Monday, February 25, 2008

Vig-i-lant, adj. Keenly watchful to detect danger or trouble. ( Random House Dictionary)

The Lord gave me two words yesterday after service in the bathroom. It was after a phone call was received by a very precious family that their nephew died. The nephew had been sick but the pain of loss is no less. The family received much prayer, love, and comfort from their church family. As I went in the bathroom, I heard the Lord speak, "high alert". He showed me how we are on high alert just as the military is placed on high alert when there is a real enemy threat. On high alert, the military are watching, waiting, awake 24/7 looking through night vision goggles, and praying. They are not comfortable, relaxing, or taking it easy. There is a time for that but not on high alert. As Dave and I have been up many nights with children, etc these past couple of weeks, we have been praying, watching, waiting. Many times, not by choice, the Lord has woke us up or used the children or something to get us up. My flesh cries in pain but lately has just gottten up because I have gotten use to it.

Jesus has many instances in the Bible for waiting and praying on the night watch and I kind of find it comforting that even His closest buddies had a hard time with the night watch. Luke 22:45 And when He rose up from the prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow. and he said unto them, why sleep ye?Rise and pray lest ye enter into temptation. We must be vigilant keeping on guard yet resting in Him. It is interesting to be on high alert yet resting on and in Him. Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. I think if he said "take heed", that it must be pretty important.

I am reminded of another place in the scriptures where the Lord taught using a parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. The wise bridesmaids were waiting, watching and prepared for Him with oil in the lamps. There are many more instances in scriptures but the kids are waking up from a long, full weekend. In closing, there was a dear friend of ours who was always dessed in military complete with painted face and gun. He was 12ish and you never knew when and where he was going to pop up with the gun pointed and a shout of "Aha, got ya!". Well, I thought I would get him and I know you find that very hard to believe but I put on camo and paint, etc and told his parents and siblings I was coming over...boy did I get him!!! We must not be on the defense. We must be on the offense.

Blessings, Lisa

PS Charlene, I know this is hard to believe but this will be your best birthday ever. You will receive many gifts that are priceless. You would never be able to buy gifts like these they are eternal. I love you and bless you on you birthday!! It is hard to believe your older than me!!!!


Dustin said...

every time i hear that story...i don't think danny ever got over that, haha.

Janet said...

You certainly were the prepared bridesmaid that day!!! You got my boy but good that day a day I won't soon forget. Keep that lamp full buddy you will be prepared Love Janet