Through every situation requiring an intelligent decision, we MUST stand on the sure Word of God and trust that His promises are true. At every crossroad, we cannot lean to our own finite understanding that has a track record of leaving us stranded every time! Rather, we must acknowledge Him in all our ways knowing that He's ever faithful to direct our paths if we're sensitive enough to follow.
Since not making a decision is inadvertently MAKING a decision we have to pray and seek the mind of God. Then we must resist the temptation to pretend that we didn't get or understand the answer if it's not the one we desired. If we say we trust Him, we must keep believing, keep speaking, keep praying and keep standing until He makes it do what it do. Selah.
Saturday we put up Christmas decorations & they are so pretty! Today my beloved son who is a TV/movie fanatic was trying to adjust the DVD player and did the unthinkable.... he knocked over and BROKE MY MAMA's SNOW GLOBE! Mind you my Mom's been enjoying heaven for 6 years now but when she was here with us she loved, loved, loved decorating for Christmas. Out of all her decorations that were left somehow I have cherished that big, beautiful nativity snow globe most of all. Every time I look at it each Christmas, I see my Mom smiling back at me and it brought me comfort me because I still miss her so. When my son walked into my office this evening to beat around a "confession" of having knocked it over I had just one quiet question, "Is it broken?"
I walked downstairs to see that it indeed was broken and I could not say a single word.
More unusual, I didn't scream or yell but simply picked it up and put it in the trash. I turned and walked back upstairs and when I sat down I felt absolutely no anger but a tear very slowly trickled down my face, then another and another. I silently asked myself, "Why are you really crying?" I felt within myself that the reason for these tears was bigger than the connection to the snow globe. SO I continued to sit and as I sat I realized they were a needed trigger for that lasttt little bit of residual hurt, pain and discouragement of the past 18 months to be washed away on THIS SIDE of 2012. Why? Because 2013 is GOING TO BE INCREDIBLE and has no room for "yesterday's sorrows." Even as I write this, I feel the Comforter drawing me close saying, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. (Isa 55: 8-9). It is well with my soul. Selah.
How awesome is our God that He would love us into being exactly who He created us to be. Not only does He lovingly - & sometimes with a long switch or a big stick - lead/guide us but He ALSO makes sure we land on our feet! When we get the courage to stop wallowing in pity & finally look up we see a banner over us that says: "Chick, You Have It In You!" Selah.
"Oh, Love!" (Song of Solomon 2:4) He brought me to the banqueting house, And His banner over me was love.
The Shulamite bride was brought to Solmon's table as a result of .... pure, unadulterated love. His love spread over her like a banner or a flag that waved high and proudly in the sky for the entire nation to behold. The thing that's the most striking about this woman however, is not her natural beauty or sensual asthetics, but that she RECIPROCATED in full the gift of love that was granted unto her. She had no reservations and she rose to the occassion. This woman gave love back. This woman rested with confidence, secure in her position of being underneath the banner that waved so lovingly overhead. Selah.
I exalt Thee Oh Lord for the lovingkindness You show to me not just today, but all days. Especially the days I least deserve it. Amen.