There’s a well nearby. You’ve probably seen it. It’s in a dusty abandoned town. You wonder who used to live here and why they all left.

Many people have traveled by this well on their journeys through life, but either didn’t notice it, decided not to check it out, or tried it but left for some reason. It doesn’t appear that the well has been used in a long time. You are not even sure if the water is good. The top of the water looks unappetizing . . . . disgusting actually – covered in dust, dirt, germs, bugs and grime. Who would even want to use this well or drink its water? You dip your finger in to just taste it anyways as you realize how thirsty you are, but you only taste the stuff on top. Yuck. You’re not drinking that! But your thirst remains.

You decide to move on. . . . to find something more appealing . . . more appetizing . . . more eye-catching and tasty. You heard there was something better down the road. So you turn your back to the well and head off.

I urge you to come back.

Things are not always what they seem.

There is more to this well than the casual observer and wanderer will ever know.

Let me help you draw up the DEEP water from the well. That is where the best water resides – where the cooler, refreshing, life-giving water is. It is not tainted by the dirt, dust, germs or bugs on top of the water. Nothing has touched this deep water except the bucket and cisterns that are allowed to draw deep into it.

Are you that kind of cistern or vessel?

Are you ready to go deep?

Monday, October 6, 2008

My Daddy is taking care of it!

As I watched the stock market go on a roller coaster ride today (mostly going down the hills) - I was reminded of what God showed me last week. I wanted to share it with you - to encourage you to stick with your heavenly Father during these troubled times. Be at peace . . . and full of JOY!

L :)

A week ago, during the worship time at my church (before the pastor prayed for the nation's economy and before he spoke on "Knowing the Unshakable") God showed me a picture that has stuck with me all week and gave me great peace. I KNOW that He is saying this to all His children, especially during these frightening economic times - with fear being spread all over the TV news programs each night.

God was on His throne. He got down off His throne and sat on the floor in front of it - sitting crossed-legged. He was inviting His children to come and sit in His lap. He was coming down to their level. They came and sat on His lap, feeling comforted, protected, at peace - no worries. Their Daddy would take care of everything. They didn't need to leave His lap - just sit and let Him take care of them.

The peace of God just flowed through me that night. Then my pastor started talking about the bad economic times, and I could feel the fear wanting to rise up in me . . . but it didn't. I CHOSE not to let it. I CHOSE to let my Daddy "take care of it"! The peace returned, and with it - Great JOY! It was so wonderful to be sitting there, happy and at peace when chaos surrounds us right now. It felt so good. I knew that the peace and joy would remain - as long as I "chose" to stay on my Father's lap and let Him take care of it all - trusting Him, despite what the circumstances looked like.

THAT is what God is wanting from us during this time. To come and sit on His lap, trusting Him, letting Him comfort us, enjoying our time with Him, and being at peace because we KNOW that our Daddy is TAKING CARE OF IT!

Another word from God was given to another member of our church - that so beautifully captures God's heart in this matter.

God said - "Stay in my field, where I can protect you and provide for you. Lay at my feet. It's a humble position to lay at my feet waiting for me to spread my skirts of love, protection, and provision over you, even as Boaz did to Ruth. My field is the place where I have called you during this season, the place where I have the authority to protect you, to provide for you. It is the place where I have commanded provision for you, though it is lowly. Even as Ruth was faithful to remain in Boaz's field, content to glean behind his handmaidens, so you must be faithful to continue in my word and will for you during this season."

So . . . are you going to stick close to God and let your Daddy take care of you?! :) I sure would!


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