Welcome to Teshuvah Day 36-The Days of Awe
Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom
Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from The Lord.
verse 21 Heaven must receive Him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as He promised long ago through His holy prophets.
Come Away with Me
From My October Heart Series
How I love this season
My favorite time of Fall
I remember the drawing
My Saviors tender call
Come away with Me
For private time to talk
Is this why it is the best
Of nature’s spiritual walk
The beautiful sites
The weathers sounds
Leaves are changing
Brilliant colors abound
Come away He is calling
I hear His tender voice
Then I am reminded
We make the choice
So with my choice
Today I choose
In my October heart
My time to use
To seek Him diligently
Oh I must find
Time with Him
Come away with Me
That welcoming draw
But why do I sense it
Strongest In the Fall
Is it because
He set eternity in our hearts
With special times
For us to come apart
A time to cast off
Away with old ways
Enriching our roots
So we can stay
In step and in line
With our call
There is something marvelous
About the season of Fall
As it is in Winter
Spring Summer or Fall
Softly and tenderly He is calling
Calling to one and to all.
Come away with Me He calls
One day we’ll understand
Designed by His hand
Autumn season signage
And perfectly orchestrated
From His marvelous mind
2 Corinthians 6:2 For He says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Appointed times; what does this mean for us? Do you think of something upcoming or do you think of something far off? Do you think I need to check my calendar? Do you like many when ask about an upcoming event or when offered an invitation, say let me check my calendar? Or perhaps we are reminded, “I’m not ready.”
The biblical meaning of seasons referred to in Genesis is not as we may think, winter, spring, summer, or fall. Season in Hebrew is a mo’ed or appointed time or meeting. A season or specific time set in creation for a specific purpose, fitting season, season, opportunity, occasion, time.
As I was meditating on God’s calendar and His appointed times I thought how we prepare and make our plans for the appointments we keep in the natural.
Many of us use calendars in our phones. Today’s technology affords us the convenience of electronic devices allowing us to set events and add reminders for upcoming plans.
I especially loved being able to set reminders for filter changes, license renewals, vent a hood cleaning, winterizing, and basic R&M issues for my store. By setting calendar reminders I remained current and up to date and there were no surprises when inspections came. I wasn’t caught off guard with a sense of urgency that I had failed to follow through, and we know equipment has a longer life with proper routine maintenance. With this thought I have to ask, do we not think God is smarter than we are and more efficient that any of our manmade systems?
Thinking about basic home or commercial maintenance I’m reminded of God’s spiritual maintenance on our lives and His manufacturer recommendations for continued warranty. He has “Set Times” to reset or for basic maintenance based on the manufacturer’s recommendation for longevity. God knows the dangers of operating without routine maintenance. He knows the dangers we are susceptible too by failing to follow and understand His appointments. By setting and keeping appointments to come away with Him we are in a sense recharging our spiritual batteries, and changing or cleaning our filters, etc.
Recently I was having a conversation and we discussed how the fall has a lonely feeling that creates an emotional draw in our souls. Some become sad, and some experience depression.
Basic human nature has a carnal tendency to take the easy way, or the path of least resistance. Having appointments requires that we make plans and preparations in order to be prepared or ready. How do we prepare when deep is calling to deep? Is this the draw we feel? Is it to indication for us to turn away from trivial or inconsequential matters?
These are appointments with God’s during His appointed seasons. His desire is that we stay focused on Him and His affairs.
We like trees are going to be working on maturing and bearing more fruit each season. In order to grow and mature we need to know and discern our seasons, therefore God has set reminders and appointments in our hearts.
We need time to rest and regain strength in order to bloom and produce. By keeping these appointments we can be sure we are operating at maximum potential. Without set times and time away with The Lord, we put ourselves in danger of forgetting the most effective and crucial requirement we have as believers, the assembly. What is most important? Time with Him, while being reminded what is important to Him and what he requires. This time away is not only needed it is essential if our lives are to nourish others in our care.
As Christians, we like trees grow and change each year. If not we must examine and locate the problem. As we look over the past year, where we fruitful? Did we grow and produce good fruit? As believers we also have seasons of growth and maturity following seasons of root work. The nourishing and maturing is working during the root season, yet not made manifest or revealed until fruit season.
There is a deep work that should take place in our hearts each year if we are to more fruitful.
Trees have built in calendars and reminders, knowing the maintenance schedule they are instant in season and out of season. Nature has set reminders for all living things. As intelligent living beings, created in His image, we not only need but desire face to face encounters with our Lord throughout the year.
After all do you not find this extremely intoxicating? When we stop and consider He who calls us. The Lord Himself is initiating an intimate relationship and calls us to come apart from the business of our lives, ministries, businesses, or idle insignificant ideas? I encourage you to meditate on having a more intimate relationship with our Creator, Jehovah Jireh, our provider.
I pray that during this season of repentance, we Return and Teshuvah back to our first love. I pray we find Him, Praise Him and truly enjoy these times of refreshing. I pray we come away from this season with a deeper intimacy and a richer more meaningful purpose. I pray we have a new and deeper intimacy with Him. Deeper than ever before, I pray we know Him privately, personally, and publically. He is King of kings and LORD of lords.
I am growing this season and more in Love with Him. I pray you are also.
God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you Shalom.
Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette