The day before yesterday while talking with a friend, he told me of a call his wife had earlier that morning while they were studying their Bible Lesson together. Her daughter had called from another state where they were going to be for about six weeks. They had recently purchased a home in the same city where my friend lives. She asked her mother if she would find a pest control company to exterminate their home while they were away and my friend’s wife replied she would later that day.
After hanging up, she resumed studying with my friend. As soon as they finished the doorbell rang and when she opened the door, it was a pest control salesman going door to door in the neighborhood looking for business. If he had come thirty minutes earlier, she would have thanked him and sent him on his way, but she gave him her daughter’s number instead. God’s timing is always perfect.
This was not a coincidence but God in action. As we begin to see God, He shows up everywhere. Psalm 20:7 states “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
As I mentally made my list of all that needed to be done, I became overwhelmed. The next step for me always is to check my motives and ask myself “Is this for the glory of God?” or “Am I glorifying me?” The answer always comes speedily when I realize that there is nothing for me to fix! Humbly turning to God and accepting His guidance, the load quickly lightens, freeing me up to do anything that needs to be done. Isaiah 41:13 states “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Today, I will listen for direction and remove my ego and human will. “Speak Lord, for thy daughter listens.”
This morning as I sit at my desk, I think about beginning this day with a clean slate. We can’t undo yesterday nor predict the future but we can turn humbly to God asking Him to direct our path today. Exodus 33:14 reads “The Lord replied, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'” How reassuring is that? I was reminded of picture that I painted several years ago and was tempted to toss it when finally turning to my teacher, I asked for help. She gave me two simple suggestions and this picture is now one of my favorite pieces I have painted. It was effortless as I removed my human ego.
By staying in the presence of Love/God, I can expect blessings to unfold. I can release any and all anxiousness, judgment and negativity just by staying aware that I am totally dependent upon God and know He is right here always.
In Luke 15:7, it states “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?” While studying this, I began to think about what she might have uncovered while sweeping her entire house. As I thought of this, I was reminded what it looks like when I clean out my closet and until it is finished, it is a mess. Then I remembered the feeling after I complete the job or after the lost piece of silver is found! In reality, only Good is going on! We are just searching for that lost piece of silver and it will be found. My heart stays filled with love and gratitude.
This morning as I was awakened by a telephone call where someone needed prayerful support, I was instantly reminded of my prayer yesterday. My prayer is always to do good daily and be always willing to turn to God immediately. While I was thinking along these lines, I was led to Matthew 20:30 which reads “Behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, ‘Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.'” This took place while Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem where He was met with betrayal, condemnation and crucifixion, but He stops to heal them.
After reading this, I became so aware that rather than turn people away, He gladly and lovingly received them, no matter what was going on. Shouldn’t I do the same?
This morning as I began to awake, I had been dreaming that I was searching for my car in a large parking lot and could not find it. There was a feeling of anxiety in my thinking until I awoke and realized it had only been a dream. It had felt so very real! Then I began to ponder on times when I had tried to pray but couldn’t due to the same feeling I had just experienced. Isn’t “awakening” needed to realize God is always in charge and we need only to humble ourselves and release human will to see what He is seeing, which is always harmony and perfection.
2 Corinthians 10:5 states ” We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” We are never, ever separated from God and His wisdom.
This morning, as I study, the thought came about a recent conversation I overheard regarding a quarterback whose team is going to the championship game. He was being praised while I immediately was reminded that he wouldn’t be that great if he didn’t have good receivers. Then, was thinking about how needed the blockers were! As I was thinking along this line, I thought when someone is healthy but has a broken-down car, a good car mechanic would be much greater than a doctor.
Soon my heart filled with love and gratitude for everyone, no matter what his station in life must be. I was led to think about prayer and often we may want to ask God to bless our plans rather than ask Him what His plan is for us. Today I will be praying with Jeremiah 29:11 which states “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”