I KNEW I WOULD HAVE SOME SERIOUS TIME TO KILL ON MY 9 HOUR FLIGHT ONE WAY (WITHOUT KIDS) A COUPLE WEEKS AGO. I prayed the night before the flight, as well as the morning of, that the Lord would give me eyes to see and ears to hear if someone on the plane needed a touch from Him.
I was ready for the unbelieving teenager who didn’t have an earthly father and longed to experience unconditional love. I was ready for the gray haired woman who held on to numerous wounds from “so called Christians”. I was ready. I was prayed up and expectant for who and what God would bring on my travel day.
I shouldn’t be surprised when God has a different plan for me. I had no one sitting next me on the way there and the way back. Lord, but I thought you would have me ministering to someone? What now? It was as if He gently whispered,
Take this time to be with Me.
A typical day with my toddler girls (does this actually exist?) allows me to have 30 minutes or so in the Word and in prayer (during their nap/quiet time). So this extended time on the plane was an unexpected blessing.
I read in the Word. I read Richard Foster’s, “Celebration of Discipline” in full (If you don’t have a book for the summer and haven’t read this book, it will challenge and inspire you!)
The Lord impressed upon my heart a word and scriptures to include in an upcoming talk I felt nervous and inadequate to do. I furiously wrote down pages of notes.
I prayed about His direction for this blog. I prayed for my kids, my husband, you, and what activities He would have me be in this upcoming year.
Time alone with my Father was something I needed, but didn’t know it. Time alone with Him was productive, powerful and peace giving.
A Father speaks to you, His daughter:
I desire your time. Time to speak to you through the Bible. Time to take away the worries on your heart and mind. Time to talk real. Providing real comfort in your sadness. Real patience in your anger. Real forgiveness from your sin. Real hope in your now. Real freedom from past hurts. Real clarity and wisdom in your questions. And then, real filling of your deep soul.
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things. I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you.” Daniel 2:20-21b,22a,23a
What sacrifice could be made in order to have daily alone time with Jesus? What worries are heavy on your mind and heart and need to be lifted?
© 2012 Standing on Peace