When my attention is caught by the same bible verse in less than twenty-four hours, something smart in me sits up straight and thinks, there’s something God wants me to know about this message. Rather than give validity to the souces that got my attention, (duh. one of them was oprah and I’m not a big fan) I go to the living word of God and read all the context. I think, pray, and read it again. Then I perk up when I have a problem and think, here Lord?
I ask God, “What do you want me to do with this nudge?” ” What do you want me to know and experience right now with the issues in my hand that this verse could serve as a guide?”
The first time I sat up for the verse I was reading a devotional that arrived in the mail. I’m not sure if I ordered it on impulse from Amazon because at the bottom of the order when books are recommended I buy (sometimes I get a little silly clicking on all of those) or maybe someone sent it to me anonymously. That happens alot actually. So, this devotional by Deitrich Bonnhoeffer had an introduction that said this was his live and die verse: (and he died for his faith)
My friend Christy this week reminded me in my stess that “he is the author and perfector of our faith”. The presence of Jesus is all I need for every moment I take a breath and exhale out. It’s the most satisfying relief to close my eyes and know that for sure. Jesus provides manna for each day, I don’t have to worry about tomorrow, more manna will come.
I like to be busy but I like to feel like it is under control busy, not scary busy. When life gets scary busy then I pop out of my own head and don’t recognize myself. I’m certainly not accustomed to the sort of pressure I felt this week, and it was pressure compounded with big problems and setbacks. But I survived it, what needed to get accomplished was completed, and the rest will fall into place, all because I sat with the Lord and gave it all to him. I experienced before I read it that it is “in him that I live and move and have my being.”
I also appreciate the simple gift that it’s a really short verse and easy for me to memorize. I believe I will remind myself a hundred times a day as I journey to the center of my faith while serving in Uganda that it is “in him that I live and move and have my being.” The most inportant word in this vers is HIM, without that word it is a yawn of a message. What we hope to bring to Uganda this next month is the message, “who exactly the HIM is and why only HIM is where we want to live and move and have our being.