Wednesday, November 9, 2011

God-bumps

Well, it's past my bedtime. Yes, I'm an old woman who likes to be asleep before 10 and it's close to 11. I had to watch the newest episode of NCIS tonight...the only TV show I care about watching so I was okay when we cancelled cable completely because they post full episodes online.

Anyway, I'm exhausted but my brain is too wired for sleep right now. I'm thinking, and praying, and praying, and thinking.

I've been really struggling over the past week with the impending changes in our church (see my previous blog if you're wondering). I know exactly what I WANT to do. If it were just up to me to make my own decisions, it would be the easiest decision in the world. But, it's not just up to me. It's up to God...at least that's how I want it to be and I don't want to take one step in any direction without His voice telling me to. But, I also live (as best as I can) submissively to my husband and I follow his leading as the spiritual head of our household. I trust his judgement since he is a very discerning man and I also trust his "God-bumps." I know that sounds crazy but it's true. Whenever anything is going on or we're talking about something and he gets goosebumps, it usually means because God is getting his attention about something or confirming the answer to a question he's been asking. So instead of goosebumps, we call them his God-bumps and he got them tonight when reading a message someone sent me.

I have been focused on one verse this week but tonight I read the surrounding verses to get the context. I was focused on Daniel 2:20 which states (in the NLT): "He said, Praise the name of God forever and ever, for He has all wisdom and power." Basically, God is in control. I read above it and it's the story of Daniel and King Nebuchadnezzar. King Neb had a dream that he did not know the meaning of and was planning on having all the wise men of Babylon executed because no one could tell him his dream. Daniel was included in this impending slaughter but God intervened. He revealed the dream to Daniel so in verses 21 and following, Daniel praises Him: "He controls the course of world events, He removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars. He reveals deep and mysterious things  and knows what lies hidden in darkness, though He is surrounded by light. I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors, for You have given me wisdom and strength. You have told me what we asked of You and revealed to us what the king demanded."

It may be an old story, but I think the concept applies to this part of my life right now. So ahead of time, Lord, I will thank You for giving me the wisdom I have asked for and the strength to follow Your leading, wherever it may take me.