Who Was She? A Woman of Gratitude

It had been days since they’d sent for Him, yet He wasn’t there. She’d watched Him do amazing things in the lives of other people but now when she needed Him herself, He didn’t come to her at all.  Didn’t He care for her and her family?  Why didn’t He help His friend?

I don’t know which she felt more of anger or grief, nevertheless she was hopeless.  She and her sister were surrounded by many people, but He was not one of them.  What was she to think?  What was she to do now?

Then when all hope was lost and life seemed dead, He showed up and did the miraculous.  He did the unbelievable.  He gave them back, that which was dead.  This was a monumental moment in her life and those around her. 

She had to find a way to express her gratitude.  Maybe there was…she had something she had been saving up.  It was so valuable and it was cherished by her.  It was something she’d set aside for one day.  She did not know that one day was coming but the Heavenly Father did.

Though not socially acceptable she came, pouring the precious ointment on Him, its fragrance filled the room.

What is my response when YAHUSHA HaMashiach (Messiah) restores hope? 

What is my response when YAHUSHA HaMashiach does the unbelievable? 

Is my response like that of the nine lepers who didn’t return when they had been healed to keep on going in life? 

Or is my response like that of the one leper and Miryam, who came back to worship Him?  

Am I so wrapped up in myself and getting the answer to prayer that I forget the One who did it for me?

When I have the chance am I bringing my best of worship to His feet?  Or is my life so busy that I have to make an appointment for it? 

Have I given my all to everything and everyone else, not saving up something for Him? 

Am I more concerned about the rules of righteousness than I am about the One whose righteousness cleans me?

Miryam came to Him fearlessly and purposely she expressed her gratitude to Him.  Her gratitude was so strong that it filled the room and others could not help but notice.  She poured out her best on Him, can we today, do any less with our praise and worship?

Based Upon Yahuchanon (John) Chapters 11 and 12

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The Answer Was There All Along

Sometimes  the answer to an  issue we are praying about is right in front of our face, but we are looking every where else, trying anything else but that one answer!

That’s what we have experienced recently.

We were trying to do something a while back and an option came for us to go a certain way but it was a different way that we were not as familiar with.  So we chose to stay on the more familiar route, based on our previous success.  However, months later, we were tired, frustrated and at our wits end.  We were at the point of giving up, when we decided to look into that unfamiliar option again.  This option which had been available all along was much easier and stress free.  We could have saved time, money, emotional toil, and lessened the challenges, had we chosen this option sooner.

Yet we were the hold up because desiring our own ways and not wanting to give up this or that was blocking us from moving forward.

Then when we let go of the wheel, when we gave up, we surrendered our will, YAHUAH moved in miraculous ways.  He provided for us in numerous ways.  And His answer was there all along, we just had to let go.

Then one day it seemed as if nothing was going to work.  First we hit one road block but we were able to find a potential path around.  Then a few hours later, a second road block came-only it was higher than the first one.

Earlier this week, I remember laying in the bed, thinking I am so tired.  I give up.  I have to accept this “no” for now.

Then, His  truth crumbled the first road block, correcting wrong information.  A day or so later, YAHUAH’s grace demolished the second road block and His mercy shined down upon us.  Then He, unexpectedly poured down even more grace upon us.  Though it came through people, we know that at every point He was behind it.

Grace.

YAHUAH’s grace on us.

All week long, I’ve thought about these situations, which completely turned around unexpectedly.  I am change by them.  As I reflect on the timing when this event started in our life, I see His hand was there.  Most of the time I refused to see it, but He was still there.  I know He hears me and has my best in His plans.  All things work together for our good…the no’s, delays, challenges, frustrations and even some of our own decisions – all worked in our behalf – although we couldn’t see it.

He still moves mountains even today.

For me and you.

For all who believe.

Now, not all situations will work out similarly or according to our own earthly plans, most don’t even come close, but since YAHUAH’s plans for me are better than I can plan for myself, it is best to submit to His will.

Just because our prayers were answered close to our desires, doesn’t mean the answer is without it’s own challenges.  There were somethings we had to let go of, some compromises we had to accept and some changes we had to and still have to make.  We can’t see what YAHUAH has for us as we go in this direction, but I know His best-is best.