Learning when to wait and when to act

Look and listen – like we learned when crossing the road BUT it’s learning to look and listen with spiritual eyes and ears.  And learning to wait until the Lord says to cross.

Green Cross Code

  1. THINK! Find the safest place to cross, then stop.
  2. STOP! Stand on the pavement near the kerb.
  3. USE YOUR EYES AND EARS! Look all around for traffic, and listen.
  4. WAIT UNTIL IT’S SAFE TO CROSS! If traffic is coming, let it pass.
  5. LOOK AND LISTEN! When it’s safe, walk straight across the road.
  6. ARRIVE ALIVE! Keep looking and listening

The waiting is hard but we need to keep asking as in the parable of the widow and unjust judge.

Luke 18:1-8

Sitting …

Sitting in the presence of God

Feeling His touch upon my life

Breathing in the breathe of God

His Healing Hand upon my heart

Knowing His eyes watch over me

His compassion and love surround

The gentle whisper guides the way

“I am” is with me His very name continuous

The promise of abiding love

His footsteps go before me

His Spirit lives within me, resting on me

His strength stands behind me

Overwhelming grace carries me

His pleasure bringing joy to my heart

His face lit in Holiness and Glory

He calls me Beloved and draws me in

 

I know, I know, I know

I am with you in every step

I see the pain and I feel it too

Beloved, I weep as I see the damage done

My heart cries out, it won’t be long

My tears bring healing, refreshing water on each wound

My voice brings peace to calm the fear

I am the way, the truth and the life

Follow me to find your way

Listen to the words I say

Watch as my presence brings life

I speak creation bringing light to darkness,

Healing to suffering and Life to Death

I am the Alpha and Omega, Beginning and the End

There from the start with my finger prints on all that is good

Trust in me and know I will not stop until it is done

 

Rest in me

 

Rest my little one

 

Rest, Rest, Rest

 

Be still and KNOW that I am God

 

Be still …

The Right Marinade

Be Still and Know that I am God.

 

Take it in.

 

Breathe it in.

 

Wait.

 

I have been struggling and frustrated with myself recently.  I so want to be a man of peace.  As per Col 3:15 – to let the peace of Christ rule in my heart.  But I still have occasional outbursts of temper.  The most recent was a time that whilst in discussion with my son I was getting a little bit agitated (I can’t even remember what about now) and then I suddenly went over on my left ankle.  I have a history of ankle problems particularly with my right ankle for which I have ongoing physio treatment.  I let out a loud cry of pain and anger.  My emotions were a mixture of fear, pain and anguish.  And yet within a couple of minutes I knew it was not that bad.  Thirty minutes later my ankle felt as though nothing had happened.  In the moment after crying out I got angry at myself for getting angry!!!!  I was so disappointed that seemingly just below the surface there was this anger waiting to get out.

It was a depressing thought.  In my quiet times that followed I recalled something someone had recently sent to me by text – Be still and know that I am God.  To silence myself and simply rest in the presence of God.

A thought came to me that this was not a matter of trying to unravel all the complex undercurrents going on within me, but rather that I simply reflected that which I have been soaked in during my life.  That I have effectively been marinated in all the fears and temptations of the world for such a long time that it is going to take a long time of deliberate choice simply to sit before the Lord if I am to take on His fragrance and taste.  To marinate in Him.  In other words the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness etc) are the observed outcomes of the Holy Spirit being at work in us.  These qualities are an essence of Him.

As I was praying this morning (choosing to simply sit before the Lord – whilst on a train into work) I find that I have to work at saying little and doing nothing. This act prepares my heart.  I then turned to the latest ODB which pointed me to Matt 5:16, “Let your light shine before others …..”.  I had started my prayer time feeling useless – with this underlying frustration at my inability to control my temper at times.  God reminded me that He has put a light within me – that it is there.  I have to be willing to let Him work within me and patient to let Him do it in His time – and then trust that He will.  At the same time I then have to let whatever light there is within me to shine before men – so that God will get the glory.  The Glory that He so deserves.  There are opportunities to shine – to serve and help others and learn the joy that the privilege to do so shapes who I am in Christ and gives Him the glory at the same time.

What do we marinade in?  What do we taste and smell of?

The Ultimate Satisfaction

A taster inviting us into great spiritual depth from ODB today.

The passage is an invitation from God to be satisfied as only He can satisfy.  The write-up from ODB points to passages which need deeper study to take hold of this great truth.

Is 55:1-7

The Ultimate Satisfaction

The Dew of my Presence

From Lilian following this:

Lost or Found

LET THE DEW OF MY PRESENCE refresh your mind and heart. So many, many things vie for your attention in this complex world of instant communication. The world has changed enormously since I first gave the command to be still, and know that I am God. However, this timeless truth is essential for the well-being of your soul. As dew refreshes grass and flowers during the stillness of the night, so My Presence revitalizes you as you sit quietly with Me.

A refreshed, revitalized mind is able to sort out what is important and what is not. In its natural condition, your mind easily gets stuck on trivial matters. Like the spinning wheels of a car trapped in mud, the cogs of your brain spin impotently when you focus on a trivial thing. As soon as you start communicating with Me about the matter, your thoughts gain traction and you can move on to more important things. Communicate with Me continually, and I will put My thoughts into your mind.

Be blest X

“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

She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

—Luke 10:39–42

For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

—1 Corinthians 14:33 nkjv