This should be an easy blog to compose because in January I celebrated the 100th birthday, and then February was the wind-up and poem of appreciation for the wonderful family reunion that was staged by one of my nieces. My own children wanted to take me back to Virginia, but I had asked them to wait until spring because I remember the weather in Virginia in January! Therefore, they were holding off for the spring, and as it came about, they all came to me! From everywhere in the USA they descended on Dallas, TX and there we were in a beautiful meeting room with a fireplace and a homey blaze going! What a great dinner and then we took pictures and had a grand time so that was such a surprise that it took me a while to catch my breath.
However, I did get my feet back on the ground and finally got the poem which was posted on the website so that everyone could read it and know how much it meant to me! Now here it is March 2019, and I have come to visit my friends in East Texas. These friends are friends of long standing and it is my joy to visit with them almost every year and we have a great time holding forth on all the topics that we love to explore together!
I also go to church with them and have several friends who are also near and dear so it’s old home week when I come over, for I love visiting with them. This time, although a week has gone by, we have had overcast skies until today! Today, at last, the sun came out and we had a beautiful day. I was excited when I saw that sun shining out there on the great outdoors! I was ready for that fabulous cup of coffee and you can believe that!
The first thing I said to my hostess, Judy, (who incidentally has given me leave to use her name here), as she served the coffee, was this; “I can’t wait to tell you the experience that I had with the Lord last night!” She said, “I’m all ears!” or something like that, as she turned the camera on. She films everything I say! I then told her this true story from a 2 a.m. early morning session when I was mulling over this blog and deciding on what I should write about. As I was thinking and meditating there were two words that I could not for the life of me call to mind. I prayed to get them back and after a few more minutes I was wondering why they did not pop into my head, so I said to the Lord, “Am I going to be senile, Lord? Are you going to allow me to lose all my words? You know how much I love words, Lord, and I have always been careful to give you all the praise and honor for anything you have given me.” Then, I began letting my mind dwell on the fact that in the beginning there was the Word and began thinking of those first words of the gospel of John and dwelling on that precious story of Creation that we love.
As I thought of this and of that I came back to the two words that I needed and I said to the Lord, “I was expecting those two words that I need to be restored to my mind by now, Lord. Almost immediately the word “degree” popped up in my head, and I said, “Degree? What does that word mean? That is not either of the two words that I need.” I mulled over the word, “degree” for quite a while and asked Him again, “Why did you give me ‘degree’?” and then I said, “Oh, I remember! I remember! That is what we say! So many degrees LONGITUDE and so many degrees LATITUDE!” AND THAT IS HOW THE DEAR LORD BROUGHT THOSE TWO WORDS BACK TO ME.
I remarked to Judy, (I am in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Shannon Ramsey) that the Lord did not just hand those words over to me when I asked, but he wanted me to use the thought process and so he gave me a clue! And then let me think it out! What an awesome God we serve! ABSOLUTELY! He gave me a clue! This is one of the biggest reasons that I love the Lord, as the Psalmist says it, “BECAUSE HE HEARS MY VOICE…” Ps.116
With that story I will conclude the blog for the month of March, 2019, for I really want to give that story a chance to reverberate in your mind and help you to draw nearer to the Lord who loves us so much, and even takes the time with this elderly person to not only hear the prayer, but to help her in her attempts to hold on to the words that He has given. In this experience with His Holy Spirit, I have basked this entire day in the sunshine of his love and had joy in thinking of how He took that time to answer in a way that I knew without a doubt was from HIM! Such moments are beautiful. Of course, He brings words back to my mind when I ask many times, but never, before with a clue and a way to find them with the clue that He supplied!
March 5, 2019