The Game With Minutes is trying to win every minute by thinking about the Lord, bringing Him into our thoughts, making every thought an inner conversation with Him. He speaks to us, and we want to hear. In the last few days, I felt I heard Him tell me three important principles that I want to remember and use on a daily basis.
1. Ask for Wisdom. Breathe in, and let His words flow out of me.
2. Look for Him to speak through the things and people around me. What are you saying to me through the beautiful green trees that I am looking at, Lord. The impression that came to me was life, growing, bearing fruit. By being planted in Him, I have life, I grow, and I bear fruit.
3. God wants me to hear Him, and He will use creative ways to communicate with me.
As I started writing on Listening Prayer, I referred to the post, “A Conversation With God” and promised to listen to God in answering some of the eight questions I had posted there. These questions seem to be leading me to other thoughts and ideas to talk about along the way but today. Here’s the second question and today’s conversation with God about it.
Can You impart that sense of knowing that everything is okay?
Here’s me entering into this conversation:
Lord, when I asked you this question, I must have been disturbed or concerned about something. I don’t know what it was, but I come to you now and ask that same question. Whether I see you preaching to people on a hillside or sleeping in a boat with Your disciples, you are “unruffled.” You are calm; You are not upset. Why do we get so ruffled and upset at things in our lives? My question is how can we be like You, and be calm and unruffled, knowing that everything is okay when it seems like it’s not?
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
I’m not hearing anything else as I had expected to, but the sense that I get is that picture of Him being “calm and unruffled.” I believe that the answer is to hold that picture of Him. When opportunity comes to be upset or to think the worst, see Him “calm and unruffled.” The truth in this remarkable scripture is what enables me to be as calm and unruffled as He is. He has given me peace.
As you can see, God does not only use words to speak to us. When I embarked on this experiment, I thought He would let words roll and roll out of my fingertips in answer to my every question. However, early on during my experiment He showed Himself powerfully out of my box and revealed a wonderful answer to the question through a picture of Himself. My heart wraps around the scripture given and around the picture of my calm and unruffled Jesus giving me peace in the potentially unsettling or upsetting circumstances my day may bring me. Thank you, Lord for speaking to my heart as only You can!
Dare to pray for the safety and protection of our country, for Wisdom for our leaders and for each of us and that our hearts would turn back to God.