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.


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