The Guide


Today’s thoughts may not be thoughts to which you all can relate and if not please forgive me.
I sometimes have to do trial and error with fitted sheets. Sometimes I pick the wrong corner of the sheet for the right corner of the mattress and when I do that, that sheet just will not fit that bed. And today I made a discovery; these particular sheets have obscure vertical stripes. I say discovered because I have known since purchase that the sheets were solid colored with a subtle stripe. But it was today that knowledge became useful. Let me tell you how. If I use the stripes as my guide, the corners take care of themselves. WOW! No more starting and stopping and turning — the sheets go on right the first time, every time. The right sheet corner for the right corner of the mattress is easy! And as soon as this GREAT REVELATION came to me, I thought ‘you, dummy why did you not notice that before’!
And then I thought IDOK – I can tell on myself and in the process just maybe make a spiritual application that will help us all!

Obviously, calling myself a dummy for my slow observation is not good. It would be far better for me to just be thankful for the ‘revelation’ and rejoice that every Monday morning hereafter I will not be delayed with sheet-to-mattress trial and error. I think this could be true in many other areas – berating ourselves is shall I say NEVER good. It is a waste of time and it profits us nothing. An attitude of gratitude is best even when we are slow to recognize the guidelines. Even when we are slow to pick up on something that in hindsight is now so obvious, just rejoice and move on.

I think I can safely say we all have a Bible or two in our homes and I think I can safely say that we have a general understanding of The Scriptures. But that general understanding of the ‘obscure stripes’ of the Text is not useful to us until we embrace those (obscure stripes) Scriptures as our Guide for the tasks we do every day. It is paying attention to what we already know sometimes that makes all the difference.
I could ask us today what in The Word of God do we already know that we are not allowing to be our GUIDE. I think if we are determined to obey we will be saying WOW! No more starting and stopping and turning with this task anymore – The Word Works!!

Psalm 77:6 I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, And my spirit makes diligent search.

Jude 1: 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 Timothy 2: 14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.    source

Father God, we invite you Holy Spirit to make a diligent search of our hearts for the areas that we know and yet we are not observing, illuminate us Lord and give us wills and desires to obey You. Cause us to be willing to allow Your Word to be our Guide in all the tasks and goings on of life here. Thank You for the day that is before us. We continue to ask that You bless, keep safe, and inspire to witness those who are traveling this week. And yes those of us who are in our usual places, inspire us to witness too. We bring our prayer lists here and ask Your Best for each of them; give them strength of mind, body, and spirit. And we pray for our IDOK Troops today, for their safety, asking that You protect them from all harm, asking that You give encouragement to them today, encourage them that they are getting the job done and that they are appreciated; Lord, love on them for us today. And again we ask that You bring this war to a successful conclusion. We pray for the repentance of the Presidential Candidates and we pray for mercy and grace to repent for America too. We pray for Your Church that She will be revived and in practice become a ‘spotless’ Bride. Thank You for these we call IDOKs, bless them today with strength and peace and comfort and courage, wisdom, and discernment as well as daily bread. Thank You Father in Jesus name.

As I post this it is 98°F and partly cloudy in Al Asad, IQ & the time there is 3:18 PM AST – on April 15, 2008

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