Good Morning, God!
Ah, photo images through a bus window are somehow analogous to the fleeting glimpses we get of ourselves as we move through life.
And a mixup regarding where I would meet my marvelous husband Kit, after he finished the Berlin Marathon, has given me a most helpful snapshot of myself.
I dimly sensed as I waited for Kit at letter K in the family meeting area that I should be offering up the sacrifice of praise (Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. Hebrews 13:15).
Well, I did mumble “Praise You God” a number of times while I waited — a LONG time — for Kit to emerge from the mass of finishers to join me. Kit, not always the best of listeners, had not absorbed that plan and went back to our hotel on his own.
Ah, God, it takes TIME to emerge from the WHO’s-to- BLAME reflex of the Stressed Person (me) — and into the more useful WHAT WILL I DO response. And, then — only with Your Help, God — to slowly move into the Acceptance of Personal Responsibility.
And, once I had done that — once I had accepted that I had not been clear, even to myself, about WHERE the family meeting area was, then I felt better. After all, I can DO something with me — like make sure in the future I get and read all needed information — and repeat and reiterate to Kit.
Thank YOU, God, that I was re-reading Power in Praise by Merlin Carothers the night before the marathon. Truly, praising You FOR problems really does help clear away the chaos of stress and slowly opens us up to Your Holy Spirit. For me, God, it takes TIME!
YES! You are right, God. When I practice Praising You more regularly, clarity will flow faster.
This is a HARD concept. But, I know that PRAISE is TRUST made AUDIBLE! And it has nothing to do with feelings. If we FEEL like praising You — then it isn’t a sacrifice!
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