Date: September 1, 2020
This week, I feel the Lord sending me back to a portion of scripture that I was shown many years ago as a verse that was brought to life for me. I still remember it to this day as if I were right back in that moment in time.
Do you believe the Lord gives us revelations in life individually tailor-made for each of our own spiritual needs? Absolutely yes, He does! The question is, are we watching and listening with our hearts wide open? Are our eyes and ears open to His promptings? Do we search out His life lessons through a broad lens, or do we leave things up to chance, completely disregarding the source of wisdom available to us? We could say we need to walk through our days with a “spiritual lens,” expecting to always hear from our Father. If we do that, we can expect encouragement at every turn. We can let go of all our fears of the unknown. Our heavenly Father is always waiting to show us His love, and through life’s lessons and the beautiful creative ways He does it, we are continually left in awe, but only if we have eyes to see and ears to hear!
So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And yet even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
These verses emphasize the importance of focusing on the eternal, and letting go of the temporal, trusting our God works all things together for His good. It gives us a glimpse of what a loving Father He is. He is the One who knows us better than we know ourselves. He even knows the exact number of hairs on our head!
I shared earlier that this portion of scripture takes me back in time. This season of life frequently found me anxious and fear-stricken pretty much daily. It all seems unwarranted now, yet isn’t that how anxiety usually works?
At the time, I had four teenagers at home. The most challenging part of those years was when they initially received their driver’s licenses. I agonized over the endless possibilities that could happen to my children behind the wheel. As silly as it may sound to some, the fear involved in seeing them drive off each day left me feeling helpless, and always borrowing trouble for my weary mind. That is, until the Lord so kindly showed me the meaning of these words: Do not be afraid; even the hairs on your head are numbered!
This lesson came one day when I received a phone call with the news that my daughter had been in an accident. As I quickly rushed to her, it played out like a scene in a movie. I arrived to police cars, fire trucks and stopped traffic. I literally left my car in the middle of the road and started running towards all the commotion! There she was standing on the sidewalk, frazzled to say the least. Although she had a few scrapes and cuts, she was safe; later her car was declared completely totaled!
After some tears and hugs were exchanged, I approached her car to reach inside and remove her belongings before it was towed away. It was then I saw what I later realized to be a direct sign from God, His personal message to me in that moment. You see, I had memorized the verse from Matthew. I had been consoling myself all along with those words, since I knew I could not control all that could happen to my children. Yet God promised me that HE could! He assured me that He was the One who controlled all that my children encountered in a day, so much so that every hair on their heads were known to him.
I can still picture the car as I approached it. Her front windshield had shattered in a million pieces, and yet her rearview mirror was still intact. I stared at it. On impact my girl’s head hit her mirror rather than the windshield. A substantial amount of my daughter’s beautiful hair had been pulled out, and was now attached to the mirror. And there it was just blowing softly in the wind, as if it had carefully been placed there.
In that brief moment I immediately heard the words of the scripture in my mind. He knows every hair on my daughter’s head! There is nothing hidden in her life that the Lord hasn’t known about before the day she was even born. It was as if God said to me, “Linda she’s always been in my care. Can you please finally just trust Me?”
We all are experiencing different levels of fear and different expectations for the future. There is not one aspect of this life that our God is not in full control over. He knows it all: the good, the bad and the ugly. He will work it all out for good. Ask Him today to send you His personal message of hope through a life experience. Ask Him to reveal something tangible you can cling to. He’s the other half of your most intimate relationship. There’s nothing He would rather do than to convince you of His love, and that all is right in your world.
Call to me and I will answer, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and incline in your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as if it were hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “Today if you hear his voice…”
Isn’t it incredible that God’s knowledge of us is never general, but instead so very specific? I love the thought of that! As it says in Matthew 10, verse 27, “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear proclaim from the roofs!” I encourage all of you to take your story, the moments that God spoke to you loud and clear, and proclaim them to a world that desperately needs hope. It is commanded of us, and I think today more than ever it is so very needed!
God, please help us all to trust your word, and live free, unhindered by the unknowns, yet confident in your constant care! Amen!
Delighting in safe pasture,