Gardenia’s Garden Podcast Episode #5 Proverbial Mom

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James is 40 years old; a family man; a man who believes in God.  For the last twenty years, he returns to his hometown to spend time with his dear mother.  During that time, he makes it a priority to be the handy man around her home; this gives him time to reflect as he works with his hands.

 As always, on his return trip, he is greeted by his wife, Laura, of 15 years.  “Was the trip all you wanted it to be?” she asked.  James hugs her and says, “That and more.  Mom sends her love to all.  And of course, she sent her famous apple dumpling.”

“We have been waiting for that dumpling more than for you,” Laura laughed.  The children will be back shortly, so I had better set up now so we can dive in.” 

“Sounds great. In the meantime, I’ll unpack and get ready to join you guys when they get here.”

James retreated to the master bedroom and carefully placed his suitcase on the bed.  As he opened it, he knew that something special was awaiting him.  There it was, carefully laid on top of all the clothes – another letter from Mom. 

For the last twenty-two years, it was the one thing that was consistent in his life.  Ever since James left home at the age of 18, a letter from Mom had always been placed in his suitcase.  As he picked up the letter, he recalled the first time he found letter number #1 and letter #22 was just as precious as that first one.  How is it that each letter was different, similar in substance, yet so timely for his life.  Somehow, Mom had managed to make it seem that way. In fact, he had nicknamed her, His Proverbial Mom, for those timely words.

James’ eyes landed on the first words as he took a comfortable seat on the bed. He drew an image of himself as a young son, leaving home, for the first time – a time he was about to enter into the world on his own.  He was a child who had been nurtured by strong parents and now it was time for him to leave as a young adult.  He remembered the day he left. Most memorable, was that of his Mom waving good-bye.  Dad had gone back into the house for it was even harder for him. He caught a glimpse of his Mom in the rearview mirror as she waved with one hand and wiped tears from her eyes with the other.  He made himself a promise that he would do good and make her especially proud of him.  One day, he thought, I will be able to repay them for all they had done for him;  I will be a blessing.  Dad passed away three years ago; so the times spent with Proverbial Mom was even more precious and so was letter #22 – to be read with as much anticipation just as the 21 letters before.

My Son,

In times like these, hear instruction and be wise, and do not object it.  Blessed is the man who listens to me (says the Lord), watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors (Proverbs 8:33-34).

Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding but a  rod is for the back of him who refuses and lacks understanding.  My son, I continue in prayer for wisdom and understanding from God for you.

He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, but he who refuses correction goes astray.  The man who walks with integrity walks securely.  The Lord will allow the righteous soul to flourish but he casts away the desires of the wicked and the heart of fools is made known.

I continue to pray that God protects you and give you a discerning spirit to be aware of the wicked man who walks with a perverse mouth.  He winks with his eyes; he shuffles his feet; he points with his fingers; perversity is in his heart; he devises evil continually, he sows discord (Proverbs 6:10-14).  The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good (Proverbs 15:3).  The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but the words of the pure are pleasant.  Do not tire of doing good.  The righteous will NEVER be removed; the wicked will not inhabit the earth.  There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death (Proverbs 14:12).

Mind your home. The Lord says who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, but the man who hates bribes will live.   The heart of the righteous man studies how to answer; this is not so for the man who desires and puts forth evil.  Call upon God continually for the Lord hears the prayers of the righteous.  The Lord is far from the wicked.  It says so in Proverbs 15:29.

Remember! Always teach your children the way of the Lord.  Be swift to teach that there are seven things that the Lord does not like:

A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:16-19).

As the Lord strengthens you, strengthen your brethren. 

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children; but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous (Proverbs 13:22).  I continue in prayer for your hands to produce good summer fruit for he who has a slack hand becomes poor; but the hand of the diligent makes rich.  May you gather in summer knowing that the seasons of time changes;  I speak harvest times in your life of abundance, and  saving for bitter, lean winters.  The labor of the righteous leads to life.

Remember that one who oppresses the poor upsets the Lord, our Creator, but the one who honors God has mercy on the needy.  Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established (Proverbs 16:3). 

Finally, my son, better is a little with righteous than vast revenues without justice.  When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with that man.  A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

I love you, my son, and God loves us more.

Your Proverbial Mom

Gardenia’s Garden Podcast Episode 4 – Don’t Fret; Do Good

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“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He (the Lord) delights in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand,” Psalm 37:23.

“Do not fret because  of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity,” Psalm 37:1.

Psalm 37 is a powerful scripture and I consider it is a follow-up to one of my favorite scriptures – Psalm 1.     So when I read Psalm 1,  Psalm 37 is a great follow-up.  The two scriptures are validating scriptures or supporting chapters of each other.

I am comforted by the Word in these two chapters concerning the world: there is righteousness and evil as it relates to mankind.  The scripture explains that the world is NOT evil; rather,  that evil exists in the world because of mankind.  Evil is unrighteousness and unrighteousness is sin.  The physical world does not sin for God created the world out of nothing.  Because of evildoers, systems of the world have been demoralized. 

Psalm 37, like Psalm 1, gives me a comforting Word concerning the wickedness and righteousness of mankind.  Most of all, it gives me hope.  For the righteous, in both scriptures, have a look at some of the promises from God.

Verse 4 of Psalm 37 says “Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Not on man’s faithfulness but rely on God’s faithfulness.  “Delight yourself also in the Lord. And He shall give you the desires of your heart.”  Is that not a promise!  We articulate from dwelling to delight and from delight to desires of the heart.

Psalm 37 has so many action words (verbs): commit, rest, cease, wait, inherit, trust, laugh, etc.  Each one of those words are to be appreciated when it comes to the life of the righteous.

Verse 13 says that the Lord laughs at the wicked for He sees that his day is coming.

This is a comforting message in this Word. As Christians, we are not to fret because of evildoers.  We are told do not be envious of the work that they do.  “Hold on; they will be cut off,” says the Lord.

The righteous person must keep your eye on the eternal prize for doing good – eternal life.  The righteous person has hope.  He has faith (faith is the substance of things not seem but is the evidence of things of hoped for).

Several times the words “do good” stands out in this chapter – verses 3 and 27.  Trust in the Lord and do good (verse 3); depart from evil and do good (v 27).  What does that mean as a servant leader?

The righteous man can not be satisfied when his belly is filled and his neighbor is starving.  The righteous man can not be  at peace with a system of injustice when the Lord says He loves justice.   He sees the days of the upright.  He knows that the inheritance of the righteous is forever.

The riches of this world are not carried to the grave with a righteous man for the righteous lay up his treasures in heaven where thieves can not rob and destroy.  This is not so for the wicked evildoers.  Verses 9, 28, and 31 says the evildoers shall be cut off.

The Lord says He sees the wicked who plots and seeks to slay the righteous.  Why does the wick plot?  Because the righteous speaks of wisdom and his tongue talks of justice.  The law of his God is in his heart; none of the steps of the righteous man shall slide.

Though the wicked has drawn his weapon to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct; the Lord has promised that the sword of the wicked will enter into their own hearts.

Servant leaders of God, do not fret.  Do good!  The Word says, “Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace.  The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble.” 

About eight years ago, I changed my license plate tag at part of my validation of speaking Psalm 1 over my life.  Yes, “I want to ride this scripture out.  For I have a promise that if I delight myself in the Word of God day and night; and meditate in His Word then I will be planted like a tree by the rivers of water that brings forth fruit in its season;  not out of season, but in its season.  My leaves will not wither; whatever I do will prosper.

The psalmist said in Psalm 37:25 of himself as a witness to the Word, “I  have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.” Do not fret.  Do good.  Why? In the last verse of this scripture, the psalmist restated the rewards of, “And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked and save them – Why? because they trust in Him.”

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Gardenia’s Garden Podcast Episode #3 I See A People Part 2

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Samuel warned them that under a king they would suffer, but they would not heed to his warnings. “Give us a king to judge us,” they implored (1 Samuel 8:6).   

In verses, 10-18, Samuel explained what it would like under the king:

He will take your sons and daughters; your sons will serve him; their chariots will be taken from them; the king will appoint men, as captains, over them that will answer to the king and do the bidding of the king with no consideration to the people.  You will plow the land for the king; he will reap the harvest and not you, the people; you make weapons of war for the king.  Your daughters will be taken and assigned to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers for the king.  The best fields will belong to the king; your vineyards; your olive groves will be given to servants of the king.  A tenth of your sheep will be taken by the king.  You will be his servants.  You will cry out but the king will not hear you.

Yet, the people called for a king.  Samuel, “Give us a king to judge us.”  “We desire to be like other nations.  We desire a king to go in and out before us;  we desire a king to fight our battles.

And so God allowed.        

The story of King Saul is one that can be contrasted with that of the history of Israel.  It was one of obedience and disobedience, of victories and losses.

Even when the people forgot and returned to a place of Ichabod, God continued to speak through His prophets.

Jeremiah, another prophet,  in Israel’s history, also warned the people of going their own way.  In Jeremiah (7:16) , he spoke to Judah how God will allow terrible things to occur when the people do not heed His decisions.  He even told Jeremiah, “Therefore, pray not thou for this people neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.”  Just as God had allowed the people of Ephraim to come to their demise, so He will do for the disobedient people of Judah – because they chose not to heed the commands of God but that of man.  This is a nation (Judah) that obeys not the voice of the Lord their God, nor receives correction, truth is perished and is cut off from their mouth (verse 28). 

At the end of age for the prophet Samuel, Samuel recounted the goodness of the Lord to the people at King Saul’s coronation (1 Samuel 12). He advised the people to stop trusting in lying words (they are a cancer to you). Stop committing atrocities, i.e., murdering, adultery, swearing falsely, following after other gods.  Did the people heed the warning?

This people chose a king who looked physically able to do their bidding.  He was extremely tall, strong, and handsome.  Saul was their chosen king; so Samuel anointed Saul as king (1 Samuel 9:15-17), according to the prophesy of God to Samuel.

What did Samuel see?  What did God view?

I see a people who desire their own way.  I see a people who desire to be like other nations.  I see a people who have rejected me and desire other gods.

Society, in the political and social arenas, are certainly examples of this type of desirous leadership.  What Anna was experiencing was a desire of some who not to be led by God but by man.

Today, in comparison,  there are those who desire their own judges; there are those who desire positions based on ethnic loyalty.  Where is the call to desire God’s anointed?

Where is the prayer to God, “Dear God, give us the desire of Your heart.”  This is what David prayed.  This is what the Lord said of David.  He is a man after My own heart.

For those who do not believe, this is of no significance.  Their trust is within themselves and man.  On the other hand, believers are accountable to God.  Why?  The glory of God is in His people as individuals and collectively as the church.  We must be reminded that God Jehovah is able.

AT MIZPAH – Samuel judged the children of Israel at Mizpah I Samuel 7:6; 10:1

Samuel reminded the people at the place of Mizpah; he reminded them of what God Jehovah had done.  (God said) “I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and other oppressors, but you have rejected me.  I, the Lord, saved you from adversities and tribulations.” 

The Lord looks at the heart.  His glory lives in the heart of His people.  It is not a physical heart; it is a spiritual heart.  What is the intent of the heart?  The church is a physical sanctuary but what is the heart of the church?  When God views your heart, Servant Leader, what does He see?  God does not see us as Democrats, Republicans, Independents, etc.  What have you purposed in your heart?  For those who use God for their own selfish intents, He sees you.  God has promised what will become of evil doers.  God is long-suffering and is the Judge.

Saul desired the people to be loyal to him over everything else; but there were those who stood up and the nation was later divided (as Judah and Israel). The people who honored Saul over God would become disappointed in his leadership.

People of the world look to kings to profit man; they seek kings of dishonor; they lavish in riches and treasures of this world. Unbelieving people lament over the price, cause, and pain of their goal-seeking purposes.  They understand only the affliction of themselves not the afflictions of others.

“It is a fearful thing to fall in the hands of the living God,” Hebrew 10:31.

So, Daisy retreated to her room to pray for her friend Anna.  Anna must speak from the heart as a servant leader.  She must be led by God and hear His voice.  Seek Him and His righteousness.  God,  will speak on her behalf.

He is just and He is a unifier.  “We have Your glory inside working through us,” prayed Daisy. “Dear Lord,  Let Anna stand firm in You.”

In the name of Jesus

Gardenia’s Garden Podcast Episode #3 I See A People Part 1

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“Because you would not wait for my decision, my chosen one, I heeded to your voice.” –

This is the theme of I Samuel chapter 7 and the premise of my storytelling.  Permit me to tell you of a conversation between two fictional best friends, Daisy and Anna.  Daisy answers a question proposed by Anna.  Here them out.

My best friend’s name is Anna.  Anna and I are not childhood friends; rather, we met at work.  As administrative leaders, situations brought us together.  Our moral values were remarkably similar; however, culturally, we had different experiences.  This made us appreciative of each other.

Anna called today, distraught about a personal, professional issue.  There were times that I did not take certain matters as problematic as Anna.  This was NOT one of those instances.  It was serious enough to Anna that I had to give it much thought.  Anna wanted a quick solution to a complex problem.   However, not all things can be made with “bisquic.” As I hung up the phone, I promised her that I would get back to her soon.

Anna served part-time on the City Council Legislative Board.  The Council had moved to change the position to a full-time one, which was not what Anna had signed up for.  At the end of the year, she would be replaced by the winning candidate.  Anna was approached by two of the officials to back their decision to promote an opinion that the position should be held by a qualifying  person of Irish descent. Anna was quite taken back at their request but assured them that she would get back with them after careful consideration.

This, of course, was the reason for this upsetting call.  How could these officials who seemed to be fair-minded people request that type of support from her!

Although it was upsetting, Anna wanted to address the issue in a public format  to ensure transparency.  “What should she do?” she asked me.  I was appalled as well but understood her dilemma.  “Let me think it over, Anna, and get back with you.”

The officials made it quite clear that  this sub-population had often voted as a majority – as a unified block.  Rewarding them with a person of Irish descent was a way of showing gratitude and securing this unified block.

My thoughts were that of a similar situation.  I thought about the story in the bible of a people who asked for a king and God allowed them to have what they asked for.

“Because you would not wait for my decision, my chosen one, I heeded to your voice.”

God is quite familiar with people who do not wait and listen to Him.  1 Samuel 8 tells the story of the people of Israel who demanded a king to rule over them.  They desired to be like other nations around them.  The nation of Israel was chosen by God and God wanted them to see Him as the only true God.  He would rule over them. God had given them Samuel, the prophet, to speak the word of God to them.  God saw the heart of the people had turned away from Him:

Point 1 – They forgot the Lord what He had done.

Point 2 – They desired to be like other nations; they wanted a king for themselves.

Point 3 – Can you not trust that the Lord will call His anointed?  They would not trust that the Lord will call His anointed.

From ancient times until the very present, God’s people have been swayed by personal wants over what God desires.  It is a costly thing to do.  It creates pathways of destruction when you fail to listen and wait for God’s anointed.  It causes people to adhere to demands of rulers who are not of God.  The people will have a Shiloh experience. It was at Shiloh that God abandoned and allowed the enemy to be victorious over His people (I Samuel 2:14-17) and Jeremiah 7.

When the glory of God has departed, it becomes a place of Ichabod (I Samuel 4:21).  People of God, should not desire such a thing.  

When the people repented, God allowed them to have an Ebenezer experience.  He is our stone of help.  “Then Samuel took a stone and set up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying “Thus far the Lord has helped us,” 1 Samuel 7:12.”

It was result of their repentance brought about the return of cities that had been taken from Israel by the Philistines; there was restoration; there was peace between Israel and the Amorites. But no, the people returned to their old, perverted ways; they turned away from God. When the priest Eli and his sons did not honor God (1 Samuel 8:1-4), God had prepared Samuel for the people.  Samuel, mentored by Eli, walked in the way of the Lord; he did not pervert justice as the previous priests; Samuel sought the Lord on their behalf; yet he was not enough to them.  Instead of listening to God, the elders went to Samuel and asked to be like other nations; instead of God as their judge, they desired a king.  Samuel prayed to the Lord for an answer to the dilemma.   The Lord told Samuel to heed to the wishes of the people for they are not rejecting Samuel, but are rejecting the Lord’s rule over them.  I brought them out from Egypt; I have done great works for them, yet they reject me and go after other gods.  Warn them, Samuel, of what the behavior of the king will be who reign over them. And so Samuel did.

Gardenia’s Garden Podcast Episode #2 Turn and Live

Episode 2 Turn and Live

 

What does it take to live?  Am I living simply because I have breath in my body?  Of course, not.  I am more than that.  Does it mean that my living must be entangled with yours?  Does the son bear the guilt of the father?  Does the father bear quilt of the son?  Is living determined by the number of years?  Of course, not.  Living is determined by my walking in faith. 

Psalms 1: 1-3 says, Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

 This is not so for the ungodly.

Laugh, scorn, if you want; but he who seeks to live his life in the way of the Lord will prosper in life and have eternal life.  This is a promise of God.

Life is filled with ups and downs, and challenges and successes; but he who puts his trust in God, will not be disappointed. His soul will live, it will prosper in the things of God.  It is not so for the ungodly.  Psalm 1:4-6 says,

They are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

So you see, My righteousness is my righteousness.  My unrighteousness is my unrighteousness.  I desire a clean heart that produces good fruits of the spirit that I may live.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life, John 3:16. 

UHH! What does the Lord say? “Do I have pleasure at all that the wicked should die?, and not that he should turn from his ways and live?” (Ezekiel 18:23).  For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies, says the Lord God, “Therefore turn and live!”  (Ezekiel 18:32).

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What I hope we will do together is grow in understanding the concept of servant leadership;  how does God see us as servants who are authorized to lead; and finally, how do we grow as servant leaders.

I believe that we, as servant leaders, are more viable that ever before in this season. 

In fact, a year ago, God allowed me to author some of my concepts in my first book, Servant Leadership NOW: “Stepping Up Your Leadership Call.”  It is available in hardcopy and downloadable platform. You can purchase it directly from my website, bulluckg.com ; Amazon, Lulu.com, as well as major bookstores.  The book is designed to help you participant in learning about servant leadership and share your training experience.

So, expect lots of sharing from Gardenia’s Garden to help you step up your leadership call as a servant leader.  I believe what the bible says that this is a season of power; that the Holy Spirit is here to help, teach, and guide us.  We do not walk through this garden alone. 

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Did I Ask for This?

II Kings 4:8-37

Much of this scripture tells the story of the encounter of a wealthy woman, identified as the Shunammite woman, and Elisha, a well-known prophet of Israel.    It is suggested by her character that she was a discerning woman for she noticed that the man of God, Elisha, and his servant Gehazi would benefit from a place to stay as they traveled back and forth on their way to mount Carmel, a place of prayer.  With the blessing of her husband, they provided the men of God free shelter.

In the story, Elisha was so blessed by the hospitality of this woman that he inquired how he could return such favor.  Twice, he inquired as how he could be of service. The woman insisted that there was no need of such a favor, demonstrating, a servant’s heart to do for others.

Elisha noticed that her husband (older in years) and the Shunammite woman had no children.  Children were considered a blessing and inheritance to parents.  Elisha prophesied to the woman that she would bare a son child (verses 16-17).  And she conceived at the time he had prophesied.

The story continues in telling how the young child fell sick one day and died (verses 18-28).  She said to her husband, “Send me , I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again.”

Over the years, there is much I have gained from this scripture; but the Holy Spirit led me to verse 28.  where she said to the man of God, “Did I desire a son of my Lord? Did I not say, Do not deceive me.” In other words, she was asking, “Did I ask for this?” 

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that cause us to reflect and wonder if we asked for this.  Whether it is the family, church, or job, you might pause and feel that you did not ask to be in that particular situation. 

I submit that you may have asked for this.  For example, you may have said, “I will.”  On a job, you may have committed to a position and committed to follow through on the assignment – “I will.”

And as a servant of God (i.e., witnesses, pastors, teachers, ministers, entrepreneurs, community developers, advocates, caregivers, parents, etc.), you asked for this. 

When the Shunammite woman accepted to believe by faith, she was placed in a different state. She was a child of God.  It was not her wealthy status that tested her faith. Did she desire God to “upset” the status quo?  Most likely, no.  But God did.

The reason that this verse stood out to me personally was because it made me reflect upon my choices and say, “Did I ask for this?”  The answer is, “Yes, I did ask for this.”  When I was so tired of “running from my call to ministry” and I said to God, “I’m tired.  I give up.  I will do what you want,”… I asked for this.  As His child, you did to. Because it is through our experiences that we gain testimonies about the greatness and goodness of our Lord.  It is to His glory.

No matter the circumstance, like the Shunammite woman, faith in God, will see us through.  There is no problem that He does not already know about and already have the answer to the dilemma.

She ran to the “man of God” and inquired. Today, run to God and admit that you asked for this. “Take the lead, Dear God.”

Psalm 121

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber Behold, he that keepteth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

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This psalm is known as a Song of degrees or a Song of Ascents.  It was one of the songs sung by pilgrims as they ascended to Jerusalem.  It was a song of encouragement as they sojourned.  How relevant is this to us today when all that we took for granted six months ago has been shifted to a place of uncertainty? 

Verses one and two remind us about who our helper is in all situations that befall us.  It tells us what we are to keep in the forefront of our minds.  We are encouraged to lift our eyes unto our helper.  Our helper is God.  Before you become discouraged and get to a place of despair, we are reminded that we have divine help assigned to us as Kingdom citizens and children of the most high God.

Remind yourself by reflecting and giving thanks.  When you reflect on the Word of God you see several examples in the Old and New Testament where God shows up as provider.  For Abraham, He had a ram in the bush. For the widow woman in Zarephath who had one meal left to cook, in the midst of famine God sent the prophet Elijah to ask her to provide him with that meal. Her obedience leads to provision in the midst of a famine.  For the children of Israel, He sent Moses to lead in their deliverance from Pharaoh. In the midst of being put to death for disobedience to the King, the three Hebrew boys are spared when God send an angel in the furnace with them. When Lazarus lay dead in the tomb, it was Christ who summoned him to come forth.

Look at your own life.  When the lights and or the water were off and someone reached out and paid, it was God.  When the doctor said to you, we can’t do anything more for you and in the long run you were healed, it was God.  When you sat in that exam room and the answers all looked right, then clarity came.  It was God.  When five of you interviewed and you seemed to be the one with the shortest Curriculum Vitae, not recommended by the right person of power and you still got the job, it was God.  When you had to make a way out of no way and it happened and you can’t explain how or why, it was God. 

As you pilgrimage through life in this season of pandemic and political unrest, revelatory understanding of the racial divide in this nation, remember the words of verses one and two.  I WILL LIFT UP MINE EYES TO THE HILLS FROM WHENCE COMMETH MY HELP.  MY HELP COMETH FROM THE LORDWHICH MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH.  Encourage yourself as you continue to pray and praise the one and only God, your helper.

 

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