Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I sought the Lord...

This morning I opened up a devotional book that Brigitta gave me last year.

This is not typical.

I don't usually use a devotional, except the ones by Jon Courson, and those I only use at night.

But I love how the Lord works in unexpected ways!

As I reached for my One Year Bible, my hands returned with this devotional and I turned to today's reading. The verse is from Psalm 34:4 and reads,

I sought the Lord and He answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.

Just this one simple verse blessed me so much.

I was reminded that when I am afraid/ concerned to seek the Lord. And as I understand it, seeking the Lord is first making up my mind that I will hear and obey the Lord.

I was reassured that He will answer me.

But the biggie for me today was the last part,

"and [He] delivered me from all my fears."

Deliverance in this verse is from the fears not the circumstances.

Yes the Lord can, will and does deliver us from circumstances but usually I find that the circumstances allow/drive me to seek His face, hear His voice and trust in Him.

Whether or not my circumstances change, my fear is no longer a shackle. I'm free.


I didn't realize it at the time, but the Lord gave me a great picture of this verse on my return flight from Missouri.

It was raining pretty good when I got to the airport and I was concerned my flight might be delayed.

It was on time but I must confess I was a little nervous of taking off in the rain.

I was especially nervous when our pilot took off and took us straight up, right into those rain clouds!
The turbulence was, well--turbulent. The plane was shaking, the rain was pounding while my anxiety was climbing.

But then the most wonderful thing happened.

As we continued to press into the rain and the clouds, we passed through them into the most beautiful, glorious sky I have ever seen in my life.

I felt like I was in the throne room of God.

The sky was the bluest of blues and contained the biggest, fluffiest white clouds that appeared so close I wanted to reach out and touch them.

It was like being in Pixar's movie, "UP."

I sat straight up in my seat and gazed out of the window with the hugest grin on my face.
I seriously looked like a little kid.

But I just loved having that very real visual reminder that when things are cloudy and raining in my life and the instinct is to run and hide, that God calls me to press into the very thing that looks so forbidding... not so I will remain there, but pressed in so close to Him that I come through to the other side.

The circumstance didn't change. It was still raining-- below me. But in coming near to Him,
I was changed.

And then I didn't mind the rain one bit :)



Ann said...

Love that picture. I have seen that myself on the plane. It is amazing what gaining a different perspective/altitude can give you.

Thank you for the reminder:)

Geeta said...

Thank you, thank you Lainie! I love the constant reminders about trusting the Lord and being available, receptive, and willing to follow His guidance.

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