Little Ellie, my 4 year old granddaughter, announced yesterday that she was very scared of potatoes! Of course she is not really afraid of a food item. It was storming very badly and what she meant to say was that she was scared of tornados! Today I have been thinking about the times when I may have said something that wasn't at all what I intended to say. And I also have been meditating on the many messages I have heard that seem to have a hard time communicating what the speaker actually wants to say.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could keep our communications to short, simple, ideas? I remember once hearing that every speaker should keep the content of messages at a 3rd grade level since that is all most people can absorb. I suppose some people might say that this is "talking down" to a crowd. But, then again, I can often remember the children's message given during a church service and totally forget what the main sermon was about.
I am very thankful that Yahweh doesn't speak to me in complex and confusing ways. When I have received something, I know exactly what Yahweh is saying. Sometimes I am unsure of the intended recipient or the timing. But I know that I need to pay attention to what has been given to me. So, here is today's short, simple message..... "In the shaking and storms, I AM with you. I will hold you and rain my peace and presence down over you, and in you. Because I love you."
Thank you Jesus for being with me and in me. Thank you that your peace is more than enough, even in the storm. Amen