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Where Do You Look For Help?

Where do you look for help?

Difficulties abound. Financial disaster. Disease. Decisions.

Debates rage. Back and forth. Emotional pain.

Where do you look for help?

Politicians want us to look to them for assistance.

Doctors want us to look to them for healing.

Administrators want us to look to them for solutions.

But no matter how they try

   those sources are imperfect.

Years ago when in a tough place David penned these words.

“My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121

If we look to politicians we will be disappointed.

If we look to physicians we will be confused.

If we look to friends and family we will grow more and more frustrated.

Only God is worthy of our trust and confidence.

He knows the beginning from the end.

The Lord sees and knows the way we should take.

Our wisdom is found in crying out to Him and then waiting on Him.

Listening. Being still. Seeking His Will above all.

Where do you look for help?

My help comes from the Lord.

How about you?

 

 

Shining Moments

 

The words caught my attention in the midst of a busy day.

We had been talking about twitter.

Sorry, but that is really only if your famous

and well…..

Famous?! I have no desire to be famous.

But faithful, yes.

To the One Who loves us came with a purpose.

To live and then die for sinful man

To pay the price for our sin.

To defeat death

and redeem us.

To show us how to live and love.

On every seemingly ordinary day, His Voice calls out,

“I love you.

        Come to Me all you who are weary and heavy laden.

        And I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28

Rest, He offers.

Not more work.

Another agenda.

A schedule of more and more busynesses.

No, He offers His life for ours.

Yes, there might be work but it will flow from Him through us

naturally

as the ocean tides comes in and goes out.

As we receive Him

His thoughts,

His purpose,

His Love

we give it out

and live it out

in simple,

everyday ways.

One simple conversation with a neighbor becomes holy ground

as we genuinely share concern and hope.

Playing the piano for one

with the angels singing

becomes laced with more importance and meaning to the Lord

than maybe playing in a huge concert hall.

Famous? No, I have no desire to be famous

actually I pray for those who are famous. Their lives are not easy.

The cost is high.

But faithful, yes that is my heart’s desire, my purpose

One day after another

to faithfully serve Him

my whole being at His service

whatever He says

wherever He sends.

To not hold back

but to give thanks to Him in a world that sometimes doesn’t want to hear

to freely, freely serve.

Be Thou my Wisdom

And Thou my true Word

I ever with Thee and Thou with me Lord

Faithfully serving

Faithfully sharing

my heart faithfully beating for the Lord of my Heart.

Do you long for that too?

If so, please let me know.

Shining Moments

Waiting is difficult.

It’s all too easy to run ahead.

Have you ever done it?

Years ago, too many to count, we suddenly discovered that a circular metal fence around our flowerbed had been taken.

My parents were upset.

Troubled.

Disappointed.

So a few days later while walking home from school

   my brother and I (He was 9 and I was 7)

   spied a circular metal fence.

We looked at each and almost simultaneously knew what we had to do.

Lone Ranger and Tonto to the rescue.

We tiptoed to the flower bed.

Looking both ways to be sure that we weren’t seen

   we lifted and dragged the fencing away.

Down the back street

  through the adjoining yard

      until we got home. Whew.

We ever so carefully arranged it back at its place

  and silently went inside

    to await my father’s arrival from work.

I remember being so excited. I just knew that he would be pleased.

We had solved the problem on our own.

They didn’t need to worry about that fence ever again.

When I heard the car door shut my brother and I raced to the door.

“Hi, Daddy. Guess what,” we both said.

We grabbed his hands and walked him out to the back yard.

Then standing in front of the flower bed we said

      “See.”

“What in the world,” I heard him mutter. “What is this?”

We told him how we had seen it and knew that it was ours.

How we had dragged it all the way home.

But something was wrong. He wasn’t smiling.

“You’re going to have to take this back.”

My heart sank.

“Why?”

“Because it’s not ours.” I’ll never know how he knew (smile) but we loaded the fence in the back of our car and drove to the people’s house.

I was so embarrassed as we had to explain how we had thought that it was ours.

And had just taken it.

We had assumed.

Jumped to the wrong conclusions.

And we were wrong. It’s a lesson I never forgot.

Waiting is difficult in our day and age of quickness and speed.

We want fast relief from pain, discomfort and difficulty.

But we are told, “Wait for the Lord, Be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalms 27:14

Waiting doesn’t necessarily mean inaction but let’s be sure that we have sought the Lord’s guidance.

His  timing is always best.