While at my desk this morning, I began thinking about the global spreading of fear. As I think about being separated from family and friends, I thought of the quiet time I have enjoyed. The time I have spent in praying and enjoying my husband and my home when before, we felt we had to stay on the go. Yesterday morning we drove through a drive-through for breakfast and as we pulled up to pay for our order, the girl at the window said the car that had been in front of us had treated us! Right in the midst of everything, Christ is here.
More and more am I noticing God and His goodness everywhere. John 12:29 reads ‘So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered: others were saying, ‘an angel has spoken to Him.'” Today, I will listen for the angel.
This morning my husband told me a little story he had just read and it touched my heart as I saw real generosity and love expressed. Many, many years ago when a young girl saw her mother ask a neighbor to borrow a pinch of salt and she asked her why she did that. They had salt. Her mother replied that she knew they had been having a struggle but had salt. This way the neighbor would feel she could borrow something as well. This struck me so as I thought how easy it is to help others but how humility is expressed when we ask for help.
To me, those ideas are known as “angel messages from God” and when our thought is filled with love, we can hear those. Today, I will listen for those messages. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 states “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Last night we watched a classic movie from the 80″s and briefly relived that time in my life of almost forty years ago. It seemed a time when we thought we knew it all and would party forever but I didn’t condemn myself because I didn’t know any better. It was only a movie just like my life was! This is just a different movie, but I star in it and direct it! One difference now is I know that I don’t know it all. The one constant in my life is God and I know I can always count on Him. Gratitude and humility is my daily prayer so I can hear God easier than if I am prideful and fearful.
Now, I go to God first and remain calmer about world events. No matter if I don’t understand what all is happening, I know God knows and is working His purpose out and I trust Him. 2 Timothy 4:18 states The Lord will certainly deliver and draw me to Himself from every assault of evil. He will preserve and bring me safe unto His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen (so be it)”
The more I pray about divisiveness, the more opportunity I have to see through it. Knowing in my heart there is no “us” and “them”, and working on loving all as God would do, recently had another opportunity. It seems people in my precious Church and other Churches have different views on our infamous “mask” situation. Some think it goes against our beliefs to wear them while others think we should be law-abiding. Some of the discussions have gotten rather heated and I pray to see we are all one!
Colossians 1:16-17 reads “For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Only Spiritual growth is going on!
While searching for dominion, elements of human nature have to dissolve and willfulness diminish. Human yearnings are gradually relinquished and personal reactions to error lessons.
Self-surrender (releasing ego) becomes the fertile ground where mercy and humility are planted successfully . Tears of self-pity give place to baptismal joy where God’s will is more understood and demonstrated.
Psalm 16:11 reads “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Dominion is always available to us.
It makes no difference if we are hating someone or seeing hatred in others; we are seeing another power beside God. If we are not hating, often we are experiencing self-righteousness and self-justification when we view hatred in another. There are times when I am feeling strong and confident and that is when it is easiest to make a mistake. Daily, we need to begin our day with knowing, without a doubt, the omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence of God. If we truly know that, there is no room for hatred or doubt.
Psalm 142:3 reads “When my spirit grows faint within me, it is You who know my way. In the path where I walk men have hidden a snare for me.” While walking with God, I can avoid the snare.
Being an artist, I was thinking this morning how each of my teacher’s have always told me while I am painting, from time to time, step back to get a better view of my painting. If I stay close in, often everything runs together and I get stuck. Same happens if I am praying about a challenge. By turning to God and getting some distance between me and the problem I ask to see what He is seeing. It will always make more sense if I begin with God/Love and know right where I see a problem, He is working His purpose out and God never makes a mistake. By focusing on the problem, there is never a solution; only fear and frustration. But Diving Love is right there and the solution always blesses everyone involved in some way.
Isaiah 55:9 states “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” My focus today will be God’s thoughts, not mine; God’s will, not mine.
This morning I was studying the three Hebrew boys being thrown into the furnace but coming out unscathed! As I was reflecting upon this and realizing their love and faith of God delivered them unharmed, my husband came in from the grocery store loaded down with way too many sacks to carry. As he went to set them on the counter he dropped several sacks breaking items. My first thought was to remind him he had tried to carry too many at once, but immediately changed it to the love he expresses by even going grocery shopping. That love dispelled the irritation and replaced it with love and grace. No harm was done and my heart sang as I recognized spiritual growth.
Exodus 33:14 reads “The Lord replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'”
Some years back, I served on a committee at my Church for renovation. We needed a few bids for a job and I had a friend, once more, who lived in another town come and place a bid. He had bid on another job there but we went with another company. The meeting with our congregation was on the week-end and I had felt positive about this one and had told him that it looked good. At the meeting we had gone with another construction company and I would have to call and give my friend the news on Monday.
During the remainder of the week-end, I had dealt with anger, disappointment and fear of having to give the news to my friend. After much prayerful work, I decided to call him early on Sunday afternoon. After he answered and I had apologized for the inconvenience, he just replied, “Thank goodness!” He had received an offer for a much larger job, but was going to have to turn it down on Monday, the next day, since he had committed to me. Was reminded of that demonstration of God’s love and wisdom as I was praying this morning. Why would I ever waste my time worrying?
Psalm 126:5-6 reads “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.”