Monday, March 22, 2010

A Leap of Faith

God tends to put me in situations that don't make sense.

For instance, I left a steady corporate job for a barista position. I make 1/3 of the salary I used to make. Oh, but did I mention that I quit the job even before having another job lined up? Yeah. It doesn't make much logical, human sense, does it? My rational self was rising up against the decision, and yet God brought me to the place where I just had to obey. And trust. And leap. I had to take that leap of faith.

And he took care of us.

I am faced today with another decision similar to the one above. I don't want to go into details, though most of you probably know them. Doubt invades the spaces where faith should be filling in. My human sensibilities are crowding what I really believe God is calling me to do.

Two verses are coming into mind:

Matthew 6:25-26
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"

1 Corinthians 1:20
"Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?"

Please pray for me this week with regards to this leap.

Friday, March 12, 2010

What Possesses You

I held the skinny jeans in my left hand, and the garbage bag full of donations in my right. Unwillingness overcame me as I put the jeans back into the drawer. "Maybe someday," I thought. "Maybe someday again I will wear these..."

I'm so thankful the Holy Spirit is with us, especially in moments where our own will is too weak. The Spirit recalled distinctly to my mind our small group discussion last night--all about the "American Dream" and possessions. The question was asked, "Have you ever felt possessed by your possessions?"

One member brought up the fact that she had attended a wealthy church who had two million dollars saved away for their "rainy day fund." I understand everyone needs a bit of savings for emergencies...but two million dollars? Couldn't that be better used elsewhere for people who need it--people who are in emergencies?

Yet there I was, this pair of jeans in my hand, ready to continue to hoard these jeans along with some other pieces of days-gone-by. God reminded me that these are not my clothes. God gave them to me for a time, but it's time to let them go. And with those jeans in my hands--my beloved skinny jeans--I heard God whisper, "If you don't give these up, you're letting them possess you."

So I tossed them in the garbage bag.
Praise the Lord for transformation.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Trust

In my anxiousness to know the future--even the somewhat near future--I sense God reminding me of the anxiety leading up to my wedding day.

Don't you remember how I took care of you then?
I do.

I will rest in the knowledge that the Lord not only has a plan, but the best plan.

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

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