By Cate Wyrick
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17
It was a very early morning in Sun Valley, Arizona. In just a few hours, my husband, Dan, our son Adam and I would be worshipping the Lord in person with our daughter, Elizabeth who works at Sun Valley Indian School. It had been several months, and we were all anticipating this blessed “together” time.
By day the LORD directs His love, at night His song is with me (Psalm 42:8 ) – a prayer to the God of my life. As I stood peering out the window the sun appeared with brilliant rays over the crest of three white wooden crosses on the west side of the campus. Immediately, my smile widened and I said, “Good morning, Jesus.” As I saw the glorious golden sunrise, brightly beaming around the crosses I began singing Blessed Assurance, the wonderful hymn written by Francis J. Crosby. Blessed assurance Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine, heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of His spirit washed in His blood. The moment was serene, picture perfect. I was not alone; the living God, in the fullness of His presence was with me. I began to sing the second verse, yet the words to the first verse rang clearly in my mind and I started repeating them. While singing I heard a whisper from the Holy Spirit, “My daughter I am yours completely, are you mine mostly? Always? Completely? For a moment I felt like Peter, “Lord you know I love You.” Then I asked Jesus to shine His spotlight deep inside my soul. After a time of reflection, with confidence I cried out, “I am Yours completely Lord” and began singing again. Blessed assurance Jesus is mine…
All of the sudden there was a tone that caught my attention leading me to think of a squabble between two preschoolers or siblings fighting over a treasured possession. “It’s mine.” “NO, it’s mine!” “No, it’s MINE!” The tug of war struggle was going on the entire time. I stopped and took a deep breath saying, “Jesus, is this how we, Your beloved church sound and look to You? Do we truly realize that You are more than able to be, and long to be, everything to us and to others? You are the one who enables us to share boldly in the fullness of Your living fruit; every day preparing an assignment. Are we willing to share, tell, give, and intercede for others as You, through Your Holy Spirit, prompt us? We must answer honestly: mostly I’m yours or always I’m yours. Or can you say, “Because of You, Jesus, and Your example of complete trust and surrender to Your Father, completely I’m yours! This is available for all who come, allowing Jesus to consecrate every part of YOU to HIM, for your good and HIS glory.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. Psalm 42:1 A few weeks ago I answered the phone and heard my daughter’s sweet voice sounding a bit concerned, “Mom I found a nearly dead aloe plant on my porch left by another tenant, is there anything I can do?”
“Honey, take it inside give it a drink of water, place it where it will get some sun then just watch it and see what happens.” When we went to visit I noticed an aloe plant and it was definitely alive with plump fullness, however, it was albino in color. Asking Elizabeth if this was the plant of our phone conversation she said that it was. I replied, “Sweetheart, let’s move this to the back of the ledge in the window behind the couch so it can receive some much-needed direct sunlight.” I shared with my family how like that aloe plant many Christians become undernourished when they have everything they need to be strong in the Lord in the fullness of God’s love as Paul described to us in Ephesians chapter 6. Amazingly, the next day our eyes beheld a rich, deep, aloe plant, healthy and ready to be used to bring healing in time of need.
Let’s be certain that we are receiving the living water and allowing the SON to feed us with all his fullness. Dig into the Bible, the Holy inspired word of God. Spend adequate time with God through prayer and conversation. He loves you. He will never leave you or forsake you. Humble yourself and allow Him to shine His spotlight deep within your heart. Settle any matter quickly. Forgive others freely. God is our advocate and He will lead you in the right path
Cate Wyrick lives in Hudson, Wyoming with her husband Daniel. They have two adult children, Adam, who lives in Lander, Wyoming and Elizabeth, who lives in Sun Valley, Arizona. Cate teaches children of various ages at the Church of the Nazarene in Lander and is the Mission President for her local church.