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Matthew 6:33 – But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (NIV)
The other night, my two-year-old son climbed up on the couch and said, "Read Bible." Then he reached over to the side table and took hold of my old, worn, brown Bible. Concerned that he might tear the thin pages, I handed him his storybook Bible. The look of it on the outside is surprisingly similar to mine, so this made him feel special that his Bible was just like Mommy's.
He sat on the couch, flipping through the pages, looking so intrigued. This encouraged me to sit beside him and open my own Bible. This was a very special moment to share with my son.
The sermon at our church on Sunday had been about Psalm 23, so I decided to read through that passage. After about ten minutes, my son was all done reading his Bible and it was time to start getting ready for bed. A half hour later, after teeth were brushed, stories were read, songs were sung, and Micah was in bed, I had a quiet house. My idea was that I would go downstairs and just watch a little television, but I was so inspired by Psalm 23. Then I remembered some of the Bible journaling that I had tried a couple of weeks earlier and thought that maybe I would attempt a scrapbook spin on it. I made the trek to the basement, dug out a wicker box with a few scrapbooking supplies, which probably hadn't been touched in well over a year, and started creating.
The end product wasn't important to me. It was the journey of creating something based on this Psalm. The way that I was able to meditate on the verse was new and inspiring to me.
I continue to find it astounding the different ways that God speaks to us. This shouldn't surprise me, but for some reason I forget how amazing God is. Here, during this demanding time in my life as a busy mom of young children, God spoke to me through my two-year-old, telling me simply to be still and spend a few moments with our Lord Jesus Christ. He says:
Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. (NIV)
We often wonder why God isn't speaking to us, but it isn't that He is not speaking; it's often too loud around us so that we cannot hear Him. It's like trying to have a conversation with a good friend in the middle of a subway station at rush hour; it's just not possible to have quality time and hear what each other has to say. We need to quiet the busyness in our lives and be still. It is then that we will be able to hear God.
God spoke through a two-year-old boy when He invited me to be still and read His Word. Who or what is He using to speak to you?
Prayer: Dear God, please help us to take time out of our busy lives to be still. Help us to listen for You in all circumstances and from the most unlikely people. Thank You for wanting to spend time with us and for loving us. Amen.