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Mon, Aug 25 2008 - 07:41 PM

Floodlighted

Have you ever typed a whole blog entry and then accidentally lost it all?!  Just happened to me!  I"ve been typing for 30 minutes and in a flash I lost it all!  Now either that is Satan saying, "I don't want that message out there" or its God saying, "you can do better than that!"  :- )

I prayed as I drove into work today.  I prayed about my ministry interests and God reminded me of a few ideas.  While I still don't know my next step for sure or exactly how I'll make it happen, I do have a little better feel for the direction I should be thinking in!

When I got to work, I had a few minutes to spare.  In typical me style, I said a quick prayer, flipped open my bible and landed on the perfect passage for me this day-- PSALM 18.  The entire passage is great but a few verses really struck me.  

Verses 18-19: 

They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.  He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. NIV

They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me.  He stood me up on a wide open field; I stood there saved--surprised to be loved! The MESSAGE

Those verses tell me that God understands how I've been feeling--trapped, burdened, defeated--like I was an enemy of spiritual war!  BUt God rescues.  I love how the psalmist put it.... "He brought me out into a spacious place (a wide open field)" .

I can just envision myself in the middle of a huge field of wild flowers with my arms open wide, spinning around like a small child, laughing and praising God--knowing He rescued me just because he takes delight in me.  He loves me! 

Verses 28-29: 

You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.  With your help, I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. NIV

Suddenly, God, you floodlight my life; I'm blazing with glory, God's glory! I smash the bands of marauders, I vault the highest fences.  The MESSAGE

Again, God knows how I've been feeling-like my light is burning out.  I'm in the dark and cannot see where to go.  But God keeps me going.  I love the way the Message says it ...."you floodlight my life".  I remember being outside in the pitch black as a kid then Mom would flip on the floodlight and it seemed so suddenly bright that I felt almost blinded.   This scripture says, that is what God will do for me.  He will flip the switch and everything will be clear!  HOw exciting!

Verse 30:

As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless.  He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him. NIV

I love how the Message says it...

What a God!  His road stretches straight and smooth.  Every God-direction is road-tested.  Everyone who runs toward him makes it.

Every God-direction is road-tested just like a new car.  I don't have to worry if it will work or not.  If it is a direction from God, it will work! 

Then the last part..... EVERYONE WHO RUNS TOWARD HIM MAKES IT!

Can I hear an AMEN?!

I can fret about my next step.  I can worry about all the things that seem to get in the way.  Satan can distract me all he wants.  The bottom line is that as long as I am running toward God, I'll make it!  Oh, I may have to go around a few things and swat at a few attackers here and there, but as long as I just keep running toward Him, I'll make it--no ifs, ands or buts about it!   Isn't that just amazingly comforting?!

Yeah, logically and as a Christian, deep down, I already knew all of this, but God is so good.  He is so loving and caring that He led me right to these very words because He knew they would touch my heart this very day.  I am always surprised by His goodness and the fact that He pays attention to my needs in such a personal way.

I love you, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refue.  He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies........The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!  ....Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O Lord; I will sing praises to your name.  Psalm 18: 1-3, 46, 49

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About: I am a married, working mother with 2 children a daughter age 17 and a son age 14. I have a passion for writing and feel led to work with pre-teen girls. I blog mostly about my spiritual journey as I seek God's perfect will for my life.

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