Thought for the Day: He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10
I have a wooden block on my desk that my hubby gave me in my stocking this past Christmas. It has verses from the Bible, or partial verses, inscribed on each six of its parts. Today, as I glanced over it read, “Be Still” and I thought, how incredibly perfect.
You see, I have been gleaning from every friend I know with any medical knowledge what they think about this scan or that report, or why the doctor has ordered further tests and it hit me when I looked at the block that I need to quiet myself, pray and allow my heart and mind to just “Be Still.” God’s got this.
How very often I have taught classes and spoken at retreats concerning patience and waiting on the Lord and here I am demonstrating my humanness as I try to take control of the situation instead of simply resting in the Lord. In one of my devotional books, Being Led Beside Still Waters, I wrote about the giants of life and the experience David had with Goliath. A small boy, five smooth stones and a giant of a man to stand against. Did David consult with all the entire army to map out a plan for a sneak attack? Did he ask for perfectly sized armor to protect his body from any harm? Did he ask for specialize equipment to fight this giant? No, David rested in the fact that God had already given him the ability of defeat implementing his slingshot and those five stones to meet the danger head on and overcome any fear.
If God did that for David, why do we hesitate to think we need to help Him in conquering our fears in our lives today? Isn’t God the same yesterday, today and tomorrow? As I have previously written, “There is nothing in life we face that is insurmountable for God. Whatever the object weighing you down and prohibiting you from moving forward, give it to God. Call out to the Almighty, the Maker of Heaven and Earth naming the fear, hindrance, obstruction or barrier that is keeping you tie in knots and surrender that giant to the Lord Jesus Christ.”
I am appreciative that God has renewed in my mind that I, too, need to “be still” during this time of testing. May God continue to bring all the lessons I have learned throughout life to bring honor and glory to Him and healing to my bones.
Two simple words, Lord, “be still” that carry a message of hope and healing as we turn our faces toward You. Enable us to let go of our desire to orchestrate and assimilate all the fine details of our lives and hand the plan back into your most capable hands. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
I usually don't post twice in one day, but the notes, messages, cards, gifts and well wishes have been so abundant that I must address with sincere thanks what all of your words, prayers and thoughts have meant to me.
Taking care of others is sort of what I love to do. Having that reversed has somewhat caught me off balance. On many days, I simply don't know how to respond. But God is teaching me to just "be still" and let others do what He lays on their hearts and for me to be grateful I have the friendships, family love and community of believers within my church and neighborhood that are looking after not only me, but my family.
Oh, how I long for this to not be my journey, but God allowed it for a reason so on we march forward. I just want to be found faithful and as courageous as David as he walked up to face Goliath, Esther, as she appeared before the King to ask for the lives of her people, Ruth as she chose to follow her mother-in-law who believed in the one, true God, and our Lord as he prayed with great drops of blood that the cup be passed from him, but instead faced what was ahead because it meant those he came to save would live eternally.
Journeys are not usually mapped out by each one of us, but for those who believe in Jesus Christ, the final destination is a much greater reward.
My surgery is scheduled for next Wednesday, January 15th. I am honored and blessed to have so many prayer warriors. Thank you again for all the kind remembrances and inspirations being sent my way.
I thank my God every time I remember you.
Philippians 1:3 NIV
Thought for the Day:
“There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known.”
Luke 12:2 New International Version (NIV)
It appears that children quickly learn in life the game of Hide & Seek. They run and hide, and another seeks to find them. Often younger children have the mistaken assumption if they hide their faces or a part of their body, they become invisible and unable to be discovered. I have watched many times as a child would hide behind a curtain or under a covered chair only to leave part of their foot or a shoe in plain sight. The one “seeking” will go along with the child hiding in order for the game to continue, but we know what is thought to be hidden is not.
That particular scenario is not endangering anyone, but at times there are issues hidden that can be deadly. I began to think about this after being diagnosed with a reoccurrence of breast cancer. I didn’t feel the tumor, wasn’t bothered by it or felt differently due to its presence in my body. In fact, had not my radiologist been aggressive in seeking a shadow appearing on my annual mammogram, I would have left her office to return next year. Imagine what would have been discovered upon my return.
That tumor had found a very comfortable place within my tissues and was feeding off estrogen for growth. Slowly and without being found, the tumor was hidden except it left a shadow behind; like a child hiding behind a curtain with only a part of their body exposed.
As God brought this to mind a lesson evolved. Is there something in our lives that we have hidden away where no one can see, except maybe a very close circle of friends? Something that could be extremely dangerous for our physical health and spiritual growth? Possibly the sin has found a very comfortable home tucked within your being and isn’t affecting you, or so you think. But the danger is that sin has an appetite. It will grow and not remain stagnant because sin has a habit of wanting more, needing more until it is felt by you or seen by others.
We all experience sin on a daily basis. But we have a Savior who gave His life so we could learn how to diagnose sin and its effect on our lives. He is the one who searches our hearts and lives for those sins that need to be eradicated before they do unrepairable damage to our spiritual lives. The believer is one who, at the expense of having the sin discovered, is willing to have it extracted so life may be lived to the fullest sharing lessons learned with others. We are not equipped to handle sin on our own.
Hide and Seek is not a game to be played with sin and a Holy God.
Lord, thank you for doctors that are dedicated to their profession although we might not want to learn the information they discover. Bring to mind the blessing of additional opportunities we have to serve you and others because our days have been lengthened due to that discovery. May we always be sensitive to identify sin; bring it out into the open; ask for your forgiveness and feel the presence of the Holy Spirit, our helper, moving us forward. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
If you read my opening comments on the welcome page to The Sounding Board Ministry, you are familiar with the beautiful event my family and I shared on January 3rd. I have included a couple of photos, but as life would have it, this uplifting event is peppered with the fact I will soon have surgery to remove a cancerous tumor that surprisingly appeared in an annual mammogram this past November.
After sixteen years of remission, it is quite difficult to put into words the shock and disbelief I felt when I was given the news there was "something" showing up on an ultrasound. Further, after a biopsy that same day, I was to learn four days later while visiting my mother in a nursing home in Virginia, the tumor was cancerous. I was suddenly forced back to the starting line of a journey I thought was forever finished.
What exactly does a Christian do when you are expecting a pitch down the middle and you are thrown a curve ball? You trust in God. Yes, fear might creep into the recesses of your mind and you start needing extra hugs and assurances, but you realize that the Lord Jesus knows where you are, He is your source of comfort and peace and He has promised never to leave you or forsake you.
Would I love to walk away from this diagnosis and be told there has been a big mistake with results of tests? Of course...I'm human after all. But I pray I will be faithful and use every opportunity to witness to others along the way. There are no coincidences with our Lord and Savior. My journey is a divine appointment and I pray I might be found faithful.
"Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking (reverently) and (the door) will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, (the door) will be opened."
Matthew 7:7-8 AMPC
If you are familiar with the story of the birth of Christ as told in the gospel of Matthew, Chapter 2, there were wise men (possibly royal astronomers or advisors to kings) whose occupation was studying the stars. When this particular star filled the sky (my interpretation) it sent these men on a mission to find "the one who has been born king of the Jews. We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him."
What was so different about this star these wise men would saddle up their camels and head on a journey that would take approximately two years and countless miles as they followed its leading? Since everyone at the time was awaiting the King of the Jews to arrive and alleviate all the pain and suffering being poured on them by the Romans, I'm sure these gentlemen assumed if anyone knew a King had been born it would be the present King, Herod the Great!
But Herod, wanting to erase anyone or anything that threatened his position on the throne, called in his own chief priests and teachers of the law to find out if there was any truth to the inquiry and the location of this threat to his reign. Prophecy in the Old Testament scriptures held the answer as the King's counsel replied, "But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah, for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel."
The King, so disturbed by their words, called the wise men back to his throne room and told them to go and find the babe and then report back to him so he could worship him as well. Sounds like a television program we view often, doesn't it? Not one line of truth did the King speak. But the wise men continued on their way and finally found the child (Jesus was now about two years of age) and they worshipped him by bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. How significant were those three offerings. In fact, it is thought there were three wise men because of the three gifts.
Gold - signifying royalty - the Son of our Almighty God; Prince of Peace, King of Kings, Lord of Lords
Frankincense - this brought to mind the Altar of Incense in the Holy Place where they priests would burn incense for the sins of the people that it might be a pleasing fragrance, acceptable to God for the forgiveness of sins. And didn't God's Son, Jesus become that fragrant offering, the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world? The only one who could be our Redeemer?
Myrrh - a spice used for embalming...given to the babe as a foreshadowing of why he came to earth.
Scripture explains that the wise men were told in a dream to return another way and not to go back to Herod with the baby's location. Shortly after that encounter with the wise men, Joseph took Mary and Jesus and fled to Egypt having also been warned in a dream that Herod wanted to kill the child.
So, the question remains, why follow the star? In today's world, why follow the Star of Bethlehem? What significance does that event thousands of years ago have for you? Does it have a significance for you and your family? Have you faithfully told the story to those in your family?
Jesus came so that we might have life and we might have life more abundantly. Our journey here on earth is temporary, but where we are headed when our last breath is taken is for all eternity. Why do we follow the Star? Because it's the Light of the World and He lives within your soul.