What started out as a rainy day for Rob and I, see my last blog post, has turned into a storm this week. My oldest brother, Dennis, went home to be with the Lord. We knew his time was coming for his health was deteriorating, but not this fast! He is now at home and enjoying the presence of His Lord and Savior Jesus as well as his daughter who passed away just before her six-month birthday. Family will be gathering next weekend to celebrate the life of this Vietnam Vet who loved his country, his God, and his family.
Today is Veteran’s Day. We have deep gratitude for every person who has served this amazing country called the United States of America.
Dennis faced a rainy day that lingered for years with his health. Towards the end of his time one earth, he hunkered down in God’s Word and shared the scriptures with others. He prayed over staff as they tended to his needs. This is what a believer does when facing a rainy day or even a season. This is what a believer does when facing a sunny day.
Hunkering down in the Bible is the position of every believer whether its rain or shine.
Anxiousness wanted to overtake my faith this week, but you know, when you have Jesus as your best friend, He gives you access to every resource available that will keep your faith intact. Jesus Himself is your greatest asset. His presence takes your from ordinary to extraordinary. Earthly things and ways have to fall to the wayside when Jesus is front and center in your life.
Hunkering down in Jesus’ presence positions you to receive what God has for you.
Let’s see what God has for you and I from Psalm 91. Whether you are facing rain or sunshine today, let God speak to you through His timeless truths. May your heart, soul, and mind be encouraged, strengthened, and uplifted as God speaks to you. Slowly read each verse and think about what you are reading. Talk to God about what you just read.
Hunkering down in prayer positions you to see the Light in the rain.
What do you learn about God from these verses? Praise Him for who He is. He loves it when His children extol His Son; see Philippians 2:9-11. How would God want you to respond to these verses? What does God do for you?
Hunkering down to hear the voice of God positions you to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
When the Holy Spirit is allowed to move within your heart and mind, transformation takes place. The course of your life changes. You go from working 9-5 so you can bring home the bacon, to a life that has purpose and meaning that will lead you beyond the daily monotony of chores, responsibility, and jumping through hoops. God prepares you for your eternal home. What may God be wanting you to learn today that will prepare you for tomorrow?
I do not know what God has for me, or my husband and I in this season we are in, but I do know that He has a plan that is unfolding and it is my job to position myself so I can see and hear when He speaks and reveals His plan, even if it is a small smidgen of it. If I need to act in obedience, may I be willing to.
Hunkering down in humility positions you to seeing God move in mighty ways. Others will be inspired by your faith.
My faith remains intact when I refocus my attention to God and what He has for me. When I choose to wait and trust, I am telling God that I love Him and I desire for more of Him in my life. He happily gives of Himself more, and no matter how hard the rain is falling, an end will draw near and the sun will shine again for the Lord’s mercies are new every morning.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23