Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Day 18: He confides in us as we Listen

The blankets were warm, and the voices of the nurses chatting in the background were setting me to a place of sleepiness that I had not expected, there in the room of prepping for the biopsy.


And then as the Doctor began the procedure, and I felt the needle pricks, my mind was suddenly aware of the combination of songs playing in the recesses of my memory:
a strange blending of the hospital's Muzak version of
"It never rains in Southern California"
and
"Lord Let your Glory Fall."


Pricking and prodding, and the needle going in and out,
but my mind was strangely soothed 
by this combination of songs
in my heart.



It was a simple procedure, as far as the many other
possibilities for testings
that are sometimes required:
a "fine needle aspiration"
to send specimens off to the pathology lab.


But of course, my own weariness over the days
of adding in more issues
had become the driving force in my thoughts
as I had prepared for this place.


So, when those two songs brought a comfort to my 
heart,
I wanted to know, and I was stirred to
LISTEN,
to see if God meant something through it all.


From a song that is usually meant to convey a sadness,
"It never rains in Southern California, but girl don't 
they warn 'ya,
it pours, man it pours"
about the squandered dreams of a would-be
actor in his wasted days in Hollywood,

to a song that expresses the affirmations
of a people waiting to see the Glory of God
come upon them, as they praised Him:
"You are good, You are good,
and your love endures always."


Could it be that God was shifting my perspective
for me,
as I lay on that hospital bed,
bringing His Love to me there,
in spite of my weariness?


Because, the weight of the sad song had shifted
for me:
"It pours, man it pours,"
took on a different meaning for me,
as I felt the Goodness of God
pouring over me right there.


I have so often struggled and put myself through
striving,
trying to change my own perspective.
And, yes, assuredly, there are times 
when God does clearly say that 
we must change our perspective.


But what about those times,
when weariness overtakes us?
How can we change our hearts
when we have no strength for the changing?


I heard Him calling me to LISTEN.
I HEARD HIS VOICE
THE ONE WHO HOLDS THE STRENGTH I DO NOT HAVE.
 

Psalm 25:14-15New  (NIV)  The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.

 

It is in the looking up to HIM, 
the God that I reverence,
that I acknowledge my own weakness,
my inability to release myself from the snare
where my feet have fallen.

Oh! But it is there that He says He will 
CONFIDE IN ME.
He speaks,
He tells me of His covenant of Love,
HE POURS HIS LOVE ON ME.


Are you feeling weak today?
Are your feet caught in a snare of entanglement?
He wants to confide in you,
to pour out His love on you,
when you look up and listen.



This is Day 18 for the #Write31Days Challenge!

THANK YOU TO ALL OF MY FRIENDS AND FELLOW BLOGGERS WHO HAVE BEEN SUCH AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO ME
TO KEEP LISTENING!

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I am linking today at these great sites:

Jennifer Dukes Lee, #TellHisStory 
 and
Meg Weyerbacher, #TeaAndWordTuesday 

 

16 comments:

  1. "It is in the looking up to HIM,
    the God that I reverence,
    that I acknowledge my own weakness,
    my inability to release myself from the snare
    where my feet have fallen.

    Oh! But it is there that He says He will
    CONFIDE IN ME.
    He speaks,
    He tells me of His covenant of Love,
    HE POURS HIS LOVE ON ME."
    A big AMEN to this, Bettie. So often we hold on to our fears and weakness instead of giving it to God who already knows about it anyway and can replace them with His love and peace. Blessings to you, Bettie. xo

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    1. Yes, Gayl, that is amazing that He will replace those fears with His love and peace! Thank you for these precious thoughts that point to HIM! Blessings to you, friend! xoxo

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  2. Dear Bettie, in these words it sounds as if the love of God was being poured on you during the procedure, His peace flowing over you like a river as needles pricked into your skin and music seeped into your mind:
    '"It pours, man it pours,"
    took on a different meaning for me,
    as I felt the Goodness of God
    pouring over me right there"
    I love how you keep on looking up, listening and writing down what you hear. These are beautiful, encouraging words! I also love the ones Gayl mentions as well. Blessings of rest and peace to you. xo

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    1. Dear Joy, oh yes, what sweet words He is bringing to us, through these journeys that we are sharing with each other! Last night I felt that I could not share one more story about new health issues. But then the Lord reminded me of HIS LOVE that I had felt, and how could I hold that back, (or stay in that corner by myself?) I am so grateful for the words that you share, Joy, and that you do not hold back on the Grace that He gives to you! Thank you so much for your prayers & support. --Blessings to you! xoxo

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  3. This summer we had friends visit and we took them on a carriage tour of Savannah. Savannah has all the beautiful live oaks interpersonal with beautiful churches with the high steeples. Throughout the tour the guide kept saying look up. The message I heard from God was to see the beautiful you must look up don't let you head stay bowed low seeing only the dirty gutters and streets. Look up and see the glory of God!

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  4. This summer we had friends visit and we took them on a carriage tour of Savannah. Savannah has all the beautiful live oaks interpersonal with beautiful churches with the high steeples. Throughout the tour the guide kept saying look up. The message I heard from God was to see the beautiful you must look up don't let you head stay bowed low seeing only the dirty gutters and streets. Look up and see the glory of God!

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  5. This summer we had friends visit and we took them on a carriage tour of Savannah. Savannah has all the beautiful live oaks interpersonal with beautiful churches with the high steeples. Throughout the tour the guide kept saying look up. The message I heard from God was to see the beautiful you must look up don't let you head stay bowed low seeing only the dirty gutters and streets. Look up and see the glory of God!

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    1. Oh, what a beautiful thought! I have always wanted to see Savannah, ever since I read Eugenia Price's novel with that same name back in the '80's. The view must have been so lovely. I'm going to keep that picture in my head when I think about looking up to see the Glory of God! Thank you for these encouraging thoughts! --Blessings!

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  6. Hi Bettie,
    I find it so interesting that in the words of the song that rain is pouring down on you, in a not-so-good scenario, you felt God stirring your heart that his goodness was pouring down on you -- that is exquisite! It speaks to me that God can take what's meant for our difficulty and bring his peace to it and alert our hearts to it. Your walk with him to hear the close beat of his heart is inspiring! xoxo

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    1. Hi Valerie, Yes, isn't the working of our God so surprising? Even though He has told us that He can take what the enemy meant for harm, and use it for good, I find that I certainly don't expect it when He does! But I do love it when He takes me off guard like that. Thank you for the sweet encouragement you always bring! xoxo

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  7. Don't you just love those warmed-up blankets, Bettie? What a special blessing God gave you to change that sad tune of feeling poured on and weighted down with troubles into a pouring down of His love into your weary heart! I'm so glad He was with you in such a special way. In telling your story, you have greatly encouraged me as well, so thank you. Blessings and hugs to you!

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    1. Dear Trudy, I am so thankful that you were encouraged today! You have brought so much encouragement to me, through your words and your prayers! I kept seeing that hand of Jesus, holding mine, as I walked thru those doors. I am grateful that He never lets go! Hugs & Blessings my friend!

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  8. Bettie - i LOVE that God comforted you and brought you peace through songs during a time when it would have been easy to be restless and anxious. I love how even the sounds of the situation were lulling you to rest and relax in the warm presence of Jesus being with you - just like a blanket wrapped around you. Stopping by again this week from Meg's link-up. Blessings to you my friend

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    1. Hi Debbie,
      Yes, you are right, the comfort Jesus brought DID feel just like that warm blanket! Isn't God so good to us, right in the midst of those hard times? Glad we are neighbors again this week! --Blessings to you!

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  9. I love that He wants to confide in us!!! This is so astounding and mind boggling. And that he would choose to draw near to us in our weakness, not shy away, What a mighty God we serve and love!!! Thanks, Bettie, for sharing and linking up. I pray you have a blessed week friend!

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    1. Hi Meg, Thank you for keeping your link-up running through this month of different times, as you have cared for your husband! Yes, I agree that our God's ways are astounding! His ways are certainly not like mine--I want so badly to be the strong one, but He loves it when I offer Him my weakness. It's the core of who I am, just me, that He really wants! Mind boggling indeed. --Blessings and Hugs to you my friend!

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