Recently I watched a reporter interview a principal of a school about a bus driver and then, he goes on to interview the driver himself. It was evident that the driver was special as he developed a relationship with each of the children. He also assigned them responsibilities on the bus, creating harmony and order and was their friend which was also evident when the children were interviewed.
He loves his job and you could easily recognize this when he said that his paycheck was the bonus because the real pay came in these kiddos’ faces when he acknowledged each and every one of them. While reflecting on this, I thought “Shouldn’t every job be like this?” His love for his job and these children were the first thing you saw !
Psalm 119:27 “Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders.”
Yesterday was my birthday in human years and as I took so much pleasure in reading the many best wishes, cards, texts, etc. and then, I thought of a couple of people that sent me nothing. Being amused, I thought of how the carnal mind works, right when we are rejoicing, it will try and throw us a curve! Psalms 27: 3 reads “Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.” Whether or not it is about financial lack, illness, relationship problems and so forth, my heart shall not fear.
God knows no lack of Good and as we focus more and more on Him, we recognize more and more Good and solutions to our every need become evident. Good is revealed to me everyday when I become more and more humble and grateful.
Today I am spending time with II Kings 5 which is the story of Naaman. This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible because it covers so much. Naaman, who was powerful and important humanly but was covered in leprosy. His wife’s maid was a young girl who had been taken from her family to assist this woman, but was also kind and caring and told her about Elisha, the prophet who she said could heal her husband of this dreaded disease. This was told to Naaman and got his attention so he did the necessary things to go to Elisha, who didn’t even come to meet him but sent a messenger to tell him to go wash seven times in the River Jordan.
Naaman was incensed because he was so accustomed to respect and this wasn’t shown to him and the rivers of Damascus were superior to that river in Jordan. Finally, he listened to his men who suggested that he might heed this and go and wash in this river, which he finally did and was healed. The humility he expressed played such a large part in this healing. Then I think of the little girl who was so loving to point this out to her mistress and they listened to her.
Colossians 2:2-3 reads “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Every step in this story was needed for Naaman’s spiritual growth.
Last week I posted that I had been praying for the selling of our daughter’s home in another state and it had been on the market for months and months. As I had been praying, I realized that I had been coming from fear and desperation rather than affirmation of God knowing all needs before we even ask. When I became peaceful about it and knew God was in control, I released it totally. Yesterday, we received a call from our daughter saying they had a concrete offer. Praise God.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
This morning I heard from her and there is some fear of inspections, etc. Isn’t that just like the carnal mind that the Bible warns us about? God takes us all the way; dotting all “i” and crossing all “t”s. Thank you, Father!
While at my desk studying and praying, it really dawned on me that this is a new day! I don’t have to wait to receive fresh inspiration; it can happen right here, right now. Rather than rehearse the past, my thoughts can be filled with God’s wonder today, instead. This is always up to me. By turning any and every limited human thought into the expectation of peace and harmony is what I will do today. Revelation 21:5 reads “And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.'” What a freeing thought!
Last night as I was visiting with God and thanking Him for His many blessings, I was praying about our daughter and her husband selling their house which has been on the market for months. Suddenly, I realized I was almost pleading with God since the need looks so dire when I knew I was praying amiss. Rather than thanking Him profusely and knowing He knows our needs before we tell Him, I was thinking He had let this need slip by. Once again, I mentally and humbly got on my knees to see what He sees and He certainly doesn’t see a lack of Good. After receiving my peace, I decided to let go and let God be God! He’s got this!
Philippians 4:19 states “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” There are no exceptions.
This morning I read where two men were hired to catch counterfeit bills. One decided in order to do this well, he would study all the good counterfeiters and how they work so he would know. The other man chose to study genuine bills so completely, that any error would be so obvious and apparent. Then I went on to think about myself and others and realize that if I focused on our true being, not our act but our authentic selves, Love would come so much easier. We have always heard that where our focus is, there will be expansion, so why not stay with the positive!
“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Ephesians 6:16 Rather than the evil one being subtle, it will become blatantly obvious and I will be equipped to see that and refute and replace with the Truth.
Thinking about junk mail, whether it comes from the postal service or on the computer, the only thing I really do with it is either toss it in the trash or delete it. There is no time spent on agonizing over it, analyzing it or fearing it! Shouldn’t I do the same with junk thoughts which come in all during the day? “Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil” should help me to see through these unwanted thoughts rather than ruminate over them. This is always my choice.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” I Peter 5:6-7 That includes junk mail.
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and this day can incite many emotions. There are ones who have lost their earthly mothers, while there are those who are estranged from mothers. There are those who never became a mother and may feel as they have missed out on something. It seems the true winners in this man-made holiday are the greeting card companies or the owners of the companies who sell the many gifts or the florist!
Today I choose to think of my true Father, Mother, God and my relationship there. If I listen humanly, there is a tendency to feel some sadness. John 14:27 states “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Praying with this verse, I pray for everyone and that peace fills my heart.
Often when we are uncomfortable, the first thing we choose to do is to complain. It is exactly at this time, things surface in our thoughts that need to be handled, addressed and released. If they stay buried, how are they overcome? To me, it is a reminder that these very obstacles are hand-tailored for my very own spiritual growth. It is also a reminder that I am nothing without God.
2 Corinthians 1:8-9 reads “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”