This week we are having the interior of our home painted which I have wanted for several years. From my desk I can see into the front part where they are painting and it looks a mess. Such disarray! This is temporal and the result will be lovely, but this step in the process has to be. I often think of spiritual growth and how I would love it to be as a snap of the fingers but that couldn’t happen. As I look at the chaos, I realize it certainly isn’t permanent and a beautiful outcome will be evident in a few days. The painter is visualizing the outcome; as will I.
Psalm 37:4 reads “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give yo the desires of your heart.”
This morning while preparing for a week trip to another state for our granddaughter’s wedding, my husband just brought in a piece of paper with the weather forecast for the next week. Much rain is predicted and this wedding is outside and also we will be driving a distance. My first thought was “Oh, no!” Immediately, I thought of John 10:10 which states “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” The thief can easily be regret of the past and fear of the future which steals your joy. Then, as I was reciting the Lord’s prayer, and when I repeated “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;” I recognized this as error. God is in charge here so I need not fret nor worry. Yes, we need to use wisdom but our every need is met by God!
Someone recently pointed out to me that the definition of “Pilgrim” meant a traveler to a Holy Place. This is what our ancestors were doing years ago when they came over for religious freedom and settled America. Have we forgotten America is a Holy Place? Think about what those people endured in traveling here ; then I think about Psalm 29:11 which states “The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.” That is true right here, right now and my prayer will be to know this!
Many times one may try to rate a disease or error. Is it the worse or maybe, not so bad? This labeling can be a deterrent in the healing process. When reading of Jesus’ healings and demonstrations, one will never read where He thought turning the water into wine was less than restoring the withered hand. All challenges should be met by the understanding there is nothing impossible to God and that is where our prayers should begin.
The false beliefs of “am I good enough” or “do I know enough” are dispelled with the knowing of God’s omnipresence, omniscience and omnipotence leaving no space for error. Philippians 4:19 states “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” This doesn’t say “some of your needs” or a “few of your needs” but “all your needs”.
This morning I arose an hour earlier than needed and am already at my desk reading and praying for this day! It is such a blessing to watch the sun rise over the hills and hear the birds sing. It is so easy to get into a rut and just go on “autopilot” when God’s amazing beauty is everywhere.
2 Corinthians 5:17 reads, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Today is His day and I will rejoice.
As I have been reading the Bible this morning and pondering my true purpose, it dawned on me that my only purpose is to express God, which is Life, Truth and Love. And as I am expressing Love, I can never be impressed by negative thinking! They just cannot co-exist.
Seeing the beauty of the following photograph of a misty morning, I look for the beauty in all things today. There is also beauty in a sunset or midday view. Gratitude and humility fill my thoughts!
As I awakened this morning, it was cold outside and the bed felt so warm and toasty that I considered staying under the cover for another hour. This would still give me time to dress for Church. Then, I began thinking of how getting up for Christmas morning had been so thrilling as a child. Certainly, I didn’t consider the temperature and I would be wide awake at this time or before.
Christmas doesn’t need to be only a yearly happening. Shouldn’t we be expectant of good everyday! II Corinthians 9:15 popped into my head, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” which is constant. I immediately jumped out of bed wide awake, expecting good!
Below are two views driving the back roads to Church. God’s beauty is everywhere, not just at Christmas.