This morning, I awoke early…I’ve been scoring essays again, so I begin early to get my time in every day. Most days I spend time in my Bible after I get home from the morning school drop off. And today, I felt God invite me to come away and spend time with Him in one of my favorite prayer places. (Honestly, our home is starting to be so much of just a house with all the work we are doing and boxes packed, so it is nice to come away for a bit.)
Here it is! This is how my time began…
The funny thing about it is that this mulch is from people’s Christmas trees–my Chris called them the ghosts of Christmas past. And they are. They still smell very piney–fragrant memories. But it was really too cold to leave my window down for more than a few minutes to snap a couple of pictures.
So I came here with my Bible. I asked people on Instagram and Facebook, if they needed prayer. And what I often do is read aloud and sing aloud. Today I sang this (I LOVE choir!). Then I check in for people’s requests, in between reading my Bible. And I pray, as God leads me. I try to let them know I prayed. I always do, but sometimes my phone misbehaves (types every word I write twice, which is very annoying), so I skip the typing of it.
Today, as I met with the Lord, He showed me THREE things. I will share them quickly, because I have much work to do today.
First, this verse from Isaiah:
“Then the Lord will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy. There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.” Isaiah 4:5-6 ESV
The Lord told me that He has been our canopy and booth here in Colorado. I cried tears of thanks and remembrance–for there have been some storms. And He has been our sure shelter! I would not be here without Jesus. I just wouldn’t. He makes me bold, stout-hearted and gives me courage. He gives me a sound mind. I can never thank Him enough. He is such a good Father to me.
Second, I saw a bird watching me from a wire. He sat there for quite awhile, while I prayed. Then he did something so “other”. He flew upward and the wind was blowing strongly. And he flew into the wind, staying in one place. Why? Well, because he could, of course! But also, in his ability, this bird learned that he could fly against the wind and he could make progress against it. Or he could fly into the wind and be completely still. He was able. And he delightfully chose to enjoy the process of getting stronger today for a full minute–flapping his wings and staying in one place. Then he flew past that point and went on about his day. It was a little something extra for my time today. Make of it what you will.
Finally, and this part is so powerful that I am verklempt just thinking about it, I was gathering my things to go. And I was just about to start the car.
I heard the Lord say (in my spirit),”Wait.”
So I spoke aloud, “Lord, I am listening.”
Then He spoke into my spirit again, “Look as far as you can see.” Now the clouds had descended over the Front Range.
So I looked as far as I was able (picture below).
Then the Lord spoke (again in my spirit), “I can see beyond this. TRUST ME.”
I responded aloud, “Lord, I trust you.”
HOLY IS HE. And WORTHY of OUR PRAISE!