Our Father is so amazing. Directly into our lives (my life) He speaks. The trick is to be listening.
I just started following this sweet blog a few days ago. I checked in this morning to find words just for me, like:
each of us has a choice about how we look at life
God wants you to be content in your circumstances
give you anxieties to God
choose to be thankful
choose to dwell on the positive
Really? This is what I find today? And yesterday God spoke directly from my Dr. Stanley One Year Life Principles Bible:
Feb. 24 readings
The LORD is my light and my salvation.
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
He who walks with integrity walks securely,
But he who perverts his ways will become known.
And Dr. Stanley's Life Example. Just the title pierced me:
How Adversity Reveals Our Level of Faith
(basis: Mark 4:35-41)
When hardships come our way, do we respond, "God, I trust you to bring me through this"? Or do we tend to say, "I'm doomed, and there's nothing anybody can do?"
God once sent a storm on the Sea of Galilee to teach Jesus' disciples a lesson faith. Jesus had said to His men, "Let us cross over to the other side" and they should have taken His statement as a sure sign that He expected a safe trip. But when a terrible windstorm threatened the boat, they panicked. The terrified disciples asked Jesus, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?"
How many times have we said the same thing? "Don't you care, Lord, that this is happening to me? Don't You love me enough, Lord, to do something about this hardship?"
Jesus rebuked the wind, and immediately a great calm settle on the lake. Then He turned to His disciples and said, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?" (Mark 4:40).
God has given to each one of us a measure of faith (Rom. 12:3), and He expects us to use it to overcome our fear. Fear always accompanies adversity; in fact, a degree of fear is what makes something an adversity instead of just another experience.
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I can see that I didn't pannick, thinking I've been abandoned. I have asked why. I ask why. But I am asking God to show me what He's doing. And He seems to be growing new me. He also seems to be showing a place of dangerous behavior. I know we're human and we're going to behave like humans.
But all too often, we behave like humans and ask God to bless us in the midst of horrible rebellion and disobedience. Gossiping is disobedience. Savoring gossip is too. So, there's more to learn. More to be revealed.
I can see also, a bit more about my question: how do I pray.
Oh! He's teaching me. I need not to fear the circumstance.