Sometimes God is just hard to get. One moment, He is breaking into our lives with His glory and majesty, answering prayer left and right. We are “living the promises!” Then, the earth seemingly erupts beneath us and chaos ensues. Friends betray us. Illness strikes. Or, like St. John of the Cross, darkness falls across our souls like a damp fog. Morning, afternoon, and evening our hearts cry out to God, but He does not answer. The situation remains unchanged.
While I was in chaplaincy, I was seeing a wonderful Christian therapist. At times, I felt overwhelmed and deeply inadequate by the needs I faced each day. My heart, my own compassion, could not handle the onslaught of pain and suffering. I remember the day I expressed this to her, she told me, ‘I believe we already have a Savior to handle the world’s pain. We don’t need another one.’
There is a passage in Luke, which I have read since childhood, subtitled, “The Cost of Discipleship”. In my past Bible’s, it was in red letters. I imagine over the years I have secretly, self-righteously judged the people to whom Jesus spoke these words, but as I’ve grown older it has become easier to see myself in them…
Neither of us knew the long years of sorrow and suffering that lay ahead of us. If we had, the weight of it might have broken us both right there in the choir loft. But God graciously hid our earthly eyes from that vision and walked us one step at a time into the future. At times, He has us.
Asking God ‘why’ is natural. But we can rest and trust in God; His decisions, His timing. He is the Potter; Sovereign over us, His children. The Life-Force is a sort of tame God. You can switch it on when you want, but it will not bother you. All the thrills of religion and none… Continue reading The Potter: Trusting Our Sovereign God to Take Care of Us
Admitting we have hurt someone and asking for forgiveness can be difficult. A genuine apology shows obedience to God and frees us from sin and pain. Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you. Ephesians 4:32, NET Polarizing Tactics For the first twenty-five years of our… Continue reading Apology: Asking for Forgiveness is Difficult but Freeing
God would call us a thousand times if He has to. May we not ignore His call and surrender our lives to live for Him with reckless abandon. A few weeks ago, while driving to the beach with our oldest granddaughter, we drove Gary, my husband a bit mad with blasting chick music. Since she… Continue reading Abandon: Answering God’s Call to Surrender Our Lives
Slipping into the rhythms and mindset of comparison is dangerous. We have illusive visions of ourselves, promoting self. We must remember the first longing of our souls, God’s love. To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst… Continue reading First: Longing for God, the Lover and Keeper of Our Souls
Circumstances can pull us away from our once fierce hope in the Lord. We don’t know the whole story and must submit our “hoped for’s” to God’s plan. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel… Luke 24:21a, ESV The road to Emmaus…Cleopas, (and several scholars believe), his wife Mary, were… Continue reading Hoped: Past or Present, God Reveals and Restores
When prayer isn’t a daily part of our lives, it causes us to live recklessly. Lacking prayer causes us to fall asleep to the Lord’s leading. I was standing in Home Depot with my husband when I received a text from our daughter. She relayed a glorious, long-awaited answer to prayer for a beloved friend.… Continue reading Prayer: Avoid Living Recklessly by Inviting the Lord’s Daily Leading