April 27, 2015

Learning To Wait

According to National Geographic, the Great Blue Heron “snare their aquatic prey by … “standing still for long periods of time and waiting for fish to come within range of their long necks and blade-like bills.” One of the definitions of the word ‘still’ from Roget’s 11, The New Thesaurus is: "motionless and undisturbed." As I watched this Heron waiting for, and expecting food, I compared my waiting skills ~ in traffic … my physician’s office … my favorite department store … for answers to prayer ~ You guessed it, they did not measure up!
I am still learning to wait  in a “motionless and undisturbed” fashion, how about you?

I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.” ~ Psalms 40:1 (AMP)
 Photos: Norfolk Botanical Garden
Previously posted 10/19/2010

April 9, 2015

Casting My Cares

have found that a good way to understand Scripture verses more deeply, is to read various translations of the Bible, and also, to look up definitions of certain words found in the verse. This week, the word "cast" in Psalms 55:22 caught my attention. One of the definitions of the word in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of The Bible, is ~ “to hurl”. Searching further in the Primary Dictionary Series: Dictionary 4, the word “hurl” is defined ~ “to throw something violently”. Based on these  definitions, my understanding of the verse would read like this: “throw your cares violently on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”
I have a few cares I can do that with, do you?                                                            
 Photo: Dwarf Pampas Grass ~ Norfolk Botanical Garden
Formerly published 9/18/2010