Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Romans 11:33 – Oh, the depth of the riches both of the
wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His
ways past finding out! (NKJV)
This morning, from the moment that
I got up and prepared to sit down for my devotional time with God, so many
things have come to distract me that I was sure that it had to be the
enemy. It couldn't be simply coincidence.
Before I settled
down to read and pray, I decided to take some special tea that I had brewed
and drain it through a strainer into a large container. However, instead of
draining it into the container, I drained it into the sink. I growled with
annoyance at my stupidity. I guess that I wasn't completely awake.
Then, I noticed that there was still some left in the pot, so I poured that
into the container, thinking that I would at least have some of it to
drink. But the next thing that I knew, for some unexplainable reason, I
dumped the tea remaining in the container out into the sink as well. In His
mercy, God kept me calm, where normally I might have blown my top. He
understood that my intentions were good, and waited patiently for me to
make some coffee before I sat down.
As I slowly began to drink
the coffee and was waiting to hear the Lord's voice, I raised my eyes
upward with the intention of worshipping Him. There on the ceiling, just
above my head, I spotted a ladybug.
My first thought was to
sweep it down, but I realized that it was another distraction, so I decided
to wait until I was finished with my devotionals. However, my eyes seemed
to have a mind of their own, and they continually wandered to where that
insect was sitting, despite my determination to ignore it.
picked up my devotional book and began to read, the doorbell rang. I felt a
slight twitch of annoyance as I got up to answer it. It was my postman with
a package for me. As I sat down again, I took a deep breath. Perhaps now, I
would finally be able to spend some time in prayer and meditation. Just to
be sure, I asked the Lord to keep any further distractions away so that I
could have an uninterrupted quiet time with Him.
As I began to
read my Bible, I relaxed, assured in my mind that I would have no further
distractions. Then, the doorbell rang again. This time, I simply decided to
ignore it. However, something seemed to tell me that I should answer it.
I'm so glad that I listened. My neighbour, whose husband is dying of
cancer, had come over in tears, to ask me to pray with her.
great is our God! Indeed, His ways are past finding out. What a blessing
for both my neighbour and me came as result of my listening for His still,
small voice and heeding His promptings.
As I was retiring this
evening, I thought over my rather strange day, and I wondered if there were
any way for us, as believers, to distinguish immediately the difference
between mere distractions and specific situations that God has designed for
His purposes. As we prepare to spend time with Him, we should always ask
for His discernment on this, to avoid any possible annoyances or change of
plans that might arise from various distractions, to keep us from hearing
As I put out the light, it seemed almost as if I
heard the Lord saying, "A word to the wise is sufficient. Now go to
sleep." — and I did, peacefully, with a smile on my lips.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, thank You so much for Your
still small voice. May we never allow our human reactions and emotions to
deafen it, and may we always obey its leading. Amen.
Sharon Y. Greer <email@example.com>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada
for Today: Usually, the ones who have the least to say do the most talking.
for Today: Jude 1:24-25 – To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy — to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. (NIV)
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