How often have I prayed, Search me, God and know my heart; try me and know everything I worry about. See if there are any wicked ways inside me and lead me in Your ways? (Psalm 139:23-24)
Oh, I've prayed this more times than I can count. Possibly because this is one of my highest pursuits; to be more like Christ. (my highest is to give Him all-out worship)
Anyway, as I was reading today I came across another verse a couple of chapters past the one above. Here it is...
"Let the righteous strike me; it shall be a kindness.
And let him rebuke me; it shall be as excellent oil.
Let my head not refuse it."
Ha! Don't you just love God's Word!? I have not yet heard God's tangible voice, but I have heard His voice. Sometimes it has sounded like it did today; words that bypassed the use of volume. Other times it has been through the voice of a friend, or mentor. Often it has even sounded like a child...
How well have I been listening?
If you are praying, 'search me, try me, know me, lead me' then be aware of those who God may be trying to answer you through. Be humble. Listen well. Live well.
Be humble. Listen well. Live well.
Today I went to a funeral for someone I had never met... someone who really lived. (http://www.danielroberthall.net/) Having known Robert's in-laws for many years, we simply came to quietly stand with them in their pain.
I sat, stood, listened, pondered, cried, sang, reminisced, repented and worshiped for almost 3 1/2 hours. One of the very last things spoken was that there was a sense that this had truly been a 'significant' time. I think that says it in the best way for me. I am still digesting.
Even though much was said to describe this life so sorely missed, I walked away reflecting that this had definitely been a service that commemorated our Lord. I listened as many gave testimony that Rob Hall was a man who loved well and left the fragrance of Christ where-ever he went. Without anyone obviously striving, it was Christ was ultimately honoured as His characteristics & purposes were described through the life & actions of Rob's. Magnificent!
Thank you. Thank you for sharing your memories with us. Thank you for the truth spoken midst the pain.
Katie & the kids, I will keep praying for you.
Jim & Kathy, I am praying for you as well. You are loved.
Please inquire for the word of the LORD today. 1 Kings 22:5