You know where to find me on Friday mornings! Over at Kate’s, nursing a mug of coffee, and doing a quick assessment of today’s word prompt. I try not to over-think it – I’ve been known to kick a few dead horses in my day – in fact, this morning I saw the word HIDE but for some reason it registered REST in my brain. Yes, weird – but hey, I never claimed to be “all together!” Let’s get on with it…HIDE
Timer is set. 5 minutes begin NOW.
I can trust you, right? If I tell you something I’m not exactly proud of, you’ll keep it to yourself, yes? Then, good, because I am going to share with you the day I hid…
It all happened about 20 or so years ago. My hubs and I had a rip-roaring fight. Words were exploding. Emotions flailing. IT WAS UGLY. I was so angry I had lost control – seriously. Remember, this is between you and me.
Suddenly during this
discussion rampage, Holy Spirit shot an arrow through me. I ran upstairs into my craft room, slammed the door, and hid. I got down on the floor and cried out to the Lord, If You don’t do something IN me right now, I’m not sure what I am capable of doing. Just like Jacob, the Lord and I wrestled. On the floor. In hiding. I’m not sure how long I laid there but I can tell you this, I left that room a different person.
In my hiding, The Comforter came.
He always does.
(finished with time to spare – )
Don’t ever believe the lie that the Bible is boring and irrelevant for today. No matter how often I read it I remain amazed at the relevancy of it even in 2015! This morning I was reading in Ezra. Ezra was a priest, a scribe and expert in the words of the Lord’s commandments (Ezra 7.11). It is fairly safe to presume Ezra wrote the Old Testament account bearing his name – he documents the return to Jerusalem covering 120 years, including the end of captivity in Babylon, in two segments. The first being chapters 1 – 6 of the book. These chapters tell the story of the rebuilding of the Temple, and chapters 7 – 10 recount Ezra’s actual return to the City. It is chapter six that got my attention this morning!
The Temple was near completion and in Assyria, King Darius ordered a search for a document that outlined what exactly was to be done with the Temple treasures, which were taken into captivity the same time the people were taken out of Jerusalem and into Babylon. That particular scroll was found (read about it here) and every minute detail was carried out with diligence, under a death threat from Darius to anyone who would hinder it.
Ah! Their Temple was now complete – even the articles of the house of God were restored. The returned exiles celebrated The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy!
It is verse 22 that causes me great excitement!
The LORD made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria toward them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.
How do we apply that to our “right now?”
Yes, times have changed – but God has not. Have you been told by someone in authority that you can’t have that job? You can’t go to that school? You don’t qualify for that mortgage or lease? I am here to remind us that God holds the heart and mind of the king (the authority) and He can turn it however He wants it to go. God can take no’s and turn them into yes’es – I’ve seen it happen. I’ve witnessed the change in a person’s decision – nothing can thwart God’s good, acceptable, and perfect will. Absolutely nothing. Don’t be shy with God. Be bold and brave. Go out on a limb. He will be there to catch you – the beauty of this? When we ask, in faith and trust, He is not going to give us something not-good for us. Remember, He sees the beginning from the end and all the in-between stuff. God is a game-changer.
He holds and turns hearts.
I thought perhaps we could all use a reminder!
Linking today with:
Three Word Wednesday
Coffee for your Heart
Women with Intention Wednesday