Our grandson has toys that occupy the first floor of our home and toys that occupy the second floor of our home, and rarely do the two mix. However, the other day he decided one of the pieces that resides downstairs needed to come upstairs for some fun. Later in the day while Facetiming his Aunt “E,” he very excitedly expressed his desire to show her the toy. We quickly searched for the small plaything without any success. So, he sends me off to hunt for it while he continues his extremely animated conversation. I searched both floors scouring the premises to find that toy but to no avail! The next morning, determined to find it before he came back to my house, I prayed once again that the Lord would cause it to turn up. His quick response was a reminder of my need for fellowship with Him and that the search for the toy must be put on hold. I understood He needed to come first, but I was afraid my concentration would be on that toy and not His Word. However, the Lord had my full attention as I marveled over some truth from His Word as the Holy Spirit provided fresh insight. My heart yearns to be like Daniel and make my relationship with God a priority no matter what others say or do to me (Daniel 6:10-17); I want to be like Joseph and see God in everything and to not become bitter but trust in his plan (Genesis 37-39); and finally, I want to be like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and know without a doubt He can deliver me from any circumstance but if not, I will never stop serving/worshiping Him (Daniel 3:16-18)!
As I finished up, I stretched out on the floor of my bedroom to get a few stretches in before the grandson energetically appeared on the scene, and that’s when I noticed it. Flat on the floor, the Lord allowed me to see where his toy was hiding when, in actuality, it was in full view. To say I was humbled is an understatement. It was such a beautiful reminder: “Scarlett, give your time to Me and the rest of your day will go as I plan.” Giving the Lord the priority is so much better than anything I could ever muster up! Praise the Lord in His Holy Temple Praise the Lord all the Earth (Psalm 150:1-2), when we open the door and allow Him to enter we are never the same. Don’t close the door, swing it wide open and let Him have access any time of the day or night.
Today starts a week of “no dairy, no sugar fast.” If you’re new to my blog, you might want to check out the No Dairy, No Sugar Fast posts under the Categories heading on the right side of your screen, scroll down until you see it. Several of the posts will give you the reason behind why I do this. If you don’t have time to read them all, let me suggest reading “What’s all the Fuss?” No doubt about it, I’m always at war with the fleshly desires of my heart while inviting the Lord to have free reign making me into a Daniel, Joseph, Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego.
What Bible individuals urge you to imitate their character?