Transformation Garden - May 11 ,2010

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"For as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, Who has prevented me from hurting you, if you had not hurried and come to meet me."
I Samuel 25: 34, Amplified Bible

EXPLORATION 

"Present Tense Priorities"

"You can't get second things by putting them first; you can get second things only by putting first things first."
C.S. Lewis

Have I considered the priorities in my life?

What is my top priority?

Do I think I have the priorities in my life in their proper order?

"The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to (God's) voice, taking (His) point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in."
C. S. Lewis

INSPIRATION 

"Our life is quite simply frittered away by detail. Simplify. Simplify."
Henry David Thoreau

I'll never forget the first time I read the words above, penned by Henry David Thoreau who had, some say, taken the art of simplicity to the extreme when he moved from the city to live by Walden Pond.

However, after reading about his decision, one comes to the conclusion that it took such drastic action in order for Mr. Thoreau to get a clear visual image of the important priorities in his life.

Frankly, I wouldn't mind a "Walden Pond" experience myself and I'm certain you might feel the same way.  Many women in our world balance two or three jobs along with the 24-hour task of raising children and it leaves little time for personal thought or reflection.  Having time to get your priorities in the proper order may well be Item #394 on your personal, "To Do" list right now.

However, if there is another critical lesson for us to learn from Abigail and David's relationship it is the ability to get our priorities straight.

In I Samuel 25: 34, David thanked Abigail for, "hurrying to meet him," as the Amplified Bibles states.  If we look in the King James Version of the Bible, the word used for "hurry" is, "hasted" or in the Hebrew "MAHAR" which means, "to flow easily."  I have to tell you, this really struck a chord with me for when I read that Abigail "hurried," all kinds of images came to my mind.  Remember, Abigail put together a large feast and I could visualize her racing around trying to get things done as fast as possible. However, the picture that this text paints is one of a woman flowing along easily with the events of the day. If our priority is to make God first and best in our lives, no matter what unexpected event tries to up-end our stability, we can, like Abigail, flow easily along.

But there's also another perspective I want to look at in our study on priorities.

There were many duties that Abigail was responsible for in her life and home. But by being a Godly woman, first and foremost, when God needed her to step in quickly, to help diffuse a very volatile situation, she was attuned to His voice. During the rush of the day she was listening for her Father's voice so if He had need of her, she was ready to respond, to flow easily into the area He wanted her to be. And David was aware of the way Abigail stepped in when and where she was needed. Something you can do when your priorities are correctly lined up.

In 1880, these words were penned anonymously to a hymn entitled, "Lord, for Tomorrow."  The ability Abigail showed in keeping her priorities in the correct order reminded me of these words that I want to share with you:

"Lord, for tomorrow and its needs
I do not pray;
Keep me, my God, from stain of sin
 just for today.

Let me both diligently work and  duly pray;
let me be kind in word and deed,
just for today.
Let me be slow to do my will,
prompt to obey;
Help me to sacrifice myself,
just for today.

Let me no wrong or idle word
unthinking say;
Set Thou a seal upon my lips
just for today.
Lord, for tomorrow and its needs
I do not pray;
But keep me, guide me, love me,
Lord, just for today."

Putting God first as our priority each day is the only way we can insure that all other relationships in our lives develop into all God wants them to be.  This is what made for a successful relationship between Abigail and David - for their heavenly Father's will came first in both their lives.

"Lord, we don't mind who is second as long as Thou art first."
W. E. Stangter 

AFFIRMATION 

The Present Tense

"Thank You, O God, for the time that is now, for all the newness Your minutes allow, make us alert with Your presence of mind to fears and longings that move humankind.

Thank You, O God, for the time that is past, for all the values and thoughts that will last.  May we stagnant tradition ignore, leaving behind things that matter no more.

Thank You for hopes of the day that will come, for all the change that will happen in time; God, for the future our spirits prepare, hallow our doubts and redeem us from fear.

Make us afraid of the thoughts that delay, faithful in all the affairs of today; keep us, Creator, from playing it safe, thank You that now is the time of our life!"
Fred Kaan

Your friend,
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author 
When A Woman Meets Jesus 
Dorothy@Transformationgarden.com

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