Published: September 18th 2005September 18th 2005
Today I went to a coffee shop just to spend some extended time alone with God. It is getting chilly here, I even wore my ski jacket (it is only September; I hope I will survive come December!). It was still a very peaceful and beautiful walk along the harbor.
What I read today was about Joseph. It is the part in Joseph's life where he reveals to his brothers who he is and instead of killing them in revenge because they had sold him in to slavery many years before he chose to hug them and said to them that he knew it was God who sent him not them. Despite all the pain and hurt he had gone through because of the day they dropped him in the cistern he saw that God had put him into a position to keep the Egyptians from starving during the many years of famine. I was later reading in my prayer devotional something that went along with this line of thinking:
"'See God in everything, and God will calm and color all that thou dost see!' It may be that the circumstances of our sorrows will not be removed, their condition will remain unchanged; but if Christ, as Lord and Master of our life, is brought into our grief and gloom, 'He will compass us about with songs of deliverance.' To see HIM, and to be sure that His wisdom cannot err, His power cannot fail, His love can never change; to know that even His direst dealings with us are for our deepest spiritual gain, is to be able to say, in the midst of bereavement, sorrow, pain, and loss, 'The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.' Nothing else but seeing God in everything will make us loving and patient with those who annoy and trouble us. They will be to us then only instruments for accomplishing His tender and wise purposes toward us, and we shall even find ourselves at last inwardly thanking them for the blessing they bring us. Nothing else will completely put an end to all murmuring or rebelling thoughts." - H.W. Smith
I pray that God gives us each the sight to SEE GOD in EVERYTHING!!! See beyond our weak, failing earthly eyes but see with His eternal perspective.
There was one more little excerpt from the devotional that really hit home so I will share that as well:
"Waiting upon God is necessary in order to see Him to have a vision of Him. The time element in vision is essential. Our hearts are like a sensitive photographer's plate; and in order to have God revealed there, we must sit at His feet a long time. The troubled surface of a lake will not reflect an object. Our lives must be quiet and restful if we would see God. There is power in the sight of some things to affect one's life. A quiet sunset will bring peace to a troubled heart. Thus the vision of God always transforms human life.” - Dr. Pardington
"There is hardly ever a complete silence in the soul. God is whispering to us well-nigh incessantly. Whenever the sounds of the world die out in the soul, or sink love, then we hear the whisperings of God. He is always whispering to us, only we do not hear, because of the noise, hurry, and distraction which life causes as it rushes on." - F.W. Faber
I pray that each of us makes the time in our lives to slow down, to rest, be still and quiet and just drink in our Living God, sit at His feet and let Him sweet whisperings drench our souls and love us.
Have a great day and be blessed - You are loved by the King of kings and Lord of lords!