Thursday, January 21, 2010
January 21, 2010, "The Longing"
Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written By: Teresa Criswell
"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
~ Hebrews 4:16 ~
My fingers were dancing upon the keyboard as my eyes stayed focused on the screen. Wait!!! The screen suddenly turned black. Did my computer's battery 'die'? I looked to see that it was still plugged in...the lights on the laptop were still showing it was powered on. What? What's going on? Are you kidding? This can't be happening. Not my computer. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
You should have seen me. I laid hands on it and prayed. Nothing happened. I took the battery out and unplugged it for a few seconds, then powered it back on...but still nothing. Wait! I could see a faint background of the computer. Yet the darkened screen didn't show any signs of getting lighter. We had a computer tech look into it. He opened the computer up and finally diagnosed it...he figured that it was the background LED light that needed to be replaced. As he suggested, we ordered a part online using our son's computer. The part came in a few days later....still nothing. The computer technician finally pronounced the computer 'dead'. What? Wait! This is my tool to write, are you kidding?
It took me off my schedule of writing needing to share one computer with three different people. When was I going to get my 'time' in? I didn't want the writing to get in the way of my time with my family. Well, the best way to go about it was to stay up late...being that I'm like a 'night owl', why not? Well, even that started to get the best of me, being that I have to wake up early to ensure our daughter get off to school on time.
My computer access was to a minimum and that is when I realized how much I 'relied' on that device. Pertinent information, now wiped out never to be accessed again. Well, guess what? I had pictures and documents in my folder on that particular computer that I didn't back up onto a flash drive. I am led to ponder about the things we once considered as wants and are now considered as our basic necessities.
I love how God doesn't waste anything. He has a lesson plan involved in each of those messes we are involved with. I love that saying, "God turns our messes into a powerful message."
I truly consider that saying. I realize that even in this time of inconvenience it is not the end of the world. Spanning out among mankind and being reminded of the struggles that are up against so many people; it's mind boggling to think such a thought; yet it's true, while I whimper and get upset about my computer...there are people in Haiti right now mourning the loss of their loved ones, children, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
It leads me to the thought of the members of our body. We don't pay much attention to our heart pumping blood every second; unless something happens in which we become more aware our beating heart. We don't pay much attention to our arms, fingers, legs or toes unless of course we pull a muscle, break a bone or going through pain. There are many times we don't pay much attention to the beauty of people and things until they are broken, dead or stained.
I am reminded at this very moment of my longing for God. I want to long for Him now. I want to desire His heart and desire His desires. I want and long to embrace the people He has allowed so beautifully in my life at this moment and at this time. I want to long for the things of God; things that are eternal, not temporary. I want to long for Him. I am reminded yet again to be mindful of things we have access to daily. We have access to our God and His throne of Grace which we are able to approach with boldness through Jesus Christ to obtain something. But what? We are able to approach Him with boldness as we obtain His mercy and grace to help in our time of need. I thank God at this moment that when I was broken, stained with sin and dead to Him He took my vessel and made me whole, the stains of sin He washed clean with His Blood and as I was dead to my relationship with Him He brought to life with His resurrecting power resulting His saving power of redemption and restoration.
May we appreciate, embrace and endure when there is the temptation to take for granted, pull away from and quit.