Lamentations 3:22-24, ”Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.
I went early to CORINNE’S GARDEN this morning and found others had the same idea; enjoying the cool day. The park is teeming with active people of all ages. People walking brick garden paths, smelling flowers, taking pictures, parading dogs, and sitting on benches and under gazebos in garden corners.
RUSTY LOCKS ~
Still, another scenario is unfolding across town; family members sorting storage unit items for impending move; “rusty lock” adding to frustration of hot day, deadline to complete. Do you have a “Rusty Lock” in your life? Think on this! I hear, “cut the lock”, “call a locksmith”, use “WD40!” For one thing there isn’t discretionary money to “cut” or “call. Take a moment; how did you respond when a “Rusty Lock” situation caused a crisis in your life. Wring your hands – use words that didn’t glorify God – take things into your own hands – get upset at others around you – give up -. I hear long standing believers say “I am a worrier”, I know God is faithful, but I still worry”. I am going to say this very clearly – when we worry, we insult God! We don’t mean to; we wouldn’t think of it; yet that is exactly what happens. Romans 15:13 speaks this to us “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” I love reading Psalm 62:5 (6-7) where it declares “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him.”
RUSTY LOCK RESPONSES ~
How did I respond to the “Rusty Lock”? Prayed ~ my intense longing for God has only surfaced within the past decade. Oh yes, like you I have had moments of intimate walks with God praying through verses such as Psalm 38:9 “All my longings lie open before you, O Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you” read my daily devotional; all of that is important. But I have come to realize there is a great difference between habit and intense heart hunger. Please don’t misunderstand; you and I are growing, no matter what age we are – we will never ‘arrive” until we are with Jesus. 2 Peter 3:18 says, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity”. .So when you have a “rusty lock” moment, (families, jobs, cars, daily life creates these!), go immediately to your Master, remembering that “I (you) can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4: 13. Begin to memorize “rusty lock” verses –pull them up on your phone throughout the day; share with others.
Yes, the lock opened!