Last Sunday, the last guest missionary speaker at church preached from John 9:1-5 about Jesus healing the man blind since birth. I sat there in awe because I thought that that passage of scripture was only added to the Bible for me. How quickly we forget how BIG our God really is! Picking my chin up off the floor, I whispered, "Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" This text is a portion of the message I will be speaking about at 2 of my next 4 speaking engagements. I gleaned a number of insights from this speaker, but really I knew whose voice I was hearing.
Then today, with a very sick three year old on the couch, VeggieTales echoing, dishes sitting, speeches swirling, laundry piling, and my pajamas clinging, God sends me an on-line devotional with more references to what is already planned for my up and coming speaking engagement. Quoting King Hezekiah, I read the words from Psalm 121:1, "I lift up my eyes unto hills from whence comes my help?" I don't think the Psalmist wanted me focus on my hills of laundry or dishes! The answer is in verse 2, "My help comes from the Lord, the maker of Heaven and Earth." It is like God saying, "Can ya hear me now...at Calvary?!" My soul/sole reply today is merely,"Thank you, Jesus!" Not only is the mentioning of King Hezekiah another parallel in my planned messages, but a message of encouragement in my planning.
What else can I say, when I realize how blessed am I to be living out a dream and speaking from God's word at 4 planned events in the next 2 months, but still loved so much by God Almighty Himself to offer me encouragement and strength to help me climb up to the dates with confidence!
He hears my doubt and speaks "CALM" - even the winds and the waves obey Him.
He hears my fear and speaks "LOVE" - for there is no spirit of fear with Him.
He hears my overwhelmedness and speaks "REST" - as only given in Him.
Ears ringing. Securing the connection. And answering.