Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Scriptures of Encouragemente~ Look Out For That Tree!

The young child skipped along the rocky trail. Frequently during the afternoon walk she turned her face upward to steal a glance at her Father. Their eyes met. They shared a secret joy. He squeezed her tiny hand securely and she squeezed back. Such was the act of trust born of love.

The trail made a steady climb. Shadows lengthened in the afternoon sun. Overhead, bluejays chattered as they flitted from branch to branch on the evergreen canopy. The child giggled. She let loose of her Father's hand and began to dance with abandon. Spinning and twirling, twirling and laughing, she threw back her head, closed her eyes, and thrust her hands high into the air. Her bliss filled the forest stage.

"Look out for that fallen stump," her Father called.

But the child was caught up in her world of celebration and did not heed her Father's call. Her feet became tangled in the unexpected branches blocking the path. Down she went. She sprawled across the joy-stopper, pine needles poking at her face. Her Father ran to her. He scooped her up, lifting her high above the rocky path and the place of stumbling.

"Daddy, why did you let me fall? You could have stopped me! Why did you let go of my hand?" the young girl said. Her accusations stormed the heart of her adoring Father.

"But, child, you let go of my hand. You ran ahead of me. I called out a warning, but you were too far ahead of me to hear."

The young girl scrunched her face. Her bottom lip protruded and a single tear escaped her hazel eyes. "I'm sorry, " she said. "I know you didn't make me fall. You were right there to pick me up and make sure I was okay." She sneaked a peak into her Father's eyes and caught her own reflection. "I see...me," she said. Her brows furrowed as she cocked her head slightly to the right. "You always told me I was the apple of your eye." Biting her bottom lip, she said, "I love you."

As always, her Father's eyes were upon her. His presence beside her. Watching. Caring. Loving.
As always, His eyes are upon you. His presence beside you. Watching. Caring, Loving.

Psalm 73:22-26, "I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You. Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

"Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

Father, Your promises are sure, Your love unfailing. Thank You for ALWAYS being beside us, holding our hand, calling out warnings when we run ahead of You. Open our eyes to see You with us. Your Spirit dwells within us. We know this because of Jesus. But awaken our understanding to realize that, just as You are in us, we are IN You - Your Presence. Praise Your Name Lord. You will NEVER leave us, nor forsake us. You are with us always, even to the ends of the earth. Bless Your Holy Name! We love You, Lord.
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    1. Awww...thanks Mary! I'm so glad you stopped by. Love you :)

  2. Oh Nan, I needed this. It's another great reminder that He holds us in the palm of His hand. Northing we can ever do can pluck us out! Love you!

    1. That's right, Jamie. And He never lets go. Sometimes we do, but God our Father will never let go of us. I love you.

  3. A beautiful reminder of His love, goodness, and grace...even when we let go. Thank you!

    1. Thank you Vonda. He truly is amazing. Love you!

  4. I needed to read this today.
    It's been the second day of an awful headache and eyeache. I can hardly look at any light (one of the worst is the computer screen). I have work to hand in tomorrow which I've barely started. I'll have to ask for an extension of my deadline (I hate to do that!) or for someone else to take my job for me...

    And you're right. I'm a lot like that little girl. I tend to get carried away by my own enthusiasm and I guess I take it too far. Too much Facebook sharing I guess. Too little rest for my 20/20 yet human sight... It's just that the Lord has been sharing so much wisdom with me lately that I need to share at least some of it...

    So ok, I'll need to take it easy now... For a couple of days, at least, and then hope, pray and try to take my "eye breaks" more seriously next time.

    And you're right. God ALWAYS warns us. Through other people, like my husband, for example. And yet we're stubborn and are too distracted and don't listen. Until oops.
    Please pray for me!

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