As I read this week’s reading in the Clean Heart Devotional by Amy Verlennich, this is the picture I saw in my mind. Fortunately, few props were needed to recreate this “stunning” visual. I love post-its! So what do post-it notes on your forehead have to do with getting your heart and home cleared of clutter? Read on…
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This week Amy talks about how it’s not always easy doing something new, something different from “normal” even when that something is a positive change. Very true! She encourages us to not feel lost and helpless. “No matter how far behind you are, the Lord will make a path for you…Take a moment to visualize God taping a note to your forehead.” What’s on that note? HIS plan for your day. His way out of your mess.
It just came to me that perhaps the real reason I’ve been disorganized my whole life is because I have spent most of it pursuing my own plans. I haven’t always sought out His plan for my days. And even though I’ve had various forms of this “revelation” even recently, I still find myself relying on my own details for His plan for my day. It’s like “OK, YHWH, I see where we’re going, but I’M going to figure out the route.” And, of course, I take the most convoluted, congested and confusing route there is. And then lament over why I never seem to “arrive” where I KNOW I’m supposed to be. Or complain about the roadblocks and detours and dumb drivers in my way.
Hmmmm. Maybe I do need a post-it note on my forehead every day, to remind me to check with YHWH about everything. BEFORE I attempt to do it. But, looking in the mirror at my own face, I see the writing backward. If I follow backward directions, I’ll get backward results. I need to look in the Word, not in myself. I need to listen to the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), and do what I hear.
That is Shema. Hear and Do.
YHWH, make your way straight before my face! Psalm 5:8
And I must add…shield my eyes from distractions. And those curse-ed shiny squirrels.
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