Monday, February 19, 2024

Orange Moon Monday, February 19, 2024 "Maybe?"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…




      "Maybe you could pray about it?"

      Our grandson Ewan, aged 7, and ever the whimsical wit and sage, suggested this when I told he and his family to be careful on their way home last night after our Sunday evening service.  He wondered why I had told them to exercise due caution, and then come up with the perfect, praying action I should take in the matter.

    "Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians. 4:6-7).

    Of course, the "Be careful" I mentioned is not the same as the Apostle Paul's command to "Be careful for nothing."  I merely proposed proper and safe driving to our loved ones.  Paul's meaning involved not being overwhelmed by fear and uncertainty.  Ewan's reminder of what we do about our cares followed suit.  Or, as a Bible verse he recently memorized affirms…

    "What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee" (Psalm 56:3).

   Temptations to paralyzing fear call born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to action.  A choice lies before us: "I will trust."  Or, "I will not trust."  No middle ground exists.  We either believe God and His Word, or we disbelieve His promise to be "a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).  Of course, we make our affirmation deep within the heart, from which "the issues of life" proceed (Proverbs 4:23).  Emotions, physical sensations, and rogue thoughts may continue to pass through our brains and bodies when we trust God.  As we considered in last week's messages, no less than Paul confessed, "When I would do good, evil is present with me" (Romans 7:21).  However, in such times of conflict, we stand on our affirmation.  "I will trust."  Regardless of what the world, the devil, and the flesh (including our own) may offer, we rather seek to heed our Lord's command to "Take no thought" of fear and uncertainty (Matthew 6:25).

    Ewan gently sought to lead his grandfather down this path of faith.   "Maybe you could pray about it?"  Maybe I could, Ewan.  I certainly did!  I have learned much from my children and grandchildren through the last four decades.  The light continues to shine, and continues to lead me to the altar of grace and faith whereupon we sacrifice devilish, worldly, and fleshly deceptions for "Thus saith the Lord."  I am grateful for the latest ray of illumination, and for the truth that Ewan's "Maybe" was actually more along the lines of, "You had better pray about it, Grandaddy!  I did, Ewan, and thank you for the reminder.

"A little child shall lead them."

(Isaiah 11:6)

"Trust in Him at all times, ye people, pour out your heart before Him.  God is a refuge for us."

(Psalm 62:8)

Weekly Memory Verse

     Trust in Him at all times;,ye people, pour out your heart before Him.  God is a refuge for us.

(Psalm 62:8)


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