IDOK DEVOTION FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2009
Day 2 of Stay-Cation
Actually, as I type, day 1 is nearly complete and it has been a wonderful day! Hope you all enjoyed the pictures and following those projects, we went on to other things and then to the first Marvelous Monday in August at Satsuma First and it was just that – Marvelous! Supper with friends was a hoot; and now I am here, offering you an IDOK from August 22, 2006.
Pineapple Bowls and Driving Tips
Yesterday was Monday, all day long it was Monday. And so about 5:15 as I was in the midst of preparing supper, I opened the frig, and right there on the third shelf was a three-fourths empty bowl of pineapple with no lid, just plastic wrap and not the plastic wrap that seals either. A ‘quiet voice inside’ said: ‘the pineapple is now too old to enjoy and besides you don’t have a lid on it — take it out now before it spills’. Did I listen? NO! I closed the door and went on to other supper details which in moments brought me back to the frig. And you guessed it — Reaching in for something else, I bumped the pineapple bowl and sticky, sticky, pineapple juice made its way down the refrigerator shelf onto the floor, and chunks of pineapple dotted the rug. Yucky!
That ‘Quiet Voice’ didn’t say a word. He didn’t have to (and besides He’s too much of a Gentleman to chide) — I was thinking plenty!
You may ask, why do you say He? You don’t really believe that ‘Quiet Voice’ was the Holy Spirit of God, do you?
Yes, I do.
I believe He loves me so much and that He is so much into walking this life with me that He sometimes even gives notice that bowls of pineapple are going to tip over.
But let’s move on with a more serious ‘Quiet Voice’ moment.
Our oldest red-haired daughter and our 4-year-old Princess were traveling I-65 yesterday and it was raining.
As Andria looked to her right she saw another vehicle right beside her and in that moment that same ‘Quiet Voice’ cautioned: ‘that vehicle is going to come over in your lane without looking’. I am relieved to tell you that Andria instantly reduced her speed and when the driver changed to Andria’s lane, without looking, Andria began praising aloud our Great and Awesome God. I am so glad she heeded that ‘Quiet Voice’. Because she did, she and our little Princess made it home safe and sound.
By now it is obvious why I am sharing these moments, isn’t it?
Yes, there is no doubt in my mind, that Quiet Voice is Our God. He speaks to us daily about little things and big things, and we do well when we listen. Now I would be the first to say that He does not always give pineapple bowl warnings and He may not always give driving directions on rainy days but whatever He speaks, if we will listen we just may avoid a little mess, or a big hurt and maybe even death.
John 14 (KJV): 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Obtained from Biblegateway.com
Father, three years ago I prayed: And as we think about our daily ins and outs, thank You that You do walk with us in the little and the big, the important and the mega important stuff, and thank You that You speak and we pray that You will tune our hearts to listening more and more and that we learn to be less and less disobedient to Your Voice. For our IDOK Family, we bring them now, each and every one and those still quiet on our hearts and we entrust all their needs to You for You to grant and lavish as You know is best for each individual.
It’s still a good prayer and we renew it today. Our IDOK Troops have increased in three years and You have been faithful day after day and year after year. Thank You. And we pray again today for their protection and safety in spirit, soul, and body; still asking that You bring them all home safe and sound and more in love with You when they arrive home than when they deployed. Thank You for this day that Jerry and I have enjoyed; guide us and help us make the most of these days for Your glory, our good and holy fun. And Father, help our IDOKs do the same. Amen and amen
As I post this it is 97°F and clear in Kuwait, KW (Airport), and the time there is 7:09 AM AST on August 4, 2009.