The day before yesterday while talking with a friend, he told me of a call his wife had earlier that morning while they were studying their Bible Lesson together. Her daughter had called from another state where they were going to be for about six weeks. They had recently purchased a home in the same city where my friend lives. She asked her mother if she would find a pest control company to exterminate their home while they were away and my friend’s wife replied she would later that day.
After hanging up, she resumed studying with my friend. As soon as they finished the doorbell rang and when she opened the door, it was a pest control salesman going door to door in the neighborhood looking for business. If he had come thirty minutes earlier, she would have thanked him and sent him on his way, but she gave him her daughter’s number instead. God’s timing is always perfect.
This was not a coincidence but God in action. As we begin to see God, He shows up everywhere. Psalm 20:7 states “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
Several days ago, I was thinking about someone who sometimes displayed a quality that certainly was not from God. This morning as I was praying, this person came into my thought and at the exact time, I was led to turn to look out my back window. There is a large tree that I noticed a piece of bark sticking straight out. As I examined closer, it was not bark, but a lizard that blended exactly into the trunk of the tree. Then I realized no matter how much this looked like it was a part of the tree, it was not. It had nothing to do with the tree itself.
Once again, I thought of the person with the ungodlike quality and realized that was not part of his true identity as a child of God. At the same time, I looked and the lizard had scurried down the tree and out into the grass. Love filled my heart as I thought of God’s real child, perfect and unblemished.
1 Corinthians 13:12 states “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
While studying the 13th chapter of Matthew this morning about the leaven the woman took and hid in the meal and then the parable of the mustard seed, I am immediately reminded of the smallness and least visible ideas of these stories. But the full fruition comes about in God’s own time. This also applies to anything we may be working on and praying about! God, being omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent, is caring for all. We needn’t humanly outline or speculate or predict but leave the outcome to God. It will always be even better than we can ever envision.
2 Corinthians 4:18 states “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” My daily prayer is to listen more, worry less and trust God with my entire being.
When Jesus healed the ten lepers, He told them to go show themselves to the priests! This was even before they were healed. This was certainly a call for faith to know they would be healed. As we pray, we have to begin with our spiritual perfection as a reflection of the one God and this knowledge and understanding brings about healing.
Psalm 5:2-3 states “Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
Luke talks about the two men walking to Emmaus after the Crucifixion and they were so distraught as a stranger began to walk along with them questioning them why they were so upset. This was the Christ but due to their grieving and distraction they didn’t even recognize Him. Sometimes, I am reminded myself when I seem to be distracted by world, family or personal affairs that I don’t even recognize the Christ always with me just waiting for me to turn to God and drop all of these imagined fears.
John 8:32 states “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” This comes after total submission to God and release of personal ego and fear! I am so grateful for these promises and Truths to live by.
Claude Monet, the famous artist reportedly said “People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it was necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” So often, when I am experiencing a challenge in my life, my first question I ask myself is “Where do I need to love more?” When I am loving wholeheartedly and without ego, any and all fear dissipates and I begin to experience change.
Genesis 28:15 reads “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
There is an old legend telling of a captain on a large ship in the middle of the night. In the distance, he sees a light so he has his messenger send out a message saying they demand the right-away due to the size of their ship so they must move aside. The captain has him continue on with the importance of his ship and his demands when they finally receive a message back saying “This is the lighthouse!”
After remembering this, the thought of God being the lighthouse came to mind. So often, due to beliefs of importance and false knowledge, we think we should tell God what we need when it is always the other way around. Genesis 28:15 states “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Today, I will seek the lighthouse; not my own understanding.