Wednesday, March 2, 2016

COME, SEE A MAN !... "Piece by Peace"

Giving God our problems or desires always pays. If our motives are right and it's good for us He is always faithful to make away.

And... the journey to the destination can be remarkable. Not only for us personally but the objects needed to fulfill to call.

Example:

Over the past year, finding it physically difficult to get down to- or up from- my altar, I asked God to show me another way. A way that would be pleasing in His sight. After all, I wanted nothing to hinder the dedication and prayer life that has proved to be so precious.

Given to God and forgotten I suddenly, within days, became casually motivated to rearrange my 300 sq. foot living space.

An idea came to move my present altar, which was once an average living room coffee table that came from a Yard Sale, into the bedroom under a counter and there my guitar, which was also  given by and dedicated to the Lord, could rest safely off the floor.

Awesome.

From there I opened my blocked up sliding glass doors in the living room and moved a rocking chair, which I inherited from my mother... who bought it in Tennessee years ago... into the radiant light for Bible reading and now had an empty wall in which to place a new altar.

So what would I use? What should I buy? Ugh. How would this work?

After a an hour or so, my mind went to a couple of plastic storage bins I had under the bed with keepsakes and family photos and was moved to stack them against the vacant wall. Then cover them with two beautiful pieces of scrap material I bought at yet another Yard Sale a few years ago. There was no obvious reason for the material, at that time, but God saw the future. And now there was room under the bed for the extra music equipment that I kept having to move around.

Next, I placed a small hand-made wooden Table-Top Podium, that also came from a Sister's Yard Sale, that my dear Sister in Christ also bought at a Yard Sale way before we met.

For years I kept a Holy Bible resting on it, that the same dear Brother and Sister presented to me as a gift on 05/29/2012, again, many years ago.

Now needing a smaller pillow to kneel on, than the large one I used originally, I remembered a flattened out old Thrift Store throw pillow I bought... that just happened to match the Yard Sale material laid over the bins.

Imagine that.

I was now able to kneel at a much more comfortable position and more easily able to get up and down.

Wait. It gets better.

A day or so later an idea came to fold the pillow in half and sew it, for further support for my aging knees. It was a gorgeous day so I went outside to sew.

A neighbor saw me and walked over to chat. "You doin' some mending?" she cheerfully asked. I told her I was making a prayer pillow and the Holy Spirit, again, took it from there.

The more we casually spoke and got to know each other the more spiritual the conversation became. We shared our supernatural experiences, talked of religion, spoke of personal beliefs and the overall condition of the world.

It was an ordained moment of personal confessions and testimonies that ultimately led to the glorifying of God. How could it not! When Jesus is in the midst things naturally change!

A week or so passed and a quiet Christmas day was here. Just getting up I heard a knock on my sliding doors. Asking who it was I than opened the slider to see my precious smiling neighbor standing at the steps with a wooden "thing" in her hand.

"Merry Christmas!" she said as she handed me the item.

"My husband made this for you. It's a Kneeling Bench. And I told him if it didn't work you could prop your feet up on it or something. He's Catholic." she explained.

Well, I can tell you I was completely stunned. My neighbor and I had only spoken once or twice and except for the one day of a 20 minute conversation as I sat outside to sew, our words were minimal. Just typical friendly gestures of nods and waves.

I hugged her and thanked her and immediately placed the bench at the altar. And as for the pillow I had sewn a week prior...

A perfect fit.

See, my neighbors did not know I had an altar. They knew nothing of my spiritual habits except for hearing me play the guitar and sing to the Lord once or twice.

Okay. There's still more.

The kneeling bench was beautiful and the pillow was great but now I noticed the altar was now not quite tall enough. Wanting to naturally keep the beautiful bench I wondered what to do. Another bin maybe? Nope. Too high.

Another day or so passed and as I rearranged under a cabinet I noticed the two wooden boxes that came with the camper when bought. I never could figure what these boxes were for or where they came from but they appeared to be possibly hand-made and somehow related to the camper. An old drawer maybe? Whatever the origin they needed to be kept.

So, not knowing what else to do with them, I used one to put my cleaning supplies in, to keep them off the floor, and just had them stacked on top of each other under the bathroom sink.

So, yep. You guessed it.

I flipped the empty box up side down and placed it on top of the bins with the wooden Table-Top Podium with the Bible set on top. The final piece to the puzzle! And ALL inspired by God.


Coffee Table: (acquired 2007)... Yard Sale
Rocking Chair: (inherited 2012)... via 3 different states: Tennessee, Florida, Alabama... (hand-made)
Scrap Material: (acquired 2010)... Yard Sale
Table-Top Podium: (acquired 2008)... via 2 different Yard Sales... (hand-made)
Bible: (given 200?)... gift
Pillow: (acquired 2009)... Thrift Store
Kneeling Bench: (given 2015)... Christmas gift... (hand-made)
Wooden Box: (came with the camper 2012)... (hand-made?)

My message? NEVER dismiss that little nudge of the Holy Spirit, even in the tiny things. What makes no sense... or what has no purpose at the moment... just may be part of a great big plan our Father has for us.

Even years down the road.

Isaiah 53:5 ~ But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Luke 1:35 ~ And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
Luke 2:11 ~ For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Hebrews 12:2 ~ Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Revelation 21:6 ~ And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Revelation 22:13 ~ I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.




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