The attitude with which we approach our time with God is important, it can open or close the door. Approach Him expectantly and with reverence.
Memories are a special gift from the Lord. They help us know where we came from, keep us grounded and help us gain our bearing. They keep us from having to re-learn every day that fire burns – as well as warms, and what the distance is for each. Without memories we would not have a testimony of how God blessed us or brought us through a testing.
Life’s experiences, good and bad, make up the fabric of who we are today. We may wish to change somethings but then we would be someone else. The Lord purposed our birth order, designed our chromosomes and genes, and planned when we would take our first breath. He thought extensively about us as He knit us together in our mother’s womb.Being perfectly created and living in a perfect world is, well, perfect. Memories formed in a perfect world are wonderful and bring delight. Yet today we live in a world where sin is found, where not so perfect life experiences leave us with memories of pain, betrayal, the sting of loss, along with feelings of fear, doubt, anger, hopelessness, and brokenness. We become the walking wounded, crippled, and emotionally (if not physically) scarred.
We go through things the Lord never intended for us to endure in a perfect world, nor wants us to carry in the world we currently live in. He invites us to give our burdens to Him and have our minds renewed. We are in a world abounding with negativity, victim mindsets, and get even type attitudes. Romans 12:2 encourages us to not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind.
As we bring memories of our hurts, disappointments, and our negative beliefs and feelings about ourselves, others, life, God, etc. to the Lord he gives us revelations, exposes lies Satan has told us; then as we align with God’s truth we come into a new way of thinking, peace replaces pain. The circumstance of what happened does not change, but how it affects us in the present does.
He can graciously bring us to a point of truly forgiving from the heart the wrong actions of others. Forgiving doesn’t mean the perpetrator is getting away with something or that what was done was right; wrong is wrong. However forgiveness releases us from carrying the heavy weight and burden of collecting the debt and turns the collection and judgement over to the Lord. In exchange we receive freedom from the fowlers’ snare that once held us.
In having a new mindset we receive peace of heart and mind; we can then use the precious memories of what the Lord has done to help others who have traveled the same path.
Is bringing our minds to the Lord to be renewed easy – sometimes; is it difficult – sometimes; let’s face it – pain hurts, and we like to avoid it, it’s part of self-preservation. Is it worth it – absolutely!
Are you ready? I am! I’m not going to barge in – I am waiting for your invitation. How much of My presence do you want? A trickle, a brief feel good moment, or a sustained outpouring? The choice is yours; I wait for your unified invitation.
My neighbors and I were evacuated once again this year; first time was for a potential dam failure, this time for a ruptured main gas line just over 100 steps from my front door. At first we were instructed to move down another three doors, you know – just in case. So there we sat underneath a big oak tree in camp chairs enjoying a nice cool breeze, a friendly chat, bottled waters the fire department brought us, and the whooshing sound of releasing gas as we watched the hub-bub around us. It was later decided the cities electricity would be turned off; the power sub-station just happened to be at the same corner as the leaking gas line; a spark would not have been a good thing, could have made our small town smaller. We were instructed to evacuate the area during repairs; we needed to leave – without our vehicles. Our street has been under construction for few weeks leaving us no driveway access, so we’ve been parking in the church lot, which yes – also happens to be located at the same corner as the leak, so on foot we left. Forget reality TV, I’ve had enough of reality life out my front window the past month that you just can’t script. So what do you do with such circumstances?
We are faced every day with crazy situations. Some might wonder if they have a target on their back inviting chaos to take aim. Granted this may sound like an over exaggeration to some, while others might say “Yup, that sums up my life alright”.
How often do we hear remarks such as: Why me? What’s next? I can’t catch a break? It’s not fair! I can’t handle one more thing! If somethings going to happen – it will happen to me.
Is it possible to invite peace and rest into our lives or turmoil and unrest by the thoughts we entertain? Does what we focus on and the meaning we give to it have negative or positive impact? Ever notice if we are discouraged or upset that that we are more sensitive to everything; that molehills seem like mountains? Yet, when we are joyful or thinking positively, the same situations appear to roll off our backs like water on a duck and we can take the chaos in stride with peace of mind.
So what are we focusing on, is it the negative aspects of the situation or looking for the silver lining? In troubling situations are we able to honestly say “God, I’m not going to stress over this, I trust you to work all this out for the good”? We are advised to “Let not your heart be troubled”; “let not”, sounds like a choice. A choice to take our thoughts captive, to think upon whatever is praiseworthy, lovely, noble, of good report (positive),…
What will be your focus?
My child, my child, you worry about many things. Why? Do you not know I am for you, that I am on your side? Bring all your cares and burdens to me then stand back and see what I will do. As you trust in Me and your faith rises, notice the peace that begins to fill you, how the overwhelming circumstances now appear different and you see them in a different light – from a new perspective. When you trust Me with your cares and burdens sometimes the circumstances change, other times your viewpoint changes; either way the heaviness and fear that once bound you loses its grip.
I am your joy and your strength. They come from knowing Me and being in fellowship, a deep communion, with Me. I invite you to know Me more intimately, to know My heart, to understand My ways. To know who you are through My eyes, to see yourself as I do – through my eyes of love for you. You were not just an afterthought or mistake, but one I thought extensively about before your being was formed; I took delight in you then and I still do today. You were no accident, I desired you and planned for you and wanted to have a relationship with you, then and now; come – let knowing Me and My love for you be your source of joy and strength.
I have much to say as the time draws near. I am calling all to Me, those that are mine that none be lost for lack of hearing. I need faithful witnesses in this hour, those who will proclaim the good news. Those who will speak in the opposite spirit than that which is prevalent in the airways, those who will release hope, love, unity, peace, and Me. Words that will encourage the church to stand fast, to be strong and courageous, to not faint as the hour grows near. I’m not yet done calling my people home, but how will they hear unless someone speaks? Your words are far more precious than silver or gold, they are life – eternal life.
It is special to Me when you take the time to sit with Me, to have fellowship. It is what I desired from the beginning of creation, for My children to willingly come and spend time with Me, not to get but just to be with Me as the One they love, to have a heart to heart time with.
Posturing yourself to hear Me is a good thing, the proud and haughty typically do not receive My invitation to talk, yet those who are meek and humble wait in anticipation desiring to hear, desiring to dialogue with Me; to them I am their strength, their guide, their hope, their love, and their God. They recognize their need for a relationship with Me. They know where their help comes from and seeks my counsel and wisdom. Not all who claim to be Mine truly know Me; to some I am simply fire insurance, to others I am life – present and eternal. Each of their own free will chooses, some ignore Me declining my invitation – ignoring My knock or tug on their hearts, while some open but remain superficial – only allowing Me just inside; still others dive deep – surrendering all and find the abundant life in Me which is far more precious than silver or gold. Ah, that all would dive in deep; what about you, what will you do? Come taste and see that I am good, find the joys of a life surrendered to Me.
Those anxiously looking for Me and are full of expectation will not be disappointed. Even in the journey to know Me better will be riddled with many hidden treasures bringing delight as they are discovered during the pursuit.