This morning there is joy from deep within attempting to surface and actually for the past few days there seemed to be a lack. This is not something I can take credit for but am delighted to experience it as it will flow over onto others. There are times when I am tempted to think joy or mistakes are personal in nature as I remind myself, everything is about God and my relationship to Him/Her. The constant struggle is removing the little ego from my thinking and know that I know it is always about God/Good. The Bible says it is all vanity if we are not looking through God’s/Love’s eyes.
John 3:8 states “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” Today, my focus is on God!
Whatever we choose to name this, it is always searching outside of ourselves for completion. It can be food, sex, money, relationship; but it is still thinking we are inadequate. By wholeheartedly turning to God for direction, inspiration or guidance, this is accomplished by going within. As we thank God for encountering every problem, we will soon witness His transforming trials into blessings.
Luke 1:79 states “To shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” Thousands of pages have been written about addiction, but I still feel the answer begins with turning to God.
Recently, I read an article where the author was remembering her childhood days where she was learning to swim. At first, she wanted to make sure she could feel something hard like the bottom or side of the pool. The fear seemed so great that she would stiffen up rather than relax; therefore, she would sink. This can also be compared with trying to solve a problem without God. We may say that we trust Him, but still want to feel something hard or concrete as in the bottom or side of the pool. Couldn’t that be leaning into our own understanding?
Proverbs 3:5 reads “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” That means to me to allow God to reveal Truth to me, not try and humanly outline the outcome. The only way one can swim is to Trust and release the side of the pool. Today I will do just that.
This morning I read and re-read this passage which states “And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”
Whenever we have a challenge, it is never, ever punishment but is only the opportunity to know God better and our relationship to Him! There can be no inheritance of family weaknesses or traits when we truly understand everything is to glorify God. So often, we want to look for a cause in the human scene and that search only leads to confusion. By keeping our focus on God/Good, what we need to know is always revealed to us. Man can never be separated from God.
Recently while visiting another city for five days, and after our first taxi ride which was pricey, my husband and I agreed to learn to ride the subway which would be much more cost-effective since we had numerous meetings to attend. We were sitting on the “T” and looking over the map of the city and becoming more and more confused. Sitting next to us was a young man with his ear plugs in and reading. It was apparent he was from the middle east and we then wondered if he spoke English. Then we thought he may not want to be disturbed, but finally my husband leaned over and tapped him on the shoulder. Immediately, he took out his ear pieces and smiled asking how he could help us. The next fifteen minutes he not only explained what we should do and where we should depart and get back on, he also told us he was working on his PHD in medical science and going home, which was the mid-east, to visit family. Our time with him was so loving, enlightening and helpful but we had to overcome fear first.
Isaiah 60:2 reads “See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you.” The darkness became light as we listened, obeyed and just loved!
Yesterday we were on a four-hour flight home after a week-end of Church meetings. As the plane filled up, there was a young man across the aisle from us who was obviously suffering. His eyes were red and he constantly was wiping his face with a tissue and blowing his nose. He would alternate from putting his head on the tray in front of him to pulling his cap over his face to lean back and attempt to sleep.
My husband even pointed this out to me and I began praying and prayed off and on all the way home. At one time, I almost wrote “God loves you” on a slip of paper and pass over to him but didn’t, but did continue to pray about his true identity as a child of God. My heart filled with love for this young man and as we landed and were in line to leave the plane, my eyes met the clearest blue eyes as I asked him if he was feeling better. He replied that he was and I told him I had been praying for him the entire trip. We just smiled at each other and I will never see him again but I know we will both remember that trip. In my heart, I knew he was well.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
Yesterday was my birthday in human years and as I took so much pleasure in reading the many best wishes, cards, texts, etc. and then, I thought of a couple of people that sent me nothing. Being amused, I thought of how the carnal mind works, right when we are rejoicing, it will try and throw us a curve! Psalms 27: 3 reads “Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.” Whether or not it is about financial lack, illness, relationship problems and so forth, my heart shall not fear.
God knows no lack of Good and as we focus more and more on Him, we recognize more and more Good and solutions to our every need become evident. Good is revealed to me everyday when I become more and more humble and grateful.