A Church with a Heart for our Community

July 14th Thursday

Greetings in the name of the Great “I Am” , Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! What a pleasant morning after a stormy night – it was good to get the rain. Today I will be praying for you, asking Father to bless you with an awareness of His shepherding skills in your life.

I was doing some cleaning-up of stored files on my computer when I discovered that I had “Sent Mail” files that had not been deleted since November 2012 – so there are a few, 1056 is what the computer says. I was simply going to delete them but took a minute to browse through some of the “Today’s Prayer Points” …out of curiosity. As I read the request listed and people’s name, God humbled me when I became more aware of His compassionate response to our prayers. I know that God is good…but He is so much better than I realized – in all of His definitive “yes” answers, all of His equally definitive and hard to accept “no” answers, and all of His frustrating “not at this time-please wait” answers.

The one thing that was consistent in the midst of the “yes”, “no”, and “wait’ responses was – He never failed to give Himself! There was not once that He simply left people alone to face the storms of illness or waiting or family concerns or need for direction or worries or anything. It was just like Jesus promised when He said to the disciples – “I will not leave you as orphans: I will come to you.” – John 14:18 NIV. 

I guess there are unexpected blessings that come when doing a little housekeeping…even on a computer’s email files! Strangely enough, or maybe not so strange, is that one of my devotions today was about the recorded event of Jesus walking on water. The disciples had been blown off-course in the midst of a storm and they were afraid. However, it says in the account of the event that in the midst of the darkest moment…He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night he went out to them, walking on the lake.  Mark 6:48  NIV. He went out to them! – he saw the dilemma and he did not calm the storm immediately…He went out to them! He saw their straining…He went out to them! He saw their fear…He went out to them!

From my stored files I saw that over and over again, throughout the course of those almost four years – God came to people, to be with them! He saw them – and came to them. Why do we pray for people, ourselves even? Perhaps our job is to simply draw God’s attention. Amazing grace, amazing! – and He went out to them!

Have a great day – be blessed!