Tuesday, January 3, 2017
In the Secret Place...
This morning I was rushing to put a load of clothes from the washer into the dryer...rushing because my husband was waiting for me in the car to leave to go run some errands...and I remembered at the last minute that the clothes were sitting in the washing machine and I didn't want to come home to stinky clothes that would have to be washed all over again...and yes, I was in a hurry as usual...because that is just how I tend to operate...
and God got my attention....
I looked up and out of the window that is just above the washer and dryer...and there sat this beautiful male cardinal...partially hidden in the branches...but an obvious contrast to the green leaves surrounding him. Naturally, I stopped what I was doing...and ran and got my camera, and prayed he wouldn't fly away before I could get a picture of him...and there he was, waiting for me...
because he was God's little reminder to me about my new One Word for 2017...REST... Stop what you are doing and pay attention to ME for a moment...the errands can wait...(even though my husband came back inside to see what was taking me so long...) The pictures aren't the best quality due to being seen through a dirty window and it was rather cloudy this morning...
but God got HIS message across to me...
and here it is:
"You are my Hiding Place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with
songs of deliverance."
In Psalm 32:8 He says:
"I will instruct you and teach you
in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye."
"Oh how great is Your goodness,
which You have laid up for those who fear You,
which You have prepared for those who trust in You
in the presence of the sons of men!
You shall hide them in the secret place of Your Presence
from the plots of man;
You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion
from the strife of tongues!"
Oh yes! I believe I am going to enjoy this new One Word adventure for 2017... The Lord is drawing me closer to Him...hiding me in the secret place of His Presence...away from the plots of man and this world and away from the strife of tongues. He is already surrounding me with songs of deliverance...singing His loving lullabies over me...and sending songbirds to brighten my pathway.
Now, if I could just learn to stop rushing around so much!
Have a blessed, joy-filled, restful, peaceful day, my friends!