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Fortune Cookie Devotion Series: An Old Friend

Today’s fortune cookie is a good one – “Look up an old friend if you’re feeling down.” We all have those days or even seasons where we are down. It is certainly a comfort to be able to spend time with old friends to connect and catch up. When you get together with an old friend, you can reminisce about past achievements and funny mishaps, and discuss current events too. 

For me, a friend is a friend for life. I love catching up with old friends; however, the best of old friends is our heavenly Father. There is no better person to connect with than Him. He not only knows what you are going through, but He alone can provide peace beyond understanding and joy that overflows. If you are feeling down right now, is it because you are not spending much time with the One who is above all? We were made to be in relationship with Him. Without our relationship with Him, we cannot be fully satisfied. 

Friendships require communication. It is certainly a special relationship when you can go without speaking for a few months or even years, and then reconnect like you never were apart. People come and go with seasons—some are more involved or less involved depending on the season you are working through. But this is not like the relationship we should have with God. God is a God of every season. If God is to speak into your life, to guide, to sustain, to provide, to comfort, etc., He should be someone you connect with daily. If you haven’t connected with Him lately, make the effort today. There is something special about being in His presence. The world, life and seasons, all look different through the lens of God—and basking in His presence will always make life brighter.

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” – Psalm 63:1 [ESV]

Disconnected

Today we had the internet installed. Everything was up and running smoothly. That is, everything but my laptop. For some reason, my stubborn laptop was not communicating well with the new router. Even though the line of communication was present, my laptop was having none of it. After ten minutes of frustration, thankfully everything was resolved.

Communication is vital in any relationship. The most vital relationship for each one of us is our relationship with God. Consider then, how vital communication is when it comes to our relationship with God. Sadly, many of us are like my disconnected laptop. God is reaching out. God wants to have a close relationship. He continues to reach out in a variety of ways, but we are disconnected from His still small voice. We are disconnected from His Word. We are disconnected from the people He is speaking through. We are disconnected from our prayer life. He is never disconnected; we often are disconnected.

Today, if you are wondering why you are not hearing from God, consider if you are truly listening for Him. Are you reading His Word daily? Are you continuously in prayer? Are you making time for Him? Spend more time with Him today. Be intentional. Read Psalm 13. Embrace Him. Drown yourself in His Word. Pour your heart out to Him.

“Remain in Me, and I will remain in you.” – John 15:4a [NLT]

“I meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways. I delight in Your decrees; I will not neglect Your word.” – Psalm 119:15-16 [NIV]

 

Spilled Coffee

Yesterday I knew that it would be difficult to share something while giving the message God wanted me to share. Though I can think back on things and feel at peace and praise God through it all, there are moments when the tears still come. When I remember something, I remember it as if it is fresh in my mind, happening right this very moment. The tears may pour and I’ll remind myself time has passed, God is good and I trust in Him.

Nonetheless, I did not want to start tearing up to the point of not being able to speak. I did not want to become a bawl baby and not be able to share the message God gave to me for the night. I prayed for days for the tears to be controlled, for strength, for the right timing, for peace. Not only did I get those things—but I also got spilled coffee.

I have AdHd. I am not one to scan around the room too much with my eyes because I notice things and my mind wanders. Right before I was about to speak about what would be difficult, I noticed a dear brother in Christ in the front row spilled his coffee. Jokingly I said, “You just spilled coffee. Now I’m going to cry.” But it was that humor and that light moment that helped me to press forward through what was to be shared. Prayers get answered, sometimes in ways you would not imagine. James wrote, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (5:16 NIV). Today, don’t forget to pray. Don’t forget to ask God, to go before Him with everything that is on your heart. He cares. He loves you. Just pour your heart out to Him.

“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” – Psalm 145:18 [NIV]