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Be still and know that I am God

Amazing what you can hear at night when the world around you is silent. My house is rarely ever silent. It is a hub bub of activity all day long. With 4 growing kids, and two grandparents sometimes my husband and I don’t know whether we are coming or going.
Once the little ones are off to bed, and everyone has trudged off to their room to recharge for another day, I like to enjoy the silence. I live about 10 blocks from the train station. During the day I never hear the train. I know it is running all day because I’ve seen the schedule, but it comes and goes and I am never the wiser. Except at night. At night, what the distractions of the day hide from me become clear. I can hear the train.
In those moments when I hear the train, I sometimes wonder what I’m not hearing during my busy days. What is passing me by without my being aware of it?
Silence is a gift. Mother Teresa liked to say that the fruit if silence is prayer. In a busy world where we are connected, to everything and just about everyone, its hard to find peace. Silence has been stolen from us. It has been taken in bits and pieces, like tiny ants at a picnic taking away the feast a crumb at a time. Silence, has become what out stressful lives desire, yet we know it not.
In Psalm 46 we hear of God being exalted in the midst of a chaotic world, roaring seas, nations in uproar but in the end it reminds us to Be still and know that I am God. You see, in order to find true peace, we should strive to find the quiet moments and acknowledge God in everything. The news, our jobs, our friends, the crowded trains. Be still and know that I am God, helps ups to focus on God and not the circumstances. It lifts our eyes from our surroundings and helps us to tune into what God is speaking to our hearts.
It is hard to let go of the day, to find a quiet place and know that God is there with you. But if we are still we will see Him. Prayer comes in those quiet times when we can detach from the world, and attach ourselves to Him.
On the rare occasions I hear the train pass during the day I smile and say speak Lord your servant is listening.

Light In Darkness

John 1:3-5 Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

How can darkness understand light?

For years I had been hearing about Low Laser Light Therapy, I spoke to one of my doctors who truly believed it was more hocus pocus than good.  How can a part of your body that was never made to be exposed to light, respond to it?  A few years later he was using the laser light therapy with lots of success.  When I asked him why, I was blown away by his answer.  You see our innermost cells were created to be receptive to light.  These cells in normal circumstances would never be exposed to light, so why do they have receptors for light, and why are they being healed by laser light?  Scientists tell us that it’s because light is energy and when these cells receive the “energy” they need they can start to heal, but they don’t know why the receptors are there in the first place.

By the time he finished his explanation I couldn’t stop smiling.  You see as a person of faith, I know that we were created in the image and likeness of God.  His very word tells us that He is the light of this world (John 8:12.)   My every fiber is made to respond to Him.  Not just spiritually but physically as well.   I thought of how many things I carry in the inner recesses of my heart, that need healing.  I thought of the darkness of my sins, and of the pain I hide so that others won’t guess what a mess I am.    Then I began to understand how truly merciful and wondrous my God is.  When I bring my sins, pains, and brokenness to Jesus and expose them to the light of His word, when I expose my hidden sins to Jesus, His light can heal me.

How many times had I thought to myself that I was lost and not worth finding?  But Jesus comes and tells us, that not only are we worth finding, we were created to be found.  There are no accidents in God’s plan.  What scientist chalk up to new, unknown or accidental God had planned.  Your salvation was part of His plan.

When getting a sonogram in my first pregnancy the baby was not cooperating, so the technician shined a light on the opposite side of my belly to get the baby to move towards the light.  I started to cry because I knew that even before birth, even before cognitive thinking was developed we know that light is good and that we should approach it.

Psalm 18:28 says “You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.”

Let us bring our secrets into the Light of Jesus, our pain, our brokenness our past hurts, our anger our hatred, our frustrations, and well everything.  He longs to heal us.  But first we must bring these things into the light.  Just like the patients who flock to low laser therapy need to show up and expose their injuries to the light.  We are called to expose our injuries to Jesus.  I believe that Jesus can heal us spiritually if we take this step towards Him.

Exposing our darkness is never easy.  Bringing things long-buried into the light can be very difficult.  We all carry things in our closet that we would love to just imagine never happened.  Those things affect our thoughts and actions whether we consciously acknowledge them or not.  Taking these things to Jesus in prayer can finally bring healing and freedom.

Isaiah 42:16 I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

Today I pray that we open our hearts to the healing light of Christ.   That we allow Him to lead us in ways we had not planned or may not even understand.  He longs to make our rough places smooth, and draw us closer to Him

God Bless you!