July 20

In the fall months, I spend time sitting in a tree in the woods. I love sitting there and watching the show that God puts on in front of my eyes. I see chipmunks scurrying about, ducking under leaves for cover; I see squirrels gathering nuts for the winter upcoming; I see beautiful birds of all different colors and sizes; I have seen foxes running through the woods (looking for the squirrels and chipmunks; and I see the beauty of nature all around me. However, I’m not sitting in that tree for the purpose of seeing nature. I am sitting in that tree hoping to provide food for my family. There are times that all the things I just mentioned take my eyes away from the one thing I am there to see.

I have noticed in my life that there are a multitude of distractions that cloud my world every day. I am tempted to begin to focus on the little things, and miss the most important things all along my path each day. Today, as I opened my Bible to the book of Psalms, I saw a verse that has deeply affected my life. This is a verse that I would call a foundational verse that I could not live without; or I will at the very least say, my life would be very different if I had not read and applied. Psalm 123:2 says, “Behold, as the eyes of the servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

I love the “word-pictures” in the Bible! I have always had a vivid imagination (and I hope I never lose it), and I can picture a King seated on a huge golden throne, with large armrests. I can picture him in a purple, flowing robe, and a huge ring on his right hand. I can also see his wife seated next to him, on a smaller throne, but nonetheless regal. I can see, seated below them on the floor that approaches their throne, servants who are kneeling with their eyes fastened on the hand of the King and Queen. As the right hand of the king flinches, the servant seated on his right side, jumps to attention. As the left hand of the queen moves upward, her maiden runs to her side.

We serve the King of all kings, and the Lord of all the lords. Our eyes ought to be fixed on the hand of God today, so much so, that when He flinches even a little bit, we are moving toward His command. If we are not careful, we will allow the cares of the world, and our own concerns to overshadow the will of God for our lives. God gives us direction through His Word; He offers His touch on our heart through our time in prayer; and He will speak to our hearts through other people. Sit up and take note! The King speaks!

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