Wednesday, September 18, 2019

😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace be with you. While eating breakfast last Thursday I read and pondered that day’s quote: “I don’t want to trust my own heart, Lord. I want to trust Your Word and Your instruction so that I will walk wisely and never do ignorant or stupid things. Make me to be a wise person.”  Make me…Make me. Oh, that’s kind of a scary thought. Make me.  That sounds like pruning, stretching, being rubbed in the wrong direction, being uncomfortable. Make me wise, that sounds like Him allowing me to go through times and situations of ignorance, childish thought, selfish desires, and situations out of my control, so that I am enlightened to His will and understanding in order to grow me in His wisdom.  About 30 minutes later, sitting in my office I read the daily passage from “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers. Matthew 20:22 “Ye know not what ye ask.”  This brought me back to earlier that morning, “Make me”…”Ye know not what ye ask.”  Oswald goes on to say “There are times in spiritual life when there is confusion, and it is no way out to say that there ought not to be confusion. It is not a question of right or wrong, but a question of God taking you by the way which in the meantime you do not understand, and it is only by going through the confusion that you will get what God wants.”  It’s so easy to say, make me humble, make me kind, make me a channel of your peace, make me your hands and feet, make me patient, but do we know what we are really asking, volunteering for, or getting ourselves into?  Honestly, there is no way to even guess what He will use to bring us to that point. 

Later that day while walking at lunch, I turned the corner into the grotto area and noticed a couple swans in the pond and it brought a smile to my face. As I drew closer, I realized they were decoys.  A distraction from what is real and true.  I’m guessing they are using them to try to control the geese population. This made me think how Satan constantly places decoys in our path to take our eyes off the one true Lord. As I was pondering this, I thought, “All it would take is ONE brave goose to swim out there and peck that decoy to realize it’s a fake and free the other geese to go back into the pond.”  I know it can be scary standing up to the unknown, whether that’s a person, a situation, or personal growth.  

But one thing is for sure, when we walk this journey with the Lord there will be less pain, fear, and confusion, and more love, peace, and clarity.   Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by the decoys in life. Keep your eye on Him and take one step, one situation, one challenge at a time. Bless others and be blessed. 

#MercyMe – Ghost

#Oswald Chambers – My Utmost for His Highest

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