All of a sudden I noticed a small bird (wren?) on the potted plant (Rose of Sharon) outside my bedroom window a few minutes ago. It was hopping from branch to branch and even hopping on the window sill. This was atypical behavior and I grabbed my iPhone and was drawn closer to take a photo.
As I drew closer to the window, I saw what was drawing the attention of the wren — a snake slithering up the side of the brick by the window!! I then noticed my cardinals flying closer…perching on a nearby plant trellis.
It was interesting to me that the snake drew their attention and they came closer. Why? Was it because my back patio is where they get their food and they were ready to defend it if the snake encroached on their place of sustenance?
One thing is for sure, my feathered friends noticed something was where it shouldn’t have been. Something that they weren’t letting out of their sight!
I pray that we are as vigilant in our being Watchmen over our families, churches, and communities. May we see any encroaching danger and give the alarm and take a stand against it!!
God be with you today as you allow the Lord to use you to defend His territory!!
And as usual at my house: Thunderstorm=power going out!
I’m so thankful that when I have spiritual “storms” in my life…the POWER of the Holy Spirit never leaves or “goes out!!” We have the Power of God continuing to work in and through us even during the storms!!
As I sit in the Church Sanctuary waiting on Choir Practice, I am once again overwhelmed by the beauty of the reflection of the stained glass cross on the wall.
May our lives reflect the LOVE that Jesus poured out for us on the cross…
“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be!” ~Maya Angelou
Brothers & Sisters, be who God has called you to be! We don’t need to look at others to be our “example.” We don’t have to try and “fit in.”
Jesus is our example!! We are to look at His life and ministry to see what our “normal” should look like.
Our “normal” is to be supernatural!! Why? Because we have a supernatural God living within us! The Holy Spirit empowers us to live a life beyond the “natural!” [see Mark 16:17-18; Matthew 10:8; John 14:12…]
We are empowered to be overcomers…to be world changers…to make a difference!!
God calls us to impact the world – one person at a time. And He has given us everything we need to accomplish His call!
He’s calling – are you ready?
[sigh]. Why do we have to lose electricity every time there is a rain storm or there is one close by. (It’s not even raining here!). 😟
And I feel the Lord giving me a spiritual application:
We can be affected by what is going on around us – even if it’s not happening to us directly! The spiritual atmosphere can cause spiritual consequences. So, the solution?
CHANGE THE ATMOSPHERE!
May we be thermostats and not simply barometers. May we not only discern what is going on spiritually – but may we change the spiritual atmosphere and temperature!
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalms 42:1-2
A dear friend of mine was talking about spiritually being in a place where it was “flat.” We talked about it being a “desert time.”
I love the mountaintop experiences, don’t you? I love to feel that surge of knowing God’s closeness, His presence. I love seeing God everywhere I look and hearing Him in every sound. It’s hard when that fades away and the experiences of the “everyday” intrude where once only God was. It’s not that He’s no longer there, but for whatever reason….we have allowed the circumstances of the everyday to take over…or He has pulled back to remind us of how much we need Him…for whatever reason, we just know that we are no longer on the mountaintop, we are in the desert.
I believe that the LORD allows the wilderness and desert experiences because He knows how we are…He created us. When things are going great, when we have no challenges, nothing to overcome—we begin to forget that we NEED our God. After all, everything is good.
But, when we feel all alone in our struggles, in our inability to “handle” things—then we remember that we are weak and He is strong. He is our Rock; our Anchor; our Wisdom; our Peace; our Joy; our Strength!
He is the reason we are overcomers. But, we can’t be overcomers unless we have something to overcome!
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. Revelation 2:7
So, brothers and sisters in Christ…don’t despair when you feel that you are in the “flatlands” or the “desert.” Keep walking; keep persevering and push through!! The oasis…the river of cooling, life-giving water is there in the distance…just waiting for you to drink your fill! Can you see it? Sparkling with love—ready to flow through you in rivers of living water.
Come! And quench your thirst, My beloved!!