We are heading into our Fall Sunday School Campaign.
It is titled What Can I Do?
When Jesus was missing and Mary and Joseph found Him in the temple, He asked them, "wist ye not that I must be about myFather's business?" I want to be about my Heavenly Father's business and so do many of the children in our Sunday School. So I am looking forward to the next 7 Super Sundays.
As I prepared for Sunday's lesson, I was reminded of Mark 12:30 that I learned when I was 21 and newly saved. I remember sitting at the kitchen table and God opening my eyes to the truth of that verse. I always thought the golden rule was the greatest commandment. Thought the LORD does what us to treat others how we want to be treated, Mark 12:30 is even more important. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength:
this is the first commandment.
So the first and most important way to be about my Father's business is to invest all of me into my relationship with HIM. Time spent in prayer greatly develops this relationship as I pour my heart out to Him and He pours His heart into mine. Spending time with godly people also nurtures this relationship as they encourage me in my relationship with the LORD. And I need to be teachable in my relationship with the LORD because He has many things to teach me, but I must have a heart that is willing to learn and adjust to what He says.
A week ago I spent much time in prayer for my preacher and others who were going through a difficult trial. Many times I hit my knees praying and weeping, and many times I rose up still burdened to pray. Finally God gave me peace, peace that my preacher was going to be okay, peace that HE heard and HE was working on it. Then I felt it was time to get up and trust. Trust HIM to work in this trial, trust HIM to heal, trust HIM to make it be okay like HE said HE would. Sometimes it can be a battle to trust, especially if the enemy has us tricked into believing lies. But I know my God loves my preacher and knows what is best for him. And God told me it was going to be okay and He has never lied to me. So I trusted and prayed for his family to feel the same blanket of peace. God was true to HIS word; everything is okay, preacher is healing from his surgery, and through all that praying my heart was drawn even closer to my LORD.
Today is one of those days when I have been allowed to see God's perfect timing displayed before my eyes. Often we don't understand why we seemed delayed at one place or that God impresses on our heart to do this or that, but when you find yourself exactly where God planned for you to be to be used of HIM, it is an awesome thing. My God is Sovereign. He has a plan. Many times I run too far ahead of Him and I miss it. But today wasn't one of those days. Today was a day when the enemy kept seeking to prevail and God kept limiting him. Today was a day when I tried to discern more dilegently the LORD's leading. Today was a day that was spent in much prayer and sometimes seeing discouragement around me. But today was also a day when GOD said, "Let me show you just a glimpse of what I am up to in the lives of others. " Wow!