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12.13.2021 – The Desire to Understand

This morning as I awoke from sleep…

I had Daniel, from the bible, on my mind.

While I have been unable to recall the dreams I was dreaming,

for some reason I woke up thinking about this man, Daniel.

As I walked from the bedroom over to my table in the dining room, it was like I could picture him in my imagination, and I wondered what he might have been like while he lived his life here on earth.

I sat down and pondered a few things, asking the Lord to help me to recall anything that I might have dreamed.

And after a few sips of my coffee, I came to my every-day-realization

that God is right here with me…

And just as I meet Him here at the table,

He meets me as well.

It’s a daily coffee appointment that we share. ☕️💖

So I opened up my bible,

and there it was, opened to Daniel 9…

“Daniel’s Prayer for the People”

It grasped my attention, and I glanced at the page, where I had underlined…

“O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand.”

…and then I glanced back over a few verses before at the beginning of Ch 9…

“Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplication…”

(It’s the part where Daniel had been praying for the people of Israel and Gabriel came and spoke this to him, regarding the vision he saw about the seventy-weeks.)

I spent a little time in that chapter, looking at the context, but the part of the passage that I took special notice of made me think of this thing that I find within myself,

this deep desire to “understand

This sometimes, “striving” way in me

that wants to try so hard sometimes…

to “understand.”

And at times, I’ll strive so hard, only to realize that it’s not working, it’s just not sinking in. 😅

But the moment I let go of the striving…

the moment that I release that pressure…

the moment I surrender…

the moment I remember

that it’s the Holy Spirit who gives revelation and understanding,

and not my own attempts at reaching for it…

and I simply let go of my way

and I just wait

it seems that God will often swoop in and surprise me with all of the understanding that I need, exactly when I need it.

And it’s often so easy, when I can made it such a struggle.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”—John 14:26

“…for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”—Luke 12:12

There is nothing like the sweetness

and the tender-loving closeness of our Father God…

Those times when it’s like He reaches right into our hearts. 💖☀️

And we know that He knows us so well.

He sees straight into our hearts.

He knows us,

through-and-through.

Layer-upon-layer.

He knows who we’ve been,

He knows who we truly are,

and He knows who we will grow to be(come).

And He loves us exactly where are are.

It is His love, that compels us, and propels us forward into our destiny.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!…—1 John 3:1

“For the love of Christ controls and compels us, because we have concluded this, that One died for all, therefore all died…”—2 Corinthians 5:14

It is His love that ignites a fearless fire within us,

giving us the courage to keep going

to keep moving forward

to keep running into

becoming

who He has created and called us to be(come), in Christ.

He is the One who gives us all that we need to be able to live this life for Him.

And He says,

and He

reminds

us…

“…you are greatly beloved.”

…and we keep moving forward, we keep running this race with Him… 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️☀️💝

“…I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 3:14

Thank You, Father. 💝

-Heather 🌺

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