Good morning all-
As natural disasters, Ebola, war and huge earthquakes break out, are you an observer or are you watching through our Lord's eyes? Over six years ago, I started this blog and the one thing I asked God is that I would have his eyes. I was sitting on my couch with such sadness I didn't even want to get up. My best friend had died and all I could think was, "I need you mom." I wasn't ready to face the world without her and I was really sad. On that couch I spoke out loud to God and asked that He would help me through my loss but at the same time give me His eyes. I knew He was with me, which meant He was watching His children. I never felt alone but I did feel lost. Did God feel all our pains, all our fears and did He hear us?
Those days and hours were some of my quietest, most profound and totally spiritual. I was quiet and I heard the Lord prompting me to have His eyes and His hands. So as I pondered what was going to be expected of me I cried out, "Let me see what you see." And since then, I have seen more than I ever could have imagined. Almost no detail goes by me. I see the homeless man in the street. I see the single mom trying to make enough money to take care of her children. But most importantly, I see the world like I never did before. If it didn't happen in the US, I really didn't pay much attention. But from the onset of this spiritual awakening I felt God calling me to the women of all nations. I can remember thinking, "Why me Lord?" I rarely watched the news and pretty much tried to ignore world events but in my quiet time I knew this was the path that I was meant to journey on. How was God going to use me to reach the women all over the world? And then the blog became the way I would spread His love, His sacrifice and His Word! I would be able to fulfill my promise to Him. So I began to pray for women all over the world and my heart expanded and continues to expand. I can't read about ISIS without thinking about the women that are dying. I can't read about Syria without thinking of the women that are in the middle and I can't read about Ebola without realizing we are in the middle of a plague of God proportion and women need to hear from God so they can pray for their countries, their men and their families.
God hears us that's for sure. Prayer has changed world events, it has provided support, encouragement and love. Prayers have built trust where there once was none and through prayer God speaks His heart unto the world. Every figure in the Bible prayed and whenever I doubt it, I pick it up and see prayers throughout. Even this week as I was researching the last seven plagues, there was a prayer glorifying God. We can sit and be in fear. We can contemplate Ebola and not care or we can stand up and pray that God would heal the broken and through this devastating disease a revival would be born. He loves His people but we turn our backs, we throw our cares into ourselves. We need to start caring about every person in every nation. Famine is here, war is here, natural disasters are here and Ebola is HERE. No one is safe but we are in God's arms and those ladies that worked in Texas are God's angels because they didn't worry about themselves. They loved a very sick man and now we must love them and those that are in Liberia, Nigeria, and throughout the world.
Do I ever wish I could run? Not anymore because I know He has called me to spread the hope He has to give. The same hope He gave when He made a dead man walk or when He sat with the woman at the well. It is a hope for the ages. From Abraham to Jesus and now to us, God is here and He knows us by name. Give Him the glory today and ask that He would supply you with the words to heal nations, spread love and most importantly, have His eyes. Is it hard to look through His eyes? Of course it is because there is a lot going on out there. It's through His spirit we can grow with Him. I'm praying that you all feel His spirit and that you spend time in the quiet to hear His voice. The time is now and we are being called to calm the storm, quiet the hearts and spread the word that our God will cover us. Lord our God cover us in the shelter of Your wings!
Take time today to love someone, to pray for a nation and to pray for doctors and nurses. They are God's workers and if you live in another country, please pray for the nurses in Texas who loved a foreign man and layed down their lives for Him. And please give thanks to the little boy who gave his blood so that a doctor in the US could contribute his blood. He has helped several survivors, what a gift he got through a small child. Let's be a gift to God and love!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1-5 NIV)
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” (Revelation 12:10-12 NIV)
Don't be afraid, move toward the tower of strength and give what He has given to you. Give your life for Him, release your fear and follow the only God that can destroy evil, plague, famine and death! He is the One and only One. Please spread the word, pray and have His eyes!
My prayer today:
Lord be with us today as we contemplate the unkown. Help us live for today. Give us your eyes and your heart for the people of this world. And as we contemplate Your word and resting in You, provide peace, wisdom and love. We come to You with hope in our hearts because we know that You will bring forth healing and encouragement to every people group throughout the world. We are Your children, help us hear from YOU! We also take a moment to pray for the nurses in Texas and those that are serving the nations where the plague is having its greatest impact. Please have Your hands on them and help them become great workers for You! In Jesus Name, hear our prayer Lord!