Monday, May 19, 2014

May 19, 2014 … Interruptions ... Really?!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 139

Devotional Song: Go to this link …  Please go this video link to hear Nicole C Mullen singing his powerful song One Touch, reminding us to look at every incident in our lives as a touch of God rather than an purposeless accident.

Highlight Passage – NKJV: Mark 5: 30 [NKJV] …  
30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”
Highlight Passage [Context] #1 – NKJV: Mark 5: 21-34 [NKJV] … Go to this link

Highlight Passage [Context] #2 – NKJV: Matthew 9: 18-26 [NKJV] … Go to this link

Highlight Passage [Context] #3 – NKJV: Luke 8: 40-56 [NKJV] … Go to this link 

Reference Passages #1 Psalms 33: 11 [NKJV] …  
11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever; the plans of His heart to all generations.

Reference Passages #2 Romans 8: 28 ….  
28 And we know that ALL things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Reference Passages #3 James 1: 17 [NKJV] …  
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

My Journal for Today: Often things in our lives happen and seem so purposeless, so random, … merely interruptions in the flow of our day-to-day existence. But today’s Our Daily Bread helped to reinforce and remind me that it’s all part of God’s design; but so often we just can’t see His purpose or plan for our lives.

Today’s highlight example is that marvelous story, told by three of the synoptic Gospel authors (see links above) about the woman with a chronic bleeding disorder who reached out – seeming randomly in a crowd with Jesus passing by – and touched the Savior’s garment; and immediately Jesus responded to what He felt had happened.

Jesus’ purpose in being on this earth was set by God; and nothing that happened during His walk to the cross was an “accident.” And this touch of the woman, He knew was purposed to heal and to save, two of His missions while He walked this earth (see Luke 4: 18-19). So the touch of a woman, seemingly a random incident, had great purpose, … that woman being sent to Him by the Father so that Jesus could stop and use this incident to show His disciples and the people that He was there to heal and save. And all of these events happened in the midst of a whole series of other seemingly random “interruptions” in Jesus’ walk, all of which were very much a part of the plan of God, the Father, to use the power of God’s Spirit through His Son, Jesus.

And this morning, as I write this, I needed to be reminded that everything I encounter today has been foreseen by my God and will be a part of His plan and purpose for my life. I may not see it at the time; but I’m reminded here to try my best to accept that God has a plan for Bill Berry and all of the seemingly purposeless incidents – the interruptions - in my walk will be part of God’s sanctifying plan for my life.

Well, since that’s the case, let’s go see what happens and have faith that God is in it all.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, help me to see Your purpose in today for me … but even more for You. … Amen

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