Microwave living. I heard this phrase on the radio today and laughed out loud. This is a perfect metaphor for today’s society. We want everything as quickly as possible. Just stick in the microwave and voile! Reminds me of the old Staples commercial, “Beep! That was easy!”
But God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than ours.
An idea just slipped into my soul. Something I’ve never considered before.
1 Samuel 16:7 reads: But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
This verse is typically taught for us not to judge others by their looks because we cannot see what God sees.
But, what if we frame the verse a bit differently?
I can feel them. Winds of change blowing in my direction.
And I dare not breathe a word of what I’m thinking. Because who wants to say “no” to God?
But my feet are not sure the ground beneath them is solid. I am unsure of my next steps. Yet, I found myself saying, “Whatever you want Lord, I will serve you. I will do this ministry I feel You calling me to.”
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling.
It’s Thursday, oh Lord, I’m sure getting tired
can Friday come soon, so I can retire?
Files are stacked, so many emails to answer
how can we make this end any faster?
I had been awake for a couple of hours listening to the thunder as it rolled, tempting my thoughts and heart to roll with it.
But an overriding, deep down part of me, felt peace. A peace desiring to spill over like clouds shedding their rain, knowing God has this all under His control. I need not let my mind and heart be tossed about with the wind that blows trees to almost breaking because—because yes, “ ‘tis so sweet to trust in Jesus.”
Even when my life is in chaos God will never forsake me. I can depend on Him because He is with me to the end.
The end of this day. The end of this season of hurt, heartache, healing.
Tired from the busy, but fun day, we walked into our home that evening around 9:30. As I stepped into my bedroom, something didn’t feel right. At this point in my life—just 18 years old—I was quite the neat freak. But my roll-top desk was open and rifled through. The knickknacks on my dresser in disorder, my closet doors wide open and bedspread askew.
Tire tracks were found in the field behind our house. We believe we interrupted the robbery.
The feeling of intrusion and paranoia never fully go away. I can still feel my skin crawl realizing someone had come into our home and invaded our privacy. Not only that, they stole my sense of safety.
Oh Lord, remind us to remember that You care. Even when we are at our loneliest, we believe no one else is thinking about us or loves us; Lord, help us to seek You with all our hearts, minds and souls.
Even the loneliest of trees—way out in the furthest parts of the earth where nothing else seems to exist—flourishes. Those trees only flourish because of You Lord. So let us flourish under Your hand of protection and care no matter where we may be planted in this season of life.