today is the feast day of St. Francis of Assissi
On my way to a staff meeting at church today, I was listening to a David Haas CD that I had recently purchased. The St. Francis of Assissi prayer was just finishing up as I pulled into my parking spot, and I felt that glorious peace just filling me up. Then Fr. John chose that prayer as the opening prayer today, and finally we finished with St. Francis' prayer yet one more time. Hmmmm...me thinks God was trying to tell me something!
I call these times 'God-incidences.'
The line "to be understood as to understand" particularly resonates with me today. I have been thinking about a particular person, and was feeling hurt that she doesn't understand, or seem to care to understand, how I feel about a certain situation. I realize that I have not taken the time, or effort, to truly listen and understand how she feels, and her own particular set of circumstances, either. I think I've got it now, God! You don't have to hit me over the head...well, yes, I guess you do. Thank you.
It reminds me of a blog post I had posted earlier last week. I posted a picture of a card I had made, and the verse on the card said "God knows, and will comfort you." Someone commented on my post, saying, "When I first read the verse on your lovely card, I thought it said 'God knows, and will confront you.' We got a chuckle out of that! While God may not have literally hit me over the head, he sure got my attention this morning when he 'confronted' me.
What a loving, involved, and truly compassionate God we serve. My choice to listen to that CD this morning, and Fr. John's choice to use St. Francis's prayers today....coincidence? No, not at all....God is in the details!
I invite you to read that prayer again today, perhaps before retiring tonight. Really listen as God comforts and/or confronts you.
You Tube of Ryan Cayabyab singing Prayer of St. Francis
My June calendar page on my Joyce Meyer Ministries calendar has a quote that I'd like to share:
"If you will make the decision that you don't mind being inconvenienced or interrupted, then God can use you. You can make a difference in the world!" by Joyce Meyer.
Wow! That one really hit home. I pray daily to be used by God, and have missed some opportunities because it simply wasn't "convenient." I didn't take the time to call that friend, or stop to chat with an elderly neighbor, because I was in a hurry to get somewhere, and had so much to do. Not that what I had to do wasn't important, or necessary. But, in missing the chance to bring a little sunlight into the lives of the people God had placed in my path, I missed being the blessing He wanted me to be.
I resolve to keep my eyes and heart open. I am deciding, right now, to allow inconveniences and interruptions into my life, for God's purposes. I do want to make a difference in the world.
My prayer for today: Lord, please take these hands of mine, this mouth, these eyes and ears, feet and arms, and use them for Your good, for Your purpose, and to deliver Your word and works to those whom you place in my life. Amen!