Wednesday, March 27, 2013

act like it.

One of my favorite times with Harris is when he and I go on long roadtrips together. When we travel down to Georgia, we have 7 hours of uninterrupted, private conversation and hang-out time.

I just love it!

The thing I do not love all the time is the stress of driving in traffic. This is one place that Harris and I get into little disagreements.

On our most recent trip home, I drove first and I made the remark, "When I drive, we rarely get into arguments! This is great!" We soon realized that this was because I'm most definitely a "side-seat" driver, which annoys the heck out of Harris.

I started to think about it.. I genuinely do trust Harris. I would (and do) put my life in his hands in any situation and feel fully secure. I just don't always act like it.

        "Do you see that car?"

 "Woah, brake lights.. brake lights!"

      "Slow down...... speed up..."

"That truck is wanting to pass us.."

When Harris rides with me, there is equally as much distraction and action going on, but he sits there quietly and patiently (unless of course we're in danger of some sort - which happens when I drive, I'll admit). I know that he trusts me because his actions show me that he does.

I do trust God. I just don't act like it many times.

I worry and complain. I stress and question.

I would LOVE to make it my goal to really show the Lord that I trust Him with my whole life. It honors Him. The same way that we can honor our husbands by showing them that we trust them.

Don't get me wrong, we are here to be helpful, and we should call out things in order to keep each other safe. In the same way, I think that it is genunine when we tell the Lord when we are afraid. I'm just saying that when we really do trust someone, we should probably make an effort to show them that we do.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

open our eyes.

Sometimes looking for the path we should take, even if it is under the umbrella of good intentions and a genuine desire to serve the Lord, is the wrong approach to take to live out a life for Christ. As we've all experienced, life moves. Factors play into our lives that we neither ask for, nor could have imagined (Ephesians 3:20-21).

- Offers come out of the blue.
- Friends move on to bigger and better things... or smaller and less-better things.
- Changes happen with our without our awareness.
- Unexpected expectations are thrust in our path.
- Things or people are taken away with or without our consent or approval.

This is the type of movement I'm talking about. The movement that happens "haphazardly". We may be working towards something, which is good and right and responsible, but the Lord will allow "stuff" to invade our lives. That "stuff" could be great, it could be hard, but guaranteed it will be unexpected. We can never factor that in; all these things come in mysterious ways.
"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" -Romans 11:33
 Another way of saying this same thing is from The Message:

"Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out." -Romans 11:33
 
So what is our response to unexpected things?

We will never figure it out. We simply need to open our eyes and trust in His promises and faithfulness. Continue to follow your passion, Jesus Christ, and use the gifts, tools, and resources that God has provided.

Open your eyes to see these unexpected things from God's perspective, and He will work wonders. Allow these changes to transform your life and trust in the Lord's goodness through the process. There is unending grace available to us as we stumble, struggle, and sin our way through.

I wish all of you, and myself, the best as we try (with human hearts) to respond in this way. If we can, we will all continually be amazed at what He does.