It’s been a while. A beginning into many of my posts recently, but I also guess how my life could be viewed presently. ‘It’s been a while’ is what well meaning friends say when they’ve been meaning to catch up with you, but life has got in the way. It’s been a while…
As I sat down to write this blog, I initially thought I would talk on my birthday trip to Rome last month, my recent baptism or just general life events that have taken place, or even show you some of the dishes I have put together. But, I think it’s been a while since I’ve kept it real with myself and others. I’ve no clue who and how many people read this blog but I pray if you are reading this now, you will see my heart.
I guess deep down I knew the Holy Spirit was probing me to write a blog, I just didn’t realise it would begin this way.
I realise that it’s been a while since:
- I laughed until my belly hurt
- Until recently, that I let God have my whole heart in worship
- I laughed until I cried
- I actually enjoyed my devotional time
- I genuinely enjoyed others company
- Created an unforgettable memory
- I took the time to look upon the birds of the air, or the lilies of the field
- I allowed myself to feel what I feel
- I stopped being mad at myself
- I thought about nothing apart from the present moment
- Enjoyed a break
- Took the time to enjoy & savour the flavours of food
Now some might say how sad is that? And if I were reading this post I would, but I think we can all agree that unless we live on purpose, and took a real look at our lives, we’d realise that it’s been a while since any of us have done the above. In my devotional time this morning, The Lord led me to Matthew 6:26 as He has done so over the past week.
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Funnily enough, every morning I’m awoken by the beautiful noise of chirping birds and I’m beginning to take the time to listen to them instead of become annoyed by them. And this morning I actually took the time to Look upon the birds of the air (namely a sparrow) and just how care free they seemed to be as they perched on my fence and walked through the grass in the garden. I asked God, what do you want me to see? ‘Nothing, just LOOK upon the birds of the air’ was the response I was given. Look, truly look and consider their ways. In a world where no one takes the time do be mindful of anything, or to be in the present moment, I can already tell this is going to take some practice lol
What a response though, from the King of Kings & Lord of Lords, to tell me to Look upon the birds – namely a Sparrow. Why would I look at the birds, I don’t even like birds -__- But when you study other versions, King James namely, we are told to ‘Behold’. The whole context of this scripture is to bring comfort and take us out of worry. Behold or Look in the original Greek meaning is emblepo which means to ‘turn one’s eye on’, or metaphorically speaking to ‘look upon WITH THE MIND’ or consider. In that we can gaze upon the work of God’s hands and enter into His presence. We can be mindful of His provision, just by looking at something He so intricately created.
The enemy really does come to steal, kill and destroy! When I reviewed the list above, tears filled my eyes as I realised just how much has been stolen. Even more so, how much the enemy intends to steal from the body of believers and unbelievers. There’s other things I wish to write about, but I know in my spirit it’s not for sharing at this present moment.
It’s my prayer that, even once a day, you will look upon the birds of the air, and remember that they do not sow, nor reap, nor store up in barns, and YET your heavenly Father feeds them. May this pondering truly bring you comfort in the midst of a busy day, week and frantic schedule. May it be the very thing that brings you to your centre. May it lead you to Christ and into His love, into His throne room and a deeper understanding of His grace.
Love EML xx