Thursday, February 21, 2019
The Silence Of Mona Lisa
Philippians 4:11 – Not that I speak in respect of want: for
I have learned whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (KJV)
"It is her quietness that speaks so loudly." At least
that is what I believe the Holy Spirit was saying to me as I studied very
closely the picture of the Mona Lisa that I found in the encyclopedia.
As I gazed at it, I noticed that the background was dark, desolate,
and filled with crags. Yet, in the midst of this undesirable place, we find
the beautiful Mona Lisa.
She has soft, gentle hands that appear
to be marred; her fingers are long and graceful. Her eyes have the look of
discernment and wisdom. Glancing at the cheekbone area, I see stolid peace.
Her smile is intriguing — it makes me wonder if she had learned what
it meant to be content.
I can't say that I've mastered
being content in whatsoever state I am.
Far too many times, when
I face certain circumstances, I find that I have head knowledge, but not
necessarily heart knowledge.
As faithful and true as our loving
God has been to me all through my life, far too often, I still find myself
facing fears, doubts, and discontentment whenever a new trial or unforeseen
Paul says, "I have learned to be
content." It didn't happen overnight. You and I can find some
comfort in that. Maybe, we haven't arrived yet, but praise God,
it's our desire, and we are still willing to learn.
poem depicts one of those times when I found myself struggling with the
issue of contentment.
A Flower In The
Instead of just one little flower
A garden could
have been mine
If during my stay in the desert
grumbled and cried half the time
It took me a long time to
The reason why I was there
At first I thought He forgot
Or even worse that He just didn't care
know it was His great love
That allowed me to walk through the pain
It was there in the valley of Baca
I saw more of God's victory
When I stopped asking "Why have you left
And to Him I surrendered in prayer
A strange thing
I realized He had always been there
learn to thank God for the opportunities that He gives us to implement what
the apostle Paul teaches us in today's verse: learning to be content in
whatsoever state we are.
Prayer: Dear Lord, although we
may be slow learners, it is still our prayer and heart's desire to
learn contentment. Thank You. Amen.
Cheryl Mariano (Cheremiah) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chandler, Arizona, USA
Today's Verse: Psalm 75:1
– We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is
near; men tell of your wonderful deeds. (NIV)
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One-Year* Scripture Passage: Psalms 21-23
Two-Year* Scripture Passages: Psalm 83
Canadian Bible Society Daily Bible Reading: Genesis 45:14-28
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