“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.” Psalm 139:23
“I wrote your name on a piece of paper, but by accident, I threw it away. I wrote your name on my hand, but it washed away. I wrote your name in the sand, but the waves whispered it away. I wrote your name in my heart, and forever it will stay.” (Anonymous)
Good folks, it is Friday, March 20, 2015. Several years ago a church member sent me this saying via email. At first reading I did not get the gist of the text. After several readings I realized that having our names in one’s heart is what really matters. God knows our hearts, and He has us in His heart.
I am reminded that when we say, “yes” to God, we say, “yes” to His will. I am always seeking to do the will of God. At a past Annual Conference gathering of clergy in Houston, I was asked to bring one of the morning devotionals. One of the texts that I chose is one of my favorites: Proverbs 3:5-6; “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledged God and He shall direct your paths.”
When we get beyond the first word of the text (Trust), it is “downhill” afterwards. Not downhill towards a crash and burn, but in a direction that moves us toward a desired goal—Christ.
Trust is a tough word to live out. Nevertheless, God gives us the faith to trust. Once we can fully trust, we acknowledge God wholeheartly, joyously. Read carefully now: God wants to direct your life. Why wouldn’t He? God has an investment in you. He knitted you while you were in the womb of your mother. He has plans for you. God has you in His heart. In addition, He loves you. This gives me hope.
In life, we struggle in many areas. I call upon you to trust God unconditionally, acknowledge Him unreservedly, and God will somehow/someway/by-some-means give you your own spiritual “Map Quest.” As Bishop Palmer said at the same Annual Conference, “It is not up to us to explain God’s miracles. It is up to us only to proclaim them.”
God has directed my life to be here in this great church as its pastor. I am honored and blessed. I have hope. God has stirred the waters of this congregation. What will be our response to God’s action in our midst? Attempt great things for God. Expect great things from God.
PS: From last Sunday’s sermon: “Consider the Possibilities…Dream Beyond the Boundaries”