Last night we went to a wonderful restaurant for New Year’s Eve and when we arrived and told them we had made reservations, they replied they didn’t ever reserve tables. I had made a point of calling several weeks earlier since they have a special menu for New Year’s Eve but the lady assured us we didn’t have one. My husband wanted to walk out and I was a little perturbed but turned inwardly to God to replace irritation for love for this young lady trying to do her job in a very busy, chaotic situation.
We were soon seated, had a wonderful meal and met a couple from our town. We were at the next town over. Then we came home and watched our college team win a bowl game in which they played better than they had all year! It turned out to be a marvelous evening but I was well aware that had I not gotten dominion at the restaurant, it could have turned out much differently.
Isaiah 43:18-19 states “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” In the past, I would have demanded to see the manager and insisted on being seated right away! By releasing that trait that was never a part of my true identity as a child of God, my evening was perfect!
Yesterday I heard a lady tell a story about her four year old daughter. This child loved to pray to and about everything. She prayed to and about her dolls, family members and her small dog. One day the mother wasn’t feeling well and her little girl was there playing so she asked her to pray for her. The little girl agreed and soon, the lady was feeling much better and asked her daughter what did she pray. She just smiled and said, “I didn’t talk, Mama, I just listened!” What wisdom! So often, we want to do all the talking while true prayer is listening.
Proverbs 16:3 reads “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” This can only be done by listening. An old translation of the word “obey” is to “hear completely”.
Yesterday, I allowed my feelings to be hurt by a dear family member. For a while, there was self-pity, self-justification, self-condemnation, etc. even after knowing that the battle is always God’s, never mine. This morning as I humbly prayed to see what God sees, I was led to Matthew 12:48, 50 which reads “But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, ‘Who is My mother and who are my brothers?'” ‘For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.'”
This is exactly what I needed to hear to remove all of the “self”‘s. Then I began seeing this precious one as a child of God and simply loved her more. Love is always the answer, no matter what the problem seems to be. My prayer recently had been to see God/Love in every situation so I was given that opportunity to do so.
While studying at my desk this morning and thinking of my search for God that started years ago, it first came to me that I was a child of God. As I continue to study and pray, I realize I am still a child of God, not an adult but need Him as much as ever! Along the way, unwanted human traits seemed to fall away, but I can never judge another when exhibiting those same traits that fell from me. They are no more a part of another just as they were never a part of my True Identity.
1 Corinthians 1:26 and 27 reads “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”
Today will be spent in true gratitude for everything, even lessons that become blessings as we understand more.
After the third or fourth irritating solicitation telephone call, the temptation was to throw the phone. As I still my thought, I realize even though some of the calls are automated, many are real people. Sometimes I am rather short with them and other times, I merely hang up. Today, it occurred to me that often, there are people on the other end of that line, working to make a living. There are times when I disconnect the phone, I realized I treat them like non-entities. Then, I began to think about if there had been someone on the other end I knew and loved. I should love each and every one. Many times, I receive one of these calls when I am busy or on another line and stop to answer it and feel very inconvenienced.
Then I laughed to myself that I think I am that important which I definitely am not to feel inconvenienced. Love and kindness are always the answer. Galatians 5: 22-23 states “But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Today, I will recognize God’s child on the other end of that phone call and treat him as such.
This morning while at my desk, I received two separate phone calls for prayer for another family member. Each wasn’t aware of the other call. This request was for someone that I had had seeming occasion over the years to not like.
As I began to pray, I had to replace personal feelings with God’s Love and know I couldn’t do this without His help. Soon, the past history just vanished into its native nothingness as I recognized this individual as God’s child. My heart filled with Love and I opened my Bible to Revelation 19:1 which states “After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: ‘Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.'”
Love quickly replaced bitterness and I knew only healing was going on!
Recently I was thinking about small children dressed as ghost and goblins for Halloween. When we open the door to pass out candy, we even feign fear and surprise at whatever costume that is before us. But never, do we believe for an instant that the child wearing that costume is what he/she is portraying. As we think of an adult with an unpleasant character trait, shouldn’t we see that as not belonging to God’s precious creation?
Ephesians 1:32 states “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Today, I will not be fooled by anything ungodlike belonging to one of His children, including myself. That will include even a physical ailment!