February 1 – Now I’m A Believer

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I will say it until my departing days: God knows our address. It makes no difference if we don’t believe He exists, He is a loving Father who is able to acquire our undivided attention.

When I was younger, I spent a great deal of time stressing over the souls of loved ones; especially those who had animosity toward God. Maybe they were mad about some social injustice or an unexpected death of a close friend. Although they seemed to feel justified in requiring an answer from God, I couldn’t help but be scared for them.

Sometimes I would give my most diplomatic argument to try and help them see God in a more positive light, but the words never seemed to land in the right place. But one day, I realized they weren’t hurting God. He’s not petty, He knows man better than man knows himself. I am convinced, like this account with Darius, God has His hand securely placed on His sovereign plan and no one, but no one, is going to change it.

He knows every person’s soft spot and at just the right time, He can touch it. That individual will then articulate some of the most beautiful words of honor you’ve ever heard. Like these of king Darius:

For He is the living God

And steadfast forever;

His kingdom is the one which

Shall not be destroyed,

And His dominion shall endure to

the end.

He delivers and rescues,

And He works signs and wonders

In heaven and on earth,

Who has delivered Daniel from

the power of the lions.

Daniel 6:26b-27

So, don’t spend another moment sweating the fate of your ostentatious uncle, or anyone else for that matter. Pray for him, love him, and walk right before him. And leave the “button-pushing” to God.

 Then Darius wrote: To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. Daniel 6:25-26 NKJV

 Biblical Meditation: John 10:29 My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all [else]; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father’s hand.”

 

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December 26 – Skillfully Inspired

Through wisdom a house is built . . . Proverbs 24:3a NKJV

I know wisdom as a two-sided coin; one side is skill and the other godly inspiration. Each of us have been enabled by our Creator and Father with certain abilities. And often those abilities produce results that are noticed and confirmed by others as special.

But to be inspired to color inside the lines alone doesn’t constitute a “wise soul.” However, when that inspired one seeks out how to mix the shades of his or her colors to create a unique blend of tones, then we see skill come on the scene. Together, they do completely phenomenal work!

House-building done well, can only be done through wisdom. Every member that belongs there comes complete with his and her own plans and purposes. And in order to minimize chaos and maximize communication, one does well to practice the skill of listening twice as much as he applies the inspiration of talking.

Nothing I ever given my whole self to required so much of me. Many days I feel I have nothing to offer, and it seems it is during those times that godly wisdom shines from within me in the most humble of ways.

And one day when you wake up and look around to find walls, ceilings, rooms, tables and chairs in the form of moments, memories, and lives that are singing the same chorus to you…thank God for all He has done!

November 5 – Roll On!

Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed. Proverbs 16:3 AMP

Good ideas come a dime a dozen and I have dreamed up my fair share. Like when I decided after career day in the sixth grade I would become a geologist! Not a bad idea, and the monetary potential had me seeing dollar signs. However, reality set in a year later when my love for math and science was a bit waning; really nonexistent…I was too busy talking! Too funny, right?!

If you are reading this and you’re old enough to remember some “days gone by,” you, too, can attest that often we think we know best when much too often we’ve had to bump our heads to get the message. “That door is closed”!

So I share this proverbial wisdom I’ve gleaned over the years in pursuit of the “open doors” with the utmost humility. My posture, when pondering an idea or new concept or potential “door of discovery,” is patient procession. I used to accelerate zero to sixty with the new-fangled fancy racing through my mind…not anymore. Usually, the full picture is usually days from clarity and the obvious pitfalls are not so obvious.

Patience allows God time to take center stage as Author and Director. That’s what “Roll On” is all about. I make my will wait until His Will is revealed! And any time I have been so willing, the plan and the pursuit works out beautifully.

If today finds you frustrated with another good idea gone wrong, be not dismayed. You weren’t being paid to direct this show anyway. You only have a role to play. So, flip through the script and play away.

And let the rest of the mess…just roll on!