Anybody ever suffer from heartburn or indigestion? It's been said that one of the natural remedies for it is to have a teaspoon of mustard which helps to neutralize the acid in your stomach. I remembered this the other night when I woke up with horrible indigestion and it seemed to help. Standing there in my kitchen, with the refrigerator door open as my only source of light, I grabbed a teaspoon and proceeded to add some mustard to it and stick it in my mouth. For anyone who has experienced heartburn, you know how desperately you want relief from the uncomfortable feeling. After I digested some of it, I heard the Holy Spirit ever so gently tell me to turn over the bottle and look at the ingredients. As I was turning the bottle of mustard over to read the ingredients, I laughed out loud to myself. The third ingredient in my bottle of mustard was mustard seed. This may not seem funny at first, but come along on this ride as I hope to encourage you.
Today is what some consider Holy Thursday, the night before Jesus died, or rather, willingly gave up His life for this entire world. I've been pondering this for a while, as I sat down to type this post. I found myself wondering what He was feeling, what He was thinking, and what was going on in His mind, knowing the horrific death He would soon face. Put yourself in His shoes for a moment. How would you feel and what would you be doing if you knew this was your last night on earth?
I've been thinking about death a lot in the last year. Definitely not trying to be morbid, but it has definitely been on my mind heavily, but not in a scary or fearful kind of way. I am grateful the Lord has delivered me from this fear of death, but perhaps more than death, I have been really also thinking about how I live and if...
Crisis has a way of affecting our vision. We need not look too far to see all the crisis that has affected our world on a global level just in the last year with COVID-19. And that's not even taking into account the personal crises you may have taking place right now in your own life. It’s so easy to focus on all we think we have lost, what we don't have or what we can’t do. We can easily miss what God may be trying to get us to see. Today, I want to challenge you to look again in the midst of the crisis you may be facing, and think about this question as we learn from a widow in 2 Kings 4:1-7.
What (or who God has called you to birth is special, beautiful and a part of God's plan. Do you know that? Knowing this truth, does that cause you to pause and consider how you are protecting what you are carrying? I certainly hope so. What lengths would you be willing to go to care for what God has allowed you to birth in this season? What about when He calls you to release it? How will you respond?