It's such a beautiful morning here...-- so beautiful; that it's hard to fathom that our weather is supposed to get so nasty today. It's rainy looking but the temperature is still mild and it hasn't even sprinkled yet. I just glanced out toward the garden and the birds are happily chattering away. A bluebird and red cardinal were perched on the barb wire fence, not 4 feet apart. Wish I'd have had my camera ready.
I'm so happy... as I just finished reading Ezekiel!!! First time I've ever read it all the way through. Then, my devotionals brought me right back to my El Roi!
Psalm 139: 1-4 "O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my down-sitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways."
Isn't it amazing to just think He knows every single, solitary lil thing about us? Everything we do? He's watching. Reminds me of the "specifics" I read in Ezekiel. You know; all those "very" specifics! That's how He knows us... right down to the very specific hairs on our heads. Numbered!
Made me think of this photo I've shared before. How many movies have I watched where someone's lost in the wilderness and search party planes can't find them because of all the trees? But God sees through the trees. He knows exactly where we are. In Him, we'll never be lost. And as my devotional reminded me this morning, "I am with you always," were the last words Jesus said before ascending into heaven.
My other devotional also spoke of God's presence.
"You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11
In HIS presence.... is "fullness" of joy. When I need joy in my life- it's found in His presence.
The question my devotional asked was this:
Is there anything that keeps you from seeing God?
Right away, I started finger pointing: ... idols,.....satan, .... and even people who tend to distract my view from seeing God. But ... in reality, I wanted to blame everything and everyone else, other than myself. I know sometimes those people and things are real factors. But the times I don't "feel" close to God, is never His fault. Because He never pulls away from me... but it's me who pulls away from Him. Sometimes the truth hurts a little. ~ But ... it also sets us free.