No matter where you are. No matter what you are going through. God is always there for you. Many times I have thought Why didn’t God do something? It could be Why was I afraid? Or What couldn’t I do it? Most often I realize that I didn’t even ask God to help.
While God is always there for us, watching over us, ready to help. We still need to call out to Him. Tell Him our needs. A conversation is a two way street, both parties talk. The same is true of our conversations with God. To get an answer we have to ask.
In every situation, God is always present, but sometimes His answers are a call away.
One little piece… Only one? Please? Why does it have to be only one?
No, I am not talking about cake. I am talking about seeing the path the my future, my life. Through everything that I have done, I know that God is guiding me. However, often He only shows me one little piece. That does not make it easy. I am a planner, I want to know what I have to do today, tomorrow, this week and the next (that is a minimum!). The things is…
GOD DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY!!
I have just gone through some major life changes. In the past two months I have graduated school, moved to a new city, new apartment and have a new job. See the connection? New!! There have been so many changes in my life.
During the months and weeks heading up to graduation I had no clue what I would be doing afterwards. For me, this was a scary fact. I wanted to know where I would end up, what it would be like, EVERYTHING.
I have found that while God knows the whole plan as He tells us in Jeremiah 29:11, He does not always explain the details of that plan. I don’t know that this will ever be easy for me. But I also realize that my finite mind cannot hold the infinite plan of God.
This quote by Martin Luther King really is something that I have to live.
I don’t know where the staircase leads or even the next few steps, but all I have to do is have faith and take the step I see. It is when I look back that I see how far God has brought me and how I could not have understood everything He was and is doing for me.
The song Step by Step by Rich Mullins summarizes my life right now. “And step by step You’ll lead me, and I will learn to walk in Your ways!” Jesus is leading us forward. He knows the perfect way, we have to allow Him to lead to walk after Him.
I have just started reading the book Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. So when I came across this, it really struck home. What do we do with our lives? Did we live the day with each hour and minute and second that it holds to the fullest? If it was our last would we be happy?
For me this means even more though. To me I wonder did I live each moment of this day for Christ. Sadly, over and over again I come up short. I get caught up in myself and my life, what I want and need.
Jesus told us to not worry about what tomorrow holds. This is freedom, from worry, but not freedom to do just anything. We need to live each day for Him. To the best of our ability to do what would honor and please Him. This can come in many ways. It can come from doing our job well, from caring for others, from sharing His word. He has called each of us in a different way to live for Him.
Our time is limited and precious. We need to understand this and fully use the time given to us. 1 Corinthians 6:20 says “You are bought with price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Today is precious, wasted time cannot be recovered. The challenge is: use your time wisely.
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I was looking through my Facebook page the other day (trying to find a picture) and I realized… the is not everything. It got me thinking. We look at other peoples lives, in fact, we are constantly engaged… TWITTER, FACEBOOK, PINTEREST, TUMBLER, YOUTUBE… smart phones keep us constantly connected. But do we really know what is happening in our friends’ lives?
We see only what they want to share. The trials, the hard times, the deep inner feelings are not usually share on social media. I know that I don’t. The posts and conversations on social media are usually there to make a point or to show how popular we are or that we have a significant other. My Facebook page is a combination of picture when I have my makeup on, BIG life events, things that made me look hard working or fun loving. Even when I look at my Facebook I am like WOW! I live a fun, crazy, event filled life. Honestly, I love having fun, I love being crazy, I love going places. But you don’t see the other side either. Social media does not the struggles, the times I have been hurt, when I am lonely, when I am scared. Social media show the highlights.
We have reach a point in our society we are so connected we are disconnected. We “know every little thing” but we don’t know anything. We don’t talk to our friends, we don’t write letters, the “How are you?” is only because you feel it’s polite. We think we know, so we don’t engage, we don’t take the time to care. It is easier that way, to not know the burdens of others, but that is what we as friends are supposed to do. Galatians 6:2 says “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” This is not a one way street, everyone needs to be real. Everyone needs to share their struggles.
Along with this, I actually think that most of our real struggles should NOT be shared on social media. (It turns into a my life is worse than yours, that is not what I am encouraging). Struggles should be share with your friends. Reach out and talk to someone, take that first step. It is hard to ask and it hard to share, but sharing a burden makes it lighter. We need to make a change in our society. We need to live real lives, full lives, complete lives. We need to stop only living the highlights.
The difficulty of our situation is NEVER too big for God.
I have been to many places and seen many things, from the Normandy beaches, which reminded me of those who fought for freedom, to the tropical island of Fiji where I saw God work in miraculous ways. Each new place, every new city, all the people I have met; change my life. In England I learned the value of loving my work, Africa taught me the joy of quietly observing.
If asked which was my favorite place… honestly… I couldn’t say. I loved every country I visited, each had something new and different to offer.
Often people stereotype about this country’s culture or that country’s food, but they are supposed to be different. If each place or person were the same, life would be incredible boring!
You don’t have to leave the country or even your town to find someone different than you. At school, work, the grocery store, we encounter a multitude of people. Do we stop to consider… Who are they? What is their story? What makes them unique?
I don’t understand society today, we don’t want to talk to people, we don’t want to share who we are, but we will post on Facebook or Instagram what we had for breakfast. Does this really make sense? We go around not knowing people and not caring enough to ask.
I wonder what would the world be like if we took the time to care?
If we took the time out of our day to stop and ask, what is your story?
What makes you…well…you?
I could visit every country in the world and every city each country and never find two people who were the same. Each person is unique with their own story and from each person’s story we can learn and grow. So, I would like to know.