Someone I love is going through a challenge and I want to help! Since I have contacts, it seems natural to help get this done. Also, there are financial resources needed and I feel I can make the needed phone calls. Then, as I quieten my thoughts in prayer, it comes to me to slow down and turn wholeheartedly to God. Certainly I will take human footsteps as I am led, but I needn’t yield to human will, but to God. My heart overflows with gratitude to witness my own growth.
There was a time when I would have gotten the job done one way or another, but by willful force. My gratitude is that I now realize I don’t know the spiritual growth this person needs and God is always on the job and I trust Him implicitly. Have been praying with 1 Thessalonians 5:18 which reads “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
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.”
Recently, while at my desk reading the Bible, my young cleaning lady who speaks limited English asked what I was reading. As I began attempting to explain the story of the tares and the wheat, she had a puzzled look on her face. Realizing I was trying to intellectualize the parable, immediately I turned to God and thought of Proverbs 3:5 where it states “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
There is no recollection of what I said but her smile was huge as I realized Truth and Love was what she understood. It made no difference the words but it is clear that Love and Truth represent the Universal Language. Maybe it was just putting the Bible down and giving her time. Maybe she knew I really cared about her. There is no doubt that we both felt the presence of God as we embraced and said out “Good-byes”.
Sometimes it is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking everything will be better when we rid our self of some real or imagined pain, or a certain debt will be paid in full, or our relationship with another will be healed and on and on. John 4:35 reads “Say not ye, 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.” To me, that means thinking my every need is met right here, right now. Luke 12:32 states “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Nowhere in that verse does it say later or hereafter!
Today, I will be aware and stay in the present, knowing all is well today!
Working about the true meaning of “Christmas” this morning, I began to think of “Peace on earth, good will toward men”. It’s so easy to get caught up with the gift-giving, decorating and party-going that we overlook the real purpose of the celebration. Once again, I began thinking about peace on earth and good will toward men. Of course, I want peace on earth. That should go without saying. Then I began to think of good will toward men and I was reminded of political stories everywhere and how I felt divided about some of the players and certainly wasn’t thinking about good will toward them. God is the only creator there is and He doesn’t pick and choose but only sees our perfection. Psalms 145:9 reads “The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.”
No where does He say “some”, but “all”. I began praying to be meek and know the definitions mean humbly patient; not inclined to anger or resentment; yielding. Now, that is how I can celebrate Christmas and pray to do so.
As I studied the birth of Moses, it occurred to me that his mother must have had enormous faith in God. One can only imagine the fear of putting your infant in a homemade ark near a river. After the Pharaoh’s daughter found him, Moses’ sister volunteered to find a Hebrew woman (which was Moses’ mother) to nurse him. Not only did she nurse him, but received wages to do so. No one but God could have outlined that! Everyone was blessed which happens every time we listen and obey Him.
Psalms 145:20 states “The Lord preserveth all them that love Him:” How very comforting! To me, that is so much more than a nice Bible story from my childhood but a lesson on Love, trust and faith. God always takes one all the way; never just part way. I will remember this today when doubt tries to sneak in to my thinking about anything.
The above was a solo sung at our Church yesterday and I thought it was so appropriate. Below are the verses.
“Let no walls divide your world, pull them down today. Be a friend to every man, help him on his way. Love can overflow the heart like a rising tide. Speak with kindness, speak with love, let no walls divide.
Walk into the weary land, never fear the night. Take the stranger by the hand, bring him to the light. If he stumbles, help him rise, calm his foolish pride. Give him mercy, give him love, let no walls divide.”
This was written by William Aubert Luce and I will pray with these words.