Recently heard a great analogy about God being like a porter walking along side of us and asking if He could carry our baggage. Our reply is often, “No, No! I’ve got this!” Have been pondering this and thinking if I am dealing with an on-going challenge, all I need to really do is to be glad for all of the opportunities for spiritual growth and the challenge loses the power to drag me down. The mental shift comes and clarity and healing or revealing appears shortly thereafter. Isaiah 30:20-21 states “Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.'”
Several days ago, I was thinking about someone who sometimes displayed a quality that certainly was not from God. This morning as I was praying, this person came into my thought and at the exact time, I was led to turn to look out my back window. There is a large tree that I noticed a piece of bark sticking straight out. As I examined closer, it was not bark, but a lizard that blended exactly into the trunk of the tree. Then I realized no matter how much this looked like it was a part of the tree, it was not. It had nothing to do with the tree itself.
Once again, I thought of the person with the ungodlike quality and realized that was not part of his true identity as a child of God. At the same time, I looked and the lizard had scurried down the tree and out into the grass. Love filled my heart as I thought of God’s real child, perfect and unblemished.
1 Corinthians 13:12 states “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
This morning while studying and praying, the thought of change came to mind. It appears that there is so much change going on that it can be daunting and sometime, shocking. It can be overwhelming and scary and often, I have to still my thoughts and remember God being the only constant! Psalm 102:25-27 reads “In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”
Today, I will allow myself to be led by God/Love totally and know that only Good is going on.
It had been five years since we had had the large trees in our yard trimmed so this week we had all the old, dead limbs cut off and carried away. Not only do our trees look healthy and beautiful, our yard is more opened and the view clearer. As I was pondering this sitting at my desk, praying while looking out my window, it occurred to me I might need to do this trimming and casting away old, dead beliefs in my thinking and I surely needn’t wait five years to do this. As I practiced this, I saw how my vision improved when the temptation arose of seeing a past incident. Viewing this through God’s eyes, it put a whole different slant on things. God was with me right then as well as right now so I needed to cast off imagined hurt feelings and replace them with the Truth that I have never been separated from God for an instant.
Romans 8:38-39 states “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” By staying with these verses, the old beliefs have been obliterated that say I was ever separated from my Good, God!
This morning while at my desk studying my Bible and praying, out of the corner of my eye I see movement and notice a hummingbird. While watching it, I am reminded that logically, it shouldn’t be able to fly. It’s body is too large and it’s wings, too short, but that doesn’t stop it from flying. Then Luke 1:37 comes to mind and it reads, “For nothing is impossible with God.”
That is the verse I will use today as I continue to pray for safety and protection for those effected by Hurricane Harvey. Nothing is impossible with God!