Today I have a migraine, so if you don’t mind I’m going to post the pearl I wrote last year on this day. I think its worth reposting?
Today I got mad at Siri on my iPhone. I was driving down the road asking it to drive me to shade land avenue. It wanted to take me to north Vernon or some other town.
So I bothered to push the button again and say: You are dumb! Siri responded with: I’m just trying to help. Siri is actually very nice. When I told him that he was still dumb, he said I’m still here for you!
Even Siri knows how to love unconditionally!
After yelling at Siri and getting responses, I laughed a loud belly laugh realizing that I had just had a conversation with a phone.
It reminds me of times when I have been very frustrated with automated phone services and they keep saying I didn’t catch that..and then I’d repeat it and finally after the third or fourth time of the automated service not getting what I said..I would yell at it and swear at it and hang up.
How silly is this to yell at a machine. Why do we do this, or maybe I’m the only one who has ever done something like this?
I would guess it’s frustration due to not getting what we want. I think this happens in many different areas of our lives: relationships, work and dreams.
The Pearl is that the Lord knows what we need. We can trust him in all circumstances even when we don’t know where we are going and Siri doesn’t seem to know either.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thoughts from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold O Lord, You know it all. Ps. 139:2-4.
These verses are very comforting to me. The Lord knows everything about me. He knows what I’m going to say and do before I do it.
I don’t know about you but I’ve always wanted to be known. The Lord made me so he knows me better than I know myself.
I think back to 11 years ago when I took communion to a dying man on Christmas Eve. I was standing there beside the dying man and suddenly I felt alive inside. I sung to the man, poor guy, he probably wished he was dead at that point.
As I stood there, I thought to myself, how could I do this the rest of my life? This started my journey where I found out about hospice and started out as a volunteer and now I work with hospice as a nurse.
Its amazing the journey I took from the time I felt The Lord calling me to now, 11 years later. I started out taking classes to become a social worker and then switched to nursing. All with hospice as my end goal.
My Pearl today is the evident fact that the Lord knows me better than I know myself. He led me to my career. I didn’t know hospice existed until I asked the question, “How could I do this the rest of my life?”
So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:24…
Isn’t this scripture so true! If we could live in day tight compartments it would be easier on our brain. However, to some extent we have to plan for the future.
Today I felt I was back home. I returned to the hospital where I first started my nursing career five years ago. I am now working with hospice, but at the same hospital where I worked for four years.
I saw a lot of people who I hadn’t seen in over a year. They were all glad to see me and said hey Wilma and gave me a big hug. It was so nice to feel like I was back home amongst family.
Imagine if I had burned my bridges with my job and had moved on in an inappropriate way. Not that I had any reason to do so, but what if I had? This transition back to the same hospital would not be very easy.
I don’t ever want to leave a job on bad terms for the sake of giving Jesus a bad name. However, today reminded me that I wouldn’t want to just for the sake of integrity and the joy of relationships.
Its always good to treat others as if your going to see them again. Burning bridges is just never a good way to live.
My Pearl today is the joy of coming home to relationships that I have missed.
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden. Matthew 23: 1-4.
Wow, I never noticed this scripture. Jesus says, obey their commands but don’t follow their examples? I’m afraid the same thing happens today with some Christians, who mean well, but end up coming across as if they are trying to knock you over the head with the Bible.
Usually its the spirit in which they do it, more so, than what they actually say. However, some people do add man made laws that are too heavy for us to carry.
Growing up Amish, sometimes I felt weighed down by laws that seemed unnecessary. I think there are principles that can be taken out of context and then they become rituals.
When something becomes a ritual, it loses its value. Doing the right thing because we love the Lord and are so grateful for Him saving us, is the right motive for good actions.
The wrong motive is to look good and show that we are better than others and we are really Godly and know what we are doing. In reality most of the time we only see through a glass dimly.
My Pearl today is that we can be sure that someday we will see Jesus face to face and we will know everything, until then we can trust Him with our circumstances.
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Paul wrote this and he said the Lord was taking care of him even though he was in prison when he was writing these letters. I don’t know about you, but I’d be tempted to feel that the Lord was not taking care of me if I was in prison for something I didn’t do.
It shows the power of perspective. Paul must have felt taken care of because he knew he was in prison for doing what the Lord wanted him to do.
I believe Paul was crucified for his faith. I can only guess Paul still felt taken care of?
Our idea of the Lord supplying all our needs is to give us everything we want. Plenty of money, the perfect job, perfect kids, great health, etc..The list goes on.
We don’t look beyond our circumstances to see that the Lord is supplying our needs. How about our need for His presence and His understanding of life with wisdom and discernment to love others as he would have us to love?
Maybe our job situation or our marriage or family matters are less than enduring? Could it be that your not able to work?
The question is, “Does the Lord speak to you and give you peace?” Do you bloom where you are planted?
He may not be meeting your wants, but is he meeting your needs?
My Pearl today is that the Lord can help us see the difference between our needs and our wants. We can trust Him for our needs.
The Lord replied, “Don’t say, I’m too young, for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken! Jeremiah 1:7-8
We could replace “I’m too young” with I’m not smart enough, I’m not good enough etc. How many times do we want to do something or feel The Lord is calling us to something, yet we are too insecure to follow through.
We are afraid of failing. I would imagine Jeremiah was afraid. The hard thing about his calling was that the people were not going to change, but that didn’t change what God had called him to do.
Jeremiah was to preach truth to the people and they weren’t going to hear and turn from their sins, but that wasn’t Jeremiah’s problem. He was simply suppose to do what God had told him to do.
I am going to take this verse to heart. The Lord will show me how to talk to families who are grieving. Alone, I’m not equipped to help others or even know what to say.
However, if the Lord has called me, I will be ok. I will do his will and he will protect me and guide me. Same is true for you.
My Pearl today is that the Lord sends me and empowers me to do His will. He will protect me as I learn his steps.
In the gospel of Luke, Jesus was in a crowd where a man was possessed by a demon. The demon cried out at the top of his voice, “Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are-the Holy One of God!”
What strikes me about this passage is how even the devil recognizes who Jesus is, yet people drag their feet at believing.
If the devil believes in Jesus, isn’t that saying something? The devil worshiped God the Father and was very aware of his identity and then he decided he wanted all the glory for himself so he was tossed from heaven.
I think if the devil has spent time in the presence of God, he probably knows who He is.
In another passage it says Jesus was led out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. In that instance the devil quoted the bible..that is scary. If a person can quote the scripture it doesn’t mean they have surrendered their life to Jesus.
My Pearl today is that if the devil can know who Jesus is, surely he will reveal himself to us.