Archive | March 2017

perspective.

 

Today, while peeling an orange, I thought about people who lived centuries ago, who never tasted an orange.

Or a banana.

Or ice cream.

Those who struggled to breathe on their death beds without the remedy of penicillin.

Those who went to war without a cell phone to call home.

Those who died in childbirth and premature babies who did not live without access to what we have today.

And more.

This doesn’t make the pain better. But it does give perspective.

God spoke about an eternal perspective and living daily with a view of eternity in sight.

That’s because God knows we need to look ahead in order to survive the pain.

Way ahead of here and now.

Without pausing to reflect about people who lived without the small and big things available to us, we get self absorbed for too long.

It’s up to us to reflect and remember so we don’t become consumed with hopelessness.

There is a last chapter and it’s not written yet.

Meanwhile, God comforts us until that day in eternity.

 
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light.

It is not a “religious” thing to live your life with the Bible as your guide.

Some of us read the manual when we get a new appliance or device. Some of us glance over the instructions. Some of us read it when we can’t get something working. And some of us throw the manual out without reading it at all.

No matter what kind of person you are, the manual will always help. It’s meant to help.

It’s common for people to compartmentalize life and put everything to do with the Bible on Sunday mornings and special holidays.

God wants us to live daily with his word to guide us in how we think, act, and believe. Why? Because he wants to help us, not hurt us.

‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

Have you ever had the electricity go out in the middle of a moonless night? Pitch black.

If we’re prepared for such emergencies, we feel our way in the darkness to get our flashlight.

People often turn to God during times of darkness, remembering a scripture, a prayer, and hanging on for dear life.

But we don’t just need the light at night. We need light during the day, too.

The light helps us – what we see, where we go, and how we get there.

The scripture is meant for day and night. Everyday.

We can’t throw out the Bible because we have questions or because we don’t understand some things. Do you know how the world was made? Even if you believe in the Big Bang Theory, the elements had to come from somewhere.

There is enough in the Bible that we do understand.

The problem is us.

We can accept or reject. God gives us that choice. And if we’re honest, we do avoid what we don’t want to hear. But if we will hear it, he will do the rest. Lots of times we wait until we feel it. God wants us to choose it, then he will help us to feel it.

You can either stumble through the dark room because you don’t know where the flashlight is, the batteries are dead, or you don’t have one.

Or you can think you see something frightening in the darkness – until you put the light on and realize it was just your imagination.

The Bible clears a lot of things up, guiding us through life, showing us how God wants us to think about things.

We live in a world where bad things happen. Really bad things.

But there is also enough good things which cause us to pause and remember the world also reflects a loving God we can learn to trust.

Whether the light at night or the light at day, we need it to see.

We need God’s word to light our lives.

                                       grace and peace

wait for the Lord.

I personally have found it challenging to wait on the Lord because of the fast paced world we live in today.

Nevertheless, the Bible says:

Wait for the Lord;

be strong and take heart

and wait for the Lord.

I have navigated through life always embracing the scripture, no matter how I felt, no matter what things looked like.

That’s not to say I haven’t run the gamut of emotions when faced with frustration, disappointment, and tragedy.

But at the end of the day, we put our trust in something.

Putting your trust in God and what he says makes us wait. Waiting is difficult for most of us.

Waiting for what?

Waiting for God to lead us in a way we weren’t anticipating.

Some people say , “God opens doors”. We might not like that because WE want to be the one to open (or close) doors.

That’s not to say we can’t because God does give us that ability to do so.

It’s just that many times we find ourselves stuck in a place and not moving. We don’t like that. If we don’t trust God and wait (only because he tells us to), we will either forge ahead or go backwards. Either way, we can make it worse.

And it’s amazing to me how he is always with us even when we take matters into our own hands. He places sure footing before our steps, even when we’re going in the wrong direction.

Make yourself wait.

When you least expect it, a door will open and bring you into a new place. This has happened to me and it really is wonderful because you know God did it.

But there is another waiting.

Waiting for eternity.

Because we’re all going to die someday. No matter what your religion, you can’t dispute that fact.

I know God promise eternal life with him when we believe. Not the kind of click your heels 3x fairy tale stuff believing.

This kind:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

And this:

Yet to all who did receive him[Jesus], to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. – 1 John 3:23

If you are hurting right now, God promises this:

He [God]will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

You don’t understand now.

But someday you will.

For now, wait for the Lord.

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