Get.up.and.eat

He lay down under the tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said, “Wake up and eat.” He looked around and saw a loaf of bread and a jar of water near his head. He ate and drank, and lay down again.     The Lord‘s angel returned and woke him up a second time, saying, “Get up and eat, or the trip will be too much for you.” Elijah got up, ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to walk forty days to Sinai, the holy mountain. There he went into a cave to spend the night. / I Kings 19

This story is one that comes to mind at times when life is a little too much.  If you haven’t read the whole story, take a minute to do so.  Elijah had the privilege of being fed by an angel while in the wilderness.  But that wasn’t the whole story, it was just a pit stop in the road.

But what does stand out to me is the obvious … God cares for us.  And He cares about the daily needs of our life.  But not just our lives, but also the lives of people around us.  God knew Elijah had just confronted and destroyed prophets of Baal, and Jezebel made threats to chase him down … And Elijah runs.  But God saw Elijah in the wilderness and provided for his needs.   God saw Elijah, and He cared.  Anybody can have a wilderness season in life, but I believe God cares.

Elijah is not the only person that God took care of in their pit stop through the wilderness.  Hagar and Ishmael /Genesis 21:17-21 we see God taking care of them.  Abraham and Isaac /Genesis 22:8 God provides a sacrifice.  Moses and the Israelites /Exodus 16, we see God’s care and provision by feeding them.  I will stop there.  God cares about us.  He loves us.  He also plans for our future.  In all three instances … even in the wilderness season … God acknowledged what happened to them in the past, and sometimes had to correct them about their situation … But He also instructed them about their future.   He knew they had to keep moving forward … He knew the past pain had been great, but the future plan was greater and He gave hope and He gave direction and He gave provision.   

Wilderness places give space and time to reflect on the past, maybe fears, failures, disappointments or hurts, and God is there with you and can take care of you in your present wilderness circumstances, but He doesn’t stop there … don’t forget to look for the corrected path and listen for the future instructions.  He just might have more to say.


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Bad news. Good news.

…good news gives health to the bones. – Proverbs 15:30 NIV

How often does your phone ring, or a letter arrive in the mail, or you get called into the supervisor’s office, or you visit the doctor … and you hear good news?  Not to mention turning on the television or reading the news.

If you were honest…that doesn’t happen often.   Our world is filled with the fears of the future “what its”.  I have lived there myself.  Reports that were laced with bad news. Afraid of the next phone call, visit, doctor’s report or bill in the mail.  Just the fear alone is enough even when there is no substance to it or evidence to back it up.  Just the enemy saying ” what if”?  And sometimes there wasn’t anything to worry about at all.

But the Word says good news gives health.  So if I’m looking for good news today that will bring health I have one source that doesn’t let me down.  It is the Word.  The Good News.  My spirit is lifted when I read its pages or like today, just listen to it being read. 

Good News. Brings Hope.  Brings Peace. Brings Health. To the mind and spirit as well as the body.

Lord, let your word bring healing today.  Surprise us with your good news!

Press.the.pause.please

I am still thinking about Easter.   It came and went too quickly.  It’s almost like I missed it.   In some aspects I did.  The highlight was enjoying dinner with my sister and family and homemade banana pudding.   And it was over.  This year I was unable to attend a church service or an Easter play.  I just couldn’t make it happen.  Over these last few months because of sickness, I have missed Easter, Christmas, and New Years.   I know I sound like I’m whining, but I’ll get to a point … For the last year, my normal life and routine has been interrupted by unexpected illness, doctors, surgeries, recoveries and treatments.  My life has been on pause.  My norm has been on pause.  My schedule has been on pause.    But when I look at people around me … Life is moving forward full speed ahead.   Oh it can’t be helped I don’t think, because this is the world we live in.   Everything is fast paced, moving forward, accelerating at high speeds … Until it’s not.  So I would like to say, press the pause please.  Slow it down. I’ve got some serious catching up to do.  Holidays to celebrate, work to get to. And vacations to take.  Not to mention getting my foot back in the church doors.  

And about church, I will just say this, God has been with me right here in my home, the whole time.  I’ve been fortunate to watch the services from my church on DVD, while at home.  But it is not the same as worshipping together with people that you want to be with every week.   Going to church is not just about putting on your best clothes and pretending to be something you are not.  Going to church is about sharing a moment of your life with a community of people who are just like you and me, with problems and all kinds of drama, who come together for a moment to experience fellowship with one another and with the Lord God who created us, Jesus who saves us.  That is totally random, but totally important.  The enemy works hard to keep people away from the doors of church, but the church is not about ‘those people’ it is about ‘us’.  It’s not those people that Jesus died to save…he died to save us all! John 3:16.  So did I mention that I miss going to church? 🙂

So just in case you thought I was just having a pity party… As I type these words, I hear ….

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want

He leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul”

The psalmist shared some paused moments with His Lord and shepherd.  Comforting words. Wherever you are in life.  Whatever the season may be…

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want

He leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul”

My head may feel like the world is spinning out of control.  But deep inside my soul resonates that the Lord himself, my Lord and my shepherd is in control, even the paused moments in life.   He leads me by the waters that are calm and still, peaceful and restful.  Trust me, pausing was not on my agenda, I have kicked and screamed in more ways than you can imagine … But just ‘what if’ once He presses ‘play’ again, I can look back and say like the psalmist, “He restored my soul… Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life… And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  

Dear Lord, restore … Not just my soul, but all things that the enemy tries to rob from us.