Trusting comes so easily during a crisis time! It is much more difficult to trust God when everything is going smoothly since we can be lulled into a stupor of thinking we are self-sufficient. That is when we should be depending even more on God. Often you may hear people say they work better during a crisis. That is due to the fact they know they need God! Actually, He cares just as much about us as we take tiny steps. Psalm 62:8 states “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.” That verse doesn’t say “in times of trouble” but all times. Today, I will lean upon Him for everything.
My study today first took me in the direction of the shepherds watching over their flock the night of the birth of the Christ. When I think of shepherds, Moses or David come to Mind or either “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”. There is a reverence in my thought as I ponder this. Actually, in biblical times, a shepherd was generally rough, unclean and dishonest as referenced in a Bible commentary. Jesus brought the Truth to all; all-inclusive!
Then I began to think of God’s all inclusive, unchanging Love to each of us and was reminded the only thing that changes is my feelings of worthiness from time to time. His Love never changes. Psalm 13:5 states “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.”
This morning as I was making the bed, a dream I had just had came to thought. Then, I tried to remember it and it was very difficult. At the same time, I recalled trying to remember a past hurt and it was the very same thing! How absurd it is to spend time trying to put together a dream or something from the past. Same difference. Absurdity.
My next pondering was the celebration of the birth of the Christ while I would be celebrating my rebirth! Colossians 3:15 states “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
Today I choose to cherish Life rather than a dream.
While thinking about the birth of Christ, I thought of the wise men searching. They were certainly following with their heart and not their head, because they were following a star. Continuing with their heart, upon finding the babe, they knelt down in humility to praise and adore Him. None of this was done intellectually!
Yesterday as I was praying to see Love expressed everywhere, I turned in my chair while at my desk and glanced out over the golf course. An older couple were playing and a car drove up on the other side of them and a young woman got out and ran over to greet them holding a wrapped present. After embracing, she left and waved at them as she returned to her car. Now, I had just prayed to see God/Love expressed everywhere and there it was. Love could actually be felt by watching this scene.
Luke 1:78 -79 reads “A light from on high will dawn upon us…To shine upon and give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to direct and guide out feet…into the way of peace.”
Recently a friend told me that she had left her purse at the grocery store in the cart outside and driven away. The next day as she was frantically searching for her phone, she thought to call the store. Someone had found it outside and taken it inside. After retrieving the purse, she discovered everything was in it’s place, including the cash she had. Briefly she wanted to scold herself for letting this happen, when she realized how fortunate she had been that a kind, honest and caring person had found it. That is where the focus should be!
John 11:40 states “Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?'” Miracles are actually the ‘Norm” when we faithfully look through God’s eyes rather than through naked, erring human eyes.
As I am pondering this morning the birth of Jesus, I am reminded He represents the Truth and appears to us in a childlike form, unlike the allegory of Adam and Eve who appear as adults. Then, I begin to think about the qualities of God’s child which are loving, forgiving, resilient, expecting Good, humility and on and on and on. Luke 2:40 reads “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” There is definitely a difference in “childlikeness” and “childishness” and that verse certainly points that out.
Today I will be conscious and alert to my thoughts and celebrate this birth reverently rather than get caught up in gift-giving, decorating and partying. There is nothing wrong with any of this but we need to stay cognizant of the real celebration here.
This morning as I sit at my desk studying and praying, I look out my back windows at the heavy fog. The trees and the hills are barely visible and actually, almost hidden, but I know this is temporary. Once the light appears, all will be clear. 2 Corinthians 4:6 states, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
This is also true about any challenge we may experience. Once the light comes through our thinking and we can see clearer and see the Truth, which is always harmonious! I don’t have to wring my hands to see if this fog is going to lift; neither do I have to while waiting on God to reveal to me His perfection. There can never be any imperfection in perfection.