When the Lord is our teacher, our most valuable lessons can be learned from the most insignificant situations and circumstances…
For the second or third time now in the last month, we’ve missed receiving our newspaper. It’s usually in the paper-box when I walk outside at around 7 a.m., but for about 3 total days over the last month, it hasn’t been. The first time that I noticed this, I did nothing and said nothing, but the second time I made a call to the office. After making the call I IMMEDIATELY felt bad because I discovered that our delivery person had car issues, and I know that this can happen to anyone, because it’s happened to me before.
YES, I’ve awakened to car-trouble, home-trouble, sick-trouble, children-trouble, and just I-don’t-feel-it-today-trouble, ON A WORK DAY, and I’ve YES, I’ve called out of work in the process of ALL OF THEM. The only difference is, it wasn’t that noticeable because people weren’t waiting on me to make a personal delivery to their house.
Well, not only did I now feel bad for making the call, but to add, our paper didn’t even arrive until the next day along with the next day’s paper. I know someone reading this may be saying that this is completely unacceptable from a business perspective alone, and that it’s really the newspaper office’s fault because they should have gotten someone to fill in. And while I may truly agree, a much richer and more valuable lesson is in the making….
Fast forward to yesterday, January 18, 2019, the third time. I snuggled up because it was quite chilly outside and I walked to the paper-box as I normally do at around 7 a.m, but I had something else going on. There was smidgen of something tugging and brewing inside of me that perhaps, there will be no paper, and there wasn’t. With the first and second times clearly etched in the rearview mirror of my mind, and my flesh fully awakened and ready to get involved, I heard a whisper from the Lord, MY TEACHER say, “let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be.
Let me be really transparent in this PARAGRAPH, my flesh wanted to get fully engaged and involved. Yep you guessed, saying go ahead and make THE CALL. But the Lord, in His own way whispered and said, No, just let it be. I made several trips throughout the course of the day, and guess what, NO PAPER, but the Lord kept saying, let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be. To make matters even worst, one time I even saw my neighbor and after we shouted at each other across the “yard” (now you know I live in the country), about how this has become a new-norm, I felt a tug in my flesh saying make the call, but then I heard a whisper from My Teacher saying, let it be…..
“You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. John 13:13-15
“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me…Luke 10:38-40
“But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren….Mathew 23:8
Fast forward to about 1:30 a.m, Saturday January 19, Oh, just a few hours ago, I got a nudge from the Lord awakening me for a little deeper conversation, teaching me that this month long lesson was NEVER about the paper or the lack thereof, it was weights and measures. This entire ordeal was an amazing lesson, carefully and strategically stretched out over a month long period. The Lord was teaching me to be careful how I use the scales of my mind to weigh, discern and make decisions about people, places, things, situations and circumstances, which always lead ME to some action. (This was a private, I, Me, lesson before it became public information) How I respond can be life changing for me and for someone that I handle wrongly, without patience, grace and mercy!
All of a sudden the Lord led me back to Proverbs 16:11, “Honest weights and scales are the Lord’s; All the weights in the bag are His work. This passage is especially significant because it drives home this lesson because before I went to sleep I was reading this passage, and this verse stuck out like a sore thumb. Beloved, the Lord sees all and knows all, and that’s why it behooves us all to confide and consult Him when we find ourselves facing anybody or anything, BEFORE WE ACT, BEFORE WE SAY, AND BEFORE WE DO ANYTHING!
Why is this so important us as believers, even when everybody else doesn’t do it! You’re right everybody doesn’t do it, and YES, you’re absolutely correct, many people live off the cuff. BUT the Lord teaches, admonishes, and reminds us to be different and live differently. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2.
Beloved, it’s IMPORTANT that we govern ourselves and all of our actions by the Word of the Lord because there’s a God-given mandate on our lives, as born again believer’s in Jesus Christ to be the salt of the earth. We are suppose to be God’s agents of change in the earth. Beloved, it’s important that we govern ourselves and all of our actions by the Word of the Lord because there’s a God given mandate on our lives, as born again believer’s in Jesus Christ, to be the light of the world. We are suppose to be examples, planted by the Lord, who reflect the splendor of the Lord, even in dark times.
Somebody may be wrestling with something that says, I get all of that, but what does all this matter to me, when people don’t do right by me, especially when I’ve done right by them? I mean really, none of us have toed the line perfectly, nor have we even come close to it. EXAMPLE: You just may be a business owner one day, and one time of you complaining and giving 1- star or 0- stars, just might come back to bite ya in the, you know….
If that example wasn’t good enough, chew on this passage and ask the Lord to speak to you….(no commentary needed)
“For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you…Matthew 7:2
I’m going to leave you with a song, that the Lord reminded me of. By the way, before this post, the only thing I knew and remembered was the hook. I didn’t even know it was sung by the Beatles. Mother Mary doesn’t stand in front of me, nor does she come or speak to me, but the Lord, the Holy Spirit does, and He gave me this message and He loaded it down with Words of Wisdom, So Just Let It Be….