THE JOURNEY CONTINUES: JAN. 20, 2019

As I got into yesterday I couldn’t shake the truth of yesterday’s blog.  How much of the time I question any nudge I get.  Boy, I don’t want to do this any longer.  Later in the afternoon I received a call.  The caller was the spouse of a group leader in our Tuesday night classes.  I can’t and won’t go into the details of the call but it was very troubling.  She had eluded our senior pastor was to call me but hadn’t.  I was driving home at the time of the call so when I got home I called our pastor.  We talked and both agreed on what our next step should be. 

When I got the call and saw the name of the caller on my phone I froze.  It hit me just like a message from my dad would have hit me when I was a kid.  I operate in a listening mode when this happens.  I have difficulty thinking freely when there is intense anger and resistance to any other thoughts than their own.  It is at a time like this I question what I am to do if other than what I did. 

This morning as I was having my devotions I asked God about this.  He reminded me that His strength isn’t often like what man calls muscle strength.  That strength often gets man in trouble for with it someone must win and someone must lose.  God wants His Kids to always win in His Ways.  He told me that restraint is one of His Strengths and it is a Gift I can use.  Using restraint allows the person to be heard regardless of their message and purpose of it.  There really wasn’t anything I could do at the moment but listen.  God’s timing is always right and God reminded me of this too.  Restraint keeps man from acting in man’s ways rather than God’s until God’s timing is present and then the action will be known.  I’ve got to keep this in the forefront of my mind as I go into each day. 

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