Here is an article that came from our friend Sheri. She shares some of the lessons that God has been showing/teaching her lately.
God continues to amaze and teach me…
Many times I wake, or sorta wake up, between 1:30 am and 4:00 am. I usually wake up with a negative issue I am thinking of and give it to God; then the lessons begin. I am half asleep and in a dreamlike state. I know it is Him. I am rested in the morning. Pretty cool. Anyway, these are the lessons He has shown me recently…
Jesus lifts us up. Higher perspective. I saw myself with all these issues and expectations around me. They bogged me down and it was difficult to move. Jesus lifted me up out of the issues. He was above me and lifted me up a level, then another level, then another level. Jesus is everywhere and He was actually on all levels at the same time waiting for me to be ready to be lifted higher. Then at the top there was a narrow spot just for me and Him. I gave him every burden. Then He reminded me of a few more. I had looked upon even the good ones as dragging me down when in fact they were mostly all blessings. He surprised me by wanting me to give him other people’s expectations of me as well. Their expectations for my tasks and for me. Surprising how much weight that carried. I wasn’t giving Him the tasks to do, just giving Him all the responsibility I felt and taking the weight from the tasks. Took a bit to go through all of them including the troubles that people I cared about were going through, but I felt so much better going into the day after releasing these to Him and gaining a higher perspective. He showed me how insignificant some things were and it is just so good to have Him involved in all of my tasks. Hard to gain perspective in the midst of the issues, ground floor.
Sunset. Each day is so precious, meaningful. God asked me to join Him in watching the LAST sunset. Oh my the thought of the LAST sunset sent my mind stirring. I thought of my aging relatives and sick people and wondered what He was preparing me for. LAST sunset… what was it the end of? Would the sky be different some how from now on? Then He gave me understanding that this was the LAST sunset for this day. I suppose looking at the world sunsets in different places are at different times. This was the LAST one for this day. A beautiful, planned day and the day was coming to an end. The day was very special as all days are. Just gave a sense of beauty, peace and significance for one day that shouldn’t be lost. This is the day the Lord hath made, we should rejoice and be glad in it. Wow! How special and important one day is. All days are. NOT to be taken for granted. God is in charge of each day and each is important.
Handling other people’s issues. I had a vision of people venting and dumping their sorrows, disappointments, etc., on me. I want to be compassionate but not have my joy stolen in the process. I cannot and am not meant to hold these, I am just a conduit. The vision is a shield around me and as others voice their issues they deflect to God. He may give me insight, a word to give, or the love needed but not take away the beauty of the day, the moment, the relationship. He can handle it. So from them to almost me to God to me then anything given good back to them. The issue rests on God.
Work For work. I had trouble focusing. God has awesome tools. He gave me a refreshing waterfall at my doorway and has me look at my work as fun. Each negative word I had for it, He replaced with a positive one. He is much better at the positive words than I was with the negative ones. So it helps the attitude. Ask God for tools. He has many waiting to be dispensed for the asking.
Take Care of yourself. I was watching a zombie movie. The guy in the movie lost a loved one suddenly and was angry. He was with a group that was clearing an area of tall thick weeds. He was slashing angrily at the weeds and without thought that there may have been zombies behind the weeds. He put those in danger that were with him by not heeding their warnings and cutting away at the weeds violently not knowing what was behind them. One zombie came out from behind the weeds into his face. A friend told him to pull back so she could take out the zombie and he wouldn’t. He was so angry and self-absorbed. The zombie was taken care of but I just felt a connection to this moment when the guy was out of control. The others had to watch out for him, he put them in danger by not using wisdom in how he handled himself. He not only put himself in danger but those around him. He didn’t take care of himself and in doing so became a liability and a bit of a burden to others instead of being a blessing to fight through a tough situation and a team player. A person may feel they are only self-inflicting themselves, but their actions and in-actions affect those around them. Hard to see that sometimes, too easy to get self-absorbed.