Friday, July 1, 2016


     A few days ago the sweet fragrance of the mock orange shrub drew me across the back yard. I picked a tiny sprig and put it in a small bottle with water on the windowsill above the sink. Its perfume filled the kitchen. The bees are still feasting on the few blossoms remaining on the bush.

     I love that our Father/Creator is aware and attentive to each one. He knows the little things that bring us joy. He delights in our pleasure. This One who is love wants to "love on" every individual. Hagar, Sarai's maid, called Him El Roi, the God who sees me. (Genesis 16:13-14) He knew her need and cared for her.

     Since the veil of separation between man and Father God was ripped open when Jesus died on Calvary, only the decision of each individual can shut God out of our lives. He's chosen to work through believers as His instruments. The moment a heart opens to Him, if someone is in tune and willing to be used, the one asking will receive. (Matthew 7:8)

     An Ethiopian returning from a time of worship in Jerusalem longed to know what is true. Philip was willing to go where God needed him to go and do what He needed him to do. The Ethiopian accepted Philip's teaching about the Father's great love and provision for him and continued on his way rejoicing. (Acts 8:26-39)

     Simon Peter took a bit of convincing, but he obeyed the Holy Spirit and traveled to Caesarea to explain the way of salvation through faith in Jesus. He was sent to Cornelius, a centurion, a devout man who had not heard the Gospel message. God knew the desire of Cornelius' heart. He and his family and friends who had gathered received an outpouring of the Holy Spirit while Peter was still teaching. (Acts Ch.10)

     Ananias was God's man in Damascus when Saul of Tarsus prayed, trying to come to terms with the revelation that Jesus is the Son of God. He was in tune with the Holy Spirit and in fear ministered to this one who was known to hate followers of Jesus. (Acts 9:17)

     If we are attentive and willing, Father God is well able to orchestrate circumstances to bring us into relationship with those who will welcome and respond to His unconditional love.



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