See me; Feel me; Touch me; Heal me…

 

Jeremiah 23:24 “Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?” declares the LORD “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the LORD.

I can’t begin to say how much I enjoy Taize, Thanks for hosting it Ken & Kathryn.

I want to apologize for last night if I messed it up for anyone, it’s apparent that I cannot attend one of these services without crying…

(excerpt from Phillips Craig and Dean- Great I am)
I want to be close, close to Your side
So Heaven is real and death is a lie
I want to hear voices of angels above
Singing as one

CHORUS
Hallelujah, Holy, Holy
God Almighty, the Great I Am
who is worthy, none beside Thee
God Almighty, the Great I Am

I’m not very good at praying, most of the time I fumble with my words and it just comes out a hot mess, last night was no different (or so I thought).

Isolated…

That’s as good a way as any to describe how I’ve felt the past couple of months; I didn’t feel the nearness of God as I had before and I was afraid.

What had I done? How could I fix this? Am I not worth His time?

All of these questions went unanswered until last night.

As I sat there during the period of contemplation praying and apologizing for not being able to pray very well something happened, the words with which I was struggling in my mind were replaced by the most beautifuly indescribable prayer I have ever “not heard” and it flowed into every nook and niche of my being until my eyes couldn’t contain it anymore…

I wish I could repeat it but it’s unutterable for me.

The only thing I can repeat was the answer.

He said “I see you”

I share this only because I feel someone else needed to hear those three words too.

He never left me, He never left you

Hallelujah, Holy, Holy
God Almighty, the Great I Am

Stick and stones…

 

1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

No one has the right to make you feel worthless, not even you…

I’ll admit it; I got hooked on antique road show, it was fun to watch and guess what each artifact was worth but the big surprise was when the appraiser would turn the item over and say “see this mark here?, it was created by so and so which makes it highly sought after” and all at once what was considered a dusty old relic takes on a whole new meaning, It was just an ugly pot or so I thought, but in the hands of an artisan a simple piece of clay can become something of great value.
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Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me…
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Oh but they do, some downright sting, others you’re lucky you don’t bleed out…
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I have been labeled many things over the years; some were lies and some truth
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And if I’m to be honest I have to say I’ve had the labeler out myself and made some labels.
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When you begin to believe in the labels you lose sight of your true worth.
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Let me say this again, no one has the right- strike that- no one has the AUTHORITY to make you feel worthless, you included.
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When the Lord created you he proudly placed his mark on you forever declaring to the world that you ARE of great value.
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And I can see it.

1 Timothy 4:4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,

Opportunity

I’m just going to say, wow!

When you prayed for “one” and the one He showed to you wasn’t the “one” you wanted.

You took a pass and asked for another…

When he said “come, take up my yoke” and “my burden is light” He didn’t say “you don’t have to put forth any effort”

What He said is “I won’t let you go at it alone”

That “one” you passed up as too hard to deal with?

Give them a second look, there was a reason He chose that “one” first.

Don’t miss the opportunity.

It’s all coming back to me..

 

Thinking about that post I made last night reminded me of something I had forgotten, let me share the story with you.

I usually do the grocery shopping for our family, and when I went to the store every once in a while there would be an old man sitting outside the store with his old dog and a clothes hanger full of something I couldn’t quite make out what it was. Curiosity finally got the better of me one day and I walked over to him after I exited the store to see what it was he had.

  The first thing I noticed was this old man was blind, the second thing was a donation sign and finally what made me curious in the first place was the hanger which I could now see was full of little yarn dolls that he apparently had made himself.

Well he had a tin cup in his hand for the donations so I said hi to him and put some money in his cup and petted his dog for a minute, he told me to pick out a doll and I thought “I’m not gonna take his stock I’ll leave it for him to sell again” so I rustled the hanger around so he would think I was taking one said thanks and left. Looking back on that interaction I felt a little bad about taking advantage of his blindness like that,

But I was about to feel much worse…

This exchange went on for months, he wasn’t there every week but when he was I would stop chat with him a minute, pet his dog, put some money in the tin cup and rustle the hanger, it almost became routine until one day as I put the money in the cup and was about to rustle the hanger he grabbed my hand and said ” son I’m not a beggar, I make these dolls and give them to folks kind enough to help me out so if you’re not going to take one then take your money back I don’t need hand outs”

He had been counting his dolls every time I left and he was on to me!

I was so ashamed, not for the deceit but because I was robbing this old man of his dignity. There’s not much left to the story, I started taking the dolls and gave them away to little girls in the store.

God bless that little old man,

Not everyone with their hand out is out to take advantage of you he reminded me of that.

So give it just a little extra thought before you say no..