can be detrimental to both. There was suffering and separation for both Jacob and Joseph to endure simply because of this affection including the hatred of Joseph’s brothers toward him.
Genesis 37:3-4 reads “Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.”
That type of love is more of an obsession than pure Love. We can check this if it takes all our attention from God!
The telephone just rang and it was a solicitor and just when I began to hang up, I remembered my blog from yesterday telling how rude I could be to these callers or how I usually hung up on them but wanted to be kinder! Rather than hang up, I listened patiently and told him I was not interested, but graciously thanked him for the call and information. As I laid down the receiver, my heart filled with love and gratitude about how free I felt.
The story of the little chicken pecking out of his shell came to thought. It would be so easy for the mama chicken to break open the egg from the outside, but not only could that injure the baby chick; he needed to strengthen his neck muscles by pecking. Just as when I receive a call, I can practice being kinder until it just becomes easier and easier.
James 4:7 states “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” When I respond rather than react, I become more peaceful, joyous and harmonious!
After the third or fourth irritating solicitation telephone call, the temptation was to throw the phone. As I still my thought, I realize even though some of the calls are automated, many are real people. Sometimes I am rather short with them and other times, I merely hang up. Today, it occurred to me that often, there are people on the other end of that line, working to make a living. There are times when I disconnect the phone, I realized I treat them like non-entities. Then, I began to think about if there had been someone on the other end I knew and loved. I should love each and every one. Many times, I receive one of these calls when I am busy or on another line and stop to answer it and feel very inconvenienced.
Then I laughed to myself that I think I am that important which I definitely am not to feel inconvenienced. Love and kindness are always the answer. Galatians 5: 22-23 states “But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Today, I will recognize God’s child on the other end of that phone call and treat him as such.