Thursday, May 28, 2020
Psalm 139:1-3 – Lord, you have tested me, so you know all
about me. You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts
from far away. You know where I go and where I lie down. You know
everything I do. (ERV)
In early February, I had just left an art
store with supplies to make earrings when I saw a city parking officer put
an extra coin in an expired meter rather than write a ticket for a battered
old car. Her small kindness made me appreciate what a hard job she had,
probably often being yelled at for just doing what she was paid to do.
On the way home, I decided that my first pair of earrings would be
for female parking staff: a tiny ticket for one ear and a meter for the
other. But I needed a model for the ticket. Searching the gutter, I
discovered one torn in half where someone had thrown it, never in a million
years thinking that it might end up being immortalized in the ears of
parking staff. As soon as I got home, I sized it down with a photocopier to
an inch long and half an inch wide, and laminated it.
told me later that they immediately took the earring to a photocopier and
blew it back up to full size. With the details, they were then able to
issue a second and more expensive version, reserved for those who ignore
their first summons. I hadn't foreseen how things might go. I could
only imagine the surprise on the face of the one who was sure that he'd
just torn up that ticket and thrown it away.
Ripping up tickets
is a refusal to deal with life on its own terms — an exercise in
futility, because parking fines must be paid. The devil is in the details.
When Christians procrastinate in dealing with difficulties, sin, and sinful
habits, it can lead to paralysis. Other folks get hurt when we put off for
some future date what God has given us to deal with right now. It is the
small things that we sweep under the rug that grow and rankle. Out of
sight, out of mind, we think, but when we fill up our "nows"
with "laters", they quickly turn to "nevers". Then, we
are in a mountain-out-of-a-molehill situation, and nobody gets anywhere
mountain climbing on a molehill. We must not sneak around looking for a way
out; we have to deal with what is right in front of us to do —
Psalm 139:23-24 – God, examine me and know my
mind. Test me and know all my worries. Make sure that I am not going the
wrong way. Lead me on the path that has always been right. (ERV)
Prayer: Dear Lord of all being, we give You our wills to obey as
we walk in Your freedom. May the living of our lives attract others as Your
life is grown in us and us in You. May our behaviour, especially in the
small things, point to what You mean to us. Strengthen our weakness as we
accept the teaching of Your Spirit, shining from Your Word. In the name of
Your Son, we pray. Amen.
Rose DeShaw <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Today's Thought: I have learned now
that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who
keep silence hurt more. – C.S. Lewis
Today's Verse2: Matthew 5:28 – But I
tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed
adultery with her in his heart. (NIV)
Daily Manna3: Do you not know that you are
God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? (1 Corinthians
Today's Bible Readings:
Passage: Exodus 33-36
Passages: Psalm 34
Canadian Bible Society Daily Bible Reading: Exodus 19:1-20
Jesus promised, "If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask
for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19
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Worldwide Ministry posted on 5/28/2020
In Central Asia — Pray for the Nuri people, who live in the
mountainous regions of a small Central Asian country. For generations
they've lived in spiritual oppression and isolation with only recent
gospel witness …but now a few believers. Ask the Lord for the
unbelieving spouses of believers to come to the Lord.
More On "Still Hope", originally posted on 4/22/2020
Please pray for all abuse to stop in our family. It feels so much worse
than the current Covid-19... (more)
Update posted on 5/27/2020: I thank God for His timing, whatever
that is. As survivors of abuse, we seek for His Truth, to be seen. This to
be seen by the Judge, somehow, this Thursday morning during the
“virtual” docket court hearing. Please pray for the
children’s safety and health. Please pray that the parents will
follow Jesus. Please pray for the mother’s safety, health, and
healing. Unless the parents reach settlement somehow, it will proceed to
trial. Let us pray that the Truth, not evil, will win. Thank you Jesus and
prayer warriors. From M
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