Ashes to Beauty Day 9

The Pour Out:

Pour it ALL out to God. Take a moment to clear the clutter, by letting go of all those wandering thoughts (the grocery list or to do list items that won’t stop distracting you … AND … your prayer needs and concerns.)

The Beans:

The Background:

Jesus continues to heal with his spit today … yeah, you read that right!

The Verse:

Mark 8:22-25

They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” 24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” 25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.”

 

The Fill:

What’s the point for YOU?:

  • What word or phrase from the verse above popped out to you?

Read the verse a second time and ask yourself:

  • What could this word or phrase be speaking to in your life? (What situation, struggle, relationship, or decision)

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?

For 9 days now, we have been reading about Jesus performing miracles, healing people from all sorts of physical ailments – and I have been amazed at the messages Jesus has laid on my heart about ways that He can “heal” me, right where I’m at today.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve come to learn over the past few years is that I have to be willing to let Jesus act, and faithfully wait in expectation – I have to fully believe that He is at work, even when I can’t see it

But admittedly that’s not easy, especially since we now live in the age of “instant gratification.” We’re not used to waiting on very much.

Because we’re used instant yes’ … I immediately noticed that the healing didn’t work the first time in today’s story.

Y’all, sometimes … it just takes time!

Jesus was obviously at work, healing this man …. but his eyes needed a little more time, a little more help.

The problem was not in Jesus’ ability to heal, but the prayer was really big – it was going to take a minute!

We never have the ability to fully understand the thousands of factors surrounding the prayer requests we ask for. We have no way of comprehending the magnitude of health issues Jesus was miraculously healing in this man’s eyes.

This is a little bit of a stretch … but stick with me for a minute.

Let’s say, we found this “dream job,” and we desperately begin praying for it to work out.

To us, it seems simple, “Jesus I really, really want THAT EXACT job!”

However … what you don’t know, is that the other applicant also applying for THAT job  ….  well, they need this job in order to finally receive insurance to cover their child’s medical treatments. This job that you deem to be exactly what you need … is actually this other person’s answer to prayer, not yours.

Then, receiving the phone call that the job was given to someone else is devastating.                             You’re discouraged, angry and begin to lose faith in God ….

BUT, WAIT!

Jesus is still at work! –  While you’re on the phone, learning you didn’t get the job you wanted (or thought you wanted) …. across town, there is another company starting the process of creating a job that is even better suited for you.

Jesus is constantly at work, even when we are blind to all of the circumstances                          surrounding those prayers!

Remember, He always knows what is best for us in the long run!

Trust Him today, ask Him to give you peace in the waiting, and to open your eyes to His will! Pay attention and you just may be able to realize what you thought you wanted, isn’t want you need after all – He has something far greater in mind!

Blessings:

List “small” blessings from the past 24 hours.

List small things, because when you only list the big things – you only SEE the big things. Thinking back on a few small blessings each day, helps us develop a habit of actually looking for God in our day to day realities. And if you’re writing them down, then you’ll have hard proof that God truly is always with you.

*This could be anything. A few examples are: “you were blessed with a hug from your child, the weather was especially warm and delightful, or a smile from a stranger on the street.

Affirmations:

List positive affirmations about yourself/life:

Take whatever was laid on your heart and write it in the form of an affirmation:

If you simply felt peaceful today, write, “I WILL remain peaceful today.”

If you are still trying to understand a certain message, write, “I WILL keep searching and remember that God WILL reveal His answer to me.”

Or list, “I AM worth it.” “God DOES love me.” “I WILL make that change.”

**Now go about your day, peaceful and affirmed.**