Appreciation, Angels and Awareness not Anxiety, Anger or Anything, 05MAR
Angels – A Story of Lindsey, our Bionic Angel
It’s amazing to be present and to watch the Spirit flowing… Lindsay is a special person, she told me to remember the bionic woman in order to remember her name. I know she survived a terrible brain injury – I can tell that God rebuilt her to His specifications, with a greater capacity to love…
ALL moments of life call for us to look for His spirit rather than our anxious puzzlement of predicaments, because we are to see, simply and divinely, the angels that God has placed here on earth. This angel in Lindsay was an angel of hugs, she didn’t know the issues in play, but she knew there were issues and she did what our God of comfort called her to do – BE PRESENT… She gave hugs where she felt hugs and hand holds were needed. And trust me, they were needed at that moment. GOD knows our needs.
Lindsey got up and stood next to our Pastor at the end of the very emotional moment in her sermon. Before that she told me that she needed to give our Pastor a hug, she just knew! I left the pew to prep for singing and was praying with my eyes closed in the side room, I didn’t see what happened until I saw her standing next to Pastor and I knew it was a God moment… I later helped her navigate thru the mess of speaker wires back down, with another friend (who also needed hugs badly that day). Lindsay was God’s triple play – God sent an angel in His timing….
We are called to BE PRESENT – sometimes we know the issues, often we don’t – always we can’t know the depth of issues that God knows is happening in others. Even sometimes we are on the opposite sides of issues, but regardless the Lord call us out to comfort others… If we can’t be His workers, He will call out His other angels… Don’t let anything prevent you from seeing His angels – God sent them for a reason and for you to be in AWE.
Matthew 18: at that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
That same day, I interrupted a conversation with a friend in which they were about to fly off in anger. I said: “WAIT, I need to tell you this story about Lindsay”. His anger would have prevented him the opportunity to hear me talk about this God moment… Yes, how often do we miss those moments? Yeah, we do quite often by being distracted by ourselves… Our disgruntled distractions mean missing the bigger moments. Don’t let anger keep you from awareness.
Yesterday, I had a God-orchestrated calming down after I got distracted by myself – it was an anxious moment and I knew that I was overthinking a personal issue – I prayed and settled down to work. I went thru so many scenarios in my head, my heart flip-flopped and I decided instead that focusing and BEING PRESENT with the work tasks at hand was the path I needed to take.
I have to share what happened next – this most powerful thing that God did for me – within 10 minutes of hunkering down, a good friend of mine, who was looking for someone else, sat to chat about an issue with an important report. He sat down and I happened at that moment to be holding back my tears from that anxious overthinking moment and almost leaving to make a phone call that could have waited but I wasn’t waiting to stress about it… So just then, by deciding to dig into work, I was able to pull myself together… Well, it was good that I didn’t leave my desk to make that call and I was there to discuss this deep science issue with the git of an idea that popped into my head so fast that I was like horseshack saying: “ooh ooh ooh, Mr Kotter!” a really good idea, my friend was so excited and I was both so happy to help and so pumped up knowing that God had helped me BE PRESENT – I would have missed that opportunity – how awesome to realize He was helping me – blessed because of my discussion and reliance on God to hunker down – and here I was rewarded with this idea that surely came from God’s making my brain connection work… I would have missed that opportunity to make a difference if I caved in to my anxiety.
So pleased, so thankful… As I refocused on my own task at hand – I first got up to get a refill of hot water in my tea mug – and as I was mentally thanking the Lord, this plastic heart cookie cutter floated up inside my mug… startling me!!! – oh how precious was that timing… it must have fallen in in the dish strainer then caught under my tea bag and I never noticed… you may think that’s crazy to smile over an oops, even selfish of me to stress my own issue – but you understand my joy of two simple rewards for being still, the chance to use my brain (it was His idea) and the powerful knowledge that it was God’s timing and love to keep me be patient and not being impulsive from overthinking… (and it wasn’t just any cookie cutter in my cup, it was A HEART)
Thank You, Lord for my relief – thank You for my own childlike wonder of Your ways: focus thru frustration, a floating heart makes my cup overflow… just like in seeing a bionic angel, I had to be in an awareness to see and then tell of these God-moments…
His love is mysterious and real… we can put our faith in Him for handling our much much bigger issues.
If we choose to look for the Lord, we can see and feel His comfort – and if I need to shout that out like Horseshack, I need to…
I pray we never to lose our “Ooh ooh! That was God” exclamations!!
Deuteronomy 6 – 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.