Good morning all-
First of all, I hope you all have been well and that you're feeling blessed. I know that I am. The tornado that hit Oklahoma City could have crossed Wichita, Ks. They were calling for catastrophic circumstances and yet, nothing ever fell from the clouds.
During times of great distress or when I'm really scared, I find myself hunkered down somewhere praying. I can pray standing up, in the shower, while writing or just about anywhere but when I really want to be intimate with Jesus, I seclude myself and start praying.
That's what Jesus did. He prayed with people, He prayed with His disciples but when He wanted to be one with His Father; He prayed alone. That's when I know that I am convening with the Holiest of Holiest because no one can hear me but Him. It was on Sunday and Monday that I found myself doing that. By the looks of the damage, I thought hundreds would have perished in OKC. The exact opposite happened. That's not to say that there weren't people injured and even some deaths occurred but they should have been in the 100's. They weren't. I hate to think we are all on a time line and that when the day is up; it's up. But that's the facts. Whether it's a fetus miscarried, a young child fighting cancer or a devastating tornado, when our time has been fulfilled on earth, we get to go home.
I'm praying for the parents and loved ones that lost someone this week. I'm praying for the people in the hospitals that will have to recover and I am praying for all the children that witnessed and lived through one of the most destructive natural events in the Midwest. Because someday they will recant the story of what happened and I hope Jesus' name is praised around the world for His protection and mercy.
God is with us. He is near and bad things will happen to good people. The key is to find somewhere quiet and become one with our Lord. He waits to see how long it will take us to find Him in every circumstance. We are nothing without Him. How we feel is often a reflection of how much time we have spent in His presence. Go to Him today and be one with Him. I am this morning and there is no greater joy than being with Him.
I love you all and will continue to pray for my sisters all over the world. God has put you on my heart and I'm praying that He uses you to continue His mission. Love the unloveable and make Him known! May today bring you closer to our Lord and please pray for the victims all over the world. They need to hear from you.
John 15:5 NIV:
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
My prayer today:
O, Lord, You are a mighty fortress. When destruction hits this earth, You are present. When the winds blow down solid buildings, You are near and when we pray, You listen. I am constantly telling myself that I can't pray enough. If my feelings fluctuate, I'm not praying enough. If I am sad, I'm not praying enough and if I'm stressed; I forgot You were near. Those things can't happen. I must be seeking You first and let You direct my path and those that follow You. We are like sheep, scattered among the fields. Unite us Jesus and make us one with You. You are the keeper of the flock and we must seek Your will and let it be done. I feel so sad for the parents that lost children this week. I feel so sad for any parent that has to bury their child. But each child has been made by You and we must put them in Your hands. If we are confident in You, we will do that. I must confess that is often hard for me and I don't like to think about losing anyone but we are to live for today and find You in every moment. So today, I call out to my Maker and ask You to be our guide. Give us wisdom and honor today. Help our steps be light and our heart wide open for the miracle of You. You know what it's like to be without the Father and You know what it's like to be one with Him. Help us all to be one with You always. In Jesus name, AMEN