You & I have lots of responsibilities & things we have to do. Every day we have the “must do” stuff & even the daily mundane. Sometimes my days don’t seem very divine & yet when I’m attentive, I can see & sense God’s presence. When I ask God to help me in my daily living, I begin to be more aware of God & I see God doing stuff & catch glimmers of God’s influence.
Daily + Divine = Incarnation 🙂
I wanted to write up a quick post yesterday but I had more work than time – sorry!
I’m particularly fond of the few days immediately following Christmas because they feel like an exhale to me. The days leading up to Christmas can sometimes be a frenzied collection of meal preparation, last minute wrapping, gifts, holiday bustle and manic hustle. But the days after Christmas seem to be more peaceful to me. Everything seems to get more calm, peaceful and manageable. Let me encourage you to take some time in these days to pause, reflect and rejuvenate. Drink deeply of God’s presence and nestle into God’s unlimited love for you. Jesus was born for us out of no other motivation than genuine love 🙂
On a quickie side note, please remember to pray for South Sudan – they’ve had close to 2 weeks of intense conflict and thousands have been killed there in the last 10 days.
We have entered the Easter season when we celebrate Jesus’ death & resurrection. But if we aren’t careful, we can get stuck in the mindset that Jesus lived 2,000 years ago so Easter can easily turn into a tribute to the past. Because Jesus rose from the dead, that means that He is alive today & since He lives today, lets watch & listen for Him in each moment of this day. He moves in so many different ways, speaks through so many different channels & occupies all time & space waiting for us to delightfully discover Him. Open eyes, listening ears & sensitive hearts for a fellowship permeated with infinite & genuine love 🙂
I’ve been thinking a little bit about Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego, the 3 Hebrew men who refused to worship anyone but their God and were thrown into a fiery furnace to punish them for their disobedience. When these men were given a chance to back down & obey the king, they dug their heels in and said that their God could deliver them from the fire & even if He didn’t they wouldn’t worship any other god. This was a really bold and even wreckless stance. Nevertheless, they held their ground and as a result they were thrown into the fiery furnace. When the king checked on their burning progress, he was totally SHOCKED to see the 3 Hebrew men walking around the fiery furnace along with someone who the king described as a man who looked like the son of God. Sometimes our work with Saving Moses can be a little bit like a furnace with some pretty sketchy hotspots, but thankfully, Jesus is with us!
So for me, if Jesus is in the fire, then I want to be there with Him – better to be in a furnace with Jesus than without Jesus and no furnace. And at the end of the day, the Hebrew men weren’t delivered from the fire but rather through the fire. There’s tremendous fellowship potential in the furnace with Jesus 🙂
I was in a security line at the airport early this morning & it was moving rather slowly. Thankfully, most of us in the line were still pretty groggy so there wasn’t much complaining, except for the guy right behind me. He was really gripey & for me, gripey & groggy aren’t a good combination. Thankfully, God helped me to keep my mouth shut because when it was all said & done, we weren’t waiting for more than 10minutes – which points out a bit of a challenge for our modern living.
I think that if we aren’t careful, we can easily fall into the impatience trap & neglect to learn & practice waiting on God. There are LOADS of verses that speak to the importance of waiting on God & I would encourage you to explore what God says about waiting. But from my personal experience, waiting on God is a great way to be in God’s presence & God’s presence is my priority 🙂
So wait a second & grab some God time ,)
I’ve had an interesting recent 48 hours. Sunday evening, I was doing our family grocery shopping & I was chatting with God about something that was really bothering me. At the end of our chat, I basically asked Him to either help me accept this challenging situation & make adjustments or to change the situation. Within 24 hours, I found myself in a conversation that was immediately addressing the situation that God & I had just discussed. Needless to say, I’m thanking God for His speedy work!
Furthermore, this morning I was looking for a file on my computer & became frantic when I couldn’t find it because there were other people who are relying on this document! So over the course of lunchtime, I shot up another quick prayer asking God to help me find this file & voila – I found it!
While these things may seem small to you, for me they’re indicative of God who listens & is engaged in my daily living. What I like most about prayer is that its the place where I get to wholly be with God – where I eliminate distractions, tune into His presence & interact. I love sensing God’s presence, voice, direction, etc. Prayer is also a fun adventure to see the different ways that God answers our requests & needs.