Sunday, January 8, 2012

One Foggy Morning & I can see clearly!

As we walked out of the castle, to load up on our chariot to go to church, I heard it before I noticed it. Fog. You know that "drip drip drip" from the trees, that come after they have been drenched in fog for a few hours? Well, yes, that is how our commute to church began. Now mind you, if our church was just down the street ~ it wouldn't be a big deal. Just about everything we want or need (including school, work, banking, groceries) is indeed just down the street. But not the place of worship we call home.

As you can see, there really wasn't much distance between my Explorer, and the middle of nothing. ACK! Going over the bridges, and the few over passes proved to be a bit of a challenge, but taking it slow and easy, we arrived to church on time for Choir rehearsal.

As I was driving, God began to use that time to soften my heart to prepare His word for me, and to make sure I was sitting on the edge of my seat in expectation to anything that He would share. As I was driving through the fog, it reminded me of how easy it is to get ourselves all out of sorts doing things our way ~ in our time. How distorted things look, and how difficult a normally traveled journey could get. I think of all the times I would head out to the grocery store without a shopping plan. I think about how uncertain the days become when we don't have a plan of action, and how much wasted energy goes to trying to figure it out as we go along.

When we give our whole self over to God, and allow Him to have Lordship over our lives things begin to clear up, and usually faster then we imagine.

On the way home, I began to see many things clearly. I see how I say God is God in my life, but not in EVERY SINGLE AREA, and who am I to pick and choose what parts He gets?! I see that the challenges we face are there for a reason, to prepare us for what's a head ~ to prepare us for ministry in that area of difficulty! (Thanks John Bevere!) I walked away, thankful for the clear skies (that are coming right before a storm later this evening and into tomorrow). Thankful for a place of worship whose soul (pun intended) is to teach people not only how to live for God ~ but to LIVE WITH GOD! Thankful that I have been given this life of purpose, and even when it seems I may not can take one more moment, God has promised that He will not give more then I can handle! Knowing these trials are all for a purpose, I am walking in a new place of understanding, and pray that God will continue to speak in his intimate way to help me to minister to others.

I pray as you read this, that your heart is softened to the trials and tribulations around you right now, that you will be like Paul, and begin to understand that they are for a purpose ~ and embrace them as that.

I am soaking it all in right now, but I do have much to share about a new clear vision for me.


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