Focus on God's Faithfulness
Friday, February 16
Minnie Bowden, RPC member since May 1996
"Be still, and know that I am God!" - Psalm 46:10a (NRSV)
How do we mere mortals "be still"? Especially, when our odometers are set at full speed? Why is it that I do not focus on my God every hour, every day of my life, knowing that He gave His Son Jesus to die on the cross so that my life might be cleansed of sin? Is it because I pack too much into my life so that I can look good for my friends and family?
My mother, "Big Alice," as my brother David called her, was a role model for her children. As a single parent of three kids, she worked two jobs most of her life. Yet she focused on our God. In waking every day, I would find mother on her knees praying. Before going to bed, she would read her Bible and once again be on her knees praying. When her family or friends faced illness or death, she was there ministering with prayers and food. Mother trusted God with the heavy load she carried. God never failed her.
In living with such a role model as my mother, how is it that I fail to focus and depend on God? I cannot blame it on the fact that our lives are about packing in as many activities as possible. The blame lies with my priorities. Lent provides me the opportunity to STOP AND LISTEN to God. As I anticipate Jesus' death on the cross, I want to slow down, to wake up praising God for a new day to pray, read His word, and to listen to where He wants me to serve. And... to realize that there is enough time to accomplish all He needs me to do... if only, only, I would listen to His voice.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
God, help us to see Your presence today in our lives. We trust You to manifest signs of Your compassionate love. May we be open to the opportunities Your grace provides to be changed each day, closer to your dream for us. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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