In just 24 hours the LORD changed the landscape.
In just 24 hours…
How many times has 24 hours made a difference in your life?
Sometimes when the prayer is prayed, and faith is full, 24 hours changes the landscape of our hearts. 24 hours can mean life or death. In the blink of an eye, our lives can change.
When we walked through the woods at Heartland Conference and Retreat Center on Tuesday we encountered the beauty of the fallen leaves, naked trees, and cool blue skies. It was an incredible sight.
Then in just 24 hours all changed. As God opened the storehouse of snow and the beauty of white began to fill the land.
Jeff and I walked back to the same spot from the day before and I took the 2nd look at God’s beauty. The landscape had changed. The sound underfoot had changed. The trees were now dressed in white—decked out in glorious splendor, fit for any Christmas card…or just this note to you.
Today is Sunday. Keep your eyes open wide. God just may surprise you with something that wasn’t there yesterday—on the very same landscape of your heart and life.
For us it was true. Of all the people at the conference, only Jeff and I chose to explore the wonder of God’s gift. The others perhaps had grown quite accustomed to the splendor of white. Don’t be afraid to be the only one exploring God’s gifts to you….perhaps you will lead a trail others will follow.
Father, once again I pause to thank You for the incredible gift to me! I am so grateful that Your attention is on me even when I don’t necessarily feel it. Thank You that I can “catch” a glimpse of You in my surroundings. Thank You for the presence of the Holy Spirit that leads and guides our footsteps. Don’t let me miss a step. I don’t want to miss out on any surprise or gift that You might have planned for me today. Help me show another who might not exactly be looking for You—the way. You fill me with great delight—I hope I do the same for You. Bless the readers who stop by here today, may they find You among the text here….may they find peace….and may they begin seeking You for themselves. In the most holy name of Jesus~Amen.
Bless the LORD O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD O my soul; and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5 NIV
April 3, 2011