September 2008

Descending like a dove

Story of the day:  Descending like a dove

     As I was driving Christen to school today, we both saw a beautiful white dove.  It flew right past the car and landed in the park on a wooden fence.  We both looked at each other and with great excitement, said, “look, a dove!”  As it made it’s descent onto the wooden fence, I couldn’t help but think about the beauty that a dove radiates.  In the Bible, a dove usually means peace.  For example one may say that the dove that Noah sent out of the ark after the flood is a symbol of peace, “that the flood rains were over” (Genesis 8:10-11).  A dove may also represent the Holy Spirit.  In Matthew 3:16, Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist.  In this instance the three persons of the trinity are seen in one form or another. God’s voice is heard from Heaven, Jesus is being baptized, and the Holy Spirit (a.k.a. the Holy Ghost) is seen in the form of a dove.

      As Jeff and I have been moving forward with the next phase of this ministry, I began to feel a little overwhelmed about how everything is going to get done or be done.  I believe that God sent that little dove into my path, as a reminder that the Holy Spirit within me, is there as my helper, always encouraging me, watching over me and restoring the hope and faith in my life about what is to come.  God always supplies all the tools needed for His Work and often through the Power of the Holy Spirit.  That little dove this morning was a confirmation that we are doing what God is asking of us and that if we rest in that, then we will find peace. 

Quote of the day:  Michael P. Green

“When you see a man who is at work for God and producing results, recognize that it is the Holy Spirit working through him, not the man’s efforts that are giving results.  All he has to do–and all you have to do–is keep your hand on the handle.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 3:16

“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the Heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for sending me a helper that not only recognizes when I need help, but is there to encourage me, restore me, and watch over me.  Father, sometimes I can get overwhelmed by thinking about all that needs to be done for Your church.  I pray to remember that You are in total control of that and I am but Your vessel to carry it out.  I am thankful that You know exactly what and when things need to be done and share it with me only when the time is right.  I can find rest and peace through that little dove that You placed right into my path today.  Something so small, as a dove, has so much meaning to me because of the timing of when You sent it.  That little dove is a gift from You to me in that it confirmed that we are moving in the right direction and that Your Will is going to be done.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen