I reached a new to me understanding of prayer and how it profoundly changed my place at the table, with my Friend.
On a cold winter's’ day, as the sun shines brightly in a clear blue sky and to find a place inside, at a window…warm; with the sun heating up, radiating through the panes as it heats my face like summer. A warm room with God.
"Take my life and let it be, consecrated LORD to Thee" is a song that we all know, embedded into the worship of congregations worldwide..for generations!
God asks us “What do you want, what do you think, what do you need?” There is no limit to what God can do. Unless we give everything to Him, we block His perfect provision.
Every animal, insect, bird, reptile breathes. All of us breathing in the same common source of oxygen, the atmosphere of Earth. Our hearts beating from when they begin until we die, without our manipulation or guidance.
To have the Holy Spirit prompt me to inquire of where an Easter Sunrise Service might be, or if one is even available was possible only because I have been seeking silence. On Good Friday He asked me to ‘be more quiet now’, to wait and listen for what He will say to me.
I could have never imagined what this day would bring!
Messy. Holy. Freeing. Complete. Joyful. Humbled. Saturated by His love.
Jesus was not at the pool where he received sight, so the only way the healed man knew Him was by His distinctive and memorable voice. THAT voice was now right here with him. It came from a face with eyes of kindness and hope asking "Do you believe?"
Here at the home of a dead man Jesus is consoling Martha and asking one question, do you believe? With her statement and heartfelt acceptance Jesus could now proceed to do something impossible...make the dead un-dead.
You can't change the one you love, from inside or from above. But woe to the one who releases their individual rights as God's child, instead giving themselves over to another for trampling.