MULTI-LAND MIRACLESBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with Mine eye."Psalm 32:8-----Through a change of lens and landscape we witness the miraculous. God cultivates attributes in us by leading us into specific and pre-ordained landscapes in order to reveal His glory to us.The landscapes in David's life contributed to significant attributes ascribed him and cultivated a favorable soul formation within him that God found desirable. Consider:+In the pasture David learned skills of care-taking, conservation and animal husbandry, defending, protecting, decision-making, composing, reflecting, and comfort with solitude and aloneness. The pasture produced great penmanship as observed through the Psalms..The pasture produced great marksmanship and mastery of "paw" (1 Samuel 17:37.)The pasture procured a heart preserved for intimacy with God (David's biography.)In the pasture David witnessed intimate and "solo" miracles with God.-----+In the King's palace and, as a servant, David learned friendship, companionship, compassion, loyalty, musical therapy, humility, and servanthood.In the palace David witnessed duel miracles with God.-----+In the battlefield, David learned warring technique, flexibility, agility, responsibility, strategy, organization, leadership, courage, fearlessness, and devotion.In the battlefield David witnessed corporate miracles of God.-----The landscape of David's heart was a combination of intensely woven experiences and landscapes that positioned him for the ultimate station that God had created him for:Shepherd and King over His people.Beautiful David ... How could he have known that the varied landscapes were part of an over-all-plan preserving and preparing him for future works of service to God?The variation of landscapes introduced to David throughout his life should cause us to be encouraged in the landscapes God ordains and designates for us as well.They serve a preparatory purpose!Without looking ahead and without looking back, we must engage ourselves diligently in the landscapes we are brought to and employ ourselves in the tasks we are given over to with wholeness of heart and confidence in the trustworthiness of God's perfect and much greater plan.We shall witness His miracles in whatever landscape He brings us to!What God chooses to make of us and where God chooses to lead us is a plan that originated in His heart before time began. Trust the hand that's leading and keep on feeding on His never-changing, ever-constant word.Learn. Listen. Lean.Learn. Listen. Lean.Repeat and repeat ...Love God in whatever landscape He leads you to;and anticipate witnessing some of His greatest miracles here!Multi-land Miracles.------Three Study Considerations:1) Consider a character trait you value in David's life and reflect on the landscape which contributed to its development. Locate the passage in God's word and reflect on it throughout the day. Record insights.------2) What has proven to be the most difficult landscape God has brought you to and what was developed "in" you during that time?------3) Consider the lives of your loved ones and select one individual you deem in a difficult landscape. Share something you see being cultivated in them.------ "And Samuel said unto Jesse, 'Are all thy children here?' and he said, 'There remaineth yet the youngest, and behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, 'Send and fetch him, for we will not sit down until he come hither.'... And the Lord said, 'Arise and anoint him, for this is he."1 Samuel 16:11&12b-------
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