Ever have one of those days when the same messages are repeated several times and from several different sources? You just know that God is speaking directly to you, am I correct? Today was one of those days!
It actually started last night before I retired for the evening. I felt like I wanted to write something in my blog, but per usual, despite many thoughts and activities over the past few days, I couldn’t think of a thing to write! I went to bed wondering aloud (translated= whining probably) to God about why that was and what could I do about it. What could I write about?
Fast forward to this morning (Sunday), starting with the Ladies’ Sunday school class. The gal teaching today did a lesson on renewing our minds. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2) Her lesson definitely caught my attention, as it should! What does it mean to renew our minds? Positive thinking? Sure, that is a part of it, but it also means replacing our worldly knowledge and “logical thinking” which is rarely true, if ever, with the flawless and unquestionable logic/absolute truths of The Lord. How do we do that? By being in His Word daily, memorizing scripture and keeping it in our hearts and minds for ready availability when we drift in other directions. Of course prayer is a big part of it as well. I know I have not done full justice to the Sunday school lesson as she taught it. There is much more that could be said, perhaps a topic for another blog post someday. Needless to say, though, the Lord started getting my attention.
Next, we go on to the morning service and Pastor was preaching on the subject of prayer! Instantly the light bulb came on in my head! The Lord was getting my attention again! Of course, Pastor shared a lot about prayer–more than I could write about in this simple little blog post (it was a great message!) — but what immediately came to mind as he talked about prayer was, of course, that the very first thing I should be doing is praying for the Lord’s guidance with my writing and with everything else in my life as well. But I’m human, and we humans do usually think we can take care of things ourselves and use prayer as a last resort! It is amazing how many times I have experienced the truth that if I take it to God, He will guide my words and my actions! Ever seen those commercials for V8 vegetable juice where the guy hits himself in the head, saying I could have had a V8? Well coming to the realization that I could pray first instead of last is one of those kinds of moments! I know better but I just don’t do better!
After the morning service, we had our annual church picnic in a park, followed by an afternoon service in a lovely little wooden chapel at the park. It’s always a fun service with singing old choruses that I remember from childhood, lots of testimonies, little kids singing and then one of the men in the church will bring the message. Well this is where the third message from God came into focus! The man bringing the message talked about his testimony and had a great deal to say about renewing our minds and about prayer!!! This many times in one day to hear the same message, some of the same Bible verses, same ideas, etc., definitely has a way of smacking you in the head. I almost felt like I could hear God saying “CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”
I had spent the afternoon thinking about the earlier messages of the day and wanting to sit down and write about them when I got home this evening. Imagine my surprise when I heard the same basic message being sent my way a third time! Wow! Thank you Lord for using these three people to get my attention. I was convicted by all of the messages! You got my attention Lord! I know that as you say in the Bible, you WANT to answer us when we pray, especially when we pray your will. One of the things Pastor said was that we lament the things going on in the world but we don’t pray about them. I think that is also true when it comes to our personal lives as well. God will help us gladly if we just pray to Him!
1 John 3:22 (KJV) 22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.