Baaaaa!

Ah, those shower revelations!  Aren’t they wonderful?  You know, when you mindlessly go through the routine of a shower, all the while talking with Jesus.  And then He inserts one word or one thought that totally changes the course of the conversation – and your life.

Though it’s only been a few days, I can’t even remember, now, what question I wrestled with, what I tried so hard to understand . . . this time.  What I do remember is the sudden heart understanding that I don’t need to try so hard to understand everything, followed immediately by:

Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV  5 Trust in the Lord  with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Despite repeating these verses to myself many times over many years, somehow, I really haven’t “gotten it,” the absolute bottom line truth that the Lord knows it all, and I don’t have to.  Period.  If I need to understand something, He will show me at the right time, but I won’t have to work my brain so hard to figure it out.  He will reveal it through His Word by His Spirit in such a way that it makes perfect sense and I’ll wonder why I didn’t “get it” before.  Until that time, I might as well simply trust that He knows and understands – beyond what I ever can with my finite mind.  This is resting in Him.  This is the only place to find His peace.

photo by Martin Baldwin, http://www.martincreative.co.uk

As if to bring the point home even more clearly, Daddy then reminded me of natural sheep and the shepherd.1  Sheep don’t lose sleep trying to figure out what their shepherd is doing.  They simply follow him, leaving the thinking and planning to him, and he makes all the decisions – all for their good, their benefit, their protection, their provision, their lives!  There is a reason Jesus calls us sheep; likewise, that He refers to Himself as the Good Shepherd — that we might so live.

Psalm 23  KJV  1 The Lord  is my shepherd; I shall not want.  2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord  for ever.

 

1 I know not all sheep are compliant and trusting. That is, however, the absolute best way for them to live, just like us with our Good Shepherd.

 

God’s Thanksgiving

Remembering that the purpose of this blog is to help believers in Jesus Christ know Him and make Him known to others, the brief entry I transcribed from my written journal into the computer the other day seemed to be a perfect addition.  I hope you receive the words the Lord spoke to my heart as His words to you, as well.

It was around Thanksgiving, and I’d been meditating for several days on various things for which I am thankful.  I included many people – family, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ.  I went from there to being so thankful for all God’s promises for provision, protection, daily bread, eternal life, etc.  On Thanksgiving Day, however, I just thanked God for God.  How thankful I am that He not only allows, but actually wants, me to know Him – and has made the way possible!  I’m so thankful that He is Who He is, and that I am not!  He is trustworthy even when all around me seems topsy-turvy and I don’t understand what’s going on.  God is I AM, and His Word will never fail!  How I thank Him!

hot air balloon From this wonderful place of thanksgiving and gratefulness, telling the Lord how thankful I am for Him, and not just for all He does for me and for all He has given me, I heard Him tell me in the quietness of my heart that He’s so thankful for me.  Previously, I tended to listen to the condemning voice of the accuser telling me how bad I am, but I knew this was my heavenly Father speaking to me, and I chose to receive and believe it immediately – not because I felt that I deserved it, but because I am one of His sheep who knows His voice. (John 10:4-5)

Are you a believer in Christ?  Because of Jesus’ blood, our Father is speaking to you the same, simple, yet life-impacting words, “I’m thankful for you.”  Receive His words of love and affirmation today.