Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Markers in my Pocket

At work each day I print out an updated copy of the next few days scheduled cases. Each type of case is highlighted in a different color highlighter so we can tell at a glance what type of patients will be arriving that day.

Post-It HighlightersImage by NinJA999 via Flickr

On Christmas Eve, I had put all these markers in my work bag and forgotten I had moved them. When I ran across them days later, I put them all in the pocket of my lab coat so they would be handy when I went to work. The only problem is that I forgot I had put them there. (Do you see a trend here?)

I looked everywhere for the markers. I looked in my work bag. I looked in every desk drawer. I looked to see if we had other markers, but didn't find anything that worked as well as the ones I had before.

All the time, the markers were tucked away in the pocket of the jacket I was wearing, just waiting for me to pull them out and use them.

"And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." Isaiah 65:24

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1

The markers were there, in my pocket, already provided for my use, but I did not believe they were there. I didn't reach into my pocket to remove them, I didn't even look in there to see if they were there. I didn't avail myself of the provision that was already made for me in my moment of need.

How many more times in my life has that happened and didn't know it?

How many times has the Lord been the great supply of my life and I never even "looked in my pocket" to see what was there. I just kept looking at the need and never turned my eyes toward the supply.

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:19

The Lord has promised to supply all our needs by Christ Jesus. We must train our eyes to not be focused on the need, but He who is and always be our supply in all things. . .

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Hebrews 12:2

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