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Special Blessing

10 Mar

 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble…
Be still and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:1 and 10

 

An incident took place the other day that stole my “Be still and know that I am God.”    That evening was filled with shared responsibilities, high expectations with a goal of perfection, a quickly approaching deadline, and too many confused emotions that snowballed out of control.   I should’ve taken a step back, committed the moment to God, and said what needed to be said in His time and confidence. Instead, frustration expressed itself and 20 minutes later gave way to a very heavy heart.  One that kept me awake most of that night, stirring me around 4:00 am to crawl out of bed to meet Jesus. 

In a room filled with black and white cows, vanilla scented candles, mementos, CDs, books, snowflakes that hang from the ceiling, pictures of my friends, and countless other things that are dear to my heart, I find Jesus often … right here on the couch in my little office at home.  Early Saturday morning was no exception.  With a heart that was hurting and not sure which way to turn, my Guide was quick to respond.  As I mentioned a few days ago, I’m reading in the Old Testament … for weeks now, rules, regulations, laws, and stats given to Moses and the Israelites.  Nothing to really sink my teeth into for days!  Out of nowhere, the Lord decided to give a special blessing:

May the Lord bless you and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

A sense of awe began to fill my spirit that had been troubled since the night before.  I continued my daily routine of devotions to Our Daily Bread, where the reading took me to one of my most favorite passages of scripture ~ Philippians 4.  For those of you who know me best, I’m a big fan of the book “The 4:8 Principle … the Secret to a Joy-filled Life” by Tommy Newberry  ~  based on Philippians 4:8.  Of all the scriptures to be on my to-read list for that day …

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—
think about such things.
Philippians 4:4-8

 

How more obvious can God be than to put into writing right before my eyes the words …
Do not be anxious about anything … and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Excited to see what God had for me next, I opened Oswald Chambers  ~  My Utmost for His Highest.  Check out the very first sentence!!

“When you have no vision from God, no enthusiasm left in your life, and no one watching and encouraging you, it requires the grace of Almighty God to take the next step in your devotion to Him, in the reading and studying of His Word, in your kitchen, or in your duty to Him. It takes much more of the grace of God, and a much greater awareness of drawing upon Him, to take that next step, than it does to preach the gospel.”

The word kitchen nearly took my breath away.   How many times do you think that one word is used in this devotional book?  I actually did a search…only this one time.  The day that I needed to see that one word is the only day it is written in the book.  How does God do it?  Does He go through and miraculously reprint all of the existing Oswald Chambers and stick in the word kitchen so Debbie Van Hook can read it and know that He loves her?  I don’t think so.  That word has always been there.  It’s just this time, I was still long enough to know that He is God.

The reading continued …

“…Ask God to keep the eyes of your spirit open to the Risen Christ, and it will be impossible for drudgery to damp you. Continually get away from pettiness and insignificance of mind and thought.”

Oh my!  I was suddenly humbled to tears as I realized how very much God loves me.  It was just a few hours after I allowed circumstances to cause fear and panic to grip my soul.  I may have temporarily failed to keep the eyes of my spirit open to my Risen Christ, but he certainly had not failed me.  All night, as I tossed and turned in my bed, He was right here on my little couch waiting for me to come to Him.  He had a special blessing for me.  One of understanding, correction, unconditional love, and mercy.

I know that life is full of moments.  It always will be.  Some will be moments of joy and happiness while others will be brimmed with overwhelming frustration and anxiousness.  Won’t you please join me in continually striving to live in the “Be still and know that I am God”?

Till next time,
Debbie 

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