Saturday, November 28, 2009

My arms are too short!

Numbers 11:23

The Lord answered Moses, "Is the Lord's arm too short to save? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you."

Well, right here we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of a dessert situation, oh, sorry too much Thanksgiving dinner, I meant to say desert. Yes, this is a desert situation all right! The people are tired of manna, sort of like turkey by now! The Israelites were complaining about God's provision so the Lord decides to give them what they were asking for. They want meat! The Lord says well, meat it is. You will have so much it will make you sick! But we see Moses doubting if there will be enough meat. He questions the Lord...... something doesn't sound quite right here. He reminds the Lord there are six hundred thousand men on foot and you say YOU will give them meat to eat for a whole month! Uh, Moses I think you just forgot what happen at the red sea, uh, you know the parting of the sea, walking across on dry land, uh, the Lord saving you from total destruction and continued slavery. HELLOOOOO!

We have short memories too, don't we? We get so focused on what is in front of us that we forget what was in back of us. We forget about all the times the Lord rescued us. The thousands of answered prayers in our past. The life changing events he brought us through. The times he "parted the sea" and allowed us to cross unharmed. The hundreds of times he made provisions for us. The way he made for us when there was no way. We forget.

When King David was discouraged the Word says he chose to remember what the Lord had done in the past. That helped him to have a different focus on what he was facing today. He found the promises of God to be true and trustworthy.

When my children were little I thought as long as I held their hand or was close by they would be safe. The word picture I had in my head was my arms outstretched around them in a circle and when I moved they would move. Do you see it? Then we all would be safe. Well, that thinking carried over to their adult years as well. Boy, was I wrong!! My arms are too short! Can you imagine after all these years to realize your arms are too short! Yours are too! Only the Lord can outstretch his arms, and in this verse, he only needs one arm to provide and keep us safe and secure, make a provision or change a situation.

Now what were you saying, six hundred thousand men want meat for dinner and ..............

Praying the Lord's word richly dwells in you until we hear the shout!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Are you talking?

Today my daughter called with the funniest story about our six year old grandson. It was time for bed and Luke was obviously troubled about something. Upon further questioning and prodding from his mother Luke reluctantly spilled the beans. "Mommy, I am worried about my morning papers tomorrow. I sometimes don't finish them in time." His mother replied that he should relax and take his time. She suggested he pray and ask the Lord to help him because the Lord knows that he needed to complete his papers. Just the hearing of that caused great alarm in Luke. He quickly replied, "Mommy, you don't understand that won't work. My teacher says, "no talking!" We laughed and laughed at his response. He didn't think he could talk to the Lord about his work at school because the teacher said they could not talk in class. Of course, my daughter corrected his faulty thinking and told him how he could call out silently to the Lord and the Lord would, indeed, hear him.

When I was in school, 105 years ago, well not literally speaking but close, I got in trouble a lot for talking. I was always so interested in the stories of my friends. I just couldn't seem to wait until recess or lunch to hear the details of their lives. I loved hearing about their adventures, their problems and their joy when something wonderful happened to them or their family. So I spent a lot of time writing about talking. I don't know something like, "I will not talk in class" or "I will pay attention when the teacher is talking", you know things like that. (Now all these years later it is still hard for me to sum up in just a few sentences my thoughts, to my editors chagrin, WHAT! and live out all these wonderful details!

Are you talking? I mean, not in class but to the Lord? Have you felt so discouraged so much so that you stopped talking? Did you misunderstand the rules about no talking? Did you think it applied to your situation. Maybe you just thought there wasn't somebody to talk to or who would listen. Oh, precious friend that is such a lie from the pit of hell! You know what I have found recently is there is a lot of precious people out there who have been wounded and just stopped believing that even the Lord can do anything about their situation.

People have wounded our hearts or events have taken place we never expected and the Lord, who once seemed so close, now seems far away and yelling from a distance, "No talking!" My sweet friends, that is not the Lord's voice you are hearing. He wants you to keep TALKING. He wants to hear every detail of your life. He wants to rejoice over you and wants you to bring your fears, problems and doubts to Him.

Perhaps this is a time He is building the character of Christ in us. Maybe the silence and the trials we are experiencing is for our good and not to destroy our dreams but to refine them so they will bring glory and honor to Him. Maybe, just maybe, this time it isn't about us but about Him and His purpose for our lives.

Are you talking? He longs to hear your voice today, sweet one.

Hosea 6:3
Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come t us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.