In case you are wondering...it is 4:58am on Saturday morning and I have been up for an hour. It started as me thinking there was a bug in my ear. Seriously. I did that sit straight up in bed because I think something is in my ear move. Then I couldn't go back to sleep so I did that, "ok Lord, what's up?" This is what is up....(keeping in mind that it is now 4:59am and I am TIRED!)
Think of a snake......because that is exactly what I did at 3amish this morning. Not a scary snake like what is pictured here, but the fact of how a snake sheds it skin. Did you know that when a snake begins it's shed cycle that the skin begins to look very different even before it comes off? I never really thought of that, but it does (according to the research I have been doing for the last hour on the web). As a snake gets ready for a shed, a layer of moisture actually forms between the old skin that is getting ready to come off and the new skin that is underneath. When the snake is actually preparing to shed that skin, it will usually get down in it's water source and hang out there for a while. I don't know if this helps with that moisture layer or not, but I found it very interesting (obviously as it is now 5:08am and I am still typing). The really cool part is that when the skin is ready to be shed, the snake relies on rubbing on other things to help the skin come off and a "GOOD" shed is when the skin comes off in one big piece instead of little clumps. This is an example of a good shed:
Why all this rambling about a snake? Because it brings me to what God wanted me to tell you. I want to be like a snake shedding his skin. I want a GOOD shed. I want to realize that I need to get some stuff out of my life and in my soaking that in, I want to confess that to Jesus and repent and let that old stuff fall off of me in one big clump. Doesn't that sound great! The best part? I need to rub up against other believers to make that happen because I am not strong enough to do it on my own. I need help.
I hit the scripture next to back up what I felt God had put on my heart and I went directly to Psalm 51. WOW is all I can say. Take some time today to sit down and read this if this blog post spoke to you the way it did for me. I want to put a few passages of this Psalm on here to wet your appetite...this is GOOD stuff!
Psalm 51: 1-2 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions, Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
Psalm 51: 10-12 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Psalm 51: 16-17 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart, O god, you will not despise.
It's 5:29am and I am back to bed...thank you Lord for waking me up so I could have a very special time with my heavenly father.