A Tip of the Hat

Written by M. Ehle

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV)

In movies of the American Old West, it is common to see the rough and ready cowboy ambling down a wooden sidewalk, tipping his broad brimmed hat to passing ladies. The hat isn’t really lifted off his head, just slightly tilted as a show of respect, an acknowledgement. No relationship is initiated, nor is one intended.

It is this display of somewhat superficial acknowledgement that we often exhibit in our relationship with God. We “tip our hat to Him”each morning, before meals and at the end of the day. We mentally recognize His ?presence and promises, but we seldom stop long enough to “look full in His wonderful face.”

While the basic meaning of the word acknowledge as used in the book of Proverbs is “to see or know”, within the word lies the meaning of comprehension, perception and understanding. Another translator equates this with the word submission.

Am I sometimes guilty of passing God on the sidewalks of my life, giving mental assent to Him, but not truly submitting the circumstances of that moment into His care? Are my table prayers perfunctory instead of laced with heartfelt gratitude? Do I tip my spiritual hat to God instead of graciously recognizing His sovereignty and love? I ask for His direction; now I must grow in submission.

Questions: Are you spending enough quality time with God? How can you make room in your schedule for more time with God?

4 Responses to “A Tip of the Hat”

  • Dara says:

    Thanks for the message, really need to acknowledge God in the full sense of the word.

  • Brenda says:

    I really needed the conviction that this message brought to my heart. Thank you, Marilyn, and God bless you.

  • DonnaL says:

    Powerful message Marilyn. Thank you.

  • Barbara says:

    I can’t start my day without spending time with HIM early in the morning, before the business of the day begins. The bible makes it clear that we are to seek Him early in the morning! God knew ahead of time that our world would become bombarded with busyness…and most would push Him aside as the cares of this world tries to consume us. I have always been an early morning exerciser too….and it has been proven thorugh various studies that morning exercisers have a greater chance of sticking with their routine vs. those that set out to exercise later in the day. A lot of late day exercisers become to tired or busy to get to include their workout in. Such is similar in keeping an early morning get together with our Creator.

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