Wishing everyone a most wonderful Easter!
He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.
Come, see the place where he lay.
Is God like that Utility Pole in your neighborhood? God and the Utility Pole is about His presence. Read on and enjoy.
There are so many things that grab at my mind at any given time. Especially when I sit down to write. Things that try to take my focus off of the “MAIN DEAL”. Simple things,too. I hear that familiar voice that says, “This is another good topic to write about” and the next thing I know… I am reaching for my computer to type up some thoughts and “BAM”… I am off looking at the bank account online, or my phone vibrates and I have to pick it up to see what it was. Oh, it’s an email or another message from someone. Then I remember, oh yea, I gotta see this or that….STOP!!!! FOCUS LEAH!!! What was God wanting to tell you in HIS MESSAGE?
OK, let’s get started… do I need to eat breakfast first? My tummy is growling… so I must nourish my body and brain first, right. This goes on and on sometimes more than I really care to admit. Seems I have a mix of ADD and OCD and any other acronym you might want to attach to me. No matter… God loves me.
Really though, my attention gets pulled here and there at any given moment by the “world”. There are so many “things” that are simply hard to resist. I just have to… I MEAN HAVE TO… STOP and focus on God and His Goodness. His infinite love He has for me. When I do that… I can usually find my way back to where He was and listen and actually hear His voice. Not an audible voice, but in my heart or spirit. He is there, always. His presence is so real to me … and when I get pulled by the “things of the world”, His presence seems to be overshadowed… but how can God be overshadowed? Well, He really can’t except for in my heart. My heart replaces His rightful “center stage” place with “stuff”… Stuff that really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Really, folks. How much more wonderful it is to sit at the feet of the Creator of everything than to check Facebook! The Creator that knows my name. He knows my struggles. He knew I was going to be sitting here this very moment long before I was born. He knew me then and knows me intimately now! That is the most wonderful thing I can ever imagine.
Yes, there are tasks that needs to be done, on time, and other things that need to be taken care of in a timely manner. However, I figure if I would manage my time in a better way, I would be able to do those things (for the most part) in the right time. In a good and complete way and then I will have time for my time with God, or better said, God’s time with me. I like to think that will work. Some days it does and other days … well, not so well. But I have a very loving and forgiving God and He doesn’t reprimand when I miss most – if not all – of my quiet time in the morning. He is always there so I can talk to Him and fellowship with Him all day long.
This past week has been a week from another world, it seemed. There was some BIG news from a test my mother had and then I was dealing with the most awful hives/rash situation and doctors that didn’t have a clue and very little sleep and on and on. The good thing from this past week was that mom’s test came back as a positive outcome. That is about the only great thing from this past week. I searched for God all week and would find bits and pieces of Him here and there, but I didn’t want bits and pieces. I wanted more! So much more!
I have a very favorite and comfortable chair in my bedroom. It is a great chair to just sit in and think. A very good place to listen for and to God. It’s the kind of chair I have always wanted and when I am in that chair, all seems well with the world… well, my world at that time, anyway. I sat there one morning this past week and gazed out my bedroom window at the Northwest sky. I can see a pretty good portion of it along with my thornless blackberry bush and the fence. However, there are some very pretty sunsets I can see remnants of through that window. This was a morning time though. What caught my attention was the Utility Pole… not the “telephone pole” that some folks call them, but the Utility Pole. That pole has about 3-4 different kinds of wires on it. It supports wires for the telephone company or the electric company or the cable company or any number of other service type companies. There are probably hundreds of conversations being carried over those wires… or maybe those conversation wires are underground. Humm…. Never thought about that before I began writing this post… you know though, that is just how it goes when I begin writing. My brain begins to look at things a little differently. I love that about writing. Anyway, let’s say there are telephone conversations going on along with the power that supplies our electricity to the homes in my neighborhood along with all of the television shows being watched or recorded and any number of other things. WOW… that’s a lot of stuff that the utility pole is supporting. There has to be several poles to support the heavy wires too. I don’t know how much the wires or bundle of wires weighs but I do know it is a lot.
The pole itself has quite a history (Wiki history info). I just looked up Utility Pole and came across the Wikipedia about them. Now you know Wiki is the ultimate source … other than Google … of information. Wiki has so much to say about Utility Poles. They have a myriad of criteria to be a Utility Pole. Most of which I never thought of. The first Utility Pole was used by Samuel Morse. Yes, of the “Morse Code”. This was in 1844 when he first used them to hang the first wires on them to carry those Oh-So-Wonderful dots and dashes conversations. Oh but I digress a bit here. I didn’t intend to write about Utility Poles, really.
The Message that I believe God has here is this. God is kind of like that utility pole. He is present. He has many things going on around Him. He supports things around Him. He has ways of getting messages to us (albeit not wires and cables, but people and situations) in our lives. We rely on those utility poles to send and receive messages, telephone calls, television programs, etc. every day and never think twice about them being there, really – unless you are me and gaze out your window and see one and hear God say… “This is one…” Honestly, though, how many of us ever really pay much attention to the utility poles in our neighborhood?
There are so many things about utility poles that the average person or even an expert might spend years learning about. Many laws that govern the placement, the size, type, etc. So, let’s compare again. God … there are so many things that the average person or even an expert (preacher, scholar, student, etc.) might spend years learning about. But with God, I believe we will never know all there is to know. He is God. If we knew then we could be God… right? God is God and I am not! Remember that! An expert may learn all the ins and outs of a utility pole but any expert or anyone else, for that matter, will never “know” all there is to know about God. Period!
Now I never truly mean any disrespect to God by comparing things like this with Him. He created me. He knows how my brain works. But think about it. God is present and sometimes we never even pay attention to Him being there. God is supporting many things that support our world but we still are not aware that He is there. Right there in the midst of us. He allows people and situations to cross our paths and we sometimes don’t realize where they ever come from. Not that God causes problems for us but I believe He allows things to happen.
What about that gorgeous sunrise or sunset that He blesses us with from time to time. Or the clouds in the sky? My dad loves that scripture in Nahum about the clouds.
3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty.
His way is in whirlwind and storm,
and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
Then last… I think… there are so many things about God that we will never know. He is an ever present help in time of need
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present[b] help in trouble.
Yes, if that utility pole was not there to carry that wire to carry that conversation then… well, you get the picture.
God loves me so much and tries to get my attention so many times of the day to tell me just how much. I have to stop and be quiet and “know that He is God”.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
God loves you too! He loves you so much He calls you His beloved.
Song: Your Presence is Heaven – Darlene Zschech
“Come away to a quiet place and rest”. That is what I heard in my spirit. I will take a short break today. Here is a wonderful scripture to begin the day with.
30 Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.
There has been a lot going on this past week and I need some time to rest, however, I will have a post in the morning. It will be the rest of Exodus 19. Please pray with me to receive the words God has to share and the wisdom to know what to share. Thank you.
Today I received a very exciting package in the mail. My brother sent me a DVD – “Searching for Mt. Sinai”. It is a wonderful DVD and one I will mention in a few days when we get to the point in the Prayer series or a point in the story line of Moses at the Mountain of God. However, as usual, that being something out of the ordinary, it threw my schedule off so, I am busy reading, writing and viewing and writing more… this is really an exciting time for me. I am like a kid at Christmas… I am discovering all these wonderful things that God is revealing to me in the Old Testament. Some of you already know some or most of all of these things I am sharing and that’s ok, I suppose! In fact, it’s great! I wish I had availed myself more to learning this wonderful information when I was much younger. Yes, I have heard all the stories since childhood, but I have never experienced what I am experiencing now! I am learning Who God Is and it is in a very personal way and it is very exciting!
Early on, I prayed for God to give me wisdom and knowledge in reading the Bible and He seems to be showing me things that are so wonderful and in turn, I share what I can with you. That is exciting to me. I have never known God like I do now. The God of the Old Testament is a loving, compassionate, long suffering and forgiving God. Yes, like I said the other day, there is a lot of bloodshed and war in the Old Testament, but the God that orchestrates it all is incredible! For those folks that follow God’s laws and what God required, at that time, things went better for them. It was only when folks mocked God or disregarded Him altogether that He released His wrath. I will never understand why it takes so much time and happenings for humankind to “get it”! The poor Israelites… they were absolutely awestruck by God Almighty one minute and then two minutes later, they were whining and grumbling about being brought out into the dessert to die! PLEASE!!! But.. I am getting ahead of myself.
I look around me today and see the same thing, though. Folks! GOD LOVES US!! He created us and loves us deeply and wants a relationship with us! He wants us to know Him intimately! He lays it all out in the Bible for us! PRAY, SEEK, FIND! If we are Christ followers, we should pray always and read the Bible – from cover to cover (at least once) – and know what we are reading and why we are reading it. (I say read… but I got the MOST out of listening to the Bible on my Bible App… You Version… it’s free and you can get it here.)
Then we should be praying and seeking God daily, throughout the day! This is what a relationship is about! If you never spoke to your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, dad, brothers, sisters, etc… how would you have any kind of relationship? YOU WOULDN’T! Just because you can’t see God standing in front of you or hear Him audibly, doesn’t mean that He is not there! He is Spirit! He is Omniscient! He is Omnipresent! He is EVERYWHERE! All you have to do is call out His name! He hears every word, whisper and cry! He hurts when you hurt. He cries when you cry. He loves you! He wants you to know how much He loves you! He gives you signs all day long! The Sunrise! The Clouds! The Rain! The Flowers, Birds, Animals, Trees, LIFE! He didn’t have to make this world so beautiful! He could have made it black and white and PLAIN! We would never have known the difference! But God loves beauty just like we do! Hummmm… or we do just like He does. We are made in His image!
With all that ranting… I just really wanted to say… or God wanted to say… HE LOVES YOU! Please let Him show you Who He Is and how much He loves you! Pick up your Bible or download the Bible App and get to reading or listening. Ask Him to help you understand it! He will! He did it for me! He will do it for you! You may have to do some Google searches to find out what some things mean… that’s how I find out. I search and read and search and read and search and read. God leads me right to where He wants me to go. Really! I am not that special. He will do it for you too! You follow Christ? Read your Bible and learn Who He is! It is amazing what He did for you – because He loves you!
As you can guess, I am not posting on the Passover in this post. I will continue to work towards that end. However, when I run across a DVD like I did tonight, I will take the time to watch and use that material for posts. Thank you for understanding. I guess God just wanted to tell you how much HE LOVED YOU tonight! He is waiting to hear your voice call out His name. After all, He calls you His beloved!
The Song – Starry Night – Chris August
The Video – Starry Night (with lyrics) – Chris August
From time to time God calls me to come away to a quiet place and rest. So today I am heeding His call to come and rest. A time to pray, praise and just take it easy.
I will be taking a break from posting today… except for this notice. Tomorrow I will pick up Exodus and continue the Journey Through Exodus. Thank you for your understanding.
This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
I will keep the name THE GOOD SHEPHERD AND HIS FLOCK (PART 2) for the remainder of the posts in this series. If you haven’t read Part 1 here is the link. I will include the link to the previous post in each one as I continue with this series.
Yesterday’s post explained that the first step in being in the flock of a shepherd is getting to “know” the shepherd. The shepherd must spend time with the sheep daily and sometimes through the night so he can get to know his flock and they can get to know him. When the knowing is there, there is comfortability and a feeling of safety on the flock’s part.
In the book I read before (A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23) it talks about how absolutely dependent sheep are on their shepherd and how the shepherd delights in caring for his flock. This book is available from Amazon – if you click one of the Amazon links down on the left side of this website you can purchase it. It will bless you tremendously! This is an excerpt from that book:
“…I would, as their owner, have to continually lay down my life for them if they were to flourish and prosper. Sheep do not “just take care of themselves” as some might suppose. They require, more than any other class of livestock, endless attention and meticulous care.” “It is no accident that God has chosen to call us sheep. …” “… Yet despite these adverse characteristics, Christ chooses us, buys us, calls us by name, makes us His own, and delights in caring for us.”
Jesus, knowing our weaknesses, still chose to die for us. He loved us even then. But moreover, He arose for us! He left His Spirit for us as a Guide. It is that Spirit that helps you understand the Word of God too. That is our food. Sheep need nice green pastures free from rocks, poisonous plants and harmful critters. The Holy Spirit helps us understand that The Word of God is our food and He helps us understand and digest what God wants us to know. If you “graze” on The Word and let it sink deep into your soul you will feel satisfied and nourished. Sometimes it will make you feel as though you are never full though. I am always longing for more of The Word. The Bible talks about “Spiritual Milk” or “Spiritual Meat”.
1 Corinthians 3:2 – 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;
God provides Spiritual food for us to grow and flourish on just as the shepherd provides the best meadows to graze in. About 3 years ago I began to desire The Word of God. I wanted to know more about this Spiritual Food. I wasn’t necessarily a “new Christian” but as far as my walk with God, it wasn’t where it should have been. The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 2:2 that we will desire The Word just like a newborn baby desires milk. 1 Peter 2:2 – 2 “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,[a]”
To me reading the Bible is like the sheep munching and resting in the comfort of the peaceful meadow with grass knee high and swaying in the breeze. Now when I was starting out reading the Bible, it was like Spiritual milk. As I grew in my walk with The Lord, I began to want more than just milk. God, in His infinite wisdom, began to reveal things to me in His Word and in my life that has helped me grow. Good Spiritual food and daily communication with The Good Shepherd helped me grow and flourish.
God cares about what we put in our minds. His Word is what is best to feed our spirit. If we fill our minds with things of the world, we will not have room for the things of God. Feeding on His Word will fill our minds and souls with the things of God. The Bible tells us to fill our minds with good things in Philippians 4:8 – 8 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” As Christians we should be in The Word daily so we can grow and flourish. If the shepherd of the flock had rocky, weedy places for his sheep they would die. Same with us, if we, as God’s flock, are not in the lush meadow of The Word that He has provided for us then we die spiritually. There is a lot more than just reading The Word, too. Prayer, fellowshipping with other believers, serving where you can, etc. is part of growing and flourishing. We must connect with God and stay connected with God (stay in “The Vine”) to grow and flourish.
I challenge you, as we walk on this journey with the Good Shepherd, to begin reading The Word of God. Reach out to God and pray. Find a place to serve and enjoy the wonderful growth that God has in store for you.
More to come tomorrow on THE GOOD SHEPHERD AND HIS FLOCK. Tomorrow is Part 3. Looking forward to see what God has in store for us tomorrow.
The Song – This is My Word – The Singing Men of North Central Texas