Another Hidden Gem
God must have heard our prayers for better weather because the past few days have been much warmer. One thing I’ve consciously tried to do is love winter. I remember once, while my friends and I were complaining incessantly about winter, a friend quietly mentioned that she did quite love seasons. She loved how we couldn’t get too comfortable with one season and how another one brought a sense of freshness and adventure. Personally, I love the seasons but I dislike how you need an entirely new wardrobe for every few months of the year. Although it’s expensive for a college student, it's a fashionistas dream. So pray for me to become a fashionista. Lol.
In other news, I REGISTERED MY DOMAIN NAME! My domain is msalheri.com and it feels like my own personal home on the world wide web! Isn’t this exciting news? Another thing: I opened a Facebook page called Ms. Alheri. I created a twitter account, and an instagram account! Who is this girl, please?!
Here is my twitter, incase you're curious
That said, let’s get to the deal of the day. I’m still stuck on the psalms, and they’re making me much more emotional than I expected. My current obsession is Psalm 37, which is packed with blessings for God’s children.
In fact, I even instagrammed one verse from Psalm 37 (yeah, seeing as I now have an instragam account with a whole 100+ follower). Please follow me, let’s make Alheri great again.
Here is a snap shot.
Instagram page live and direct! Woooooo!
Okay, okay, let’s explore a few verses from the psalm.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
From re-reading these few verses, a few things stuck out to me:
1. We need to be still and wait on the Lord to make us great in His own time, in His own fashion. When I read news articles about people buying handbags for thousands of dollars, my heart sinks to the pit of my belly. My (and several other) parents are struggling to provide the best education possible for their children, and people spend so much money on things that are temporary. I’m not bashing anyone’s hustle, I’m just saying that it stings a little when I see the exchange rate, compare how much my parents have to send for my school fees, and then see a designer bag posted on someone’s instagram page.
I think perhaps, I need to practice looking and unlooking. Lol. It really isn’t that deep because God is my provider and He’s proven Himself several times over. But it’s still there at the back of my mind that my school fees is someone else’s handbag. And at the same time, my cellphone is someone’s entire life savings. So yeah, no throwing of stones here, please. Just look to Jesus.
2. God’s blessings are always EXTREMELY obvious. Verse 6 says that God will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, and your vindication like the noonday sun. This is very comforting because everyone who has eyes can see the dawn, and even if you refuse to see the noonday sun, you can feel the heat. When God decides to bless His beloved, He over-blesses them. There are several instances of this in the bible- one is when the Lord multiplied oil for the widow of Zarephath such that she and her household had enough food to eat until the famine was over. Another was when Jesus asked Peter to cast his net into the sea and Peter caught so much fish that his net tore and his boat was sinking. The God we serve can do exceedingly, abundantly, above everything we ask or imagine. Hold Him at His word and watch Him do wonders in your life.
3. We must love God for Him alone, and not for the things that follow. Matthew 6:33 keeps coming up over and over in the bible. In verse 3, we’re asked to trust in the Lord, and He’ll grant us the desires of our hearts. The trusting part comes first. We must trust the Lord such that even if He leaves us in rags, while all those around us flourish in riches, we’ll still remain unshakable. We must trust Him with no strings attached- not for what He can do for you (although He certainly can do a whole lot), but for His presence. We must love the Lord simply because we just love Him. When you love God for Him, He will surprise you with blessings that will cause your generation to bless you.
That's it for today, friends! May the love of the Lord go with you wherever you go!
Love and peaches!
Bible quote from here.