By Erika Rizkallah
On Sundays, this space is reserved for God stories. As one of the redeemed, I'd like to share just some of the many things he's done in my life. I hope you'll be encouraged by them!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story - those he redeemed from the hand of the foe. Psalm 107:1-2
Have you ever felt like you're in a spiritual desert? Like you're not hearing or seeing God? I have . . . more times than I can count.
In these times, the most useful thing we can do, is search for the root cause. Just as when we're feeling physically ill, we naturally try to figure out what caused it:
Could it be food poisoning?
Was it that snotty baby we held in children's church? (God loves snotty babies).
Am I allergic to something (or someone)?
I recently had this experience; I was as dry as the desert - not hearing from God at all, which is unusual.
I began looking for the root cause, asking him in prayer and receiving no answer. Until I noticed something . . .
Lilies began appearing in my front yard. I didn't plant them and so I was surprised when they began to blooming in early spring. The lily is a spiritually significant flower for me because of this favorite Bible verse:
"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I (Jesus) tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!" Luke 12:27, 28
These verses and the ones before them, are about God's care and provision for his children. We're not to worry about meeting our own physical needs. Isn't that liberating?
I do have to consider the lilies and I don't have to worry about myself. Maybe this is my season of seeing God at work.
What season do you find yourself in?