be seen & pick one

The cold bug cometh and Caleb wants to be seen

Gosh, I haven’t posted in quite a while.

There are lots of musings in my draft folder but

for whatever reason, there they remain.

Of all the thoughts that are bombarding my mind, I have

two that I want to share today.

They aren’t related other than they occupy the same grey matter.

I am hoping that someone needs to read either one or both today.

A couple of weeks ago, I was reading in the 16th chapter of Genesis.

The account involves three people.

Abraham and Sarah, a couple who  heard God declare the promise

of a child but the wait was too long.

Sarah took the promise into her own hands and gave Abraham her

maid, Hagar.

A child is conceived.

However, like most situations that flow from disobedience, there

are consequences.

Neither woman treated the other well.

I am placing money that I wouldn’t handle the situation any

better.

Hagar ran away.

I imagine she felt used, abused, forgotten and unloved.

There in the desert, the angel of the Lord found her.

He asked her about herself.

He gave her some marching orders.

He revealed to her truths regarding her son yet to be born.

Hagar called Him,

El Roi, the God Who Sees.

I learned that this specific name of God is only found in this account.

Although I am sure  it would fit any number of places in the Bible.

Today remember that God Sees you.

You may feel weary and alone.

You might feel abandoned or mistreated.

Perhaps you find yourself in the desert and feel forgotten.

God sees you.

He has not forgotten you.

We all want to be seen.

Let God see you and find you today.

The last couple weeks, I have had to empty my text message

inbox daily.

Multiple text messages have been flying in.

Some have made me cry.

Some have allowed me to exhale.

Others have just given me more specifics to pray.

A lot of hard.

There have always been tough waters  to wade through.

Years ago, it felt like there were longer spaces between the hard.

I don’t want to be pessimistic  but it seems like there aren’t a lot of breathers lately.

Is it like that for you as well?

All I do know is that last night, I felt overwhelmed and I felt sad.

Just before bed, I read the last of II Corinthians.

The closing verses drew me.

I felt like God said FOCUS ON ME.

When you focus on  me, then you can spread me to

others who  are limping their way along.

There are more than half a dozen things to captivate your mind

and heart found  in these four verses below.

This week, I am picking to focus on the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit.

Who am I that I would get to experience this type of friendship?

Who am I?

Yet God sees the reality of me differently.

Thankful!

Pick one for each week  leading up to the end of 2012.

Or just pick one and clutch it tightly to your chest.

Dwell on it.

Put it before your eyes.

Whisper its truth into your days.

I believe God will do an amazing work despite

the rubble that may be lying around your feet.

In fact, don’t miss the underlined verse.

Just pick one.

Delete all the many messages that consume your

thoughts and exchange them with His message.

Be cheerful.

Keep things in good repair.

Keep your spirits up.

Think in harmony.

Be agreeable.

Do all that, and the God of love and peace will be with you for sure.

The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ,

the extravagant love of God,

the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit,

be with all of you.
~

II Corinthians 13: 11-14 (MSG)

Father,

Son,

and

Holy Spirit,

love 

and 

peace

reside here,

for you.

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