Last night, as I was preparing to go to bed, I was having a quiet talk with God. It amazes me, as to how God can work through our spirits…that is if we are anticipating His presence. I have had others mention to me that they wished that they could have the connection with God that I have and the only thing I can say to that; is be willing to listen for God’s still small voice within your spirit. In other words…make Him your best friend and learn to turn to Him, rather than other things and don’t always do the talking but be willing to wait for His response…after all; that is what makes a true and lasting friendship.
Many times, I think we get in too big of a hurry. We seem to talk with God and give Him a to-do list, of all that needs to be done and then we walk away…wondering why we never got a response. In Deuteronomy 32:1-2, we read… “Listen, O heavens and earth!
Listen to what I say! (2) My words shall fall upon you like the gentle rain and dew, like rain upon the tender grass, like showers on the hillside.”
Can you imagine the peace that we could experience in our lives, if we were only willing to spend some quiet moments alone with God each day? I just love the way that this verse describes God’s words…coming from His heart to ours! Think of His words, as though they are falling down upon us, like a gentle rain…soothing the moments of pain, deep heartache and frustration. To me, it’s like the fire of pain and other negative feelings is being put out, by a gentle rain and each raindrop becomes a word from above, to sooth these moments that seem so out of control.
I remember a time in my life, when I felt as though everything was completely out of control. I was having one surgery after another and it got to the place, where I could no longer see the light of day. In fact, I became so deeply connected to my problems; that I had no time for God; that is, until I came to see that no one could satisfy the deep longing of my heart but God. From that point on, I began to talk with Him about my problems and share more of my life with Him and to this day; He is the friend that I converse with, while I work, while I write and most of all, when I need a good friend.
How are we ever going to make it through the challenges of this life, unless we are deeply connected with God? I don’t know about you but I need God all the time. When I am overwhelmed by life; I ask Him to sit in my office and shower me with His peace and when I’m tired and I can’t seem to find the strength to go on; I know that His presence will be there to exchange my weaknesses, for His perfect strength. When we can learn to make God our closest friend, rather than the trials we endure; that is when we will come to truly see that life doesn’t have to seem so overwhelming.
The past few days have brought sleepless nights…either due to pain or health issues…but between you and me, I feel that Satan’s on a rampage…attempting to take me down and put me out of commission with God.
I’ll tell you…the mornings can be difficult…trying to get out of bed, with pain and a tired body; but one thing God has taught me to do…and that is to not focus on what I see before me; but rather what I can’t see, which becomes true faith. This kind of faith keeps me moving forward and the unseen moments before me, only allow me to anticipate God’s next move.
In 2 Corinthians 4:18, we read… “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” This verse has truly been of great inspiration to me because one thing it’s telling me to do; is to not look at what I see before me…because even though the problem is trying to relay a defeated message to me…I now know that my situation is only temporary…something that will soon pass away…and when we can reassure ourselves of this; then hope springs forth within us.
We must remember that the eternal, unseen moments that await us; are going to far outweigh these temporary moments we’re experiencing at this time. When we can truly fix our minds on the eternal, rather than the temporal; that is when we will be able to have a different outlook, on what we are facing at this present time.
Have you ever had a moment in your life, when you said to yourself…“If it hadn’t been for the Lord; then I don’t know what would’ve happened to me?” As I look back on my own life, I know one thing…if God would not have been by my side…through all that I have experienced; then I probably wouldn’t be here today…being used by Him, to encourage you.
One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 27:13 and we read…“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
You know…I think sometimes we become so caught up, in what is happening to us…and how overwhelming the situation seems to be at the time; that we don’t stop to see how God is sustaining us through it all.
Do we realize that if it wasn’t for God’s loving and everlasting arms holding us up; that we would fall deeper into total despair? Even though Satan afflicts us and is out to destroy us…and even though he has a way of convincing us that this will happen, by what is taking place in our lives; that doesn’t mean that it will happen. I think that if we could stop at the end of each day and see how we survived the moments that just seemed so bad; then we would find hope…not only for what we are facing at the time…but a hope that would continue to help us, as we walk through the struggles and challenging moments of life.
I remember a time, when everything that could have gone wrong…went wrong in my day. As I sat on the edge of my daybed in the office, I looked at a picture of Jesus that I have hanging over my desk and I said to Him and myself… “Today is almost over…and a new day will begin…so just hold on Diane, until tomorrow…and you will see that everything will be alright.”
No matter how bad your life may seem right now…take a little time and focus on how far God has brought you. If you can get your thoughts on Him and where He is leading you; then your thoughts won’t be on the problem.
The past couple of nights have been nights of pain and sleeplessness. Even though I struggle from time to time with this; I continue to press on because I know that if I quit; then Satan wins the battle.
One thing that I have definitely learned through moments such as these; is how God can truly be my strength…and I have seen moments, when I could barely get off my daybed and walk…but I did walk.
Isn’t it amazing how we can become so easily tied into the moments that are bringing us down; that we forget that we have a God to turn to…a God that can allow His strength to kick in and take us way beyond; what we ever thought we could ever accomplish.
Even now, as I’m writing you; I have barely had any good rest in two day; but I have accomplished so much through this time; that these moments continue to remind me that there is a powerful God in control of my life.
In Isaiah 40:29, we read… “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Do we realize that weakness is actually the greatest opportunity to experience a different strength…a strength that comes from a powerful God? Why do we allow ourselves to become so caught up in weakness; that we lose out on this powerful strength…a strength that can take us further away from the weaknesses that we’re facing?
No matter what your facing right now…and no matter how long you have faced it; there is strength for each new day…a strength that can truly carry us over the humps of life…praise Him!