"God promises to keep us in the palm of His hand, with or without our awareness. God has already made a space for us, even if we have not made a space for God."
DAVID and BARBARA SORENSEN
As I was preparing this Sunday's Scripture to share with you it was with a heavy dose of doubt. Not doubt in God, but doubt in myself.
At the start of 2014 the Lord directed me to begin sharing simple drawings with Scripture each Sunday, and I was nervous about it because at the time my thoughts were focused on my lack of technical skill to make those drawings 'look' professional. This was so very different to the stitcheries I draw and then embroider.
But months went by and I began to look forward to sharing a verse from the Bible each Sunday to encourage both you and myself because I had taken my eyes off self and put them on His promises - which is where they needed to be.
And then doubt resurfaced a few weeks back.
In fact, over the course of this last week I wondered if the brick wall that had appeared between me and drawing these Scriptures was in fact the Lord releasing me from this Sunday routine.
Last night I just had to give my concerns up to Him, mindful that I had slipped back into relying on myself and not on Him; and when this happens I forget that what He directs me (or you) to do, He will equip me (us) to see it through.
Because it's about HIM, not me, not you. HIM.
Before I sat down for my Bible quiet time this morning I stopped to open today's gift from Melody.
Mel had made me this beautiful pincushion with one of Val Laird's stitchery designs.
A word in season, again.
That's what He is asking me to be. Faithful.
Faithful to the task He gave me almost seven months ago, faithful to sharing His Word each Sunday this year, faithful to glorifying Him and not glorifying my doubt by looking for an out-clause....faithful to walk the road He has set my heart to know as the One true path.
Faithful in obedience.
Faithful in trusting my whole life to Him.
Faithful in the little things as well as the big things.
He has inscribed me on the palms of His hands....
Maybe you've been struggling with following through on something the Lord placed in your heart?
Father, for all those reading this who have a path before them laid out carefully by your loving hands and are struggling to follow it: lift their eyes to Yours: lift their hearts to Yours: melt away their fears and doubts: fill them with faith, hope, joy and Jesus. Renew their strength and their lives with your precious Holy Spirit...
In Jesus name I pray,
God bless you this day,