Times of reflection

Posted November 27th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

Every where I turn in the Scriptures lately, I read about sight, vision or foresight. I know it’s of God for I am pressing in continually praying for the next right step in God’s will for “the Farm”. Acts 9 records the conversion of Saul to the bold Apostle Paul. He had a blinding encounter with Jesus Christ while traveling to Damascus to arrest Christians.

Saul was clearly God’s chosen instrument. You, my friend, are God’s chosen instrument.

God takes the least likely candidate and anoints him and equips him.  He interrupts our everyday lives to get our attention! 

Jesus used dazzling light to get Saul’s attention, blinding him.

And for three days he was without sight and neither ate nor drank.  

v. 9

We all need times to reflect, look back. Saul had been zealously persecuting Christians, he believed he was doing the right thing…but

ONE touch, ONE experience, ONE encounter with the risen Christ changed all that!

This blinding encounter forced Saul to pause, to reflect, to look back at who he was really persecuting through his actions. Then scales drop from our eyes and we see with Spiritual eyes. We see and understand truth.

Not what we perceive with human eyes, but truth from a Spiritual perspective…from a Jesus perspective.

How different, humbling, to be the leader, in charge, go-to guy now blindly extending hands, trusting others to lead him.

Years ago my inner ear was traumatized due to cold air, which caused Bells’s Palsy. The left side of my face was paralyzed for a week. The doctor taped my eye shut because I could not blink and I kept my hanky in hand to catch the drools.

I vividly remember all the bruises due to bumping into things on my left. This temporary handicap forced me to make some changes. To move carefully and slowly, trust others and engage completely in the present. Quite a challenge then…still a challenge today.  Balancing staying completely engaged in the present, yet looking with vision to the future. Do you find yourself in that situation?

Read these verses then close your eyes and reflect on what these truths mean to you. Slow, careful, deliberate times of reflection, especially on God’s Word, open our eyes and hearts. Times of reflection promote pause in the middle of the journey. Draw near to God today and He will draw near to you. Listen and He will speak blinding, life changing truth into your life.

No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”- these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.  1 Corinthians 2:9-10

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.  1 Corinthians 13:12

Where there is no vision, the people perish, but blessed is he who keeps God’s Word.  Proverbs 29:18

Take time this week to really REFLECT on God’s Word and ask the Holy Spirit to give you new vision.  

xo

leah      (p.s…..Thankful for faucets!!  (:    unpacking, organizing and decorating this week!! happy happy happy!!  Watch for pictures on Friday or Saturday! )



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