Because He Bends Down to Listen…

I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray. - Psalm 17:6

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Oh, how this image grasps my imagination! I think of it often in those moments when I am tempted to think that I am insignificant in His sight. I want to be able to picture it in my mind's eye, but it is too marvelous to bring about a clear vision. The Lord of Hosts bends down to listen as I pray! Wow!!

The only image I can bring clearly is a loving father with a small child. As they eagerly look up into His face with important bit of news to share, or lift up their tear-stained face to show him their boo-boo that needs attending, I see the Daddy leaning down to catch every word, to be on their level so that they feel his presence, and to gather them into his arms while he listens or attends. This is what God does for me!

Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! - Psalm 116:2

Just as a small child will constantly be looking for another way to garner the attention of a loving parent, God's willingness to bend down and listen also elicits a response from me. Now I will go to Him with every morsel of joy I find, to share it with Him. Like a child bringing flowers picked from the summer yard, I hold each thanksgiving up to Him, to honor Him and show Him my love. And with each hurt or boo-boo, I run to Him for comfort and healing. I cry in His arms, and I don't have to climb into His lap because He has already bent down to meet me.

What beautiful imagery to dwell on today... The God of All, the Great I Am, bending to listen as I pray.

Lord, may I offer you today my everything! May I come with confidence, knowing that each little moment is important to share with you. Thank you for bending down to hear me, to share with me, to snuggle with me, and to enjoy my company. Amazing! In Jesus' Name, Amen...


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Crash Test Dummy Days

O storm-battered city, troubled and desolate! I will rebuild you with precious jewels and make your foundations from lapis lazuli. I will make your towers of sparkling rubies, your gates of shining gems, and your walls of precious stones." - Isaiah 54:11-12

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Do you ever have crash test dummy days? I'm talking battered, tossed-about, never-come-out-of-this-unmarred days. The days where everything seems to be mounting an attack against you, from the moment you open your eyes. The days when you cry out in desperation for relief, however brief and small.

I imagine on those days that I look a lot like a test-dummy after a long day in the testing lab. I've seen those commercials where they show him being launched against a wall, or slammed into with sandbags. Yep, that's what those days feel like. And just like in the commercials, the tests just keep coming, without time to catch my breath. And they always leave me feeling that I must look about as beaten as I feel. Defeated, troubled, storm-battered, and desolate... just like the city in Isaiah.

And listen to the promise made to that city that God loves. Does He not love me? Yes, in fact, I am that city that He makes the promise to, the one He will rebuild and restore. God will not only rescue and rebuild me, He will restore me using precious jewels and gemstones! He will make even my very foundations stunning and strong! My towers will be covered with rubies, my gates will shine!

This scripture gives me such joy and hope on my crash test dummy days. I am not left in a heap on the testing-room floor. I am gathered tenderly to Him and restored. I am recreated, better than ever, and more beautiful than I could ever be on my own.

I hold to this promise on those impossible days. I cling to the knowledge that He cannot lie and that He will not forget or disappoint. I hope in Him. And it is enough to hold these days at bay.

Beautiful Maker, Your promise is beautiful, and inspires me! Gather me to you on these days of struggle and angst. Thank You for Your constant care. In Jesus' Name, Amen


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