Probing Questions

“The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.”~~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(BrainyQuote)

Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is rodomontade. A fitting WotD, I believe, for the day after “Super Tuesday,” this word means “vainglorious boasting or bragging; pretentious, blustering talk.”

Today is Dr. Seuss Day, so designated because it is the birthday of Theodore Seuss Geisel. Spend the day with a cat in the hat, or, if you’d prefer, simply hop on pop. Or, you can always count fish of various colors.

As previously noted, it is the day after Super Tuesday. I stopped and voted on the way home from work, and was pleasantly surprised that the lines at my voting place were not very long. I will not divulge my voting preferences in this forum, as it is not intended to be political in any way, shape, or form. The big winners in Texas were Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton. Clinton currently leads Sanders by 1001 delegates to 371 (according to a chart I’m seeing on the Interwebs). Trump is leading Cruz 285 to 161. Bringing up the rear is Ben Carson, who still thinks he can be President, with 8 delegates won, thus far. November could be terrifying. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Christi went to a new doctor, yesterday, and really liked the office and personnel. I’m considering checking them out, as well. It’s not close to home, but it’s sort of on the way home from work. First I have to check to see if they are on my insurance plan.

Today is Wednesday. Not much else to say about it. Except that Spring Training baseball games begin today.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!

Psalm 31:23-24

“Christians discover that when they cry to God for help, they are, in fact, helped.” It seems like such a simple statement, yet so many people don’t experience this truth. “God is trustworthy.” David knew this, which is what prompted him to cray out, “Love the LORD, all you his saints!”

“All right, Lord, I will love! You have loved me and proved your love whenever I have called for help. Teach me in Jesus and equip me by your Spirit to love you and to share your love with neighbors, as I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” John 21:17

Today’s reading is “Have You Felt the Hurt of the Lord?”

Peter is grieved, it says, that Jesus asked him this question again (the third time). But what happens is somewhat amazing. This patient line of questioning, which seems to be hurtful, results in an introspection that finally reveals that yes, Peter does love Jesus! “He was awakening to the fact that in the real true center of his personal life he was devoted to Jesus, and he began to see what the patient questioning meant.” When forced to look deep down inside, he experienced the revelation that he did love Jesus, and responded with, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Notice that he did not say, “Look at this or that to confirm it.” Essentially, Peter said, “Look at my heart.” The thing is, though, that Peter, himself, did not even realize this until “the probing, hurting questions of the Lord came. The Lord’s questions always reveal me to myself.”

Father, perhaps I need some of this questioning. I have asked myself, many times, if I truly love you. Or perhaps I have asked you if I truly love you. I know that I have, in the past, asked if I was truly your child, and received overwhelming assurance and confirmation. This is something I will never doubt again, no matter how far off the path I might stray. Nevertheless, I should constantly be probing and seeking within myself to see if I am truly loving you.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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