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God and the Utility Pole: Are we aware of His presence?

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?1002354_454543324643909_243508337_n

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 CreatGod-god-the-creator-13229144-500-341or 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!

Leather-Chair-And-Ottoman-With-A-Half-bestI 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.  20160815_121837884_iOSHumm…. 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.

GOD'S MESSAGEThe 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 imagesto 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.

Nahum 1:3

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.

NAHUMGod created the whirlwind and the storm.  The wind is His!  Amazing!

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

Psalm 46:1

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”.

Psalm 46:10-11

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

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PRAYER – PART IV

To begin at the beginning. The article that I mentioned in yesterday’s post was about the beginning of prayer. I had never really thought about the beginning of prayer but I am glad someone did. The article is actually a sermon by Ray Steadman and it is entitled “The Beginning of Prayer”. On the website there is a devotional that is a bit shorter and then the sermon that is a few pages long. Great material! Mr. Steadman reminds us what prayer is… which is a conversation with God. Whether it be initiated by God or you. It is communication either way. Some folks may not consider just talking to God prayer. Well, remember, any communication or conversation with God is prayer.

So in the beginning … in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had the perfect existence and relatgarden-of-eden1-620x418ionship with God. I can just imagine every day they had various things they needed to do and when all was done they would spend time with God. Actually, they probably spent time with God throughout the day. The first record of any kind of conversation with man is when God created man. Here is the scripture:

Genesis 1:27-28
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.

The first record of God speaking to Adam and Eve is here. First He blessed them and then gave them instructions. The next few verses are more instructions.  It is when God brought the animals to Adam for him to name. in Genesis 2:18-20 there is an account of God giving Adam the task of naming all the animals.

Genesis 2:18-20
18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and bdscn0699rought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.

So far this has just been a one sided conversation – at least that is what is recorded… then in the account of when Godgod_creates_eve creates Eve, we hear from Adam.

Genesis 2:23
23 And Adam said:
“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”

The next thing that is recorded, of course, is the sin of Adam and Eve. Then after that they hid in the trees of the garden. God, as He probably did every evening, comes to the garden calling for Adam and Eve. This is the first time there is a record of God calling for them. God knew where they were. God was God. I would like to share an excerpt from the sermon that I mentioned above. It gives a very good picture of what happens next.

“…Prayer is a conversation, simple and direct, between you and God himself.

 That is what you see in this opening account here in the Bible. Genesis 3:8-9a:
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, (Genesis 3:8-9a RSV)

That is the beginning of prayer. Now it is suggested here, and I think deliberately so, that this was an habitual thing in the lives of Adam and Eve. It is rather remarkable, but the first prayer is recorded only after the fall. Yet the account suggests very plainly that prayer had been a continual delight and blessing to Adam and Eve, and was daily a part of their experience. This seems to be an habitual action on God’s part. He comes into the garden in the cool of the day to converse with the two that had come from his creative hand, and together they talked in the garden.”

I like the way he puts it here. It was an habitual thing … Prayer. Prayer needs to become a habit in our lives. When it becomes a habit is when we begin to grow. When you wake up in the morning and your first thoughts are of God and His goodness, and throughout the day call His name and thank Him or ask Him questions, and then at the end of the day thank Him for getting you through the day and ask for a good night’s rest, etc. That is a habit. That is a full day of blessings to be in constant communion with the Father!Jacob_de_Backer_-_Garden_of_Eden_-_WGA1125

In this account of God looking for Adam and Eve He begins the conversation with three questions:

Where are you?
Who told you that you were naked?
What is this that you have you done?

Does God ever initiate a conversation with you and ask you similar questions…

Where are you or where have you been? (I have missed you so much. Please come back to Me and talk to Me.)

Who have you been listening to? (Have you been listening to the “world” again?)

What have you done? (Are you hurting and sad for what you have done? I can help you if you come to Me.)

I have heard these questions in my spirit before and it hurt my heart because I had not been faithful to God. I had allowed the world or someone of the world to influence my decisions. I was not where I should have been, who I should not have been with and doing things I should not have been doing.

The conversation that Adam and Eve have with God turns into a “blame game” and begins and ends very abruptly. How many times have we, or someone we know, resorted to the blame game? I know sometimes it’s easy to say… “But God, if only they had not done….” It’s hard to own up to mistakes sometimes, but God already knows the truth and there is no reason to try to weasel out of it with Him. God is God and we are not.

Well, from that point on, God begins to tell them the consequences of their sin. There are always consequences of sin. This was probably very hard for Adam and Eve to hear. They had been living the perfect existence. Now, they were going to have to labor for all they did. They would be thrust out into the “world”.Eve-did-eat-then-Adam-ate-resulting-in-their-banishment-from-the-Garden-of-Eden

I will stop for now and will delve more into prayer tomorrow. The next conversation that is recorded is when God talks to Cain. I will pick that up on the next post.

I believe this will be a long series but one that will help me, and maybe you too, to learn more about prayer and to have a deeper prayer life. I know God wants us to walk and talk with Him anytime so we can get to know Him more. God loves us so much and calls us His beloved.

The Song – The Garden – Tom McCain

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