Friday, June 26, 2009

Where Are You God?

Deuteronomy 31:6: "...God will never leave you nor forsake you."

The last couple of weeks have been busy, but that is not the reason for the time lapse between posts. I just haven't felt I had anything to share that would be worthy of your time to read. I made the decision when I started this blog that I didn't want to just write for the sake of writing.

When I sit down lately to get in the presence of God, I feel nothing. Do you ever have seasons when the heavens seem like brass -- with prayers bouncing back? I know I'm not alone. In those seasons, I've learned to:

1. Search my heart to see if there's anything blocking my hearing -- either sin, unforgiveness, wrong attitudes, etc. (Psalm 139:23-24)

2. Take authority over Satan in the name of Jesus. (Luke 10:19; Matthew 18:18)

3. Control my thought-life. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

4. Discern whether I'm distracted and start listening closer. (Luke 8:14)

5. Continue to read the Word and ask God to reveal things to me. (Jeremiah 33:3)

6. Continue to praise Him -- whether I want to or not. (Philippians 4:4)

7. Do those things God has already told me to do. (James 1:22)

In past seasons when I have followed this pattern, eventually the feelings return. In our world today, feelings are probably overrated. Could this be why there are so many divorces in our land? Instead of commitment to marriage for life, many commit as long as the feelings remain.

My life is God's forever -- not just when He makes me feel all tingly. I continue to hold onto those words He has told me before. I know He is here. He has promised to never leave me or forsake me. I can trust Him -- and so can you!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Waiting For Storms to Pass

Psalm 37:34: Wait for the Lord and keep His way. He will exalt you to inherit the land.

Our trip to Colorado ended with a bang. We left for the airport in plenty of time because we preferred not to be stressed while waiting in long lines. As soon as we arrived at the car rental facility, it started raining. By the time the bus dropped us off at the terminal, it was raining so hard, the roof sounded as if it would cave in.

While waiting in the security line, we watched funnel clouds form in the distance through large glass windows. We were glad to be inside the terminal where we were safe.

The weather delayed our flight a couple of hours -- not exactly what we had hoped for. We were really ready to get back home. While we were watching for the plane, time seemed to drag on. However, once we got settled in and found things to occupy our time, the wait seemed shorter.

Once we got on the plane, we were seated with a pastor from the Denver area. It was definitely a divine appointment. As we swapped stories of God's faithfulness and the miracles He has performed in our lives, time seemed to fly. After we had been talking for quite a while, we realized we were still on the ground and had not even noticed. The flight seemed to land in Phoenix in record time -- although in actuality it took longer than normal.

The last few days, the words of the song by John Waller, "While I'm Waiting," have been going through my mind. Part of it says, "I will move ahead, bold and confident, taking every step in obedience while I'm waiting. I will serve you while I'm waiting. I will worship you while I'm waiting. I will not faint. I will be running the race even while I wait."

All of us seem to be waiting on God for something. What are you doing while you are waiting for God to answer your prayers? God has an appointed time for your answer to arrive. Like yesterday's flight, I'm learning I can't shorten the wait, but I can sure enjoy the journey more if I find things to do (like serving and worshipping God) while I'm waiting!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

God's Timing is Perfect

Micah 7:7 (The Message): But me, I'm not giving up. I'm sticking around to see what God will do. I'm waiting for God to make things right. I'm counting on God to listen to me.

Jerry and I flew into Denver on Friday evening. Once we got off the plane we were required to take a train to the luggage area. It's amazing how fast those trains actually travel. However, at the second stop, the train waited for a few minutes before taking off again. One couple grew tired of waiting and decided to walk to the luggage area instead. Once they got off, it was only a minute before the train started moving again.

It made me wonder -- how often do I wait on God for something to happen and then give up one minute too soon, walking away! Yes, this couple would eventually get to their destination, but it definitely took longer.

Today, I'm determined not to give up but to wait for God to answer my prayers in His timing. After all, His ways are higher than mine, and He knows just what I need when I need it!