The Day Ahead

This morning as I began my day at my desk with my Bible and Bible Lesson I began to wonder about the day ahead.  There are times when I almost want to visualize the day completely.  Often we take day trips and of course, we need to take human footsteps on having the car gassed, tires filled with air, etc.  but we need not worry about every turn.  Preparation can come from simply turning to God and trusting him all the way.

John 15:4-7 states “Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear  fruit unless you remain in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”  This need not take our spontaneity away, but rather enrich it.

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Elijah and the Widow Woman

One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is the one about God telling Elijah to go to Zarephath where a widow woman was there to help him.  At the very same time, he was preparing the woman’s heart to be receptive and generous, because when Elijah came upon her, she was gathering sticks to prepare her last meal for her and her son.

When Elijah asked her for a cake first, she did so.  What faith!  So much inspiration can come from those verses.  Elijah didn’t ask God “How will I know her?”  nor did he tell the woman to be on the look out for Elijah.  We can rest assured that all “i’s” are dotted and every “t” crossed when we yield to God.  All details are worked out and we can trust that Truth.

In “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”, we find that giving does not impoverish us nor does withholding enrich us!  Also, what blesses one blesses all.  When I am trying humanly to work out details to a problem, I can just reread I Kings 17 and give the challenge to God.

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