Tuesday, May 30, 2006
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John 14:21 – Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him. (ESV)

I am dyslexic. For those like me, the cost is high to unscramble jumbled thoughts and turn them into a straight line on a typed page. As a result, this process acts as a filter for what I write. These musings of mine, but for computers, spell checkers, and the World Wide Web, would have remained just that — musings.

I have bright ideas that seem, in a given moment, good. Many of them have never seen the light of day, expunged because either I, or they, were just not right in some way. So I look for a hint of a scriptural echo, or a point of correspondence within that might betray our Creator's prompting before I commence.

When I read a devotional again, it can speak to me in a way that I have not previously grasped. So I ask the question: Was it really me? Perhaps God wants to remind the writer that each devotional is given firstly as a word to the writer, but as a joint venture! I believe this synergy is a natural outcome for anyone living under a grace relationship in Jesus, whatever they may do.

Often I have been challenged to realize that the spur which got me to the keyboard was not the real point to be conveyed at all. It was just a prompting to get me to tune in to God's Word, so to type up a more salient thought that has elbowed its way through to take its place at the front of stage — just like today!

I believe God is willing to speak to anyone who will obey His will and seek His voice, if only we will be still, and put time aside to listen and pray.

Maybe we can then be called to share what we have heard?

Prayer: Lord, it is a wonderful thing to know that we can pray to You and know that You hear our small voices, no matter who we are, where we are, or what our circumstances might be. Please speak Your words of eternal life into us today so that we may carry Your presence with us as we go into the day ahead — not trusting in ourselves alone, but resting in Your company, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Rod Marshall <roderickhenrymarshall@gmail.com>
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

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