Last night we lost our power until after midnight and then it went out three or four more times. There were over seven hundred homes affected. My husband and I read by candlelight until we went to bed. I began pondering peace during this time and thinking of how the Israelites could not store up manna, but had to gather it daily. Not so long ago, I would have felt so inconvenienced, anxious and fretful but I began to be thankful for the conveniences we have daily and take for granted.
This morning we found out it was a woman, intoxicated who had run into the power box. I found myself praying about her.
Last evening, Philippians 4:6,7 and 19 came to me which states “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus….And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” As I prayed I realized it was not for the power to return on but to have peace during that time.
This morning I have been reading and studying the third Chapter of Genesis where Eve is seduced by the serpent. In thinking about that crafty, mesmerizing thought that the snake represented, I realize Eve was not harmed, only hypnotized into believing that there was a power opposed to God. But we all know the outcome of that allegory. Genesis 3:13 reads “Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ And the woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” The serpent only made a suggestion! He did not force that apple on Eve! I think about today when my thought feels mesmerized about something, I only need to still my thought, turn to God and know that He is all-powerful and always there for me and refuse to listen to error. Where is my focus and who am I believing? Today I choose God.
If one really wants to be humbled and in awe, he needs to contemplate the power of God, from finite to infinite. As I was looking out my window at my plants growing toward the light, a flock of birds flew over in perfect formation. Even as they change directions, they are aligned. The one God governs All and how can we ever doubt that Truth. Often we think we are alone with our challenges, but how can that be if you look out at nature? Joshua 1:5 reads, “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” To me, that is very clear and reassures me of my protection. Either God is all or nothing. I choose All!
Recently we went to the beach and would rise early so we could watch the sunrise. We would be told what time the sun would come up and we would be on the beach thirty minutes earlier. It was a majestic sight and we knew without a doubt it would come up and there it would be. There is no power on earth that can keep the sun from rising. How on earth can we ever doubt God’s power? We should be that expectant for Good when we pray for direction and know He will answer us.
Lamentations 3:22-23 reads, “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
There are times when I am resistant to something I need to do. It may be because I feel it will be unpleasant or difficult. When I look closer, it is human will or pride that is resisting the deed. II Timothy 1:7 reads, “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” It is never about us personally but about leaning more on God and learning about our relationship to Him.
Another old belief I need to rid myself of is that hindsight is 20-20. That is far from the Truth if the past holds blame, bitterness and condemnation. My prayer again is to see how God sees things. 2 Corinthians 12:9 reads, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”