“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ ” Hebrews 13:5 ESV
Hello, Dear Ones! Finally, Christmas posts can begin! I want to share with you an inspirational moment I had a couple of weeks ago. This will be a short post but I think it’ll brighten your day.
I share many beautiful memories and creative ideas on this blog…but my life is not all rainbows and butterflies. My kids don’t always behave, my marriage isn’t always happy, my faith isn’t perfect, and my health often stinks. That is the general gist of it and I’m sure each of you can relate in some way. Afterall, we are human. Then there are deeper pains and hardships that come like huge waves…knocking me off my feet. These low moments in life aren’t fun and I often keep the deep hurts to myself. On the surface, I tend to overshare but there is a mountain of struggles buried inside. God sees every bit of this…and he still loves me…despite my weakness and despite my constant worry.
A couple of weeks ago I was praying and crying. Honestly, I was crying more than praying and definitely doing a lot of complaining. I felt alone and helpless in my struggle. I was not expecting God to hear me. He seemed to be quiet as of late.
In the past, God has given me glimpses of His love in simple but beautiful ways….a bird that sang at my window daily, double rainbows, phrases like “Trust” and “I love you” scribbled at the park, and even a view of the sunset that only I saw. The cool thing is how Jesus makes these gifts so personal.
Often, He will use my children to say something profound. Then there are quiet times. I believe God is always speaking. I’m just not always in tune with Him….and sometimes…God whispers.
This night as I lay on the floor crying, God sent a whisper. I was facing the front door, with my head buried in my hands. Suddenly, the Musical Nutcracker (which hadn’t been touched for many hours), started to play. I turned around to look at it and saw that it was propped by a picture of Jesus holding a modern man. The man holds a hammer because his sins nailed Jesus to the cross. He represents us all. It is my favorite picture of Jesus.
Honestly, I was a bit creeped out. The Nutcracker played for over a minute. It wasn’t a short tune as if someone had wound it too tight and it was just getting loose. No…this Nutcracker had been silent in that position for a good while. I was alone (so I thought) as my family slept. I got chills and I was already overwhelmed by my tears. I did not expect God to answer me just as I told Him I felt alone. I did not expect the Nutcracker to play music at that exact time and especially not for over a minute. I sat there staring…waiting for the music to end. It played as if someone invisible had just wound it up.
I felt God remind me that I am never alone. He is always with me. I prayed and thanked Jesus for His reminder. I also begged Him not to show me anything in the Spirit realm. I’ve seen things before and I just can’t handle seeing spiritual beings. I do NOT want to see angels until I’m in Heaven and I can handle it.
I was very aware of God’s presence the rest of the night. It was comforting but also a bit too REAL. I was just surprised. I continued to pray and I felt the Lord tell me to take it one day at a time. I thought about sharing this moment and then wondered if I should keep it to myself, as I have done with many God moments. Some things are personal. The Lord reminded me of Gideon (whom I had not read or thought of in a while) and how the miracle of the fleece encouraged others’ faith. So it was okay for me to share this story.
I spent some time in worship and read the verse at the top, Hebrews 13:5. I love the Amplified version.
“Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!””
The context is financial security but I was also reminded of being content with my lot in life. There is no easy fix for the struggles I have before me. They seem to stretch on for years…if the Lord gives me years. I am not strong enough. I’m thankful that God is strong for me. He has HIS hand on me. He’s holding me and He won’t let go! If you belong to Jesus, then you have this hope too. He is always with you. There are no quiet lonely moments. You may not hear God because He is whispering….but if you seek Jesus then I believe you will be more in tune to hear Him.
So I encourage you this busy season, to get still before God. Pour out your heart and then open your ears…take a walk outside if you need to. The Heavens indeed declare God’s glory. I believe God is shouting His love for us at every sunrise. He whispers on the wind. Sometimes He does amazing little miracles and gives us a glimpse of the supernatural. However He speaks to you…He loves you. I especially encourage you to open your Bible and to spend time in Worship. The Bible is God’s love letter and the best way to know what God is saying.
Here is a song about the Holy Spirit that I love. I played this after the Lord spoke to me. I believe worship is a good way to respond when God speaks. May God bless you and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover
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