Twenty-five days ago I embarked on a new leg in my life’s journey.
My goal was to do my part to make this journey, though challenging, a God-honoring one. I did not want this to be about me….I wanted it to be a time where those around me will say, “Look what God has done.”
One of the ways to accomplish that is to mediate on God’s Word, pray boldly, and trust Him.
Have you noticed that trails aren’t usually flat, and their surfaces may be marked with stones, roots, and in the snow, unforseen areas of treachery? What happens if on this journey you receive an unexpected blow from God’s people? How do you handle that?
Though I was stunned upon hearing some more bad news during the week….I gave thanks…and gave the burden to God to carry for me. But then, a few hours later, I did what Corrie ten Boom said we should never do….I went fishing for my troubles. Let me tell you…that was not a good thing. It did not solve anything, it did not make me feel better, and it weakened my faith. Taking back our burdens is a very selfish thing to do. I hate that I did that. And since I did, I have been working hard at giving it back. Not because God isn’t willing to take my burdens, but because it really can be hard to let go of things that confound our hearts. It takes discipline do the right thing. We may think we can do something to fix things. Instead, we absolutely must turn our eyes away from ourselves and center them back on God.
I’ve been mediating on Proverbs 3:5, 6 which I memorized when I was in college…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
and then this first part of verse 7 really brings it in to focus for me…
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
I told you that I took my eyes off God and started worrying and fretting about my bad news. In my anguish I even posted something on Facebook. A long-time friend responded with an encouragement and an admonition to do and believe what the Bible says in Mark 11:23, 24
I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.
These are powerful words from Jesus. Do we believe them?
If we can go to God boldly like I shared here, then why doubt? Why not really believe it will happen?
What is before you that requires ‘mountain moving’ faith? What is your mountain?
Join me in believing that it has been done.
I came across this quote from the great missionary to China, J. Hudson Taylor…
“I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God:
first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.”
When I read that, I realized that I have already passed through the impossible part. I wallowed in the difficult for a time. And today…I’m believing that it’s done. No I haven’t seen it yet. No job offer has yet been made. But, I have no doubt God has already made all the arrangements. And I am more than excited to see our next “assignment.”
Thank you God!!! For your faithfulness, your goodness, your greatness, your power, and your provision. Amen.
It’s Joy Day!
Will you take a few moments to join me and give thanks for just seven of the many things of the past week. We give thanks for the big and the little, the good and the bad. We do it because scripture tells us that we are to give thanks in all things. And when we do…joy fills our hearts. The joy of obedience. I’ll start… I am grateful for
- my home church ‘live streaming’ the Sunday services
- a burst of Valentine creativity
- the council saying ‘no’ to vacation pay
- gathering with my small group for the “Truth Project”
- that unemployment compensation is not available
- that my hope is Jesus and does not lie in humankind
- the glory of snow in the winter and how it magnifies our Creator
Now…it’s your turn! Scroll down to “Share Your Thoughts” and count just seven. You choose…blessings, gifts–good or not so good. Whatever you count and share…know that it will impact your outlook. Today.
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