Good Morning! A beautiful morning it is. I watched as a Robin looked to the sun rising and stretched his pretty red breast to the sun and warmed himself in its warmth. Last night as my family and a few friends sat around a campfire, a stone was knocked out of place and I instinctively reached down to put it back into place and burned my fingers. I tried several cold ice bags which only soothed the pain for a short time then it would return almost immediately. My wonderful wife went to the medicine cabinet and brought some salve and I rubbed it on the burns. After a couple of minutes, the pain began to subside and after a few more minutes it left almost completely, allowing me to be able to sleep through the night.
I am reading in Job and am amazed at how his friends were never able to comfort Job. Even though they said great things they never said the right things… a big difference. I watched a Christian Comedian by the name of Michael Jr. who learned to use the silence between jokes or gaps as he calls them, to inwardly pray for the next thing to say. He learned that he could say things that might not be the right things, so he asked God to help him say the right things. What a concept! I want to learn that. God wants us all to learn that. That why he gave us the scripture in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 [1Th 5:17 KJV] 17 Pray without ceasing. 3 simple words that we wonder how we could ever do what it says. It’s just like the adage that tells us “practice makes perfect”. The more we do it, the better we get at it. God realized we needed help, so He gave us the Holy Spirit to give us the right thing to say at the right time. After years of learning the wrong way, it is a challenge to begin learning to do it the right way. I don’t want to just be a temporary “ice bag”, I want to be the salve that says the right thing at the right time to help heal the pain…that’s what Job needed from his friends, but didn’t get. Take the time between the gaps to ask what God would have you say next. It will change your life and the lives around you. Be the salve.