Last night we flew to Florida to surprise mom and dad with a golf cart for their 50th anniversary. It was planned in secret, amazingly enough we never let the cat out of the bag.
Mom and dad did not know we were coming and of course they didn’t know we were bringing a golf cart for them. We had to do a lot of planning and some lying to pull it off. We told them we were not coming, which was a blatant lie.
I don’t like lying, but Rahab did it for to protect The Lord’s spies and she was included in the lineage of Jesus. If you lie for a good reason its ok?
My aunt decorated the golf cart and my sister in law kept mom and dad at home so we would know they would be at home when we arrived.
My aunt and uncle arrived at their house right in front of us to tell mom and dad there were some crazies driving around the neighborhood in a golf cart. They described us as long hairy people shouting and blowing our horn etc.
Of course they made mom and dad come out and look and there we were, we pulled up with beards and wigs on in a golf cart with their name on it. When we took our disguises off they about crapped their pants. And even more so when they realized the golf cart was theirs.
My Pearl today is the joy of getting to hang out with mom and dad for their 50th and enjoying surprising them.
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you understand the wonderful future he has promised to those he called. I want you to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his people.
I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 1:18-19
These verses are rich and deep. The Lord can enlighten us with His truth and light to help us see our future clearly. As we gain His truth about what is in store for our future it gives us hope.
First we have to believe that He has a future for us and have faith that he will work in our favor. If we don’t believe that he is working on our behalf we lose all hope and become cynical.
When we believe he wants our best and that His power is available to us we can make our way through any sort of bad circumstances with our heads held high.
However, without truth, faith and hope its hard to face hard times in our life. Keep your focus on the size of your God, not the size of your problems!
My pearl is that we can have hope because we have a God who wants our best.
The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants and the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desire.
These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict. Galatians 5:17-18
I think these verses reveal our lifetime daily struggle. Our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak. We want to eat right and exercise and be calm with everyone no matter what we feel. However, we react to a lot of things.
I found out today that I have an allergy to eggs, whey and milk. When I start to take a look at what has eggs in it. Well its a lot of different things.
It was suggested to me by a dietician that I cut out all sugar/carbs for about a month to allow my GI tract to heal. I have a serious problem with self control. I can’t imagine living without my sweets for a whole month.
This is going to reveal my food addiction. I like to use food for comfort. Now I will need to use food for its proper use and go to The Lord for everything.
My pearl is that The Lord will help me to deal with my addiction and reveal the pain that is beneath my desire for food.
I wait quietly before God, for my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken. Psalm 62:1-2
Life is full of questions and decisions that make life stressful. I’m grateful to have a place to return to each night..at the feet of Jesus.
This thought came to my mind today: Don’t borrow trouble from tomorrow today has plenty of its own. Its hard not to worry as our schedules become busy and there is very little time for quiet and rest.
I’m an introvert I reboot by spending time alone. I like being with others, but I gain fresh perspective by spending time alone with the Lord. No noise, no music, just quiet rest.
I had the privilege of speaking to a World War Two veteran who’s wife of seventy years was dying. The look in this man’s eyes is hard to put into words.
He shared many stories of the war and how he had met his wife. This man has lived through many decades. He was in his late 90’s and you could tell he had a library full of experiences he could share.
I wondered to myself, how different is this mans perspective at 90 plus years than it was at 20 when he was in the war. I can’t quite wrap my mind around that thought process.
I wonder how my perspective will be different when I’m 90? It has already changed a lot in the 40 plus years I’ve been on this earth.
My Pearl today is that as we take time to be alone with the Lord we can gain His perspective each and every day.
I’m reading this book called unoffendable. The author was talking about how we are quick to say “that guy” did this or that. Especially in traffic. We say “that guy” is an idiot when they pull out in front of us.
If we pull out in front of others, we aren’t an idiot we were justifiably in a hurry?! We justify our behavior out of one side of our mouth and then call people idiots who do the same thing we did. Funny how this works.
I’m sure if I pay attention to every time I complain about someone, I have probably done the same somewhere along the way. I guess we can’t imagine what its like to be on the opposite side of ourselves.?
We are quick to forget our offenses against others, but when others offend us we remember it for a long time.
This book is talking about how we can choose to not be offended. Hmm I have to say I haven’t figured this one out, but that is why I’m reading the book.
My Pearl today is that I know The Lord is with me and will help me grow each and every day.
“The Lord can’t see us,” you say to yourselves. He doesn’t know what is going on! How stupid can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you. You are only the jars he makes!
Should the thing that was created say to the one who made it, He didn’t make us? Does a jar ever say, The potter who made me was stupid? Isaiah 29:15-16
I wouldn’t call someone stupid, but this is the language Isaiah is using here to describe people who reject the one who made them.
The Lord see’s what he made: us! He knows that he made us and knows everything about us.
We wouldn’t take our Lamborghini to a smart car mechanic now would we? No, because we take the car to the one who made it because that mechanic will know the car the best.
The mechanic will know what is missing when the car makes a pucker pucker or a squeak squeak.. The same with the Lord, he made us and so he knows what makes us go pucker pucker or squeak squeak.
My Pearl is that we can trust the one who made us and take ourselves to his shop to fix our alternator, carburetor or muffler. He knows you feel like a muffler and are exhausted.
Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety. Proverbs 29:25
We think fearing people and doing what pleases them, will make us safe. If we are looking for immediate gratification it may make us feel safe in the moment.
The big picture of life however is when we take into consideration how all of our actions and reactions work together to create a lifestyle that will produce peace and safety.
If we make good decisions now it will eventually come back around to benefit us. If we make hasty decisions to please others, later we may feel shame and regret.
The safest place to be on this earth is smack dab in the center of The Lords will for our life. How do we know what his will is you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked.
His will is for us to be surrendered to Him daily, trusting Him as we allow Him to live through us. We no longer belong to ourselves. We are not the kings and queens of our lives. He is.
When we live in this attitude of surrender we will find His will and find safety. We can beat his chest when we are upset, but we are safe to trust and rest in His arms.
My Pearl today is the peace that comes from trusting Him in all good and bad circumstances.