Like a Weaned Child …

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A Song of Ascents, of David. 
O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; 
Nor do I involve myself in great matters, 
Or in things too difficult for me.

Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; 
Like a weaned child rests against his mother, 
My soul is like a weaned child within me.

O Israel, hope in the LORD 
From this time forth and forever.  

Psalm 131

Where Am I?

Where Am I?

Father, as I think about my Mama and find my heart and soul are missing her, You remind me of the beauty that rests in me … from You, Your gift to me.  Through my relationship with You, I have come to know that I am Yours and You are my LORD.  You gave me to my Mama and Daddy many years ago.  In these moments of feeling lost because I miss them both, You are with me.  You are here, right here.  Guide me through these times. I do not feel that my “soul is like a weaned child within me.”   I do not feel, as David did, that “I have composed and quieted my soul.”  I need You, Abba Father.  I need You to compose me and quiet me, Father.  I nestle into You as these young swans do into their parent.  You are my Comfort and my Hope.  In the Strong Name of Jesus, I pray.  Amen. 

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two others photos from my personal/family collection

Why?

Those little ones … so often asking, “Why?”  Curiosity is a wonderful thing.  Should we not have such, we learn so little.  But because we do have curiosity, we are guided into so much that we might never have known.  Learning is powerful.  It can be for our good or our not-so-good.  I like to believe that the curious winds us through mazes to a better place most of the time.  Those answers to that question of “Why?” can be a big nothing, a “Not now” answer, or an answer that will reve up the curious even further.  If we are guided, we can learn so much.  As we grow older, that little one who asks “Why?” to every sentence uttered, can end up being encouraged by a parent or a teacher or a mentor to search for answers, to spend time in books and libraries, to try something hands-on.  Oh, the power of learning.

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God teaches us as we grow in Him.  He wants us to be curious and delve into His Word and His world.  He wants us to come to Him.  He wants us to ask, “Why?”  He wants us to grow closer to HIm by knowing HIm, by asking questions, buy asking, “Why?”

Job asked “Why?” so many times.  He suffered so and was intensely discouraged in life.  His mind and heart sought answers.

Why did I not die at birth?
Why did I not perish when I came from the womb?  Job 3:11

The Psalmist asks God such an important question as he feels God’s Presence is not near to him.  He needs Him and wants to known where He is.

Why do You stand afar off, O LORD?
Why do You hide in times of trouble?”  Psalm 10:1

David asked God “Why?” many times as well.  Psalm 22 begins with a “Why?” that Jesus asked as He hung on the Cross.

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
Why are You so far from helping Me,
And from the words of My groaning?  Psalm 22:1

Jeremiah asks “Why?” in the Book of Lamentations to His God… his God Who made him a prophet.  So much happened to the Israelites.  Seeing through to a good ending was hard and maybe impossible.

“Why do You forget us forever,
And forsake us for so long a time?”  Lamentations 5:20

Have You ever asked “Why?” for any or all of these types of reasons?

Oh, yes, I have too.  During the years that my mother suffered physically or went through changes in her mental abilities, when I needed four surgeries in two years, yes, I asked, “Why?”  I also ask God about circumstances that I have no control over, but I know He does.  I ask about special people in my life who suffer so very much.  I ask Him about the world and about people, old and young, that I don’t even know…why they have to suffer as they do.

The disciples asked Jesus “Why?”  Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”  Matthew 17:19

Jesus asks his disciples and us this same question:  “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”  Matthew 6:28-29

Paul asks his listeners “Why?”

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.  Romans 8:24-25

LORD, WHY? is such a wonderful question.  May I not be afraid to ask even though answers may not come.  I pray that I not be fearful of asking if  I would be afraid of the answer.  Those little children ask, “Why?’ to most every statement an adult makes.  They don’t always get an answer that pleases them for they keep asking.  May I be as those children and ask.  I want to know “Why? because I want to know You.  I want to know You for You are my God and You made me curious.  You made me and I was a child once.  I am sure I asked, “Why?” many times to my parents and teachers.   As an older woman, I want to still ask “Why?,” LORD.  I want the curiosity to always be there to discover more of You.  I am grateful for the life that You live in me.  May I always be as those little children.  In the Name of Jesus, I pray.  Amen. 

“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.”  Matthew 18:4-5

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Colors … Joy … God

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Clap your hands, all peoples!

Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
(Psalm 47:1 ESV)


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Shout for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done it!

Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth;

Break forth into a shout of joy, you mountains,

O forest, and every tree in it;

For the LORD has redeemed Jacob

And in Israel He shows forth His glory.  

Isaiah 44:23

Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones; 

Praise is becoming to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones; 
And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.  
Psalm 32:11

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Indeed, the LORD will comfort Zion; 
He will comfort all her waste places. 
And her wilderness He will make like Eden, 
And her desert like the garden of the LORD; 
Joy and gladness will be found in her, 
Thanksgiving and sound of a melody.  Isaiah 51:3

God  is Joy!

And I am His !

The LORD your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
 Zephaniah 3:17

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Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” declares the LORD.
 Zechariah 2:10

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Heavenly Father, I write words on a blog page that describe You to me.  I write words that encourage my heart.  I need color in my life… color that makes me think of You, for You are my Joy.  I post graphics that are made by man that are so colorful and fun to look upon, but Your natural world is far brighter with the vividness of life.  Thank You for your flowers and creatures of every color.  Thinking of the joy of the LORD:  
 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. (Habakkuk 3:18 NKJV)   You walk with me through every step.  Thank You, LORD.  You hear my cries.  You see my smiles.  You know my heart and that it needs and desires color, rejoicing, joy!   I glorify You for Your Ways.  I call upon You, my LORD, for I want to be close to You.  I love You, my Abba.  Heal my grieving heart, LORD; heal my body from the four surgeries and keep me safe as I walk and work and do and be.  I need Your touch to heal me physically and emotionally, LORD.  I rejoice in You, my loving Father!  I look upon the colors of this world and find You looking at me through them.  This beautiful flutter-by says it all, doesn’t it, LORD?  You created this in such glory.  You are my joy, Abba Father.  And I pray with joy, in Your Holy Name.  Amen.

For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?  1 Thessalonians 2:19 NKJV