Good morning. It’s Friday morning October 12, 2012. Today is our 27th wedding anniversary. Happy anniversary to the most wonderful woman in the world.
I’m sitting on the deck of the Cedar Cabin at Paluxy River Bed Cabins, enjoying the peace and serenity. No, I’m not watching a Joss Whedon movie. I’m writing this on my iPhone, on the WP app.
Today is “International Moment of Frustration Scream Day.” I am NOT anticipating any of those today.
On this in 1492, Christopher Columbus’s expedition landed in the Caribbean at The Bahamas. He thought he had reached South Asia.
This date in 1582 does not exist in Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, due to the implementation of the Gregorian calendar!
On this date in 1692, the Salem Witch trials were ended by a letter from the Massachusetts governor. No “witches” were burned in Salem.
On this date in 1892, the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in US schools, as part of a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage.
On this date in 1979, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy was published. Written by Douglass Adams, it was the first book of the “trilogy.”
Today’s birthdays include Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872, Aleister Crowley, 1875, Luciano Pavarotti, 1935, Tony Kubek, 1935, Hugh Jackman, 1968, Kirk Cameron, 1970.
Today, we plan to visit the “dump show” at the Glen Rose Expo Ctr. That’s pretty much it.
Father, I pray that you teach me something this morning as I look into your word in this peaceful setting.
Today, I’m reading Psalm 119:121-128. Since I’m not on my ‘puter, I won’t be pasting the whole segment.
123 My eyes long for your salvation and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.
How many of us, as time goes by, find ourselves long more and more for Christ’s return?
124 Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love, and teach me your statutes.
125 I am your servant; give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies!
One of the things I love about the Psalms is the veritable plethora (yes, I just said that) of ready-made prayers, such as the above two verses. I can simply echo those statements to the Lord, and they come straight from my heart.
Today’s reading in My Utmost For His Highest is called “Getting Into God’s Stride.” The reference is Genesis 5:24, which says, “Enoch walked with God.” A rather astounding passage.
Chambers says, “The test of a man’s religious life and character is not what he does in the exceptional moments of life, but what he does in the ordinary times, when there is nothing tremendous or exciting on.” If you have been following me through this book, you know that this is a recurring theme. It is not an easy thing to get into God’s stride. Sometimes, it requires a sort of “second wind,” spiritually (or third). Once we find ourselves in stride with God, his life is all there is in us; the only characteristic that will manifest itself. In my life, I have known one, maybe two people who fit that description.
“It is difficult to get into stride with God, because when we start walking with Him we find He has outstripped us before we have taken three steps.” His ways are not our ways and we must get used to his ways. Jesus did not work from his own standpoint, but only from his Father’s. But know this: God will not wait for us!. If we tarry, we will find ourselves in his dust, and an opportunity missed!
We learn Spiritual truth in the atmosphere of the Spirit, not by “intellectual reasoning.” Things become possible that were not possible. “Getting into the stride of God means nothing less than union with Himself.” But this does not happen quickly. For example, I’ve been at it for years. We must not give up!
Father, as I sit in this beautiful place, I first give you thanks for letting us get away like this. Thank you for Christi and for 27 years of marriage, hopefully a positive example for others in this world today. The peacefulness of this setting makes it easier to focus on you and your word.
I pray for a deeper union with you in my life. I deeply desire to “get into stride with you.” I’ve been left in your dust before. It’s not a good feeling, and I don’t want to experience it again! That’s why I keep praying, please don’t let me mess it up this time. I want to know you more! Teach me your ways! “Give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies!” I don’t know how else to say this…you know my heart, Lord.
Give me wisdom as I ponder a possible opportunity that was presented to me Tuesday.
I pray for this day. May Christi and I continue to experience your perfect peace during this time; a total absence of stress, which is exactly what I feel at this moment! Thank you, Lord!
I will seek that perfect union with God in Christ. I want to get into his stride.
Grace and peace, friends.