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There IS a Reason

We’ve had so much rain for so long the ground is saturated.  Yesterday when we went to our favourite park one of the bridges we usually cross was under water.  The roads I drive on every day were beginning to have standing water on them and I was anxious to get home where it was safe.

Last night around bedtime, which was about the time the rain stopped, a roaring wind began to blow that was so strong it scared my dog and cat.  I drifted off to sleep to the sound of my wind chimes dancing in the powerful wind.

This morning it was noticeably cooler and I noticed while taking my son to work a lot of the water I had seen yesterday was no longer there.  When we walked we were able to cross the now dry bridge that was impassable yesterday.  That scary wind through the night that I thought was bad and frightening had cleared all of our paths today.

That’s a word from our Father! Bad, scary stuff sometimes comes our way and things look washed out and impossible. We worry, fear and hopefully pray for God to remove them, make them better or rectify them.  Soon after in most cases, we find the “bad thing” was actually the blessing because THROUGH what stopped us in our tracks yesterday cleared the way for us today.

We can trust Him.  He allows what he does in our lives for many things, but I’m thinking the most important purpose is to get us to a place where we come to know Him more intimately, rely on and trust in Him more than we did before. It’s all good, my friend!

Psalm 9:10 (NASB):  And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, O LORD have not forsaken those who seek You.

Romans 8:28!!!!  (ALL things)

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What Did You PickUp?

Monday I was all excited because I was going to meet a friend and we were going to one of my favourite places in this area.  So I get ready, go outside to put something in the car to find a flat tire!  UGH! Someone had told me about a place very close to me that plugs tires so I inflated the tire as best I could and go to that place.  I knew this tire had a slow leak but whenever I took it somewhere we could never find the leak.  This business I took it to provided extra effort after I told him it often loses air.  He jacked the car up, took the tire off and began to search every inch of the tire.  Turns out I had picked up a tiny nail.

Two things came to my mind.  First, we “pick up” stuff knowing we’ve got it and don’t think it’s much until we see the results of the recurrent problem.  We pick up heartaches, anger, bad eating habits, bad habits in general and think a little bit of this and that won’t hurt us – until we end up sick or in some kind of predicament we can’t get out of.  If we had just dealt with it when we first were exposed, maybe we wouldn’t be in the present situation.

Sometimes we don’t know we’ve picked up anything.  I had no idea I had a nail in my tire, I just knew there was a problem with that tire. At the first sign of trouble I didn’t pursue the problem, I just treated the symptom – I needed air so I put air in it.  I was thinking it happens, the changes in the weather, etc., just normal tire stuff.

Life gets us that way doesn’t it! We think ‘no big deal, I can handle this; it’ll go away…’ then BOOM we find ourselves facing a big ole mess.  What have you picked up? What has attached itself to you that’s causing a leak in your spiritual life?

What have you picked up?  Let’s make an effort to pray about and deal with what we know we have and pray for God to expose those things we don’t know we have.  Presenting ourselves to Him to expose what needs to be dealt with is always a great idea.

Psalm 139:23-24:  “Search me, O God, and know my heart.  Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” (NASB)

Hit Reset!

Hit Reset

I was working this morning and somehow lost the job I was typing on.  Usually it’s seen in my pool but it disappeared.  First I panicked, thinking it had gone to the client without being completed.  With no supervisors on to remedy the problem, I decided to take a chance, log out and log back in to see if I could get it back. Sweating bullets, I did just that and after the reset, there was my lost job. I could have just continued on and most likely the job would have come to someone else to type but I didn’t know for sure whether or not it had gone to the client and I would have been concerned the rest of the day!  I would have been torn up over something I could do absolutely nothing about.

We spend so much time worrying and wondering if things are going to turn out okay and what’s going to happen if it doesn’t.  Very often the things we can do nothing about are what keeps us stuck! I was on my way there and decided to take a chance and hit a reset button.

That’s a good idea today.  Are you stressed, worried and/or fearful about something you have very little control over?  Hit the reset button.  Close your eyes and breathe.  Pray.  Pick up your Bible and ask God to point you to something in His Word that will help you take a minute to start all over.  Hopefully before we’re all wound up in a tizz over something we can do nothing about, we’ll remember to do that.

 

Matthew 11:28:  Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest.”

Shuffled

Shuffled

Some mornings I don’t listen to my music at all but more often than not, I do.  I always choose my favorite songs on my playlist to walk and worship to.  The same ones, over and over again.  I know which ones I need and what will help me get off to a good start.  This morning I decided to hit the shuffle button and I’m so delighted I did.  It was like God knew BETTER THAN I DID what I needed this morning.  I heard songs I didn’t even know I had on my list and by the time we were back to the car, I was lifted up and ready to face the day.

That’s such a good lesson for us!  We’re such creatures of habit and control!  You may not realize it but think of what YOU have planned for this day.  Better yet, think about yesterday, what you had planned and if something happened to upset your apple cart, how you reacted.  Feel me?  We think we have it so together and sometimes we do but let one little (or big) thing disrupt our flow we fall to pieces.

Sometimes God has to hit the shuffle button in our lives to expose issues we have, fears we hide and the real intentions of our heart. That’s when it gets real.  Love can quickly turn to hate, good can turn into selfish and our faith can leave us lacking.  Who are we when we’re shuffled?  That’s who we need to deal with.

The thing about a shuffled list is you don’t know what song you’ll hear next.  Life is very much like that.  Instead of wanting to hear my favourites, I found myself excited to see what God picked for me to hear next!  I surrendered to the shuffle and enjoyed every minute of it! Maybe that’s a message to us to surrender to what God has for us today and not be so naïve as to think we have it all under control.  We don’t!

Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB): ‘For I know the plans that I]have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

1st Peter 4:12-13 (NASB):  “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.”

 

Keep Your Distance…???

Keep Your Distance…?

Yesterday Sampson and I went to Lowe’s to get a key made.  I know, you can get a key made almost anywhere but I chose Lowe’s because they let dogs come with you and Sampson loves nothing more than ‘going shopping’.  He was sooo excited!

Normally I park far away from the entrance so we can walk as much as possible but yesterday I drove up close to the entrance, I guess because we had already walked and I had a couple of other errands to run.  Anyway, we pulled up beside a car with the hood up.  I immediately had flashbacks to all the times in the not too distant past where I had the hood up on the car I was blessed with (another story) EVERY time I pulled into ANY parking lot!  So immediately, I looked in the car and all around our area looking for the driver because more often times than not, not ONE PERSON would come and ask if I needed help.  Still makes me want to cry when I think of it.  ANYWAY, I couldn’t find a driver so Sampson and I went on in. He got to strut around for people to pet him (he thinks all humans are there just for him), got the key made and we were ready to leave.  When I got back to my car, the hood was still up on the other car and still no driver could be found.  I looked inside the car and it was full of boxes, clothes – obviously everything that person had was in the back seat.  I got Sampson some water and said a short prayer for the driver and for a chance to help if it was needed.  About that time, here came the driver.

If I were a person that judged what I saw on the outside, I would have quickly gotten in my car, locked the doors and gone on my way.  This guy was a bit intimidating.  He was filthy dirty and talking to himself obviously frustrated with the vehicle.  I spoke first, smiling and told him I felt for him and had been in that predicament many times before.  I asked him if I could help.  He told me he had driven from Georgia and was on his way to his first job in 3 years as a sober man and had to be there by tomorrow or the opportunity wouldn’t be there.  He said he had to leave “home” because he knew he couldn’t stay clean where he was so he opted to take a chance through some ministry in a surrounding town and just start completely over again.  “God took a big chance on me so I’m taking a big chance on Him.”  We talked about his car (transmission fluid leak, power steering fluid leak) – and that he thought he got it fixed and if he didn’t he could still drive it was just going to be aggravating because he’d have to stop often to refill the fluid levels.  He smiled and said, “Hey, ma’am, I’ve made it this far, no way I’m gonna quit now, I’m almost there!”

I found out he spent the last of his money he had buying fluids and a couple of tools to fix his car so I gave him the little bit of cash I had, prayed with him and wished him well.

The points/lessons of this encounter are endless but the one that stands out for me is this:  Because of my experience in a like situation I had a choice to make:  treat the stranger in need like I HAD BEEN treated or treat the stranger in need like I WANTED TO be treated.  I chose the latter.  Had I based my actions on what I SAW, I wouldn’t have heard his “God-story” and would have missed MY blessing!

I know it’s a mean old world out there.  Even walking down the sidewalk and making eye contact with someone may be taking a risk to be hurt in some form or another.  I think those of us who call ourselves Christians should be prayerfully, discernfully (not sure that’s an official word but it works!) willing to be what (and who) Jesus commissioned us to be – hope, encouragement and comfort to those we meet.  Did I change that man’s life?  Probably not.  Did I make him smile and relax a bit? You bet I did.  Mission accomplished.  Not only that, it felt so good!

Keep my distance?  I’m so happy I didn’t.  I was reminded once again that our greatest blessings come when we make an effort to bless other people!

Matthew 25:34-45

Bended

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Every time I go to the park, I walk past this tree; it fascinates me.  It’s leaning, obviously bent by strong force winds.  We’ve had many storms blow through and yet, it still stands.  I wonder how long it’s been that way.  I wonder what weather incident caused it; I wonder why it hasn’t fallen.

The tree reminds me of some precious people I know.  They’ve been pushed far beyond what was thought humanly possible by circumstances, heartbreaks, and obstacles that may have literally taken the life out of others.  Yet, they stand, weathered and perhaps a little bent but they still stand and still do what God’s called them to do.

May we all be like this tree.  We get repositioned and may even think we’ll fall under the pressure of what life brings our way and though bended, we still stand.  Even in an awkward, unnatural state, God still uses us for His glory.  You’re still strong; I’d say stronger in faith than you were before what bent you happened.  You’re still standing.  Make it count.

“..We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…” 2nd Corinthians 4:8-9

 

My Own Way

When we go to the Greenbelt we always walk in the same direction and stop at the same spots.  Sampson loves to go there as do I.  They’ve built a long bridge people can walk on that makes a loop so you can walk laps if you like.  Sampson always sniffs the beginning of the bridge, every time we go, but I always redirect him to the paved path that runs next to the water. Part of the mission of walking is so he can do what doggies do.  Don’t want that happening on the bridge.  This morning, he sat down at the entrance to the bridge as if to say, “NO! I’m going that way. I want to go this way.  I’m not moving unless we go this way.  It’s what I want”.  So ok.  I gave in.  I let him go.

For a while he was a happy guy then every few steps, he would turn and look at me as if to say, “I’m done with this.  It’s boring.  I have to you-know-what. I want to go back.”  I’d coax him thinking in my mind, “I tried to tell you, you didn’t want to go to this way but this was your choice and we’re gonna finish it” and so we continued until he got off the bridge. He was jumping and happy, walking faster, obviously pleased to be back on the path where the grass, water and squirrels were.

Oh my isn’t that just like us!  God has set us where we are, doing what we do but there’s sometimes a tug to go in a different direction. We want something different and want to go our own way.  So we venture into a new place only to discover we want it like it used to be.   The free will God’s given us means we can pretty much do whatever we want without ever consulting Him.  We can also do what Sampson did, refuse to move on the path He’s shown us is the best one for us and insist on having what we want, when we want it. I’ve been there and like Sampson, I soon discovered it wasn’t what I thought it was and couldn’t wait to get off of it!

If you think it’s time for a change in direction, pray about it.  Until that time, stay on the path God has you on and believe if changes are necessary that will be made clear.  If you’re feeling restless and just want to change directions just because YOU want to, think about all that’s involved with that.  Pray for contentment where you are (1st Timothy 6:6); it’s a wonderful thing.  I’m learning going my own way isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.