When Contentment Rules

His eyes take it all in.  He sees and hears things that he does not know what they are, but he is okay.  Why is he okay, even though he doesn’t understand?  Because he looks at his mother and father and observes how they are reacting to those things.  He remains calm, because they remain calm. He is content.

This child is one year old.  He is adorable.  He can be in the company of adults and yet his personality does not distract from what the adults are doing.  Of course he has needs, like hunger, but somehow he doesn’t have to tell his parents he is hungry, they know and they feed him.  He knows his every need will be met. He trusts them, so he doesn’t have to cry out to make his needs known.

As I witnessed this child, and the above thoughts went through my head, I started comparing my own contentment to this child’s.  It wasn’t long before I realized what the child was doing that made him an expert in contentment.

The child focused on his mother and father.

When we are in situations we do not know what is happening or why, we need to keep our focus on our heavenly Father.  We need to watch and see how He is reacting to the news, the weather, our boss, and our family members, to anything that personally affects us.  Is God running around like a chicken with its head cut off screaming, “Now what?” or is God remaining calm therefore we can remain calm?

The child didn’t have to cry out in order to get his “needs” met.

God knows what we have need of.  “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Mat.6:8 (NIV)   It’s about knowing God and trusting him.

True contentment brings peace.  This kind of contentment allows you to sleep, and experience true rest. A calmness that, at times, can’t be explained.  Others will be in amazed when they see it.  That is what it is like when contentment rules.

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He Sees You When You’re Sleeping

Charlie 57A very good friend of mine couldn’t sleep the other night.  She lives on the other side of the world, so when she video called me via Messenger I was up.  She said she had already done the usual things one does in order to fall asleep again, but to no avail.  I said, “Sorry, but this is a sign of old age!  They don’t warn you about it in the manual of life.”  She didn’t like it, because she lives in a state of denial concerning her age.

So we prayed and asked God to bring peace to her mind, and body.  Then she closed her eyes and drifted slowly to sleep as I watched.  Yeah, I know.  It felt weird too!  Like a voyeur, but then my mind turned to God, and how He watches over us day and night.  His eyes never leave us.  God does see us when we’re sleeping, and He does know when we’re awake.  It’s not because He is this great universal voyeur, but He does it because He loves us.

“He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous [those in right standing with Him];

Job 36:7 Amplified Bible (AMP)

 

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