The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
Revelation 8 NIV
But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord , I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
Micah 7 NIV
Sometimes, I forget how faithful God has been. I look at my current situation and my current emotions, and feel as though I am not worthy of answered prayers. I often struggle with self-worth, with believing my husband will always love me, with a love -hate relationship with this property. I struggle with wanting a real house…with real water…. When I focus on those things, I become depressed, sad, even angry. But, it was just a few months ago, when I knew I would need 8000 to pay taxes, and wasnt sure where it would come from, but chose to not dwell on it, knowing God would see me through…. and just like last weekend, i knew I would eventually get to a place where I would get my first glimps of the lake. I didnt know where it was, but I knew it WAS there, and as I got closer, I got more excited! There were signs, you see, signs that could have been missed if I wasnt expecting it to appear.
Without watchful expectation on our part, what is the sense in waiting on God for help? There will be no help without it. If we ever fail to receive strength and protection from him, it is because we have not been looking for it. Heavenly help is often offered yet goes right past us. We miss it because we are not standing in the tower, carefully watching the horizon for evidence of its approach, and then are unready to throw the gates of our heart open so it may enter. The person who has no expectations and therefore fails to be on the alert will receive little help. Watch for God in the events of your life.
There is an old saying: “They who watch for the providence of God will never lack the providence of God to watch for.”
And we could turn the saying around as well and say, “They who never watch for the providence of God will never have the providence of God to watch for.” Unless you put the water jars out when it rains, you will never collect the water.
We need to be more businesslike and use common sense with God in claiming his promises … People who go to the bank have a purpose in mind. They present their check, receive their cash, and then leave, having transacted real business. They do not lay their check on the counter, discuss the beauty of the signature, and point out the lovely design on it. No, they want to receive money for their check and will not be satisfied without it …
Unfortunately, a great many people also play at praying. They do not expect God to give them an answer, so they simply squander their prayer time. Our heavenly Father desires us to transact real business with him in our praying.
Charles H. Spurgeon
An amazing teip with my beautiful daughter. Will eventually log my travel journal….