What Do You Think?

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Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

-Philippians 4:8-9

What do you think about? In this modern world we all live in sometimes it is hard to think about God and the things of God. We get bogged down in worry, shame, despair and every conceivable distracting thought and barely touch on the divine — except for a few hours on Sunday morning (or possibly Saturday evening). This should bother us. Does it?

Roughly a decade ago I began to feel a gentle nudge to write a book called “Walk With God”. The first thing I wrote (and really the only thing I’d written until two years ago) was a poem entitled “I Thought of You!”. It was like I was taking dictation. It practically poured out of me. It was like I was transcribing it rather than creating it. I’ve never changed it; there has been no revision, no second draft. It’s not mine to change.

Over the years it has served as a reminder to me about what I occasionally forget. It reminds me to think of the Divine. It reminds me of the above passage of Scripture. It reminds me to be humble. Most of all it reminds me that I am in His thoughts far more than He is in mine. Today, I would like to share it with you.

I Thought of You!

As Judas gave his betraying kiss

I thought of You!

As each of Peters denials came

I thought of You!

As I stood before the Sanhedrin, Pilate and Herod

I thought of You!

As the crowd roared angrily to crucify me

I thought of You!

As I was mocked and beaten, the flesh ripped from my body

I thought of You!

As the crown of thorns pierced my brow and my own blood trickled down my face

I thought of You!

As they hammered the nails through my hands and feet

I thought of You!

As I hung on that cross in agony

I thought of You!

As I breathed my last, and a final tear ran down my nose

I thought of You!

As You go through each day of life

You rarely think of ME!

 

Memorial Day is a time to think about those who sacrificed their lives for us and for our freedom. That is what Jesus did on the cross. He sacrificed his life for us and for our freedom from sin and death.

The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God;

God is in none of his thoughts.

Psalm 10:4

Father God, Let us not be like the wicked who give no thought to You. Let us think on the divine and cast off the distractions and the mundane. Let us remember and let us be forever thankful. In Jesus Precious Name, Amen!

 

 

 

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Richard L. Foland Jr. is an Author, Lay Speaker and former Youth Leader. He has lived a mostly nomadic life in western Pennsylvania, southeastern Ohio and (briefly) western New York. Currently, he resides somewhere in the chimney of Pennsylvania with his wife and a constantly shifting array of children and stepchildren. He hates divorce, having been through one, and loathes large gatherings. The latter probably explains why he would prefer to sit alone at a keyboard rather than go to a party. You can follow his slow descent into inanity at the Pharos Blogject, on goodreads or Facebook.