October 15- Let It Be

And Mary said, Yes, I see it all now: I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve. Let it be with me just as you say. Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38

Have you ever made a decision you believed was right and then suffered persecution from those you loved? Let’s go a step further. Have you ever prayed to God for guidance and He directed you but your loved ones didn’t believe you? This type of situation seems to be pretty common throughout human history. Mary, the mother of Jesus, embodies an amazing attitude in this scripture. Can you imagine being engaged to the love of your life and then finding out that you have been chosen by an unseen God to carry His Child? How in the world do you explain that to the man you are to marry, let alone, to your family?

This awesome, wonderful, and mysterious blessing could have cost Mary her very life. In finding out about her pregnancy, Joseph would have had every right to bring her before the people as a public disgrace and have her stoned to death. She was fully aware of all the implications. Yet, in the uncertainty of her future, she had enough faith in Yahweh (God) to answer his messenger Gabriel, “Let it be with me just as you say.” She was surrendering her will to the plan God had for her life.

Things in this world haven’t changed all that much when it comes to God’s plan versus man’s plan. And maybe you are struggling this very day with some issues in your life that have no easy answers. This is a good time to embrace the resolve of Mary and say to God, let it be with my life as you say. What you and I need is not a guarantee of understanding, but an unwavering peace that says our lives are going according to His plan. So what if it doesn’t make sense! If we have His Word on it, and there is peace in our heart after we’ve prayed about it, let it be!

Lorenzo

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September 9 – Do You Hear What I Hear?

Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of your life shall be many. Proverbs 4:10

Recently, my family and I were sitting around our dinner table reminiscing over a movie we had just watched. And one of the younger ones recited a quote that was just a bit off from what was actually said.

In the movie, one of the characters made a reference to another movie entitled “Silence of the Lambs.” And since this flick is in the “not appropriate” category for all of us under 50 in my house, this child was unfamiliar with it. So he called it “Silence of the Sheep!”

His mom and I busted out laughing, dating ourselves of course. He didn’t get it when we corrected him with “it’s Lamb!” To him, that detail was inconsequential; a lamb is a sheep, a sheep is a lamb!

That’s entertainment and really no big deal in the grand scheme of things. Yet, listening is a big, big deal. Especially where God and life and purpose is concerned. I think it would be easier if I could just see His face. Then, I would know exactly what to do and which way to go.

Funny thing, though. The people I am around all the time, like my family and friends, say things like, “Did you hear me, and are you listening” all the time.

Truth be told, hearing and listening usually mean two different things. To hear is “information went in my ear.” To listen is “communication has affected my response.”

And according to today’s Proverb, there is a promise associated with “receiving,” i.e., “listening.” The years of my life will be many.

You don’t have to believe it, but I personally have done my fair share of hearing without listening. The outcome stinks. And since I have no clue how to hang the stars in the sky or teach birds how to fly, I’m good with listening and living instead!