This morning we had a meeting of women who raise money for scholarships for women’s furthering education. I am in charge of our fundraiser which is selling shelled pecans. Before the meeting I had texted one of the ladies to see if she wanted to deliver 40 pounds to a mutual friend who had already paid me. She had said “Yes”. I had to leave the meeting early because my husband and I had things to do.
After I left I received a short text from her asking where I was. She had thought we were going together. Each of us became frustrated due to the misunderstanding. After stilling my thought, I remember my morning prayer had not been asking for Love but asking to learn to Love more! What a break through! The anger was dispelled immediately and my having to be right simply ceased!
Psalm 105:4 states “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” He always answers us. We need just to listen.
Often when the carnal mind is screaming in my head that I face an impossible task, the verse Luke 18:27 comes to thought which states “But He said, ‘The things that are impossible to people are possible with God.'” That says it all. The battle is never ours but always God’s. When my life seems to be complicated, there is always a passage in the Bible which holds the answer for me. My duty is to have a loving, humble and grateful heart so I may hear that still, small voice.
There are times when I am not alert, I tend to think circumstances determine the quality of my life. Temptations to be happy when things are going well and sad when results are not as planned seem to overtake me. When my relationship to God is strong, I can be content in any and all situations.
Matthew 11:28 reads “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest.” As I release control to God, tiredness does not happen! I certainly never have control anyway but the struggle is what wears one out.
Whenever “I can’t figure it out…..”, I am led to Proverbs 3:5-6 which reads “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your way, acknowledge Him , and He will make your pathways straight.” To me, that is a promise and I need only to release my anxiety and worry to Him. Trusting God to be God is all that I need to do. Truth is revealed to me as I begin to become more relaxed and receptive. The struggle comes when I am trying to humanly outline and understand! As I become harmonious I can hear much better. God continues to speak to us and we are never separated from Him.
Yesterday on our way home from a road trip we came into this small town where traffic was backed up and as we got closer, there were police stationed on every corner of the downtown square. Wherever we looked there were trick or treaters pulling their parents along and it was precious. The temperature was going to drop so all the merchants were giving out candy early.
The more I looked, I thought of the little children in the Bible where it says a little child shall lead them. Matthew 18:3 states “Truly, I say unto you, unless you are converted and become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of Heaven.” That is talking about “childlikeness”, never “childishness”. The first is purity, innocence and affection while the latter is selfish and prideful. We should strive for the first!
Then I went on to think how Adam and Eve came on the scene as adults while the Christ began as an infant! So much to think about as we pray to learn more of God and our relationship to Him. What a thrilling journey we are on.
Sheep can get their head caught in briers and die trying to get untangled. There are little flies that like to torment them by laying eggs in their nostrils which turn into worms and drive the sheep to beat their head against a rock, sometimes to death. The shepherds anoints their entire head with oil which forms a protective coating and brings peace. Psalms 23:5 reads “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows,”
Don’t we sometimes experience mental torment? Worrisome thoughts invade our thinking over and over and we can be tempted to beat our heads against a wall. That is exactly when I turn to the 23rd Psalm and ask God to anoint my head with oil. He has an endless supply! God is always right here waiting for me to turn humbly and gratefully to Him in prayer. Today I will do just that!
This morning I had a tooth extracted. This may not seem important to some but to me it was almost miraculous. In the past, there has been such horror with a dentist that I called a friend two weeks ago to pray with me about this morning. We worked to know that Love was in that office with each and everyone. We worked with “Perfect Love casteth out fear.” This was going to be a new dentist as well. There has never been a time when I was treated with such kindness and compassion! I felt nothing! She told me she had loved her childhood dentist and no one else seemed to like theirs, so she wanted to become one like hers had been so more people would have that experience.
Needless to say, it was Love expressed again to meet the challenge. Psalm 23:1-3 states “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”