A comfy chair in my bedroom, away from the stack of dishes waiting to be washed
At a dirty wooden park picnic table with birds singing, leaves rustling, a breeze flipping my Bible pages
On a log along the trail in the valley or the mountaintop swatting flies and mosquitoes away from my face
In a tent with a flickering Coleman lantern swaying in the night breeze
At a crowded restaurant where wait-staff rush by my table with clanging dishes on their tray
In a parking garage with cars pulling into spaces, doors slamming, drivers talking on cell phones
No matter where I am, no matter the surroundings, I can get quiet with the Lord. He breathes Life into my heart and Peace into my soul anywhere, anytime when I let my mind get quiet.
It’s not about the place or the setting, it’s about the mindset.
“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2 nasb
Today, I am sitting in our car at my husband’s new place of work. Not too frequently, but every now and then a car pulls into the lot looking for a place to park. The driver then walks passed with briefcase or computer bag of some sort, a drink and what looks like their breakfast or lunch for later in hand. Many are balancing it all as they talk on their cell phones.
The weather is nice. A bit humid with mostly cloudy skies and peeks of blue above me. My sun roof is open for the rays to shine in on me…and the sounds of backup beepers from trash trucks clanging dumpsters instead of birds singing.
But mostly, I’ve been engrossed in the manuscript of an awesome new book coming out in December. I can’t wait to write my review…or maybe I can, as I don’t know where to start with it. No matter; today, the Lord is speaking to my heart through the heartache of the author/mother of a cancer ridden child and her unwavering faith through it all.
Faith. Unending. Unyielding faith.
Strength and courage held her faith together.
God Almighty. Jehovah. Her ever present strength at a tremendously troubling time.
And, this is a time in my life that I need the reminder of God’s strength and courage to hold up my faith. So much has happened and is happening right now. HE is my refuge and strength, my ever present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1). HE provides the wings of eagles’ strength to endure the difficulty (Isaiah 40:31).
My God shall provide all of my needs—physical, emotional, and spiritual (Philippians 4:19). He will give me wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. He will give me rest for the journey (Matthew 11:28). He will lead me along the way when there seems to be no way.
Where do you hear God speak to your heart? Where are some of your quiet places? No matter the place or the surroundings, tune your mind to His Holy Spirit voice.