Fall, with all it’s gloriously vibrant colors is my favorite season. The vivid blue of the sky, the bright oranges and rusty reds as the trees change their garments is one of the most spectacular beauties in God’s creation.
I love it! As I drove to work this morning, a heavy cloud of smoke hung in the air over the fields on either side of the highway. Obscuring the brightness of the sun, it almost looked like a thick fog, but when I rolled down my window to get a picture of the field, the smell of the brownish-gray haze nearly choked me. I quickly rolled it back up and turned on the air. Unfortunately, that too, pulled in a bit of the smell. Or, had it embedded itself, that smokey smell, into my nose and head so that I couldn’t tell what I was inhaling. It looked like one thing….but smelled all together different.
Sin is like that. Appearances can be all too deceiving. We must stay alert and aware—at all times, for the tricks of the enemy will become ever more crafty. Just as we are growing closer to the Father, so the enemy of your heart, the saboteur of your own soul is seeking ways to stumble your running feet.
“Be self‑controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 NIV
Let’s look at Job’s life. You’ve read the story, or heard the story probably many times in your life. But think about your life while you read it. What would the LORD GOD have to say about us? I thought of my own. I’ll tell you in a minute. Read on.
“One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan the Accuser came with them. “Where have you come from?” the LORD asked Satan. And Satan answered the LORD, “I have been going back and forth across the earth, watching everything that’s going on.” Then the LORD asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth–a man of complete integrity. He fears God and will have nothing to do with evil.” You have always protected him and his home and his property from harm. You have made him prosperous in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!” “All right, you may test him,” the LORD said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the LORD’s presence. Job 1:6-12
When I read this I thought to myself, “Is there anything in my life that the Lord could be proud of in me? Could He say I was totally sold-out-dedicated to Him? Could He say I was completely EVERY TIME obedient to Him? Could He say I was never distracted by the world and was devoted only to serving Him? It has really given me many areas to pray about in my heart.
I guess what got me started was remembering past sins. Last night I was working on the Bible Study for Sisters of Faith site that would post this morning. We prepare them day by day. Every single day. We have enjoyed it so much, and I told Aimee this week, “God has really been dealing with me and working on some areas in my life since we started this journey.
Yes, I admit, it has been hard at times juggling schedules. Difficult even. Time stretching. I have neglected watching TV. I am sure that my favorite shows stopped coming on since I have not watched them in the past 67 days. Surely they did.
But in the past 67 days, God has done 67 days worth of repair work. Needed repair. Necessary for growth repair. And growth is taking place. What about you? What if you turned off something and turned in you Bible more? Maybe a 90 study is too much. What about a 60 day study? A 30 day? What could you fast from? I tell you from my experience in this, the changes taking place in my heart and my vision is worth missing the TV. I want my eyes to view the world as He does. With the compassion needed to reach hungry hearts. There are so many out there. Hungry for God. Reaching out. Needing an ear or a shoulder. Some are hungry and they really don’t know what they hunger for…but we do. Don’t we.
Honey-pie, before you start thinking that I have got it so in control…think again. Remember me and traffic issues? Yeah. They happen everyday. But you know, I have discovered, if I am singing a song to Him, or talking to Him, the traffic issues in downtown, Hometown are not nearly as bothersome. When did I make this discovery? This morning. Do you know when I’ll need to be reminded of this? In the morning. I’m not perfect. But as my cousin Alice’s daughter Kristi, used to sing when she was wittle bitty, “He’s Still Working On Me”….to make me what I ought to be….it took Him just a week to make the Moon and the stars, the Sun and the Earth and Jupiter and Mars, how loving and patient He must be….’cause He’s still working on me.
What about you…what’s your favorite? What’s going on with you these days?
November 6th, 2008 at 9:49 pm
You are so very wise sweet sis, love you.
November 6th, 2008 at 10:29 pm
I am still with you on the study but I just do not get here every night… Some really strange things going on with me……. I am so trying to get direction for my life…. Sounds funny but while watching a silly movie a few days ago stirred my heart……. I am asking the Lord for pinpoint direction…… I know HE will answer….. I so need a new direction…..
November 6th, 2008 at 10:41 pm
I just wrote a long response and it got lost. : (>>Aren’t you glad we have the story of Job to read and see more of God’s heart? I wonder what it must have been like for him to live this without any stories to read about..>>The mountains are glorious right now. I love driving around. Today I was out grocery shopping and the sun was shining down on the colors of the trees on the tops of the mountains. It was brilliant.>>Hope your week is blessed!>Hugs,>Julie
November 6th, 2008 at 11:33 pm
I am glad I am not the only one to sing on my blog!!and the very same song…hmm we must be sisters of faith!>>Oh yeah, I’m with you. I think I have just been inspired to challenge myself to write something everyday…now that my Christmas merchandise is mostly out…>>love ya!
November 7th, 2008 at 12:44 pm
I think my favorite thing right now is knowing how infinitely patient the Father is with me. I’m right there with you Angie, having to go over the same ground daily. The wonderful think is the way He will always “out-bless” us. As you give up things that you enjoy, He more than replaces them. He does a work in your heart.>How you encourage and bless me dear one.
November 7th, 2008 at 11:30 pm
It has been absolutely beautiful here in the NC mountains! I think last weekend was peak season for us. When I get back from Kenya, all the leaves will be gone, and the limbs will be bear. But there is beauty in this as well because now I really get to enjoy the landscape of the land.>>Have a blessed week. I’ll let you know when the t-shirts arrive.
November 9th, 2008 at 6:45 pm
I can tell through your writing how much closer you have come to HIM! Don’t get me wrong, your writing is always good. HE tells us in 2 Cor. 3:4 “Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” You seem more confident about who you are. Your confidence comes from your relationship with HIM. I hope I didn’t write to much:) I enjoyed my visit here today.
November 9th, 2008 at 7:53 pm
Ah Angie, He is working on me always! He is encouraging me to be patient and loving in my work, and just a second ago He encouraged me not to get angry at my DH when he changes the computer photoshop settings which caused the pictures on my photo chip thing to erase! Hah! I was angry and I felt the Holy Spirit telling me to forgive and let it go…and I feel so much more loving. >>Those are simple things. Thank you for sharing your insights and making me and others think and look into our hearts.