As the Christmas season kicks into full gear, I usually find myself reviewing photos for the year. The above photo speaks volumes to me today.
Sitting still, empty-handed, waiting in trust.
"Do not depend on your own understanding."
This one line from Proverbs 3 followed me through November days.
What did I learn in November?
I learned I have a lot to learn.
1. Obedience is hearing from God, listening toward him.
I heard someone teach on this (I don't recall who) and it stuck with me. Listening toward Him. Sometimes simply listening toward Him is my call to obedience. In these noisy days when everyone has a loud opinion, listening towards God is a large obedience.
2. Discouragement and adoration can walk side by side.
In my discouragement over health issues and other unanswered prayers dear to my heart, I discovered a new way to adore the Lord with His word. Simple, no frills adoration. Listen to Sara Hagerty over on God-Centered Mom's podcast for more. I find I can lift a simple prayer of praise with a heavy heart as I lean into one verse resonating with my soul.
3. God is my Father and He loves me.
My head knows this but experientially I am lacking. I keep tripping over Father scriptures leading me this past week to pray an honest prayer.
"God, I don't understand the depths of your Father-Love. Teach me Holy Spirit."
4. Heaven has a viewpoint different from ours here on earth.
This comes back to listening and waiting. Instead of rushing into what I think is the right thing to do, I desperately need to wait a minute, lean back and breathe. Our pastor preached a message Sunday on Elijah at the brook Cherith. Elijah hadn't done anything wrong. Actually he was there in the lonely, desolate place because of his obedience to God. God provided for six months. Then the brook dried up.
He could have said, "That's that. The brook is dried up. I need to move on. No, the scripture says he waited for the word of the Lord."
Circumstances may not indicate God's will. I need to walk with restraint. How difficult this is when I want to run to the side of a loved one and be a help! How hard to live out peace when chronic allergies attack my weary body.
"As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him." Psalm 103:13 NIV
I lift my voice to adore you compassionate Father. I do so by bare faith in your word to me. I don't understand all your ways and timing. You know me. You see my weaknesses and my struggles. Let your compassion flow into my life and then through me to others. Amen.