Well

The word for today at Five Minute Friday is:

Be still and know I am God.

I hear them nearly every day, either in a song, or print that God seems to be leading me to. There are so many days when my spirit doesn’t feel well in the waiting.

In the midst of the past few weeks, several people we have known since childhood went to glory. One after another they left the earth. I wondered when it would stop.

This week was different. A new member joined our family. Our youngest daughter had borne her second son. All is well with him. He is healthy and already loved by his big brother.

What a joyous day! What changes this brings to their young lives, and what joy to us as grandparents.

The birth was certainly a diversion to my morose feelings. It is difficult to be in a holding pattern, but God’s promise is to be with us in the wait. Here are a few words from the Message:

 

        “I waited and waited and waited for God. At last he looked; finally he listened.

         He lifted me out of the ditch, pulled me from the deep mud. He stood me on

        a solid rock to make sure I wouldn’t slip. He taught me how to sing the latest

       God-song, a praise-song to our God. More and more people are seeing this:

       they enter the mystery, abandoning themselves to God.”

 

No matter how long the wait, my soul is well and this is where I must place my thoughts. I must not default to the fearful me which wants to stay. I must resolve that God has a great plan and no matter how hard or long the wait, I will be well, especially if I stop bucking against it.

I like to fix things, don’t you? I think I will sit back and ‘watch the God movie.’

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Name

I’m joining with others at Five Minute Friday today and the word is…

At our home, we are still playing the waiting game. I want to put a name on the next job for my husband, and a name on the town we will be moving to, yet we still wait.

There is no sense in asking why, when or where if the time is not right.

Yesterday I read some words that we often don’t read unless we are in the Christmas season.

       “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him

              Immanuel which means “God with us.” Matthew 1:23

As I went about my day I focused on this name of God and it gave me encouragement. It kept my mind off the (seemingly) giant problems in our lives at the moment. Then I began to think on other names of God that I might focus on.

There are times when I think God doesn’t see me, that I am unimportant, but it’s not true…God sees me. There is a name for that: El Roi.

Just as Adam gave names to all of God’s creation, the people of God had names for him. Here are a few more:

  • Abba (Papa)
  • Adonai (LORD)
  • Alpha and Omega (beginning and the end)
  • Elohim (Creator)
  • El-Shaddai (God Almighty)
  • I AM (He just IS)
  • Yahweh (Self Existent One)

If you don’t think God sees you and you need to be reminded of who he is, and how he cares for you, take some time and study the names of God and be lifted up.