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He’s Still There.

I love hummingbirds.  In the almost three years since I’ve been in East Tennessee, I haven’t seen many of them.  I think they’re having trouble keeping up with me since I’ve moved so much.

When hard times hit I stopped everything including putting feeders out.  I was so caught up in my circumstances and the fear that came with them, I wasn’t myself in every respect of the word.  This spring I put out feeders and have seen a few hummingbirds from time to time but not like I used to.  Where I live now is pretty heavily populated with quite a bit of traffic.  Yet every once in a while when I go outside and look for them, occasionally I will see one or two.

That happened this morning and it hit me – I wondered if I thought they weren’t there if they really were and I missed them because I wasn’t looking.

Sometimes we find ourselves in a dark place feeling totally alone and we think because no one else is there God isn’t either.  Then you feel a “tweak” in your spirit, hear a song on the radio that contains the perfect words or hear a word from an unlikely place or person that lets you know He knows exactly where you are, exactly how you feel and He is right there with you.

The hummers flittered by chirping.  God does the same – something reminds us He’s still there, wherever there is.  In the darkness, sickness, even when you may want to be alone…He’s still there. Look and listen.  You’ll find Him.

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Divine Curiosity

Moses had run away from Pharoah after killing a man and had gone to being a shepherd, minding his own business when all of a sudden he saw a burning bush (Exodus 3:2).  I wonder how long he watched it. I wonder if he tried to ignore it or shut his eyes thinking if he did he would open them and find the vision gone.

He had a choice, you know, to keep doing what he was doing.  The Bible doesn’t say how far away it was from him; it does imply he could have kept walking, but curiosity got the best of him and he thought to himself, “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous site, why the bush is not burned up“.  (Exodus 3:3).

Choices. This one seemed to be an insignificant one. He was herding a flock by himself (apparently) and sees something very unusual; so what if he didn’t go look?

Moses goes to see and not only does he see the ever-burning-not-consumed bush, he finds himself in a conversation with God and receives the word that he’ll be the one God uses to deliver Israel! This is what got me though: “When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look God called to him from the midst of the bush…” (Exodus 3:4-emphasis, mine).

Obviously Moses had to make some kind of move to change his direction which God saw and responded.  God was waiting on him, watching him to see if he would come look which implies the Lord would have remained silent had he not. I know what you’re thinking:  “Of course Moses looked, it was a burning bush, who wouldn’t?”

Is God waiting on us?  Is He not speaking, not manifesting His mighty presence in our lives because we haven’t “turned aside” to see?  What if we live in conscious expectation of seeing and hearing Him?

Perhaps that’s why children are so happy and carefree.  They live in a constant state of “good” – everything is an adventure.  What if “walking in the Spirit” were kind of like that?  What if we got up every morning EXPECTING to see a “burning bush”?  What if we were divinely curious about everything, every encounter, excited about what God wants to show us?

Don’t miss what God has for you in your everyday life.  He’s waiting for you to look. Don’t miss Him.

Never Stop

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Unconventional blessing!

We have our ideas, even plans, of what we think our lives will be like, what should happen and when, then when things don’t go as we expect, we think we’re cursed, wrong and finished.

We think God has let us down, allowing us to be disappointed, heartbroken and discouraged. We may even think He’s failed us. What if the opposite were true?

What if He wants to surprise you? What if those often quoted words in scripture, Isaiah 55:9 (For as the heavens are higher than earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts) are true to the extreme?

We expect God to act like we would and when He doesn’t it blows us away.  What if He’s busy in a way you can’t even fathom? If you don’t see Him or feel Him, don’t stop expecting Him or anticipating seeing Him work on your behalf. Why is it we allow disappointment and disbelief to so easily invade us?

Our Father-God is creative beyond what we can imagine.  If we will simply believe even when everything we see and feel says to do otherwise, He will come through. It may not be the way we think He should.  Sometimes I think He wants to see the element of surprise on our faces – sometimes it takes a “higher way” so we can know without a doubt that only God can pull it off!

The picture above is a picture of an old car.  I had car trouble a while back and was fretting and praying about how I was going to get us to work, we needed a car and I knew God knew that.  Just climbing back from a devastating year when my income plummeted, I just had enough to pay the bills.  Daily, many times a day, I would “cast my anxiety upon the Lord” because I believed He cared for me and would provide the transportation we needed.  I tried to keep walking absolutely believing in Him and that He would provide.  We took the city bus, and my wonderful employer adjusted my schedule so I could work during their operating hours.  I was good with that, God provided.  Then seemingly out of nowhere, some friends called and said the Lord had laid it on their hearts to GIVE me this car.  I was astounded.  Didn’t see that coming! It’s not a pretty car, and it doesn’t look like a blessing but through my friends, God provided what we NEEDED.  “higher than your ways…” –

Yes Sir.  Much higher.  Blessings often don’t look like blessings at all, but if you’re looking for God in EVERYTHING (to provide your NEEDS) we will always see Him and He and His blessings may not look like the God we have in our conventional box.  Even when you’re disappointed and discouraged, never ever stop believing He is right there with you, and in HIS TIME you will see Him.  Never stop looking!

Appearance

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This is a scar from my latest encounter with the ground.  I fell in October on concrete and hit right on my shin where there is very little fat and tissue protection (probably the only place on my body where there’s no fat) so it hurt pretty bad and took a long time to heal.  By its appearance it looks like it’s totally healed but the truth is, I have an infection in that bone resulting from that fall for which I have been on antibiotics for weeks with weeks to go.  To look at it though, to look at me, you would think nothing’s wrong.

The appearance of something or someone rarely ever tells the whole story.  Sometimes good things don’t look at all like blessings.  For instance, when my car broke down and we had no transportation some precious friends prayed for me and the Lord nudged them to GIVE me an old car they had.  To LOOK at this car, you wouldn’t think it was a blessing – it’s appearance is worn and old and doesn’t appear to be a blessing at all! BUT to us, it is provision and just what we need (no more and no less) to get us to our jobs and stores to get what we need.

Many told me when I took the job at a local grocery store chain when my transcription job was outsourced that I was just wasting my time…not enough money…etc., when, in fact, that job has provided for us and allowed me to meet many wonderful people and has been a blessing in more ways than I can say.

Don’t judge by appearance, ever.  I’m learning lots of things and people aren’t what they seem.  Give it time, pray to have eyes like God and you’ll be surprised and delighted by what you are shown.

All The Way Home

As is so often the case, Sampson wanted to carry something with him when we walk this morning.  Today it was his new bear.  Predictably the first time he stopped for a “tinkle break”, he dropped the bear and left him laying there.  Mind you, he wouldn’t leave the house without it, had to have it go with him, and at the first scent of something else, the bear was forgotten.  Many times I have had to retrace our steps to find what he has discarded along the way.

He started out all about that bear, so excited to take it with him. I would take it away and he would go back to get it.  I knew I would end up carrying it and sure enough, that’s what happened.  2015-10-31 08.26.25

We start out motivated and excited about something new and before long, it’s tossed to the side for one reason or another – it wasn’t what we thought it would be, not as much fun as we thought it should be, or we just lose interest.  What seemed so important sometimes soon becomes a memory.

Sometimes our walk with God is the same way.  We start out so strong and so passionate to live our lives for Him.  We know He’s allowed things in our lives so that we can tell others what He has done for us and we’re quick to do that at first, but when things get hard and life gets mundane, we sometimes lose that passion.  When we’re hurt, disappointed, disheartened or devastated it isn’t so easy to praise and testify is it?  When life throws us a curve and we’re in the thick of trying to survive we may be tempted to “lay down” our witness and forget to pick it back up again.  We also know there are things we have been gifted to do but we sometimes get busy and become distracted and those things get pushed to the background.

I look back at recent events in my own life and sometimes I don’t see any semblance of me at all.  Where’s my praise and adoration?  Where are those stories I’m supposed to be writing?  Where’s my passion?  Sometimes, we just feel whipped and discouraged.

When I picked up the bear this morning, my Spirit in me said, “You have to carry it all the way home; you must finish strong.”

We all have dropped a few “bears” along the way.  We’ve lost some because we were just too tired and weary to pick them up again or we simply didn’t go looking for what we had dropped.  We knew they were out there somewhere but for whatever reason we didn’t even look for them.  Life has a way of sucking life out of us.

Whatever God has given us to do, let’s keep doing it until we’re “home”.  Let’s keep loving people and showing His love to people (the number one thing).  Let’s decide to do good when things are going bad. Let’s decide to believe God regardless of what we see and hear.  Let’s smile through the tears and make it about someone else and making them feel better.  Let’s keep walking and carry on, all the way home.  Let’s bless regardless of what we are feeling or thinking.  If you’re gifted to sing then sing; laugh then laugh; preach then preach; write then write; teach then teach…you get the picture.

Whatever God has given you, if you have laid it down (for whatever reason) go pick it up and carry it all the way home.

Galatians 6:9