Good morning all-
I woke up at 4:30 with tons on my mind but my very first thought was to pray. What am I praying about? My son and his future wife, my other son and my husband. I'm praying for the parents that lost their marine son in Katmandu while trying to help starving and homeless people. I'm praying that the world will see our God in all His glory. Those are just some of my prayers. With all of that, there is just one common denominator, Jesus Christ.
Why did God let His son die in such a violent way? Why did His disciples, men that walked with Him, die for Him? Why when we are scared, hurt or afraid, do we go to Him and why do we need Him? I'm sure you have asked yourself these questions a million times and my answer, "We need Him!" We need Him in every way. He was the only messenger that ever delivered the power of God and He took the cross for it.
So as I woke this morning, I closed my eyes and imagined the power of our Lord and Savior. People don't believe and horrible things are happening around the world and we just look at it and for a second feel bad, sad and hopeless. And then, of course, our day begins and all of that thoughtfulness is washed with a blink of our eye. There are other things to worry about, like feeding your family, taking care of your husband, children or friends. We live in a world where life flies by and we forget to do the one thing we were called to do, worship our mighty God.
Lately, life has been full of momentous changes. My oldest son is getting married in just two weeks and I feel lost already. He was my calm in every storm, my companion and over the last year we have become friends. It's wonderful to see them grow up but in the same moment, so very painful. You realize that you can't keep them from falling, pick them up when they are down or just sit with them in the quiet. Your talks will be with someone else in the room and your moments of laughing will only be heard occassionally, when he comes to visit. Life changes and the road and path is rocky for every one of us. We must have something that reminds us that with every curve there is a blessing on the other side.
So this morning, I closed my eyes and was reminded of God's true power. It's in every word He spoke and in every person He touched. Mostly, it's in the cross where He sacrificed Himself for us. His cousin knew he was the messenger before the Messiah. He was preparing the way to the One that mattered the most. He knew that His mission was to spread the Word and look for Him and then one day, when Jesus was ready, He came to be baptized and no longer was John His messenger because the Messiah had come to teach the world.
Precious is every morning when God comes first. Precious are the souls that He brings near. Precious is our time in prayer where we can see His power. Precious is knowing and loving Him. Sometimes I think I may be a messenger. I'm just an average person with a love for God that I have carried since I was little. I can remember being five and asking Him to help me. I can remember being scared in the dark and asking Him to help me and I am presently asking Him to give my son courage to be a good husband and someday father. I am trusting that the man I have raised will do his duty and that He will be God's hands in this unruly world. I also am praying that my youngest son would truly find Him and know Him the way I do. And if that's not enough, I'm praying for you too. I believe the words that He spoke to His children so many years ago and when I close my eyes I see His power and majesty. The world may believe that it has all the power but there is only one with the power of the cross and that's Jesus.
May the God of my heart come down and rain on His children. May the Holy Spirit be cast far and wide like the great oceans. May the lost come to the cross with abandonment and may we all make way for our Lord and Savior.
A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:3-5 NIV)
Be well today and know that God is near. Pray for someone that needs to be encouraged, uplifted or just needs our Savior.
I leave you with Isaiah 40:3-