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.
Early today I “googled” a recipe which is so convenient and easy to do. Then I was reminded when something arises, do I call a friend or someone who would agree with me about an issue or do I call someone who would help me to see the Truth or do I call on God? There are times when God is not where I turn first but should always be.
Isaiah 41:10 reads “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Dependency on God is maturity rather than immaturity! Thank you, Father for every opportunity I am given to grow in grace.
This morning on my way to Church, it began to rain and I was on a seven-mile stretch of a narrow, windy, hilly road. As I looked in the distance, I saw a large truck with a ladder extended from it in the middle of the road. As I continued my drive, I began to be concerned because I didn’t see anyway to get around it. Attempting to figure it out in my head as I drove on, but before I knew it I was driving past this large truck because it was probably 100 feet from the road out in a pasture. It had only looked like it was on the road.
Then I quickly thought of fear problems of the future and knew when we turned to God, they are not even challenges. The “what ifs” we entertain just simply take away our joy and are imagined. Deuteronomy 31:6 states “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Praise God and stay in the present!