Food for the Soul ~ Isaiah 58:11
Last week, as I was perusing my downloaded pictures I came across a photo my daughter took of her shadow. For some reason, it really stood out to me and I knew that was the one I wanted to use. So, I googled "bible verses with shadows" or something like that. Several came up, but the one that spoke to me was Hebrews 11:6, even though the word "shadow" wasn't in it. I put that verse on the picture, not quite knowing why, but just that I should. I scheduled the post for 6am on Sunday morning.
We went to church that day to the 9:00am service and the pastor that was speaking that day had Hebrews 11:6 as the Bible verse in the notes. The topic was "Why Does My Faith Please God?" The pastor had many great points punctuated with graphics and pictures, as well as other Bible verses to clarify his points.
After he had gone through a couple, an image of a shadow was put up on the screen and the point he made with it was "Faith acknowledges His presence in my daily life." If I wasn't already feeling stunned about putting the same Bible verse on my post for my weekly Food for the Soul, I was certainly floored by the image of the shadow. His purpose in bringing up the shadow was for us to ask ourselves whether we treat God as our "shadow", knowing He is always around, or is He our LORD. Do we acknowledge our dependence on Him each and every day? Do we spend time getting to know Him and trust Him with our very lives?
Needless to say, I left the service knowing exactly why He had led me to that verse and exactly why the image of the shadow kept coming up. Clearly, I am the one the verse was to speak to. I have spent a lot of my Christian walk on "coast", knowing God is always there, but spending little time acknowledging my dependence on Him or actively pursuing that relationship. But then there was more to come...
On Tuesday, I had a great conversation with a dear friend about how our lives and our habits influence our children and our marriages. My Heavenly Father is calling me out of the status quo. If I make Him my priority, acknowledging my need for Him to be Lord of my life, my utter dependence on Him daily, the habits I form in service and worship of Him will have a ripple effect on my marriage and my children. Right after our conversation we ran into one of her friends and she reiterated the same ideas that God was teaching her in her journey. Triple whammy!
Needless to say, after Tuesday, I felt like God was on the "loud speaker" trying to get my attention... not literally hearing voices...but definitely recognizing the attempts to call me to Himself.
Which brings me to today's post. He longs to satisfy our needs. When we acknowledge Him and seek Him first, He will guide us, He will satisfy us and He will strengthen us. What a great promise! So, have you ever had the "loud speaker" of God get ahold of you to focus your attention to Him? I'd love to hear about it!