ALIGNMENT – A Sunday Tired is a Good Tired, 03Jun
“The Lord God has given Me
The tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak
A word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear
To hear as the learned.
The Lord God has opened My ear;
And I was not rebellious,
Nor did I turn away.”
How blessed I felt, even as exhausted as I was… to try my best to serve the Lord this past Sunday – 4 church events/services – plus home life… the body gets tired, but my fuel was not my own, no way it could have been to keep going…. Then again, it’s not surprising how the Lord provides energy and efforts. Regardless of our motivation, the Lord’s strength is what shines…
I felt His strength Sunday – on route to my 2nd activity, which was an unknown situation in the city, I seemed to know it would be OK, I had faith…. First driving to a sketchy portion of the city could be nerve-wracking, but the Lord provided a last minute presence of a friend to chat with the whole time… I turned to my friend before we got out of the car, to an unknown church situation, in an unknown neighborhood, that this was why we put on the Armor of God. When we arrived, it was clearly the place we were blessed to be in… the prayer of protection became a praise of participation… we delivered excess craft supplies for their children’s services and VBS. I knew that the Lord was alive and incredibly active in these areas – hope in a Holy Spirit – the Light that shines like noonday in the darkness can NOT be denied... After our delivery of supplies, we caught a portion of their 2-hour bilingual spirit-filled service… oh how we were the ones blessed…
The pastors knew we were coming and called us out and welcomed us. They preached that our presence was a testimony to the TRUTH that the Lord was ALIGNING His kingdom… alignment of us with the sharing of blessings for all His people… that He is moving all things and ALL OF US for His purposes.
Actually, it was not hard work that we had done, multiple people worked with sorting and purging excesses of 15 years of donations and I was blessed to be the messenger, knowing that God had put the right place in front of me… the cleaning and sorting work was slightly time consuming but not hard, and extremely necessary… And the Lord clued us in on knowing the greater need in a growing section of His kingdom, it was easy to give the materials away – the blessings of our excess. It is the legacy of God’s work in these craft supplies, many donated by a good friend, who had passed away… She lived to teach children about the Love of Jesus, and thru her couponing and clearance shopping we had TONS to deliver Robin Hood style to many areas that she would have visited if she could… to help God’s children is a blessed path – since there are always NEW children to teach, new spirit to tap into… I know that now she is smiling at these moments… She would say “You go girl!”
I felt the alignment to the Lord’s service even stepping out of the car as the church was rocking with amazing music that the sleepy whole block could hear…
The pastor preached during the offering that the Lord provides – trust and you will be provided for – YES, YES that’s true!
The pastor preached about the intrinsic Glory of God never separated from God. Amen!
The people poured out their thankfulness to us, but it was me who felt the hunger of my spirit which was blessed to be placed where He needed me at that moment. ALIGNMENT…
Our spiritual cups are more easily filled if we allow ourselves to be aligned just right under His flow…
The pastor preached about how God changes our paths – often… oh yeah – AMEN to that!
Alignment is MUCH easier when we put on the Armor of God, because then we can be moved with a God-magnetic-pull on our God-Armor-metal. We can let Him move us. Think about those metallic bingo chips lifted and moved by the metallic wand. Do you ever feel God placed you in step with His purposes which were not solely yours? Click click click – get ready to be moved… His guidance for our steps… the right place at the right time… but then be ready to move again… click click click, clear the board it’s time for a new round of life…
We can trust His Will and free our spiritual brains to realize how we can make a difference for Him, simply by emptying our agendas… that is tough many times but it is worth it… meanwhile we can feel the blessing…
Not every task is easy like this. Not every step is known to us. The Armor of God is good and purposeful. The trust that we must have is that His plan is being put in place…
I was given additional hope in an unusual usual normal way. The little girl in the pew in front of me wanted attention to play. I realized in the clamor of loud praises, of a church filled with moms and children, that the whisper of the Lord was for me to entertain a little girl so that the mom could absorb the message… this mom was very devoted to her daughter and knew that she needed to have her cup filled as well… was I in that EXACT situation only a short long 15 teen years ago? Yes! A wonderful stately gentleman entertained my daughter, so I could hear the message those days in church… years apart, both peekaboo moments brought to you by God’s Alignment… Am I still in that same position? YES, I need my cup filled too – it is impossible to pour out of an empty cup… Alignment is brought to you by Jesus. Imagine Jesus lining you right up to where you need to be… HE KNOWS!!!
Our souls are fed by knowing His ways are better than our ways, His thoughts better and higher than ours…
From Isaiah 58:10-
If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
Those from among you
Shall build the old waste places;
You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
From doing your pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a delight,
The holy day of the Lord honorable,
And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways,
Nor finding your own pleasure,
Nor speaking your own words,
Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord;
And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth,
And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.
The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
A Sunday tired is a good tired…
Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
“For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree,
And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree;
And it shall be to the Lord for a name,
For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”