Hello, my name is Abigail and welcome to The Daily. I post about things from the random things that happened in my life to the amazing things that Christ is doing in the lives of these he love. Enjoy and have a blessed day.
In our busy schedules, we often neglect speaking to God all day. By the time we come to the end of the day, we often consider ourselves ‘too mentally tired’ to speak to Him.
But those times, when we are ‘too tired’ or ‘too stressed’ are the times we most need to run to God. If you make devotional time with God your relaxation instead of entertainment, He will provide you with a peace and refreshment that you can never acquire by worldly means.
It often helps me to factor God-time into my schedule when I have a hectic day; it may feel forced at first, but even ten minutes with God is better than nothing with God.
Remember what St. Teresa of Avila said:
“Don’t think that if you had a great deal of time you would spend more of it in prayer! But God gives more in a moment than in a long period of time…”
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather you together as a father protects his children, yet you aren’t willing to let Me." - Matthew 23:37
Throughout our walk in this life, one thing becomes more apparent than all else. We need Christ. We need a loving Father who will carry us when we are weak, we need a Steadfast God who will protect us from the Flaming Arrows like a mighty tower, we need a Redeemer to heal our pains. But in order to receive Him in, we must first open our hearts and surrender to Him. We need to stop trying to live this life on our own; the strongest we ever are is when we are on our knees, intimately pursuing God. “And you are not willing to come to Me so that you may have life… I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 5:40, 10:11)”
One of the most touching parts of Jesus’ ministry was early on, when He first entered Galilee. Imagine the scene; a dusty and sunny day in the streets of Galilee. Shop signs sway in the gentle, yet scarce breeze. Merchants barter and shout their wares. People, streaming in and out of the many capillaries that compose the city entrances. A beggar, afflicted with leprosy is sitting near the gate, hoping to gather enough to coin to garner him an overpriced meal that night. You see, no one came near him: he was considered the walking dead. The Pharisees walk by with their noses upturned, the rich pretend he doesn’t exist. Then, a commotion erupts. The beggar looks up and sees a crowd approaching, shouting the name of Jesus. He has heard this name before, and he believes in the power that he possesses. As quickly as he could he, ”came and knelt in front of Jesus,” forcing his way through the crowd, ”begging to be healed.” He looked up into Jesus’ eyes, curious and compassionate, and said, “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”
"Moved with compassion,Jesus reached out and touched him.“I am willing,”he said.“Be made clean!”“
Hold on. Jesus touched the leper. Can you imagine how significant that is? The poor beggar has been mistreated and ignored ever since he caught the disease. No one showed him love, or compassion. Pity, but not mercy. Jesus touched this man, this representation of living death and completely restored him.
Because He was willing.
The beggar was willing in faith to believe that Jesus could heal him, but he was willing to keep enduring if the answer was no. He would glorify God either way.
In the same way, we are the walking dead before we turn to Christ. Sin separates us from God, hides us from His loving gaze. Be willing to surrender to Christ, regardless of the circumstance or trial. Be willing to persevere, to be patient. God will honor you for it. Be willing to follow God every step of the way.