Recently read an article about Corie Ten Boom, the author of “The Hiding Place”. It was the story of a Dutch watchmaker and his family who hid many Jewish families during World War II. Eventually, they were captured and in death camps; Corie the only one who survived. She spent the remainder of her life talking about forgiveness. When people visited her home, she would take down a beautifully embroidered picture of a cross from the wall and show it first from the back where it was a tangled mess of thread. Then she would show the front where it was a wonderfully stitched crown.
God sees us as the front side where we have a tendency to see us as the messy side. Then yesterday a lady called me and as we were talking she said she had been lying in bed while not feeling good and her eyes settled on her beautiful antique chest of drawers, where her sock drawer was not fully closed. That drawer was a mess, but didn’t take away from the gorgeous chest. Where is our gaze during this turmoil. Is it on the Love being expressed throughout or on the fear?
Today I will catch every thought that does not praise God and think on those things that are beautiful, loving and true. Isaiah 9:2 states “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
My question today is “Who am I serving?” We cannot serve two gods! We cannot serve both God and fear. Was thinking about David and Goliath and the Goliath we seem to be facing today. A while back I was reading where a man the size of Goliath in Biblical days was mentally slow, not very agile with limited eyesight. As I think about that only the belief of his size would have been scary, but even so David was well aware that the battle was God’s so was not fearful. A small pebble of Truth destroyed that giant just as today when we turn wholeheartedly to God. There is only one God!
Psalm 79:9 states “Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.” Yes, use wisdom and be law-abiding but refuse to be obsessed with fear and serve only the one God. He will deliver us from all evil.
Today as I was studying the parable of Mary and Martha, immediately I began to think of them in today’s scenario. It came to me that Martha would be scurrying about making sure her pantry was full and most likely fretting and wringing her hands. Then I thought of Mary listening to the Christ and yes, still taking human footsteps that she was led to do, but by focusing on the Christ, she would experience more harmony and less fear.
1 John 2:7 reads “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” When we stay in the light, we are certainly less likely to stumble and fall. Error is much easier to detect, refute and replace with the Truth! Today, I will stay in the light.
Today has begun with my telephoning in to our Church service. My heart filled as I thought of all the work being done by individuals nationally so this could happen. Then I saw where a truck driver received his dinner at no charge from a large franchise as he ordered his pick-up meal with the bill saying “O due and thank you for your service.” Downtown in our little town, a local food truck is preparing lunch for one of our grocery stores employees.
As I focus on these things, they just seem to multiply, which is always the case. John 4:35 states “There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, ‘Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.'” Look through God’s eyes and this is what we see and I will do that today!
For years there has been complaint regarding the imbalance of salaries. For instance, many have thought our teachers have long been underpaid and CEO’s, celebrities and sports figures overpaid.
Just read where yet another CEO of a large corporation has given up his multi-million dollar salary until the end of the year in order that his people on the frontline will be paid. So grateful to see so many others do that. This is God working His purpose out! He has always and will always be in control.
Psalm 46:10 states “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Will continue to pray to see God everywhere.
Just returned from the grocery store and we are being grateful for being able to do this. The very next thing we are voicing is our gratitude for those making $15 an hour, not the executives but the stockers, checkers, the people picking up our trash, etc. What would we be doing without them right now?
Also, thinking that a virus needs a living being to stay alive and we need to check our thinking to see what we are feeding? Are we feeding the frenzy, the fear of not having enough groceries or supplies or even contacting this? Today, I will focus on gratitude of the abundance of love being expressed, the sharing of supplies, the reaching out to help one another.
Colossians 2:2-3 states “This is what I have asked of God for you: that you will be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love, and that you will have the rich experience of knowing Christ with real certainty and clear understanding. For God’s secret plan, now at last made known, is Christ Himself. In Him lie hidden all the mighty, untapped treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
Yesterday we were waiting for our groceries to be delivered and discussing a tip for the driver. Soon we were in a full-out discussion on how we tip. We both agreed that in a restaurant, the size of the tip was determined by the service; the better the service, the larger the tip and if the service was bad, the tip would be next to nothing. After decades of doing this, a light came on! When you have a server with an attitude, that person needs love! It could change his or her life! We are not aware of what that person is dealing with right then.
As I thought on, it occurred to me that we needed little cards to leave with the tip that said “You are loved!” or “Love reflects Love”. Immediately my belief vanished and a deeper understanding of Love appeared. That is not rewarding bad behavior but expressing unconditional love that is needed. That is my new practice!!
Ephesians 5:8 states “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” I choose light.