Thursday, January 9, 2014

A God Breathed Life

Be still and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.
Psalm 46:10

The ice storm of December 2013 left a creepy frozen aftermath of destruction on the coast of Maine. In the sunlight, there was beauty but on gray days,  the landscape left one feeling a but unsettled, to say the least. How fragile life really is and what an incredible gift!

The first week of this year has been challenging. All my plans were brought to an abrupt halt. Once again I am reminded who is in control of my life and that He is good. I have witnessed God bring turnarounds through prayers that I wouldn't have prayed had I been recovering from surgery. I am hearing his voice clearly through his Word before me and on Christian television.  I see splashes of color through  prisms of ice, glimpses of silver linings.

Today's reading from Jesus Calling was stunning:

"Much, much stress results from your wanting to make things happen before their times have come. One of the main ways I assert my sovereignty is in the timing of events. if you want to stay close to me and do things my way, ask me to show you the path forward moment by moment. Instead of dashing headlong toward toward your goal, let me set the pace. Slow down and enjoy the journey in My Presence."

One of 2013 life lessons for me was to stop (usually after I hit a wall) and pray, trusting God to direct my paths. When I think I have a great idea or a plan, step back, wait a minute, and pray. Breathe. 

If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that. James 4:15

It is when you initiate that you step away from Me.

Thus this year of 2014, I long to be still, breathe and know that He is God. 

It is the Lord's will that I am alive today. I choose life.

1 comment:

  1. Your faith and positive attitude are inspiring. You probably don't need this, but I'd like to share with you something I recently encountered (and am trying to embrace). In a letter to the Abbess du Puy d'Orbe, St. Francis de Sales wrote: "One must everywhere and in everything live peacefully. If pain comes to us, whether internally or exteriorly, one must receive it peacefully. If joy should come to us, one must receive it peacefully, without wincing because of it. Must one run from evil? It must be done peacefully, without being troubled, otherwise, in fleeing, we could fall and give the enemy the leisure to do us in. If one must do good, one must do it peacefully, otherwise we will commit many faults in our eagerness."


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