by Heather Pasley
Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
We are encouraged in God’s word to never cease praying. Prayer is our open communication with our Lord. So when I find myself alone and calm in the warm shower in the early morning hours, I seek some one on one time with my Jesus. I may choose to sing songs of praise or of deep need. I may just ask questions or quite often I wait patiently to hear that still small voice.
One very interesting fact has been staring me in the face but not as you might think! For as you see, I am quite the ‘blind bat’ without my contacts or glasses and I even require the famous ‘readers’ when I have my contacts on, but at night when I get up and out of the bed and attempt to navigate a dark house…..things are much different. I used to be able to navigate without any difficulty. In fact, I was better at night than during the day per my husband. My eyes could distinguish the smallest shades of darkness/lightness and I never missed a step. NOT ANYMORE! Now, everything is very dark with only pieces of light piercing here or there. I am totally uncertain of where things are, and I’m reaching more and more for things — BUT I do know where they are — I just cannot find them!
So what do you ask does this have to do with my conversation with God? Well, in that still small voice, He showed me that while there are times in life when things get murky and difficult to see a light at the end of the tunnel….there is always a light. Why is there always a light? Because it cannot be extinguished! He cannot be extinguished. And because my foundation is in Him, when I reach out for him, even if I am uncertain or unsure of where He is, I can be assured because of His word that he is there! He also reminded me that it was vital that I impart to my children the importance of building a strong, stable foundation in their faith and to know who He is and how to listen to the still small voice because there will be times when the darkness would be so difficult to determine the shades and they’d need to reach for what they’d know was there…trusting for the steady, sturdy hand of Jesus to guide their path.
Time to get busy re-teaching my babies some more about Jesus!!! They are never too old to learn!
In my heart I store up your words, so I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11)
My child, if you receive my words, and store up my commands within you, by making your ear attentive to wisdom, and by turning your heart to understanding, indeed, if you call out for discernment- raise your voice for understanding- if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, then you will understand how to fear the Lord, and you will discover knowledge about God. (Proverbs 2:1-5)
Prayer: Thank you Lord for so many opportunities to apply your Word to my life and for all of our one on one time!!! Amen