A blank page dream
Ever recieved a letter that was just a blank page in an envelope? Usually comes with another envelope already stamped and addressed to the one who sent it to you. I woke up a couple days ago from a dream that my son had sent me a “letter” like that. A not so subtle “hint” that I need to connect with him.
I believe that dream was a message from God, not only that I need to make sure I am connecting with and encouraging my sons, but that He has sent me a blank page as well. An invitation to come talk with him.
Prayer life – blank page from God
I think I have a pretty good record for going to God in prayer first thing when something is going wrong, or when I have a decision to make. I like to think I do fairly well at thanking Him promptly when things are going well too. However, I am being pressed upon that my prayer life is still not what He wanst it to be.
God has taught us in what is affectionately known as “The Lord’s Prayer” how to pray. We were taught in school how to write letters – formal, personal, business… there are all types. Our teachers did not give us all of those instructions just to fill the time. The intention was for us to go into life and use what we learned. Write letters in all different types of circumstances, write letters to communicate and connect.
“This, then, is how you should pray:“ ‘Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done,on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts,as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from the evil one.Matthew 6:9-13 NIV
We already know how – now we need to use the tools we have and follow through. God has given us a blank page – no requirements listed. He just wants us to use what we have been taught and connect. He wants to hear from us, he wants to communicate and connect on both deeper levels and the everyday.
blank page – letters from home
When my oldest son first left for Basic Training he was asking everyone for letters. His brothers kept saying “I don’t know what to write!” They struggled with the blank page in front of them, they were out of practice with this skill. Zachory just said, “tell me what you are doing, I don’t care what it is, I just want to hear from home, I want to know you guys care and are thinking about me.” He wanted pictures from home – didn’t care how mundane – he just wanted to connect with home again. Pictures of me and his youngest brother at the park, pictures of Granny’s cows – it didn’t matter. Connection with those people and places he loved was what mattered.
God is the same way, he just wants to be able to connect and show you that he cares. He wants you and I to think of him in the everyday. Connecting with Him also reminds us that He loves us, that we can trust him with our innermost thoughts and feelings, as well as the mundane in and out of daily life. It reminds us that he is there to carry our burdens. He sees us, He says with that blank page “I am here, just reach out!”
Blank pages are endless
Zachory graduated from Basic training a couple of months ago, he graduated from Advanced Individual Training this morning. Guess what he still asks for – letters. He still wants to connect with those who love him and his home. The army may be where he lives now, and it may be what he does – but it’s not his true home. His family is his true earthly home, no matter what. He will never stop wanting to hear from home. It’s an endless connection – and that’s how it should be!
This fallen world is not our home, our home is with Jesus. Being here is our duty assignment, but connecting with home is what keeps our motivation and sense of purpose strong. Don’t neglect “writing home”.
Prayers are powerful
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effectiveJames 5:16 NIV
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:16 & 17 NIV
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give upLuke 18:1 NIV
Jesus himself prayed all the time. If he needed that connection to the Father, how much more do we? Praying is our power connection to our Father – the King of all Kings. It is where we get our strength, our instructions and our comfort.
Getting letters from home was the only way Zachory stayed connected to who he knew he was. It was his fountain of encouragement in a stressful and difficult situation. Staying connected to his God and his family was (and is) so important to his ability to stay strong, learn the lessons, and grow.
Staying in contact with our Loving, Powerful, Giving God is where we get our strength and endurance too. Don’t neglect such a powerful resource.