I just have to say this silly comment to get a smile from you this morning:
“Are we frogging or blogging?” Ya’ get it ??? (I know that was corny, but sometimes I say something corny to make people laugh- it’s good for you!) One day, I’ll share with ya’ll ’bout my frog story. It’s a hoot! I better get down to business though on today’s devotion.
Today’s scripture reference: Colossians 2:1-7
Good morning sisters! It is so good to have you over today. Grab a chair and a cup of Chia Latte Tea. Let’s sit down at the table and talk a little bit. Beth is sharing some very interesting thoughts. Look back at verse 3. Beth brought to our attention that “What Paul is saying is that God is the fullness of all security and mystery. He meets all our emotional needs as well as all our mental needs.” I like that explanation! (Please excuse how I look today, but I’m holding on….. by faith.)
It astounds me, how God can meet our every need if we stay in tune with Him. You know He cares about the details of our life. I remember when my husband had an automobile accident in 1996, he had to have surgery on his broken leg. We had not been pastoring the church here very long, but he was laid-up for a while. While he was still in the hospital, I came home one day to bring him some fresh p.j.’s and going home clothes. I remember looking through his closet and thinking “I know he’ll have many visitors when we get home and he don’t even own a housecoat.” Not that- that was such a big deal, but we didn’t have the money to go buy one. I gathered him a pair of jogging pants and a t-shirt and my clothes and headed back to the hospital. When I got back to the hospital, he had lots of visitors. I’ll never forget this special visitor that came. A soft spoken lady from our Church with such gentle ways, always a beautiful smile, and a deep hearty laugh, came in carrying a beautifully wrapped box. She handed it to my husband and to my amazement was a gorgeous, plush, navy-blue bathrobe! I know she probably thought I was crazy as I teared-up over a robe, I looked at my husband and said, “just what you needed, thank you, Lord!” I had not told anyone, and I didn’t even say the thought aloud while I was standing in our closet at home, but God knew! You may think this is so trivial or vain, but God cared- He cared about what I was concerned about. God is mysterious and we can never completely understand His ways.
We can rest in God’s love. (Would you care for more tea?) Let’s back up a minute and re-read vs. 2. Paul said, he wanted “their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery-Christ.” Sisters, let your “heart be encouraged as we join together” everyday in our Bible study because truly God is giving us the “richness of more understanding and knowledge of the mystery of Christ- The One and Only.”
Now vs. 4 has a few words that went leaping off the page at me. Paul said in the NKJV, that he was “rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.” I want to have “good order and steadfast faith.” (Angie, that’s why I continually feel I need to get organized! Sorry, girls I’m having a little trouble in this area of my life, too much to do and too little time.) I guess my faith is being tested, here lately, at His “service station” spot checking the “steadfast” part. Steadfast- this is immovable faith or unshakable faith. I pray my faith will stand strong in the Lord, my rock, and not the shifting sands of this world.
Beth’s last statement was so powerful and true, where she wrote: “No matter how often we seek Him, we will always be stunned by His greatness.” I’ll close now with a prayer because my legs are so tired from hopping around so much on this blog today.
Dear Lord, help us to walk in you, staying rooted and built up in you. Please establish us in the faith, just as we have been taught, always abounding in it with thankful hearts. Colossians 2:7.
Keep smiling and growing in Christ. Love all of you Sisters of Faith!
Keeping the Faith,