Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6
Good Morning Coffee Hour friends and thanks for taking a few minutes to join me. Grab a hot cup of your favorite beverage, your journal and let’s see what journey He takes us on today.
There was a song I sang as a child and I’m sure many of you are very familiar with it and it goes like this “oh Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he, he climbed up in a Sycamore tree for the Lord he wanted to see; and as the Savior passed his way He looked up in that tree, and said Zacchaeus you come down for I’m going to your house today.”
Wow, can you imagine? My heart would be thumping out of my chest! Which brings me to my point; many times in life we hear of something great that’s about to happen, whether it be at church or a Men or Women’s Conference or a retreat. Instead of making plans to go we view from a distance. Oh, yes, our spiritual appetite might want to inquire; we may even be inquisitive but our hearts may not be in a position to fully get involved; but yet we still remain at a distance. Why is that?
We often stand back or even in the shadows and then kick ourselves for not following through because we’ve learned that lives were changed. Sometimes the Lord speaks to us in many ways by venues and avenues. As that ole’ saying goes, you can lead a horse to water and you may even put him or her in the trough, but you can’t make them drink. And we can miss out on such valuable lessons all because we choose to stay in what we call the comfortable zone.
The Bible says in Luke 19:5-7 He spoke to Zacchaeus to come down out of that tree for He was heading to his home for some revival!
Wow! My first thought might be; “Jesus coming to my house! Oh my, I’ve gotta go clean and tidy up a bit. I surely wouldn’t want Him to see how I really live! Yet if Zacchaeus had stayed in the tree as Jesus passed by, Zacchaeus would have lost the greatest opportunity to follow and be a part of something exciting.
Do you sometimes feel you’ve been up in a tree just viewing and not participating, needing and desiring for Him to create in you a new heart or even to restore what you feel is broken or think can’t be fixed? Has He been calling to you? Remember, God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscience and unless we respond to Him, we may remain up in that tree always looking but never experiencing the awesome benefits that await us. When we finally realize we can climb down out of our tree and follow Jesus, we will gain new knowledge of His Word for our lives; the joy, the peace, the fruitfulness of walking in the spirit all for the healing of our hearts and minds.
My prayer is that your heart will be likened as of Zacchaeus: the willingness and the hunger to see Jesus not at a distance but up close and personal and when He walks by, make a move towards Him for He’s more than willing to create a clean heart and renew a right spirit within you. Psalm 51:10
Until next week, allow Him to surround you with His presence to bring you to a place of peace and remember, keep Him close to your heart.