Patient and faithful God

I had a conversation with a friend of mine last night. I hadn’t seen him for a long time. He has been away at seminary. We talked mostly about God calling us to a vocation. We talked about how humbling it is and a heavy responsibility. We talked about the persistence and persuasiveness of God and if you won’t listen he gives you a firm whack with a 2×4 to help you along with the process.

On the way home I heard “Lord, I’m Ready Now” by Plum. That lyric “Lord, I”m ready now” struck me. You would think that it’s a bold  statement to make to God. The audacity of telling God the timing of His plans for our lives. Here’s where the message lies. This statement speaks to God’s patience. It speaks of His unconditional love for us. He continues to show His trust for us by waiting for us to to say “yes”, to be willing to yield to Him. God is all powerful, He could make us do His will if He wanted to, but He doesn’t. He loves us so much that He respects our right to  say “no”. Wow. He yields to us. The God of the universe waits on us and when we turn to Him, He runs to embrace us.

We are so blessed to be called Children of God.

May the Lord bless and keep you. May His face shine upon you and give you peace.

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God can do for us

We received some sad news last night about a local resident who had been very sick. It really sunk in today. It’s times like these that I see the stark difference between joy and pain. So much deep hurt. How can we ever feel relief? I know God is the answer. Eventually we will recover with His help over time.

But how will we feel joy again? When we be able to laugh again without feeling guilty? What do we say to the family and friends to console them? How do we make sense of something so senseless and unnatural?

The human mind has defense mechanisms. A mother forgets the pain of child birth and looks forward to the next birth. We forget the heart break that takes our breath away and we let ourselves love. Our love ones pass away. We never forget them but we learn how to live our days without them.

I never thought I would feel sad for other people in pain. I was always so self absorbed, only sad about things that effected me personally. My heart breaks now when I see others in pain. I want them to feel peace and comfort. I want them to know that God loves them and Jesus wants to heal their pain. It’s the truth. It’s hard to hear when we’re so low. Maybe it’s too hard to believe, too good to be true. But God’s power and love is bigger than we can imagine.