Part I of Wake up and Smell God’s Flowers! – 3 Part Series
From my daily devotions for April 5th, 2007
Life can get so busy sometimes that we don’t take time to âstop and smell the flowers.â? As energetic, excited, and busy our children get, they always seem to have the time. How often have we walked with our child/children and they âhaveâ? to stop to pick up some âtreasureâ? of God’s creation they have spotted while we were too wrapped up in our all too important thoughts to see what was around us.
Or have you ever taken a nature walk with your children? You think you are just leisurely walking along, taking in the beauty that God has for you. Then you hear the excited voice of your child, âMommy, Mommy! Look what I found!â? as they proceed to show you this âwonderful treasureâ? that was in plain sight but you missed!
We do the same with our Heavenly Father. He wants to show us so much, but we are too wrapped up with this world, or even serving Him, that we are missing the display of His power working in our lives and the lives of others. I’m not talking about signs and wonders. God is always working around us, but too often sin and unbelief prevent us from seeing it.
I love the story of Elisha and his servant, in 2 Kings 6:14-17
14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.
15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
What an incredible display of God’s power and protection, and it was there all the time, but the servant couldn’t see it! Obviously Elisha was seeing with a heart of faith rather than a heart of disbelief.