I’ve been in a bit of a writer’s block. Either that or I haven’t wanted to write. I’m not sure exactly. The truth is, there’s not a lot going on in my life aside from applying to jobs and not getting anything back from them. So while I’m trusting God that he has a plan and knows what he’s doing, I’m also very concerned about the hygiene of our bathroom! It’s disgusting! I cleaned half of it and then Gossip Girl was on so I left it for… well, it’s still not finished. Also, I just ran out of tissues, and for a girl with a sniffly nose that is bad news! Paper towels hurt! And toilet paper? It’s just annoying! Then I finished reading two books, had a few conversations with The Best Friend, got into a fight with Tiger, and have spent a considerable amount of time creating home-made christmas cards. I mean honestly, how can someone sit down and write when they have things like Very Mary Kate to kill time with? It’s so addictive! Like morphine martinis!
But I digress.
The last time I wrote down a verse in my book it was Deuteronomy 4: 1&2, 6&7.
1 Now, Israel, hear the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you… 6 Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” 7 What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him?
First off, I’d like to mention something about “Israel”. Through the bible Israel as a nation does things to make God angry. He almost cuts them off, like a grandfather would a granddaughter that spends all his money on heroin, Jimmy Choos and Versace. But he doesn’t. He promised his people who he would bring them to a new place and it would be theirs, but at times in the long journey there are generations of people who don’t get to see “their” land. This is because they either sinned pretty badly themselves or God was punishing them for what their parents did. If you recall, God was pretty harsh back in the old testament. He was selfish, had a temper, and loved the people that had the balls to test him or do exactly what he said. So when I read this I don’t think of Israel as being them, back in the day. I think of it as Jesus died for our sins, and since he has taken my silly self in I am part of his people, and therefore Israel means me! Ha!
So God gave his people this book in the bible, not to mention the entire bible, so that we would be able to know what he wants from us and look to it for encouragement, rebuke, and instruction. He wants us to use it to get everything that he wants to give us. He WANTS to give us what we want. He’s got it all set up! But we just need to follow his lead, not only because he wants us to, but because he has a plan.
I did a post on faith where I talked about how the devil is great with war games. But the fact of the matter is, God is better. He asks his people in verses 6&7 to follow his commands so that the nations will see that they are wise and understanding, and that they will recognize that as something different. When they witness our communications with God, how we are able to freely pray and worship him, they will know there is a difference because there is no God that can even think of the level that ours is on. All the other gods are on the ground floor, chilling out next to the floating table of cupcakes watching Doctor Phil, while our Heavenly Father God is up there and here and everywhere, taking care of his children in ways we can’t understand or fathom!
I don’t want to live in Maine anymore, as I may have mentioned in passing sometime, and I have decided that this verse is important for me at this time. It’s been like yet another smack upside from the ever-present Bible, and it’s leaving a bump to remind me to keep my mind on it, and to ice it twice a day. I feel that the reason is as follows: As one of God’s children, and one that is planning to move to a new place, he is gently guiding me to focus on him now while I’m not incredibly distracted. Of course, I’m still a bit distracted, but he has a great point. I won’t always have the time or patience to delve into his word if I get to a point where I’m moving or starting a new job, and the more of a foundation I have in his word the better off I’ll be. And he’s not only telling me to do this, but he’s giving me a great reason to; so that those new people I meet will see something different about me, that I have a hope that they want to know about, or that I know the truth and they want to know it too, or maybe I’ll have a halo, or glow in the dark. No matter what it is, it will need to be powered by God, not Duracell.