“To love is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.”~~Emily Dickinson
Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is bellwether, “a person or thing that shows the existence or direction of a trend; index.”
Today is Peach Melba Day. I’m not sure what it is, but it looks delicious. It was created for and named after an opera singer named Nellie Melba. Later on, the same chef that created it also developed what we know as Melba Toast.
I really don’t have much to say, on a personal level, this morning. Yesterday was a good work day, and things seem to have leveled off after the holidays. Now, we are simply looking forward to our next vacation trips, to Glen Rose on March 12-15, and then the big one, to Galveston, on April 8-15. And, of course, baseball starts back up the same week we go to Galveston.
The legendary Powerball drawing is tonight. The estimated jackpot is $1.5 billion. The estimated lump sum cash option payment is $929,900,000. And yes, I have a ticket. Do I think I’ll win? I have a minuscule chance, but probably not. It’s fun to dream, though, right?
(From Praying With the Psalms)
But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.
Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.
The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.
O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
“Prayer puts us in the presence of God, where we realize his ways with us.” But it also makes us more aware of the needs of others around us, and should create within us a compassionate response to all kinds of needs and distress. There are probably almost as many different expressions of suffering in the Psalms as there are of praise.
“While I pray, O Lord, help me to be to every grace from above and sensitive to every need around me. Train me in ways of loving that will bring justice and healing to others, even as you direct me by your Holy Spirit. Amen.”
(From My Utmost For His Highest)
Today’s reading continues “Have You Ever Been Alone with God?”
And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables.
“When God gets us alone by affliction, heartbreak, or temptation, by disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted affection, by a broken friendship, or by a new friendship–when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are dumbfounded, and cannot ask one question, then He begins to expound.”
The disciples were perplexed by the teachings of Jesus, constantly asking him questions. They did not fully understand until they received the Holy Spirit. One thing that must be clear to us, however, is that the only thing that will be clear to us is the ways in which God deals with our own souls. “Your brother’s sorrows and perplexities are an absolute confusion to you. We imagine we understand where the other person is, until God gives us a dose of the plague of our own hearts.”
This is actually, I believe, quite important. We spend way too much time trying to “fix” our brothers and sisters, rather than listening to what Jesus is telling us about ourselves! There are huge areas of stubbornness and ignorance that the Holy Spirit needs to reveal to us, but this can “only be done when Jesus gets us alone.” And we can’t be alone with Jesus while we are fussing over other things.
“Jesus can expound nothing until we get through all the noisy questions of the head and are alone with him.” This is one of the reasons that I have turned off the radio during my morning drive to work. I have roughly 45 minutes to an hour of silence during this time. I have yet to be able to be disciplined enough for the entire time to be focused on Jesus, but it’s getting better.
Father, I need to be alone with Jesus. Get me alone with him. Help me to better understand and get a clearer vision of what you are doing with me, along with the revelation of those areas of ignorance and stubbornness that still exist withing my spirit. Teach me your way, that I may walk in your truth. Help me to abide.
Come, Lord Jesus!
Grace and peace, friends.