Saturday, April 25, 2009

Leaning In

by Donna L. Watkins

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He doesn't grow weary and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall, but those whose hope is in the Lord, shall renew their strength. They will mount up on wings like eagles, they will walk and not be weary. They will run and not faint." Isaiah 40:28-31

That's one of the Scripture cards I meditate on while bouncing on my rebounder. I love to think of God as the Creator since it reminds me that all the beauty He placed on this planet for us is a signature of who He is. There are so many nature illustrations used in the Bible and there's so much that nature can teach us about life and about the attributes of our God.

Sometimes we get off course on who God is. Things go wrong and human nature wants to blame somebody ... and often, we blame God. Most of the time it's our own choices that are making life miserable. Sometimes, we don't set boundaries in our lives and relationships. Then we want God to fix it all. He's already given us the ability and the power, but we have to apply it to our lives. Self-control is becoming a lost art.

When times are dark, we tend to drift away from the Lord, when we need to lean and press in. One thing for certain is when we don't trust His head, we can always trust His heart. His desire toward us is love. Consider this:

"My Father takes great delight in me and quiets me with His love and rejoices over me with singing." Zephaniah 3:17

"How precious are your thoughts of me, O God! How great is the sum of them." Psalm 139:17

Write those down and feed on them. Your brain gets hungry for such thoughts and your soul requires them daily. Don't drift from the only sure anchor you've got. Lean in and He will wrap His arms around you.

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