Thursday, October 17, 2013

God Does Not Shut Down...

I have been a little concerned.
This government stuff is very disconcerting.
I have spent many days ranting and being angry and wondering what will become of our country.
What will become of our lives. Yes. I have.

God has helped me put things in perspective the past few days.
First, a mighty storm rolled through our city a few days ago.
It was one of the fiercest I have sat through.
Strangely, even though I was concerned,
I was not too scared and my thoughts were about how incredibly powerful and mighty our God is.
If He wants to He can take our world or government or anything else and direct it with His breath.
He is incredible and He is in control.
That thought in itself takes away my fear about how our government is messing with our sweet country.
I know that sounds very simplistic, but I have to and want to trust Him that much.
So much that I truly give Him my worry.

The other nice perspective was seeing the lovely butterfly above this morning.
He was excitedly fluttering around the lantana in the cool Oct. air.
His detail and beauty stopped me in my tracks.
I had been moving quickly trying to check off my list of things to get done and saw his flash of black and deep blue.  If God cared enough to make him, this tiny flying thing so lovely- for me to enjoy, then I serve a loving and caring God that delights in delighting me.
Why should I fret?
I waste my time worrying when I could be about the business of helping to build the Kingdom of God.

The contrast between the awesome storm and the small lovely butterfly really strikes me with awe.
His great power and His attention to the small details.
His care and love span the gamut of my life.
The big and small and the in between.

The every moment and every breath.
I am never alone and no matter what happens, He holds me in His grip.
He is just a thought away. A whisper in my heart and pressure on my hands that I lift to Him.

Believe me, I will stand, speak and try to make our country a better and more secure and free place.
But, I will not be afraid anymore.

Our God is in control and on the job.
Yes, things could get worse financially and maybe even scarily socialistic with our rights and even maybe lives threatened, but for me I will focus on the things I can do in my circle of people to help and influence them for Jesus.

This may be a strange way to look at it but, maybe we need to be moved out of our comfortable, American dream life. Maybe our hearts and hands and feet and mostly minds need to be only focusing on Kingdom thoughts and how to spread the precious name of Jesus.  In times of trouble, people turn to God.
Today- now... is our time to bless and speak His name and bring hope and a future to people in the name of our sweet Jesus.

No need to be afraid.

Psalm 56: 10-11
In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can man do to me?

Colossians 1:15- 17
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 

3 comments:

jewels in the garden +: ) said...

Thank you Amy for this beautiful reminder!! +: )

Wa Wa Waughs said...

Amen. I can't believe you took that photo! Butterflies are so hard to capture on film! Beautiful.

Candie said...

I love when I take the time to catch up with my blog friends. Some I look to read to catch up on their lives - as I do enjoy doing that on yours as well - but I also love pulling yours up and the top post is one such that I feel I'm reading a devotional and that you wrote it just for me. :) I needed to read this one this evening. :)