Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Good day to you! I woke up this morning with this thought and that thought, wondering about one thing, concerned about another. But it's amazing, isn't it, when we stop and say, "Okay. Enough! Time out." My time in prayer this morning put me back on track. As the song says, "Back to life, back to reality."
After praying, laying down burdens, refocusing my eyes on the light that my Jesus is, I picked up the Word of God. I don't usually subscribe to what I call Bible Roulette. You know what Bible Roulette is. It's when you have no plan, no set direction in your reading, and just flip it open, hoping God gives you a Word. I don't recommend Bible Roulette, by the way. I'm more of a believer in a disciplined reading schedule, but anyway...This morning I had no plan. I opened up the Word, and it was just what I needed. It summed up what I had just been praying about, and I want to share it with you because God is refocusing believers to look to Him, to trust Him, and not to fear.
Matthew 6: 19-34:
19 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. 25 Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
I've had some things on my heart and mind, and I was getting caught up in wondering how it would all unfold. I don't know about you, but I get like that sometimes. I'm not talking about bad things; I'm talking about the good things--just trying to figure it all out, you know? But I can break down what God is saying to me today very simply: "Hold up. Wait a minute. Don't you know I know where you are and what you need? Don't you know that nothing takes me by surprise? Girl, if I can look after a bird, you know I can look after you! Get your eyes off of what's around you, and place them on me. I got you! You're mine. Just seek Me--not what I'm going to do and how I'm going to do it...Me!"
So I go forth in my day encouraged, and with a prayer that you, too, are encouraged. After all, He's got you too!