Morning

As I was on my way to work, the fog was thick.

Stopped in traffic on a rural highway, I looked at my surroundings.

To my left, an open field was blanketed in the mist.

The rising sun appeared more like a glowing moon as its shape could clearly be seen through the filter of vapor.

There are no days when I am alone.

God is always with me.

His guidance, comfort and love are my constant companions.

He will never leave me.

My soul waits for the Lord More than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.

—Psalm 130:6

From His Innermost Being

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”

–John 7:38

 

The plants grow wild where I live.

A type of grass that flowers pink.

They are captivating in the early morning, beaded with moisture, as they were when I noticed them.

Leaning down to the ground in order to capture them up close, I was surrounded by quiet and a lack of disturbance.

Without the water, the grass would die.

Without water, so would I.

Without the living water of Jesus, I would die spiritually.

I believe in Jesus and I am trusting in Him for my life, now and forever.

Today, as you notice the grass or plants around you, think of what they would be without water.

Do you believe in Jesus, who gives us living water?

 

 

 

 

 

 

rivers living water

 

Trees of the Forest

 

The trees stood in the balmy rays of the afternoon sun, shouting bursts of green and gold.

Nature draws me in a way that is difficult to explain.

Its detailed beauty and the handiwork of God cannot be separated.

The trees have no voice except for the divine artistry it exclaims.

When I take notice of what God has made, I join in with its singing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;

let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.

—Psalm 96:12

 

 

 

 

forest sing

 

 

Clearly

The moon was rising over the field, quietly moving along the night sky.

Veiled with blanketing streaks of dark clouds, its surface was obscured along with its light.

Because the clouds were in the way, I could not see it clearly.

If I had been above the clouds, the moon would have appeared crisp and bright.

God is at work in our lives.

In every situation.

In every circumstance.

If you think this is not true, consider this–which area of your life do you feel that God is not a part of at this moment?

God is the author of every breath drawn into our lungs.

We can take comfort in knowing He is working in all things.

Like the moon, we may not see His involvement clearly.

There will come a time when the fog will lift and we will understand fully.

The next time you see the moon shrouded with clouds, take a moment to consider that we don’t yet see things clearly in life.

Until we do, we must trust in God, who does.

 

 

 

 

We don’t yet see things clearly.

We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist.

But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright!

We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly just as He knows us!

—1 Corinthians 13:12

 

 

 

things clearly

Now Faith

Birds come and go this time of year.

Some fly for long distances to find shelter in a warmer climate.

In a way that I could never fully understand, I believe God tells the birds when and where to travel.

Some call it instinct.

I call it God’s direction.

When the birds set out on their journey, surely they must have a confidence in what they will eventually find.

A faith, if you will, on the part of the bird, to trust in that which it cannot yet see.

God has told us of what is in store for those who love Jesus.

We have an assurance that comes from Him about our future.

We have confidence in what we hope for.

Today, notice any birds that might be around you as you travel to work or look out your window.

They listen for God’s direction.

Are you listening?

 

 

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

–Hebrews 11:1

 

 

 

 

 

 

now faith

Little Children

It was a foggy morning.

As I climbed out of bed and walked into the kitchen, I could see the thick mist through my window.

A change of clothes was in order…

Quickly grabbing two cameras, I hurried to my car and set out to see how a blanket of moisture had transformed my little corner of the world.

Passing by a a home that bordered an open field, a quick glance made me turn around and go back to visit the scene again.

Simple.

Serene.

Peaceful.

Most of all, trusting.

A single car tire was hanging from a tree branch by a rope that had been tied.

If I had thought to have gone to try out the swing for myself, I would first have checked the knots securing the rope to the tire.

Next, I would’ve surveyed the branch up above for strength.

Would it have been able to have held my weight?

After looking closely at the knots on the branch to make sure they were tight, I might’ve then enjoyed a time of leisure swinging.

Would this have been the thought processes of a young child?

I think not.

Upon seeing the tire suspended from the branch, a child would likely squeal in delight as they ran to place themselves happily into the center.

With no thought to any worry, they would swing high and low, embracing each moment without a care.

Jesus said. “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

God, in His mercy, has sent Jesus to die on the cross for payment of our sins.

Accepting His gift, we can put our complete trust in Him and enjoy an abundant life like no other.

If we insist on complete knowledge and understanding of our Creator with every “why” and “how” answered to our satisfaction, we may never fully trust that which could save us.

Yet, if upon learning of God’s plan of salvation through Jesus, we run joyfully to place ourselves happily into the center of His love for us, we come with child-like faith.

Today, as you think of your life, do you picture yourself swinging peacefully with an inner joy inside or do you see yourself standing under a tree, skeptically peering at a bundle of knots?

 

 

 

 

And He said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

–Matthew 18:3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

little child