Today is the last day of my birth month and I woke up with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. My heart is full of joy and thankfulness because God has been so good to me. I always take time to be thankful for many things; however, this month is much different in a great way. The month was full of many positive and negative but I am forever GRATEFUL for it all.
I want to take a few moments and reflect on the past month. I pause to thank the Lord for another month of His faithfulness, anointing and blessings. This past month has been one of the best and most fruitful times of my spiritual life. I saw God work and my faith grew like never before. I was afforded the opportunity to share the word of God on a different phatform and for this I am grateful.
What is it with this forest? Oh Lord, please give me at least an hint!!!
Dreams are said to be a representation of our emotions and desires, but did I have a desire to be in a forest deep within my heart? I have been on a journey, walking for a while in the forest and it doesn’t look like there will be a moment of waking up from my dream. I cannot fathom the reasons for these dreams.
There I was again stuck in the forest. Tears ran down my cheeks as I stood alone on a grassy hill side beneath the clear blue sky in this unfamiliar place. I started walking and before I knew it I was in this mysterious place. I said mysterious because all the trees around me looked evil; they have very long, sharp, pointy thorns on them. All around me was the sound of insects and birds. Though I could not see them, I knew they were there; as the sounds echoed all over the forest. There were also sounds of rustling bushes and the howl of the wind. There were these weird plants look alike things that I accidently stepped on that cut me on my leg. I kicked a rock and bit my lip as my leg surged with pain.
Sometime before 3am I had a dream about being in a forest. I dreamt I was traveling to an unknown destination with family members, when suddenly I realized I was alone in an unfamiliar place. There I stood, no clue about my surroundings, a place I had never been before. I looked around and there were only trees and more trees. I then realized that I was lost in this unknown forest. I started walking in the direction that I thought was the way to get out but there was no end in sight. I was seriously doubting if I was even heading in the right direction as the bush was so thick. I tripped and fell over tree branches and rocks as I struggle to find my way home.
During my personal time with the Lord early this morning, I was prompted to meditate on some verses in Psalms that talk about God’s wings of protection. When I think of wings, I think of a mother bird and a hen taking care of their little ones.
Psalm 91: 1-4, He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
The first thing that I see in these verses is that the wings of God are, for me and for you, a place of protection, satisfaction and a place of refreshment.
The shadow of the Almighty is a safe place to dwell and ultimately it is the only safe place to dwell. God is faithful to protect and deliver. He is our fortress, high tower, the place where we can run to, to be safe. The key to this protection is in the first verse. We must stay close, abide in Him, let him be the Secret Safe place.
I love the imagery in verse 4 of the Psalm, “He will cover you with his feathers“, and under his wings you will find protection. The picture of a parent bird, or a mother hen, wooing its’ chicks and putting them in safety underneath her wings. As the offspring of the bird finds refuge under the wings of his parent, so we can find our refuge under the protection of Almighty God. Too often in this world, we turn to God when it is either convenient for us, or when we have messed up so bad we have nowhere else to turn.
Friends, we are compelled to always be prepared to share the Gospel; we are NOT compelled to chase rabbits with those who don’t want to hear it. We are also not compelled to roll over belly up. 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an […]
If you are looking for an example of God’s grace, look no further. This is ME! It is by God’s grace I am celebrating another year of fulfilment. Without God I am nothing and for this I appreciate Him for the gift of life.
Today I woke up and realized I have been blessed with another year on earth, with my family and friends to share it with, and with a grateful heart I say thank you Heavenly Father.
It is stunningly humbling and awe-inspiring to be alive today that I cannot help but think that having the opportunity to grow older is a total privilege worth celebrating. The joy I am feeling today is epic, I am blessed and honoured that another year has been added to my life. Whilst I am experiencing a little discomfort physically, I am able to get out of bed and move around without anyone assisting me, here I am feeling bubbly, and thanking God for being alive.