Sheep can get their head caught in briers and die trying to get untangled. There are little flies that like to torment them by laying eggs in their nostrils which turn into worms and drive the sheep to beat their head against a rock, sometimes to death. The shepherds anoints their entire head with oil which forms a protective coating and brings peace. Psalms 23:5 reads “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows,”
Don’t we sometimes experience mental torment? Worrisome thoughts invade our thinking over and over and we can be tempted to beat our heads against a wall. That is exactly when I turn to the 23rd Psalm and ask God to anoint my head with oil. He has an endless supply! God is always right here waiting for me to turn humbly and gratefully to Him in prayer. Today I will do just that!
This morning I had a tooth extracted. This may not seem important to some but to me it was almost miraculous. In the past, there has been such horror with a dentist that I called a friend two weeks ago to pray with me about this morning. We worked to know that Love was in that office with each and everyone. We worked with “Perfect Love casteth out fear.” This was going to be a new dentist as well. There has never been a time when I was treated with such kindness and compassion! I felt nothing! She told me she had loved her childhood dentist and no one else seemed to like theirs, so she wanted to become one like hers had been so more people would have that experience.
Needless to say, it was Love expressed again to meet the challenge. Psalm 23:1-3 states “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
This morning as I was thinking about obstacles, I was reminded of Matthew 17:20 which reads “And He said to them, ‘because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move and nothing will be impossible to you.'”
What that says to me is to keep my focus on God/Good and the mountain becomes a pebble. Never keep your focus on the obstacle! It is so much more than staying positive. It is total faith that God knows what He is doing and is working His purpose out and it blesses all! Today I will trust Him totally.
In studying the parable of the healing of the palsied man, perseverance was definitely obvious. The only means he had of seeing Jesus was to have his friends carry him. Then after getting there, they could not get in because of the multitudes. Still undeterred they decided to remove tiles from the roof and lower him into the midst before Jesus. He was then healed! Roadblocks are only erroneous thoughts that need to be seen through, refuted and replaced with the Truth. It is always a necessity to see the Truth of our real Being, which is the image and likeness of God. Perseverance is always needed.
Luke 5:19-20 states ” But not finding any way to bring him because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, He said ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven you.'” He was then healed. Today, I will remember who my real Father is and be grateful.
This morning I am beginning my day consciously thinking of my blessings. As the list goes on and on, I am reminded of a line from a song many years ago which was “If you can’t sleep, count your blessings instead of sheep and you’ll go to sleep counting your blessings!” The list just grows as I continue and my vision becomes clearer. James 1:2-4 states “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
All lessons become blessings when understood.
As I ponder real employment, I realize our only employment is to express our true identity which is Truth and Love in all that we do. It is to love God and others and to promote peace and harmony always. Social media comes to thought and in itself, is neither good nor bad but is a platform to do just that; promote Love and harmony. As we post in various ways, we need to ask ourselves what is our motive. Is it to glorify self or God? Do we keep count of the “likes” and comments? Are we careful not to get too “preachy” or talk God too much. Are we ashamed or concerned about opinions from others? Is it all about what others are going to think about us? (which is an impossible task anyway)
John 4:23-24 states “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” Today I will check my motive thoroughly and my thinking before posting anything.
My husband just came into my office to tell me that he had just read “The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.” This just resonated with me! Went even further in my thinking to having opinions of what is to come. How ridiculous! Then began thinking about often times I think I can handle things on my own and other times I need God. Actually, I always need Him and have no regret of the past or fear of the future when I stay close to Him.
Psalm 37:3-6 states ” Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like thee noonday sun.”
It is so freeing to know my opinion is really not ever needed.