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Gentle Reminders

I find it amazing all the various ways God will try to get our attention.  For instance, the other evening while mowing the lawn, a small bird landed on the ground near me.  He didn’t fly away even though I continued to push the loud mower back and forth.  Deciding this scene was too unique to ignore, I shut the mower off and watched.  The little bird just hopped around the area occasionally picking at the ground.  Honestly, it was nothing extraordinary except for how close it came to me.

Since it was getting late and I still had nearly half the lawn to finish up, I started the mower back up and got moving.  Then after a few moments, that little bird came to where I was again.  And again I stopped to just watch.  It was then that God ever so gently reminded me of the Scripture (Luke 12:13-34) that my pastor taught through recently.  Specifically verses 22-34 where Jesus reminds His disciples not to worry/be anxious over the things that are temporal.  Rather, they are to be concerned for the things of the kingdom.

As I stood and contemplated what God could be showing me, I worked through the passage and realized that I had gone from praying for others to wondering what I was going to have for dinner.  Now for most that isn’t a big deal, but for someone who is still trying to become free from disordered eating, this can be a place of temptation to sin.  First it begins with what is even available that is quick and easy.  Thoughts then turn to what time it is and whether the meal should even be more than a piece of toast with some peanut butter on it.  Then the concern about all the various ‘rules’ that have been set up so that the diet gods don’t get mad and zap 5 pounds onto my thighs in the middle of the night.

For those who are reading this and haven’t dieted or allowed body image to rule (even for a season), these thoughts may seem ridiculous but I assure you they are real and create real panic in the mind and heart of the one who is in bondage to them.  Back to the one true God, the amazing Lord and Savior who isn’t satisfied to allow His children to wallow in their sin.  He sent a little bird to remind me to

not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!        Luke 12:22-24

How amazing!  How loving! How gracious!  God does not have to remind me of who He is or what he has promised He will do, but He did.  He so desires for my heart to belong only to Him that He continually (through the Word, circumstances and people) reminds me of His overwhelming love.  He continually draws me back to Himself.  Not only that, but God  does this for each of His children.  Unfortunately, many times we either misinterpret or ignore His ‘still small voice’ (1 Kings 19:11-12).

Today, are we listening?  Are we looking?  Do we have the eyes of our mind and heart open and expectant for our Lord to show up in real ways?  I hope so for both you and myself.  May you have a wonder-full day!

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