Thursday, February 26, 2009

WANTED - One Pair of Blue Socks

Don't you hate to lose something? Sunday morning I was looking for a pair of blue socks. I looked in my dresser, nothing but black socks. I looked in the laundry, nothing. I looked in the dryer, nothing. I must have a dozen pair of blue socks somewhere, but this morning they were nowhere in sight. Under my breath I uttered a simple prayer, “God, just one simple pair of blue socks is all I ask for. Please!” I looked and I looked and I looked as time slipped from my grasp. If I didn’t find a pair of blue socks soon I would be late for Church.

Finally I sat down on the bed and looked down in despair at the floor and then back at my pants. To my surprise, I realized that the pair of pants that I had put on were actually black - not blue. All of that hunting and searching, anxiety and drama for a simple pair of blue socks; when what I really needed was a pair of black socks.
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

God stopped me in my tracks that morning and made me realize how often I take off on a wild tangent hunting and searching, determined that I know exactly what I need. Looking for the answer. Looking for direction. Looking for help to get me out of a mess I got myself in to. Looking for…; and in the midst of my struggle, God is watching and waiting and whispering:
Be still, and know that I am God; Psalm 46:10

It wasn’t until I had exhausted all of my options that I finally sat down on the bed. It was then that the answer came, “You are looking for the wrong thing in all of the wrong places. Be still and look, I have already met your need.”

If you remember, the first place I looked for a pair of socks was in my drawer. When I opened the drawer it was full of black socks. EXACTLY what I needed! God had already provided! I was just too blinded by my wants to see that God had already met my need, before I even asked.
29 But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30 When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the LORD your God and obey him. 31 For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath. Deuteronomy 4:29-31
I praise God for His mercy! That even in the midst of our foolishness, He is there patiently waiting for us to be still and know that He is God! I praise Him for meeting all of my needs, even before I ask. What love! What grace!


saleslady371 said...

I, too, pray my way around the house looking for items I can't find. I like the way the Holy Spirit led you and the way you write about it. I could not find my pink sock anywhere and put its lone partner on my dresser. 3 days later, when my hubby got home from work, he asked me is this pink sock yours? I found it in my pants leg while at the office. So much for those dryer sheets!

Beautiful Grace said...

Fear/anxiety/frustration tends to distort our vision. We perceive reality according to the "glasses" we look through. My personal desire is that no matter the situation, I would wear faith's glasses and see reality as God sees it.

Thanks for this thought-inspiring post!!! Bless you!!!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

I love this Lisa! Isn't is so awesome the way God can speak to us in the simplest ways?

In Him,

Crown of Beauty said...

How real God was to you, Lisa, in this little episode that you shared. Thanks for sharing with us how God meets us always at our point of need, if we just stop to listen.

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

Oh, this was great, Lisa!! I can so relate to this!!

Have a blessed day!


Marilyn in Mississippi said...

I could not help but smile and nod my head all the time I was reading this devotion today! You gave a deep lesson in a delightful way! :)


LisaShaw said...

WOOO Lisa, this is good! Nuggets of wisdom tools in this!! I love it! Thanks my friend and God bless you.

Letters From Midlife said...

This sounds exactly like something I would have done. I really enjoyed your post.