The one thing that I adored about living in Japan was the Japanese Cherry Tree’s. They are amazing in full bloom. Prior to being in Japan, I never really thought about flowers or anything of that nature. But I fell in love with them. I can’t say what stands out about them. I simply just love them.
To be IN God is to be set apart. The things that I use to do, I cannot do anymore. Those things that without a shadow of a doubt will lead me down the wrong path, I cannot allow myself to be tempted by them. I must be set apart, holy, and ready to be used by God. I must be set apart, holy, and an example of God upon the earth for all of mankind to see.
I must be holy just like my Lord is holy. I serve a mighty God, the True and Living God. The Creator of heaven and the earth. He is my Lord, Savior, and Redeemer.
Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord . He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord . Jonah 1:1-3 NKJV
I was reading my devotion this morning and a question rose from the designated scripture readings. Jonah 1:1-6 The question was, “how can you flee from God”. Is it not virtually impossible? But how often have I tried throughout my life, even now? 🤔 How many times have I heard God clearly telling me to do a thing but I did the oppossite? How many times? I’ll just say it is unmeasurable.
I know that God is omniscience and omnipresent. Yet, I still try to run from him. Now isn’t that silly? Sometimes you have to laugh at yourself. 😄 That is just silly. But I must face the reality of it, I have tried numerous of times. I’m just glad that God has not turned from me. Thank you, Lord for waiting patiently for me to get my act together. Thank you, for not giving up on my.
I can imagine God in heaven shaking his head looking at me saying, ‘this girl, just don’t get It. Its not about her but about the work that must be done in her for my purpose. My will shall be done. I will wait patiently for her to come to the knowledge of that fact.’ With Jesus on the side of him saying, ‘Father, give her time. She knows you and have relationship with you. She will come around.’
All I can say is, thank you, Lord, and let your perfect will be done in my life. Forgive me for my disobedience. Use me for your divine purpose and I humbly bow unto you.
I have always found it mind boggling how different things can bring memories from, oh so long ago, to your mind. You know those things that you have not thought about in ages and those which you wish you can just forget ever happened. 🤔 It could be a scent, a look, a sound, music, and a plethora of other things to bring all to the forefront of your mind.
But isn’t it amazing how that little thought that brings the memory back in vivid detail. Like what you were wearing, the feelings, and emotions felt at that time. It is amazing how our minds can forget and then bring everything back in an instant. What great craftsmanship of our Creator?
The good, bad, and the ugly of our experiences are buried just below the surface of our memories. Each experience is a learning experience. To be reminded that we are overcomers and that all things are possible through the love of Jesus Christ. If we believe and have hope. We can’t dwell on the specifics and/or the emotions of an event. We must glance at our past but not stay in our past. A glimpse back into our past is to remind us that we have overcame that and we are moving forward. Forward in our purpose and the perfect will of our Heavenly Father.
There is one or two ways to handle a situation. Just like there are three sides to every story. The two sides from each of the individuals involved and the truth. It is up to an individual on whose side they will believe. Truth is lacking these days. Sadly, so many have a story to tell but from the other side you have to read in between the lines. It is up to each person to find out the truth for themselves. But none, can truly comprehend the true meaning of the word, truth.