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Just Come

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I feel you.  I see you.  So weighted down by what you’re going through. So burdened and fearful.  My heart aches for you…but I can’t reach you.  I won’t run after you but I’ll wait for you. I’m right here.  Stop.  Breathe. Close your eyes.  See me?  I’m waiting.  Just think Me; speak to Me.  Tell Me about what’s on you.  I have what you need.  It’s all wrapped up in Me.  Everything….every thing you need can be found in Me.

I have all of it, right here.  I’ve prepared a Table for you.  Just you.  Won’t you come sit with me a while?

In Me.  Rest.  Comfort. Consolation.  Peace.  Understanding.  Love.  Acceptance. Strength.  You name it, I have it.

Come.

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

The Big Reveal

I used to pride myself on my faith – I’d tout what big faith I had. I was relishing all the good and all the blessings.  Even though circumstances weren’t perfect I was smitten like we get with our first love.  It was all good.  Then things turned very bad.  He allowed things in my life I frankly thought because He loved me He never would.  That’s the rub of the Christian life.

I’ve said it before while going through this desert – I doubted big time.  My “faith” crumbled and my hope faded.  What in the world had I done wrong, why, why why…poor little Barbie…devastated and messed up I found it a struggle to find a mustard seed of faith.  The whole experience thus far has shown me I’m not nearly as big a spiritual giant as I once thought I was.

There it is.  The reason.

I see all the time praises about God and how good He is when people get a good outcome.  What if we don’t?  Is He still a good God?  Some say losing a job, losing all material possessions, getting a divorce, children and other loved ones dying, addiction, homelessness and hungry is God’s will.  Is it?  If God’s good, how can those things be God’s will? It’s my understanding that God is good.  So why are things so bad?

All I know is this.  THROUGH all I have been through my shallow perceptions of Him have long since faded.  My notions of how He should handle me and my circumstances have gone by the wayside.  Through it all, my relationship with Him has deepened.  I had to die.  What I thought of Him and His ways had to be destroyed so I could have a heart, eyes and ears to see Him for who He is.

I believe He had to get me to a place where I had to let go of me, let go of my perceptions and my pride to see Him for who He is.  Had it all not happened, I wouldn’t have.  We don’t seek to have ourselves destroyed – we don’t like being wrong.  We think we know…and we don’t until we know.

I think He chooses many different ways through which we have opportunities to grow a more intimate relationship with him.  When we finally see that everything we thought is wrong and accept that, then He can begin to show Himself for who He really is, and His great personal love for us. His ways are definitely not our ways.  I had to come a hard way but it’s been a wonderful way.  Sorrow, loss and pain will reveal who we really are and what we really believe.

Ssstttrrreeetttccchhh!

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When I sat this weary cutting of a vine close to my office window a few weeks ago, it only had a few leaves on it and they all faced me.  It has thrived in this location, obviously, and now most of the leaves have turned to face the light source.

Several things came to mind this morning from observing this plant.

Sometimes we find ourselves “planted” in circumstances we had no intention – sometimes no control – being in.  We can adapt and make the best of it…or not.

This cutting, when allowed the opportunity to live, is doing what plants do.  I put it in some water until it rooted then stuck it in an old dirt filled pot.  Nothing special.  No special attention, just watered it and set it in a bright place.

When things happen to “break” us, we have choices although it may not feel like we do.  We can choose to do what we can and trust God for the rest or we can wither up and “die”.  Some have chosen the latter. I refuse.

When life breaks us, we must “plant” ourselves in God’s sovereignty.  As these leaves stretch for the sun, we must stretch for the SON.  It may not feel good; we may not even want to, but stretch anyway.  Inside us is His Spirit and a strong will to survive and with a little faith in those truths and some effort, if we find the strength to press on and stretch ourselves, things undoubtedly will get better.  This plant would have survived anywhere else in my house but I chose a place of great light exposure to give it the best chance.  It not only lives, it’s thriving.  We can too, in the light of His presence because in that place, we find joy, peace and comfort that only He can give.

Set yourself up.  Get as close to Him as you can.  When you don’t feel Him Ssstttrrreeetttccchh!  Keep stretching.  He’s there.

Remember Your Resource!

Our lives are structured, certain things have to be done at certain times most of the time. I have long days beginning at 6:15 a.m. and ending around 1 a.m.  This morning I got up and went downstairs ready to start my day. As I got into things I suddenly remembered my new glasses…which I didn’t have on.  I had become so accustomed to not being able to see that for a good hour, I didn’t even remember that I had them!!

Such is the case for our lives.  We get into routines and ruts, doing what we’ve always done, thinking the way we always have sometimes forgetting the resources to make our lives better and even more productive!  Often when we remember it doesn’t have to be the way it’s always been and we make a change but tend to fall back into our usual way of living.

The Lord has so much more for us.  Inside us dwells the power that resurrected Jesus after three days in the grave.  That same power that created the entire universe, that hung those beautiful stars we see at night is in us yet, we live mundane, often powerless lives.  When things are difficult the power doesn’t fade away…we just don’t tap into it.  He enables us to get through everything we go through.   Big and little, life-changing or life-draining, we still have the power.

Sometimes all we can do is believe He’s with us and for us, even when things feel and seem to be quite the contrary.  “Walking in the Spirit” sometimes may be simply getting out of bed with tiny mustard seed faith to believe He’s with us.

Don’t forget or neglect the power inside you.  He’s given you exactly what you need to live this day.  Everything we need to fight the good fight of faith is found in Him.  Let’s live like we believe that. In order to see well, I must put my glasses on.   Unless I do my part, I suffer unnecessarily.  The same is true in relation to faith in Jesus.  We must do what we can and believe Him for the rest.

It’s good to see this morning.

I Just Want to See

For the past few months I’ve been without glasses and couldn’t afford to get my eyes checked.  Thanks to getting a full time job complete with insurance benefits, when I received my cards I called and made an appointment.  Thank you Lord!

After the exam, I began the quest of picking out frames.  Folks, I get overwhelmed in the cereal isle at the grocery store.  So many choices, too many if you ask me.  If I don’t stick with my favorite brand I get so flustered that I leave without any cereal.

That’s how I felt when I tried to pick out frames.  There were literally thousands to choose from and I was overwhelmed.  I just want to see; I want a little help for my face (it needs all the help it can get) but with all these choices how will I ever choose one pair?  What if I choose the wrong ones?  What if I don’t find any?

I kept searching and found several pairs and another problem arose.  I like them all! I want them all!  My want was out of control which brought on the anxiety of having to make a choice.  I told the lady helping me to pick for me and of course, based on her commission, she chose the most expensive frame which caused me more anxiety because they were way more than I had budgeted to spend!

Two lessons came from that experience:   1)  MAKE YOUR OWN CHOICES.  Sometimes we’re faced with life-changing decisions and the choice we make matters a lot.  Thank God this wasn’t a life-changing decision but it was an important one.  I reminded myself of the fundamental need – I just want to see.  I don’t have to go beyond what God has blessed me with.  He provided for my need with the job with insurance – I just need to be able to see.  Chill.  Get what is best for you – within your means.

2)  WATCH OUT FOR FEELINGS.  While shopping for frames, I saw what I could have even if I had to make some sacrifices for them.  All I needed was what I needed.  Sometimes God’s provision is overlooked in that He always provides for our needs, not necessarily for our wants.  Every day we’re fighting a very powerful foe – ourselves and our feelings.  When we let feelings take over we can make decisions based on how we feel rather than what we need.

I just want to see.  That’s it.  When I calmed myself down and made my decision, lo and behold, I got a pair of designer frames for $12!!!!!!!!! They are exactly what I wanted, they’re perfect for me, and they help my chipmunk-cheek face.  BOOM!  I promptly thanked God for providing my needs and the beautiful frames and for letting me see in all kinds of ways.

It’s Him!

It had been three days since their Messiah was crucified. Knowing nothing would ever be the same after their time with Him, the only thing they knew to do was go from there.  So walking down the road to Emmaus, two of His followers were trying to make sense of it all, replaying the events that brought them to that dusty road.

All of a sudden, another joins them.  “Hey guys, what are you talking about?” They look at him like He’s from another planet “Really.  You must have been in a cave if you don’t know what’s happened!” They indulge His questions telling them their reason to hope had been crucified which must’ve been hard.  Knowing something happened then saying it out loud kind of rushes reality in and makes it real.

The Stranger starts reciting scriptures and asked them “All that had to happen didn’t it? I mean that’s what Scripture says, right?”  Then He proceeds to tell them every prophecy related to Messiah.  They still didn’t get it.

The Bible says they were prevented from seeing and I’d say grief and despair played a part, too.  In our lives, tragedies happen and even though we know the truth(s) of God’s word, we forget.  We’re sometimes too consumed with how we’re feeling to let reality touch us.  We’re too busy trying to understand the course of events to allow truth to penetrate our broken hearts and distorted minds.

The Stranger prepares to go His own way but they ask Him to stay the night with them so He agrees.  Once in their home, they are dining and He picks up the bread and breaks it and all of a sudden, the ones who walked with him see.  It’s Him!

Perhaps it was the way He held the bread that brought back the memory of their last supper together… “This is My body…” and helped them to see Him.  Perhaps when he took the bread they saw the scars on his wrists from the nails that had pinned Him to the cross.  Jesus really was alive and He was with them.  Sorrow turned to jubilation and comfort and joy invaded the house.  It’s Him!

They were so lost in their sadness on the road, I doubt they would have believed Him had He told them who He was while they were walking.  We get that way too, don’t we?  We get so consumed we don’t even look for Him let alone believe He’s with us through it.

When everything is falling apart and grief has snagged you, look for Jesus.  Expect Him.  Remember how He’s gotten you through and know…it’s 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.