Saturday, February 28, 2015


"…for they cried to God in the battle, and He was entreated of them; 
because they put their trust in Him" (I Chronicles 5:20).

"Trust me." How many times have we heard that? What does it mean in the vernacular? Trust is a confidence in the truth and strength of someone's words and promises. Human trust, at one time or another, experiences the heartbreak of a betrayed trust. It may be at the hands of a friend, a family member, a spouse, or even a co-worker, but the pain is still searingly the same. However, the word, "trust," has a different meaning in God's economy.

The dictionary defines trust as "a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something." It is accepting truth of a statement without evidence or investigation. Biblically, trust is faith. It is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). It is a "confidence, belief, faith, certainty, assurance, conviction, credence, and reliance that you can believe and entrust your deepest secrets to God for safekeeping. It is a conviction that your heart can be safely surrendered to the integrity and honesty of Him without fear of rejection, rebuff, or abandonment. Ultimately, God is the embodiment of all those attributes. He can be trusted with our deepest secrets, concerns, desires, hopes, and dreams. He will never betray our trust.

During this battle with a life-threatening reaction to an antibiotic, the issue of trust bubbled to the surface. I asked, "God, how could You allow this to happen? Where are You in all of this? Is there something that You want me to learn? Surely there must be a reason?"

Over and over, the same answer resonated within my spirit, "You must learn to trust Me." That would require a monumental effort on my part, because all of my life, with every disappointment and betrayal, I was given one more reason not to trust people. Therefore, if I couldn't trust those with whom I was interacting with, then how could I completely trust God whom I couldn't see? However, His words repeated within my soul again…"Trust me. Trust me." God had promised to heal me, but with the caveat that I would need to "endure a little longer." Those words mystified me. What did He mean, by that statement? I would soon find out.

As I told you in my last blog, I had first seen two different doctors who had misdiagnosed me and given me medications that only made my situation worse and only served to allow the problem to get out of hand. So, I challenged the LORD, "You said to trust You. O.K., I need a doctor who knows what they are doing and can get to the bottom of this."

The next day, I called Vanderbilt to make an appointment with my MOHS Clinic dermatologist. The appointment was set, but when I got there, they said I had an appointment with another doctor. Confused, I said that there must be a mistake. They assured me that my MOHS doctor had referred me to this doctor because of her expertise in drug allergies and severe rashes. She turned out to be an unexpected  "miracle." God gave her the wisdom and knowledge to make the proper diagnosis and to prescribe the correct medications and therapy. Yes, "Trust me."

We are always looking for the supernatural healing of our bodies and too often discount medical intervention because we feel that to do so is showing a lack of faith. I am here to tell you that God gave us doctors with wisdom, training, and knowledge to help us in the healing of our bodies. Yes, there are times when God supernaturally steps in and miraculously heals, but more often then not, He allows us to take a journey to show that in every step of the way, He is with us, if we will trust Him and His methods, which we often don't understand.

Then there are those who never receive the kind of miracle that they were hoping for. The Apostle Paul  said he had a thorn in his flesh, which describes a chronic condition: "There was given me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord three times, that it might depart from me, and He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore, I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." God knows our heart and what will take our heart away from Him.

I have suffered from a chronic condition for over 30 years and have prayed to be released from it, but for whatever reason, God has allowed it to remain. Instead of being angry or bitter, it has drawn me closer to Him, because I have come to depend on His complete goodness. 

Five years ago, my husband was diagnosed with stage-4 thyroid cancer that had metastasized into his throat and 50 lymph nodes. The story of his journey is a remarkable one, and one you can still access on my blog, posted July 10, 2014, entitled, "Unfailing Hope."

Yes, we prayed for a sovereign miracle, but the miracle that we were looking for would not be the miracle that God would choose to provide. Instead, five days from his frightening diagnosis, God orchestrated a series of events that miraculously enabled him to be admitted to MD Anderson's Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Being accepted as a patient, at that short notice, was a miracle in action, since many are on a long waiting list and are never accepted.

His surgeons held out very little hope for him. We prayed and prayed for a miracle. Little did we know that the miracle would come through a journey of suffering, seeking, crying, praying, trusting, and growing in faith. Although he has not be declared cancer free, his "numbers" are within an acceptable range. 

Every year for five years, we have returned to MD Anderson for his check-up. Two years ago, his surgeon admitted that on the day of surgery, he had no hope of Michael ever getting off the operating table after 14 hours of surgery. The doctor told us that his survival is nothing short of a miracle. 

My husband has maintained his optimism and faith throughout this journey, knowing that God has been with him every step of the way. What many of us don't understand, and my husband and I discovered, is that God is more concerned with our sick souls then He is with our infirmed flesh. He will allow certain things in order to reach that part of us that has become encumbered with the minutiae of everyday life and its struggles. He wants our hearts and all that we are. His Word tells us that "If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched" (Mark 9:43).

Basically what God is saying is that our bodies take second place to our spiritual life. God is far more concerned with the health of our soul then He is with our flesh. Our flesh can separate us from God if we are not careful to nurture our spirit and soul, for it is our spirit that lives on forever. These earth suits we call bodies are corruptible and will one day return to the dust from which they came. So when this corruptible (flesh) has put on incorruption (God's redeeming Spirit), and this mortal has put on immortality, then "death is swallowed up in victory" (I Corinthians 15:54). God is first concerned with the condition of our heart. Once we have that right, then health follows.

You may say, "Wait just a minute. I'm a Christian. I love the Lord, and I follow His teaching, so why do I have to suffer these things?" The answer is summed up in the following:

We now have this light shining in our heart, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our  bodies. Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you (II Corinthians 4:7-12).

God allows us to pass through difficulties to test our mettle. Will we break under the pressure and turn away from Him, or will we draw closer to Him and see Him more fully? Do we really trust Him? Only when we surrender all to Him, is He then able to show us His peace, mercy, grace, and yes, His healing power.

This same doctor who literally helped to "save" my life made arrangements for me to meet with a specialist at Vanderbilt who only works one day a week because of her unique research in chemical/antibiotic/allergic reactions. At first my appointment was two months away. However, when they were told that I have no go-to antibiotic if any illness should arise, they saw the urgency and put me on the specialist's schedule for next week. God made a way where there was no way. He provides access where there is none. 

The most important lesson that I have gleaned from this experience has been to trust God. It has not been easy, because of my past history and the multiple betrayals by those with whom I had trusted with my heart. However, the one thing I am learning is that God will never break our heart. He is there to bind up those wounds and heal our broken heart, if we will TRUST him (Psalm 147:3-11).

My prayer is that each one of us is able to surrender all that we are into His loving and capable hands and to be able to trust Him in every circumstance of our lives. I promise you that God will NEVER betray your trust. He is faithful and He is the Rock; His deeds are perfect. Everything He does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright He is! (Deuteronomy 32:4). He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to Him (Proverbs 2:8).

Throughout scripture we see many references to TRUST. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress" (Psalm 107:7). "Because he trusted in the Lord, God healed him." We are told we can trust in His unfailing love and mercy. "They cried out to You and were saved. They trusted in You and were never disgraced" (Psalm 22:5). "No one who trusts in You will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others (Psalm 25:3). "But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying, 'You are my God!'" (Psalm 31:14).

We must entrust our lives to God, but in trusting, we cannot assume that we know the methods by which He will deliver the answers to us. After all, He is God. His ways are far above our ways. His thinking is not even in the same sphere as our carnal thinking. Therefore, we simply need to learn to listen, obey, and trust Him, and know that He, in His infinite wisdom, will bring us to that place of healing in our heart, mind, soul, spirit…and yes…our body.

Freesia flowers, pictured above, convey friendship,
innocence, thoughtfulness, perseverance and trust.
We  must learn to persevere and trust God…even in the most trying of circumstances. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sister whenever 
you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the 
testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, 
not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, 
you should ask God, who gives generously to 
all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 
(James 1:1-5)


When life throws us a curve ball, know that God is growing us in the fire of our affliction. Interestingly, curve balls are tricky and hard to hit  but when that ball connects with the bat, it travels further. God wants us to go further with Him and be able to hit that "ball" out of the park. He is teaching us to trust Him in all circumstances. Only then, will we enjoy His promises of a hope and a future. The key is to remain stedfast in faith, so that He can lead us to our promised destiny.

There will always be things in life that we don't understand or have answers to. That is why He wants us to learn to lean on Him and trust Him. He wants to be our Source. We must have the attitude that no matter what happens, we will remain in faith. So goes my current journey of faith and learning to trust.

It began three weeks ago, an unrelenting, itchy rash that eventually spread over my entire body. At first it was just in one small area, and we were leaving the next day for Florida to see our grandchildren, so I wasn't too concerned and thought it would go away. I had been taking an antibiotic for four days for a sore throat. I reasoned that the antibiotic was the culprit, so I stopped taking it. After the first day in Florida, the rash had quickly gotten out of control, so we went to the emergency room, where I was given a massive dose of steroids in an injection along with prescriptions. The third day of our stay, things had escalated to the point where we needed to return home.

Home at last, but the rash was not improving, in fact, things had gone from bad to worse. Parts of the rash were becoming more like a very bad sunburn that was now pealing. However, I rationalized that I should give the steroid injection a little more time to work, so I waited a few more days. I know…dah?

A week passed and the unbearable itching forced me to call my family physician, who, after examining me, gave a different diagnosis and prescribed a different drug. That drug made the problem so much worse that I felt like I was being pushed to the edge of insanity and complete hopelessness. 

Finally, after two weeks of taking medicines that resulted in no improvements, I made an appointment with a Vanderbilt dermatologist, and as I stood there in all my glory, she meticulously studied all areas and finally said, "I believe I know what this may be, but I need to take four biopsies for an accurate diagnosis. In the meantime, I want you to stop every medication that you have been given for this rash, and start this new regiment." She also had me stop one of my regular, daily medications, telling me that it is one of the biggest culprits for bad drug interactions and allergies. Shots were administered to numb the four areas, biopsies were gathered, and stitches taken. I left with a renewed hope that next week, I would finally have answers and that things would now begin to improve. 

Day one passed and the rash seemed to be the same. The unrelenting, torturous itching would not stop, resulting in another sleepless night. I began to wonder if I would ever be free of this scourge, which had now consumed my entire body. Day two of my new regiment arrived, and my skin appeared a little less inflamed, but sleep was still elusive. Day three dawned with a new med added for the itching. I could see improvement. I actually slept through that night, getting more than the 3-hours of sleep that had been my nightly routine since the start of this odyssey.

Before I saw this last doctor, I was physically, mentally, and spiritually exhausted and had no more reserves within me. Being sleep deprived and itching so badly that I wanted to rip my skin off, I was spiritually at my lowest and asked the age-old question, "God, why did you allow this to happen to me?" Isn't that the question we all ask when bad things happen to us? So I prayed, "God, I know that all things work together for good to those who love You and are called according to your purposes, so what are You trying to teach me?" Within my spirit, I heard, "I will heal You, but you need to endure a little longer.  Above all, I want you to learn to trust Me."

I have never felt my frailness and weaknesses greater then what I have been experiencing during this time. My prayer became a cry in my heart to come to that place of trusting Him with total abandon, but this had become so much more difficult than what I could have imagined.

When I first became a Christian, I was able to trust God without reservation, but over the years, something had changed. During these past few days, I have realized that I had blamed God for some things that were not His fault. I had not been the victim of another's evil behavior for which I had no control. I had been victimized by my own choices, springing forth from lost hope, disappointment and the inability to trust in God's timing and purposes. In my doubt-riddled, finger-pointing reasoning, I believed it was God's responsibility to rescue me and fix my messes, so when He didn't jump into the fray like Superman, I felt betrayed; ergo, I stopped trusting Him. The truth is that He NEVER let me down. I was the one who let myself down, because I had failed to obey, trust, believe, and follow Him completely.

As we make deeper commitments with the Lord, He has us walk through a refining fire to purge all that is in the way of surrendering everything to Him. What we must never forget is that we can trust and believe God. He is faithful and a good God who loves us more than we could ever love ourselves. In so many ways, we often become our worst enemy. Self-discovery is required and painful, but it's the only way we are able to grow in His grace and love.

I repented for blaming God for so many things that He had no hand in and asked Him to forgive me for my failure to trust Him with all of my heart. Fear and disappointment had prevented me from giving Him all of my heart. Jesus said that to follow Him and to follow Him more closely, we must deny ourselves. That means we must surrender all to Him, including our doubts, fears, anxieties, unbelief, mistrust, and every other emotion and external pressure that drives us to put a wall up before God. 

If anyone desires to come after Me, he must deny himself, 
And take up his cross and follow Me. 
"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
But whoever loses his life for
 My sake and the gospel's will save it (Mark 8:35-43).

In other words, we must say "no" to our will and how we want things, and say "yes" to God in all things. Very often, we don't know what God is doing in those areas that we want to see change, especially if we see no change. For that reason, saying yes to God can be difficult, because it requires trusting Him over our own carnal reasoning and current circumstances. Too often, we try to find the logic in what God is doing or leading us to do, when He simply wants us to obey and trust Him.

Did Noah question God when He asked him to build an ark with no water in sight? Was the promise to Abraham and Sarah to have a son past their reproductive ages difficult to believe? Most likely, but Abraham held to the promise and a son came forth in their nineties.

Naaman, who was a servant of King Aram, had leprosy. Elisha, "the man of God," sent a messenger to say to him, "Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed." But Naaman went away angry and said, "I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn't I wash in them and be cleansed?" So he turned and went off in a rage. Naaman's servants went to him and said, "My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it?" How much more, then, when he tells you, 'Wash and be cleansed'!" So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordon seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy" (II Kings 5).

I love this story because we are Naaman in so many ways. We, like Naaman, have our own thoughts about how things should be done. We want God's requests to make sense to us before we will commit to what He is asking us to do. Our carnal nature demands a sure outcome. We want proof that what we are doing is going to garner the results we want, so if dipping in a dirty river sounds crazy and illogical, then we decide that this can't be God, but this is how God operates. He does what we believe to be illogical, but what we deem illogical, brings about the miraculous.

Another favorite story of mine is Joshua and the Wall of Jericho. The gates of Jericho were securely bared because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in, so the Lord said to Joshua, "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once, with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams' horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in" (Joshua 6:1-5). 

Think about how crazy God's instructions sound. Yet Joshua did not question God. He simply obeyed. Even more amazing is that his men did not question his orders. They obeyed and God brought the wall down with the final trumpet blast. This story might seem to many as a fable, but archeologists located the ruins of the fallen wall and determined that something powerful brought it down.

Joseph, called the "dreamer," had dreams of his brothers bowing down before him. Unfortunately, he had foolishly told his brothers and their anger grew hot against him, so that when the Midianite merchants came, they sold their seventeen-year-old brother to Potiphar, Pharaoh's captain of the guard. Joseph then garnered favor with Pharaoh and was quickly entrusted with all that Pharaoh owned. However, Pharaoh's wife made advances to Joseph, which he spurned. In anger she told her husband that Joseph took advantage of her. Joseph was immediately thrown into prison where he languished for over two years until Pharaoh had a disturbing dream and called for Joseph for an interpretation. (He had previously and correctly interpreted dreams for the chief butler and the baker.) Upon Joseph's interpretations for Pharaoh, he reinstated Joseph with a position of power in Egypt. Pharaoh said to his officials, 'Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?' Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you'" (Genesis 41:37-40).

Joseph could have become bitter and angry that his brothers had initially caused him so much pain and suffering, but in all of Joseph's difficulties, he never complained or blame God. His trust was solid and it payed off with him being reunited with his family, favored by Pharaoh, and immediately placed in positions of honor, responsibility, and power.

As Paul Harvey used to say, "…and now the rest of the story." We learn the real reason why God allowed Joseph to be sold into Egypt. God's plan was to save His chosen people and with His help, Joseph would be the one to accomplish this. As in the dreams he had, when starvation and famine hit Joseph's homeland, his brothers headed for Egypt to purchase grain and came before Joseph's court. Not recognizing Joseph, they bowed before him. As we learn, Joseph eventually revealed himself to his brothers. "Come close to me." When they had done so, he said, "I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping (Genesis 45:4-6).

Like Joseph and others who have gone before us, God allows us to pass through the difficult challenges of life to bring out the best in us, to purge away the dross and remove all of our impurities so that we may do even greater works for His Kingdom (Isaiah 1:25). Rest in God's grace and don't allow the situation to rob your faith. Trust in Him who is sovereign and knows your needs.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9). Upon our confession, God forgives us, but part of that is going through a purification process that removes unrighteousness. 

What does the word "purify" mean? Purify is to remove all contamination, to cleans, refine, freshen, sanctify, and redeem. However, that is not an easy process, especially if we are resistant to God's purification process. Often He allows things to happen to draw us back to Him. So when life throws us that unexpected cure ball, it just may be an opportunity to hit it out of the park. We need to ask, "Lord, what do You want me to learn in all of this?"

God is raising up His people to go into the world and bring others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. We can minister in a neighborhood, a community, to a waitress, a clerk, to anyone. But if we are not those vessels of honor and bearers of His light, then what purpose do we serve for His kingdom? Jesus admonished, "Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house" (Matthew 5:15). We are that light, a beacon of hope, that can lead the lost and broken safely home to the arms of Jesus.

When Jesus said to His apostles to go into the all the world and make apostles of men, He was telling them that they were to spread the gospel, so that those who received the Word would also go and spread the Word. It was to be a continuum of multiple chain reactions, resulting in revival. But that can only happen when His people are on fire for the Lord and willing to be obedient and step out in faith.

We, as Christians, have not been called to a life of ease and pleasure. Yes, God has made available to us wonderful things to make our lives more comfortable and enjoyable, but those things are not to determine who we are, what we do, or to define our lifestyle. Our life is to be determined and defined by the desires of our Father. We lay aside our will and say, Lord, not my will but Your will be done. Until we do that, we will continue to pass through fires that purge dross, so that only pure gold remains. My desire is to be used by God, according to His will and not my own. For I know that being in His will is truly the safest place.

There will always be things we don't understand; things that make no sense. Keep praising Him and know that He has a plan and purpose for each one of us. He is sovereign. Faith is trusting God when life and circumstances make no sense. Keep the attitude, "Your grace is sufficient. I will trust you."

God wants us to be dependent on Him in all areas of our lives, especially in our weaknesses. Despite my struggles, I continue to move forward, because He has been and always will be faithful. I can say that today, which is day six of this new therapy, my rash is about 75 percent improved.

It's easy to trust God in the good times when affliction is not an issue, but He prepares us for those times of affliction to test our character and ability to trust in Him. Despite those unanswered questions and questionable circumstances, we cannot grow weary and lose faith. We must press on and believe that God is sovereign; His ways are not our ways and His purposes are greater than what we are able to see. Don't allow the curve ball in your life to sideline you. Keep faith in the One who created you and who knows your needs and your heart's desire. His mercy endures forever. God will test our medal and show us what we have inside, so that we can become the very best for Him. Hopefully my metal, which is being tried in the fire of affliction, is becoming refined gold. 

My prayer is that I may always have a heart like that of the Apostle Paul, and be able to say, "In [my] affliction, I am overflowing with joy." (2 Corinthians 7:4). That is trust in action. No matter the circumstances, may we never lose our joy, because our joy can never be anchored nor moved by our circumstances, but our joy can only be found in the One who securely holds us in the palm of His hand. May God richly bless each and every one of you with confidence, trust, faith, and an unrelenting hope in your Redeemer.

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, 
Let us purify our selves from everything 
that contaminates body and spirit, 
Perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
(II Corinthians 7:1) 

The following lyrics are of an old standard, "What A Friend We Have In Jesus," by Joseph M. Scriven, who originally wrote this as a poem to comfort his mother while he was away. It is a timeless truth…a truth worth including in this blog.

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O What peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all your sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In His arms He'll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.
Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

Saturday, February 14, 2015


By day the LORD directs His love, at night His song is with me--a prayer to the God of my life (Psalm 42:8)

A conductor, with great precision, uses arm gestures to interpret the music and communicate with the orchestra. Utilizing two-two, three-four, four-four, and quick tempo timing, each movement sends a message, cueing sections to come in at the right moment in the score.

Well-trained and disciplined musicians have eyes focused and instruments poised in the ready position, awaiting direction. Suddenly, and with great precision and flair, the conductor's hands move, signaling the orchestra's commencement of beautifully synchronized music that washes over and delights the audience. 

When we refuse to keep our eyes on God, we become "musicians" who are so busy concentrating on our own "musical score," that we can't focus on the Conductor of our lives. Until our eyes are set on Him, no "music" can come forth, only chaos.

Have you ever heard an orchestra tune and warm up their instruments just prior to the concert? Even though everything sounds disjointed, out of tune, and an affront to the ears, they are preparing their instruments to create beautiful music.  

Interestingly, the word, "instrument," is also defined as a channel, and "channel" is defined as a passage of communication and information. Thus, as His people, we are to be conduits by which God's Word flows and reaches a lost world. 

Our heavenly Father is the Conductor of the universe. He raises His hands and the universe responds. He speaks and the mountains obey. We are part of His creation, and He awaits our full attention.
With arms poised and ready, He anticipates our readiness to follow His lead. If we ignore His direction, chaos prevails and instead of music that draws the world into a symphony of beauty, there is only discord and rebellion. When we respond to His commands, our lives take on a direction that emits a sweet-sounding song, drawing the world to us and ultimately to God.

Are our eyes turned toward Him? Have we prepared ourselves as fine tuned instruments of beauty that project God's love to the world?

Members of an orchestra practice and dedicate themselves to their instruments and the quality of its sound. We are God's instrument to be played for the world to hear. Without the instrument, the song cannot come forth; without the song, the instrument loses it's intended purpose…to offer God's beauty, joy, and love to the world. 

How do we practice daily? We put God's Word (His music) into our hearts. With eyes forward and locked on Him, we are then sensitive to His daily guidance. Only then can He cause all the parts of our lives to become unified and joined in a symphony of beauty.

Do you want to be a part of God's wonderful orchestra that fills the earth with the music of His Word? He is looking for a people who will be His instruments of righteousness, drawing the lost world with His song. We, His Church, are called to be His fine-tuned instruments, ready to play a glorious song of salvation for all the world to hear. 

Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 
He who believes and is baptized will be saved; 
But he who does not believe will be condemned.
Mark 16:15-16