This past week in our online Bible study, we took a look at Psalm 81:10
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.”
Lysa asked us to consider why it’s important for us to remember that the Lord is our God. Here’s my response: If God is our Lord, He is our master and owns everything we “own”. He also controls everything we do.
Next, we were asked what it means personally that He is our God, who has been faithful throughout our journey and delivered us. My response: God is always with me and always has the best in mind for me. Nothing I experience is out of His control.
Then, we were asked what opening ourselves up to Him fully means. My response: I need to give Him complete control of all I am, do, and own. He can’t fully fill me if I hold onto anything.
As I was doing my studying this week, I felt God prompting me to give a gift to a lady who has been difficult to work with on a community project. I don’t know this lady well and I have no idea what types of things she enjoys. However, I told God that if that’s what He wanted me to do, I would do it. As I walked through the gift section of a local store, I asked God to show me the gift that He wanted me to give this lady. He did. I had a few more errands to do in town.
While I was doing them, I ended up dropping my brand new (one day old!) cell phone into water. (It’s a long story!) My phone fizzled and died. I was already tired, struggling emotionally, and now this. I knew I had a choice to make. Was I going to let circumstances and people get me down? Or was I going to say, “Yes, God – no matter what, no matter when, no matter why”? As I struggled and prayed, the Lord reminded me that He was with me, and that my cell phone was just a “thing”. People are much more important to God and should be to me too. I said, “Okay, God. I don’t know what your purpose is in all this, but I put my cell phone in your hands. I know you can make it work again. But if you choose not to, that’s Okay.”
The lady I gave the gift to was overwhelmed and very happy to receive it. The smile on her face was worth all the struggle I went through. When I arrived home and told my husband about my phone, he suggested I put it in our oven at a very low temperature for a few hours. Long story short, my phone has been restored to me and I’ve been reminded (again!) of God’s faithfulness.