I want to share two tidbits that I have been thinking about lately. The first involves being ready and willing to do what God asks. The second deals with muttering and murmuring.
Ready for Anything
Are you ready for anything? As Christians, we need to be ready for anything.
I recently re-read one of my favorite missionary biographies, Evidence Unseen by Darlene Diebler Rose. In her forward she talks about a Roman coin depicting an ox facing an altar and a plow. It represented the ox being ready for either sacrifice or to work. She uses the description in reference to her fellow missionaries.
Darlene served in the Dutch East Indies prior to WWII, being the first white woman to see the interior New Guinea. She was also interred in a POW camp during WWII. After WWII, she returned to the states for a time before resuming her work in New Guinea.
So, are you ready for anything? Are you ready to throw yourself wholly into the work God has called you to? Are you ready to give you very life if that is what is required? We need to pursue, train, prepare and DO the work. All the while relying on Christ to guide and strengthen us for the work required.
Muttering and Murmuring
Muttering and Murmuring is a good thing.
If you didn’t already quit reading, let me finish. We’ll start off with one of my favorite Psalms.
Psalms 1 (specifically verse 2)
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
Meditate doesn’t mean to just think about it. And it definitely doesn’t mean to empty your mind. The word translated as meditate here means to mutter, or murmur. It requires a verbal action. We need to make vocal God’s word, by saying it not just reading it. Commit verses or passages to memory for easy recall and repetition during the busy day. In prayer, mutter God’s words back to him, along with your praise, thanksgiving and requests.
So, are you Muttering, Murmuring, Ready for Anything
This was part of the Blossom summer newsletter here