September 27, 2015 by maryruwe
The other day as I walked through our garage I saw my bicycle and remembered how much I loved riding my bike when I was a kid. I always had fun riding my bike around the neighborhood. I still enjoy riding today; it’s just not a high priority like it was when I was young.
Then memories began to flood my thoughts. One such memory was when I was about seven years old and was riding my bicycle one Sunday morning. At that time my family didn’t attend church. Though I was enjoying my bike ride, I think even then I knew I should be in church on Sundays. This particular day a car came up from behind me and as it passed me I turned my head to the side so they couldn’t see my face and know who I was. I don’t think I knew who was driving the car; I just didn’t want them to see my face. I didn’t want anyone to know I wasn’t in church! Sounds very silly now, but I actually remember thinking that. (You can stop laughing now!)
Since my family didn’t belong to a church during my growing-up years I hadn’t received much instruction on the importance of church attendance. I never learn the Bible stories/lessons that children learn in Sunday School and I was never taught to learn Scriptures. It was some years later as an adult in my early twenties that I made the decision to be involved in a church and to this day I have continued to belong and be active in a church. I love church. Always did. I love going to church and church functions. It has never gotten old or boring to me. I even enjoy hearing over and over the lessons of the Bible. I always learn something new each time.
Now I realize this little story may have made you laugh or at least smile, but let’s turn this up a few notches to the adult level.
Have you ever said or behaved or even thought something that you didn’t want anyone else to know about? Of course you have, so have I. The point I want to make is that God still heard it and saw it. He even sees our behavior, our attitudes; hears our words and our thoughts. We can NOT get away from God. He sees us all the time. He is with us all the time. Hebrews 13:5 tells us that He will never leave us nor forsake us. I find that comforting when I’m facing difficult issues and situations. So with this in mind, I want to encourage you to meditate on a few Scriptures this week. Write them down, carry them with you and read them several times throughout the day. Let’s give God a chance to work in our heart, words, attitudes and behavior changing us from the inside out.
Ephesians 5:15: See then that you walk circumspectly (carefully), not as fools but as wise.
Ephesians 4:32: Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another even as God in Christ forgave you.
Proverbs 15:1: A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:21: The heart of the righteous studies how to answer.
Let’s remember that God is with us all the time. He is ready to help us to be kind and forgiving. He is ready to give us the wisdom we need for every decision. My prayer for you and myself is that we will study His Word and pray for His guidance, strength, and wisdom to know how we are to respond to every situation throughout the day.