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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 III

Picture1This is quite interesting. I sat here wondering where to start this post and I know there are many, many references to prayer in the Bible so I wanted to start at the beginning. I simply Googled “Adams’ prayer” (when in fact it should have been Adam’s prayer). This was an attempt to find a prayer that Adam and Eve prayed while in the Garden because I wanted to start at the beginning. Well, I ran across an article that was quite enlightening. I know God led me to this article because I could feel His presence while reading it. So much so that I felt the need to stop and pray before I finished it.

I want to give you a little bit of information about me before I continue. I pray a lot during the day and I always end my day with a prayer. I sometimes fall asleep praying … talking to God. This is done after all else has been done and I have finished everything I want to do for the day and I lay myself down on my bed and turn the light out and say “Thank you God…” Then I go into all the things I am thankful for and continue to talk to God about many other things. I ask Him12115 to protect my friends and family and I pray for the sick folks that I know and so on. Like I said, I sometimes fall asleep talking to God about these things. I wake up and usually … usually … thank God for a new day and then I get going.

I can recall years ago, when I rededicated my life to God, I always prayed kneeling, either by my bed or couch… wherever I happened to be. I prayed every night on my knees. When I moved up here in 1995 I prayed every night next to my bed, on my knees. Even when I traveled with my job, in a hotel room, prayed next to my bed on my knees. Somewprayyouneverstandtallerhere along the line I quit doing this… and have not bowed before God on my knees for quite some time. The Lord had placed that thought on my heart several months ago and it has come back to my heart many, many times lately. Tonight, while reading the article that I mentioned above, I felt the powerful urge to pray… on my knees. I quickly kneeled by my bed and tears instantly began to well up in my eyes. The presence of the Lord was so overwhelming! I was so humbled by His presence and so thankful at the same time. I eked out some words but mostly I was rendered speechless and asked the Spirit to please pray my heart for me.

Paul wrote a beautiful prayer to the Ephesians … praying on his knees:

Ephesians 3:14-21 – Appreciation of the Mystery

14 “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,[a] 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

I said all that to say this… There is NO comparison to praying laying on your bed and praying kneeling in the presence of God Almighty! NONE! I was totally and completely convinced that is where I needed to be. Now that is not to say that all prayer has to be on your knees because that would be totally impossible because I pray driving down the street. However, that is where that quote I shared last night comes in handy, I think.jesus-praying-in-the-garden

“Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.” Victor Hugo

In light of that… you have to remember what prayer is. It is a conversation with God. Always. However, there wasn’t much conversation tonight when I was on my knees… except my heart was worshiping the Creator of everything and realizing how small I am and knowing – beyond a shadow of a doubt – that He loves me so much.

I wanted to share that with you because it is a prime example of how we can get so “comfortable” with something that we forget the importance of it and our posture during it. I believe God wanted to impress upon me how impprayercortant it is to be on my knees and to refresh my memory of how it felt to be on my knees in His presence, and lastly to share that with you folks. Like I said, it is not possible to be “on your knees” physically, every time you pray, but one should be able to recall the feeling that it brings and the humility one should have when one is on their knees. I could not recall that feeling. God needed to refresh my memory and I am glad He did. In the Presence of Jehovah is an awesome place to be and it is one place that I never want to leave.

Tomorrow I want to begin to look at the different prayers in the Bible, beginning with what I learned from that article I mentioned above. Like I said in yesterday’s post, there is so much material to talk about when it comes to prayer. prayer-top-leftThank you for bearing with me in these first few posts. Seems as though I needed to learn some basics before I continued. I am glad God kept speaking to my heart. He is God and I am not and I am one happy girl for that truth! He loves us so much! He calls us His beloved!

The Song – In The Presence of Jehovah – The Martins

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