Thursday, November 19, 2009

Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has none I desire besides You!

Well I am having problems with not being able to copy and paste any of the verses that I want to share. Nothing is working and my other computer bit the dust today!!

My birthday is exactly a month from today! Another one. I am not really looking forward to them anymore. I sort of feel like I am running out of know? There have been so many things I have wanted to share and can't get my blog issues worked out. Anyway, this time of year can bring up so many things in ones heart and mind. At times I know that peoples bodies (hearts) just ache from loneliness. It could be the loss of a loved one, or the death of a relationship yet the person is still living, division with a family member, distance between friends. The list is endless. We just long to be whole, not lacking anything. I pray that when you feel that ache in your heart that you will turn to Christ and ask Him to fill you. I was reading these verses tonight and could just sense the passion in the writers voice. He loves the LORD because the LORD heard his voice. He heard his cry for mercy. The word in the Hebrew for heard is a word meaning to pay attention to, to hear, to give undivided attention. In a world where we are literally in competition for any ones attention, praise God that He hears us. That the God that IS, WAS, and IS TO COME, who never had a beginning, who is infinitely wise and Holy, God Creator of heaven and earth---HEARS you and me. Little you and little me. When we call out to God for mercy He hears us! It amazes me.
Nothing against Rod but it is just plain hard to get the mans attention. I will never forget one morning several years ago I was still in my jammies and I was finishing any remaining thoughts that I had on my lesson for Sunday School. Nothing excites me and makes me nervous at the same time like teaching. So, I rush upstairs to get ready knowing that this was going to have to be one of the quickest showers of my life to make it to church on time. So, Rod says to me, "babe, you look nice today." I replied, "Rod did you even look at me? I am still in my pjs?" Rod then says, "WHAT! You aren't ready yet!?! You need to hurry!"
Then, there are times where I just want him to look me in the stinking eyes when he is talking to me (LISTEN with your eyes I say!). Eye contact is so important to me that I have a mirror on my visor that I pull down while I am talking to Morgan so I can look at her. There are times when he is on the computer, on his phone, reading something or watching TV, and I just don't want to have to compete to tell a simple story that should take two minutes and not 30. Now let me throw my dad under the bus for a minute. I will be talking to him then I know there is a point where he is no longer listening and I say, "dad I need you to repeat what I just said." He will tell me he doesn't know. God love him he just can't focus on conversation past 2 minutes. PRAISE THE LORD that He will never grow weary in our prayers to Him. We literally have His undivided attention. What a great and awesome omnipresent God we have... Seriously...that He can be attentive to you and to me at the same time and completely undivided.
Another phrase I was reading about the word heard is that He knows. He knows what we are saying when we don't even have the words to say it because He knows our hearts. Let's face it women are a complicated gender that I love! We want to be known and loved and desired. I love the woman at the well in John 4 (since I can't paste you will have to click on John 4). The woman says in verse 29 "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" He knew her, baggage and all, Jesus knew the cry of that woman's heart and met her there. What a relief to be loved by God when He knows everything we have ever done or will do. Just like when we can't get on with forgiving ourselves over something that we have truly been repentant over, yet Christ knew before the foundation of the world that we would commit that sin. He was the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world, yet we wallow in unbelief and scorn the forgiveness that comes from the Cross of Christ for our sins past, present, and future.
Then I love the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years reaching out in a desperate attempt to find healing. Can you just imagine how anemic this woman was? She had exhausted all of her resources trying to find healing. I am sure she was sort of an outcast. You can see some self-righteous people that probably wondered what grave sin she committed to be bleeding like that for so many years. I am sure she was judged beyond belief and under the levitical law was considered "unclean." Then she just throws herself at the Lord Jesus and touches His garment and is healed. CLICK HERE.
So my point is that God knows us. He longs for us to come to Him and allow Him to bind up our wounds and take rest in Him, find healing for our souls in Him. In our own personal desperation for whatever it is let us find our longings fulfilled in Him. Let's thank people and the world for letting us down because if they had not maybe we wouldn't have found Jesus and known Him in the way that we do or can. Why He is mindful of us I will never understand. When we have finished this race and fought the good fight I pray that all along all of our weaknesses would beckon us to know this to be true: Psalm 73:23-26
This world may let us down but let it be that there is none that compares to Him. None that we desire besides Him. He is our strength and our portion and no other will do.

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michellemabell said...

What a beautiful post.
I don't understand why He is mindful of us either...oh but how thankful I am that He is!!!

Anonymous said...

Girl, there you go again - just blowing my mind. How I needed those words. We serve such an Awesome God.
Love you,
Nancy in NC

Cole and Holly said...

Oh I love this. Thank you!