I said it might be hard to post something, anything everyday. So, I missed yesterday. I sat in front of this laptop and fell asleep repeatedly. Oh, well. Call a cop.
Being awake, and taking full advantage of my attentive condition, I want to share verses that spoke to me today from the Daily Office:
Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called upon his name. They called to the Lord, and he answered them. In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them; they kept his testimonies and the statute that he gave them. – Psalm 99. 6, 7
I prayed throughout the day, as I have for weeks, for the Lord to teach me to hear and see what the Lord could be communicating to me or in my environment. It has become a growing focus for me in my relationship with God. I want to hear what the Lord wants to tell me or my world in these days. Looking at the Bible, the Lord spoke in ways for people to receive his revelations. I want to hear and see from the Lord.
In other venues, I’ve written and expressed this desire. Today is just the freshest experience of my desire and the Lord’s faithfulness.
I heard this morning I was incapable of doing or accomplishing much of anything. 1 Corinthians 14: 3 reveals the purpose of the gift of prophecy and, I believe, what the Lord communicates when he speaks to us who believe:
But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.
I was not strengthened, encouraged or comforted by the thought I was incapable of accomplishing anything. The voice came from the enemy. Later in the morning, I believe the Lord spoke to me.
The complex thought came to me as I worked today. I recalled two witnesses, a family member and a friend, expressed the same prophetic message to me regarding our future. They expressed these messages weeks apart and separate from each other. In a nutshell, they said the Lord has things in our future that were far beyond our thoughts or imaginations. Both of these people had these messages come to them amidst visitations of the Lord into their lives. This recollection came to me. The Lord spoke, and I was comforted, strengthened and encouraged.
One might say, “Well, Moses had a pillar to look at. God’s not showing himself to me like that.” That’s true, me either. I’m inclined to think and believe the Lord speaks in languages we easily perceive while the Lord may show things or speak things in other ways for other folks. I’m encouraged simply to believe God speaks and shows to each of us. I just don’t want to miss any of what he’s speaking and showing me.
This afternoon, April and I sat in her car listening to two owls hoot at each other. A series of hoots from the right and then from the left. As I sat, I looked at the nearby trees and noticed a silhouette of something not a part of the tree. I got out of the car and walked carefully toward the mysterious image.
Yes, it was one of the owls perched on a limb. It finally flew off. It was glorious, big and majestic. Owls symbolize wisdom and craftiness. We’ve heard owl hoots in our neighborhood for months. Today we heard two hooting at each other, and I saw one sitting still.
I believe God graciously spoke to me as a Daddy would speak to his preschooler – show and tell. I prayed to hear and see from God. Today, I heard and saw a wonder. God is answering my prayer.