Monday, August 16, 2010

Big Picture

My child, do not reject the LORD's discipline,
and don't be upset when he corrects you.
For the LORD corrects those he loves,
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. (Proverbs 3:11-13)

Recently I spent a week at camp speaking to kids. I wanted to get the point across, that sometimes in our little lives, we don't see the big picture....and so, I had a big picture......I asked one of the girls to come up and stand two inches from it, and I asked her to describe the whole scene. She could not, she was too close.
Then I asked someone else to stand farther back and describe the whole scene.....not a problem. Sometimes we are too close to what is happening, to see what reality is, or not reality maybe, but the Lord's plan.

In his heart, a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

Lately, change seems to be blowing all around me, yet I do not know where it will take me....or others for that matter. I see change happening in so many peoples lives, I see God moving.......challenging, testing, rebuking, asking for trust. In all honesty, sometimes I am afraid that God will move in everyone Else's lives, but not mine......and I need to cast off that thinking, and wait for Gods glory to be revealed in His time.
Been closely following my cousins blog.....she too has been feeling the winds of change, but is being called to trust as never before. It is coming down to crunch time for them....or so our mortal minds think...and yet we don't have the thoughts of God....His ways are not my ways and neither are my thoughts His thoughts.....and so, they too, wait in faith, for God to move.
And so things in our lives change, and we feel them, and they are uncomfortable, or they hurt, or we try to ignore them as best we can.....but they are changing....and its up to us, to decide our response.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)

Sometimes the testing of our faith gets old....sometimes we are weary.....I had that very conversation with my mom last night......and yet we awake in the morning, and continue on our way, through the fire, through the testing, through the refinement, hoping that there are better things to come.
Years ago, I was in a band, and one of the songs that we wrote went like this....."Through the fire, I will go. I feel hurt, and I feel pain. Through the fire I will go, won't come out the same."
And that is our hope.....not to be the same in the end.
And so, that brings me here.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.(Hebrews 12: 1-3)

Hope that is seen, is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has. But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:25)

1 comment:

  1. Awesome...just awesome. My dad told me today(he's pretty good with the wise cousel thing) that if something is easy and you're not fearful then it's too easy. Sometimes the stuff that scares us to our core is the only way to go....because GOD is there. I'm still praying for your miracle...and mine. We're not done yet.

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