Father in Heaven, I ask that Your presence is seen here and Your words are heard here. In Jesus name, Amen.
Well well, it’s good to have you all back! Pull up a chair and get comfortable. I hope you have a cup of coffee, tea, or whatever beverage you prefer. Let’s chat…
Have you ever had to move around a lot? I know some people have had to move quite a bit while others have lived in the same place all their lives. Where do you fall in this spectrum?
I fall on both ends. As a kid, we only moved once. When I just turned five-years-old my parents built a new house and still live there to this day. I lived there until I got married at twenty-four and then I of course moved into my own place. Well the “staying put” philosophy kind of went out the window. Several different windows in fact. A series of unforeseen circumstances would lead us to several moves over the course of twenty years. One move resulted from our decision to honor God and not the bank but we knew God had a plan for it all. Sometimes trusting His plan can walk us through some difficult situations, but that trust is what gets us through it.
We have pretty much stayed in the same general area, but different size houses. I wish I had the space and time to tell you all the miracles God performed through each of these. Alas, none of us has time to read a book in one sitting! However, these miracles will be displayed in my book. But I digress…
I can tell you that moving is hard work and not for the unadventurous. But could you imagine having to move around so much and having to erect a tent every time you relocated? Not just a small pup-tent. No, a huge army sized tent or circus style tent? Well that is what the Israelites did to provide a place of worship and a place for God to dwell with them.
This was not a small little structure; this was massive with lots of items that went along with it. Very specific bowls, lamp stands, trimmers, candle sticks and many more things, had to be toted and erected along with the tent. It was not easy. I remember very well all the packing and unpacking that goes with moving. Yikes! But I wanted to follow God’s leading and so did the Israelites.
It feels so wonderful to have a structure that is permanent and not to have a tent to live in. But I must not assume a permanent dwelling for myself and not have a permanent dwelling place for God.
2 Samuel 7:5-6 “Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord; Would you build Me a house to dwell in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling’”
Once the Israelites were settled and David became King, God was still moving about in a tent with no permanent structure. I always had a strange sense of “how do I pack God up and take Him with me” way of thinking when it came time to move. But that’s the beauty of God. He is with us no matter where we go! How wonderful it would be to have a structure for God. I have in my home, a place that is my little sanctuary of sorts. I have created in each of my houses a space that I study, pray, write, and any other inspired activities. My son made me a rustic cross many years ago and that always gets hung up in my space. I have a picture frame that says “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. (Joshua 24:15) I usually have some means of spa type music via my Alexa, CD’s, or whatever. Maybe even a candle or some soft lighting.
This has been my little house for the Lord within my house. It can be created no matter where I am. You can do the same! It doesn’t take much space. It can just be a chair in the corner of your room. It can be a small space you create in your basement with a recycled chair and rug. A small table and lamp or candle and voila! A house for the Lord.
I want God to be in my entire house but I do love my little house created for Him and I to spend special time together. Just like anything else, I have times I didn’t spend hardly any time in my little house but I try again the next day. God appreciates our efforts and longs to help us along our journey. Make a house for the Lord and meet Him there each day.
Maybe having a little something to nibble on in your quiet time would be sweet too. How about this…
BBQ Chip Chicken
8 chicken tenderloins or 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 stick butter
1 regular size bag of BBQ chips
Prepare your chicken for use by thawing, rinsing, and patting dry. In a glass pie pan or glass bowl that is microwave safe, melt the stick of butter. Crush all chips inside bag. This might be a fun job for the kids or grandkids! Have a cookie sheet ready (spray with cooking spray if the sheet is not non-stick) and set up your items in an assembly line fashion. Start with your plate of prepared chicken, roll it in the melted butter, transfer to chip bag and shake to coat the whole piece, place on cookie sheet. Repeat these steps with each piece of chicken one at a time. Have your oven preheated to 350 degrees and bake the chicken for 30-40 minutes or until there is no more pink in center of thickest chicken piece. Serve with your favorite sides. Delish!