We've been doing some learnin' lately.
Thought I'd journal a few reminders. It's not so much lately about what we've been learning... as it is about the sheer beauty that we can learn... that we can make choices... and that *when we are following the Lord* God puts us exactly where we are because it's the path to get us to where He wants us to go... and to be who He wants us to be.
It's for a purpose. Seems like something should be done with that. :)
I'm excited and thankful that when He puts us somewhere.. He's also got a way for us to do it... and that He's the One (not us) who accomplishes great and mighty things that we get to witness and share.
I'm thankful that we can change and we can grow... and that we're all in this thing together.
I'm SO excited that wherever we go, whatever we learn and however we change... He's leading us. He's in the details.
I read this just this morning and thought it was very worth sharing:
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. John 20:29
How important it is for God to keep us focused on things that are unseen, for we are so easily snared by the things we can see! If Peter was ever going to walk on the water, he had to walk, but if he was going to swim to Jesus, he had to swim. He could not do both. If a bird is going to fly, it must stay away from fences and trees, trusting the buoyancy of its wings. And if it tries to stay within easy reach of the ground, it will never fly very well. God had to bring Abraham to the end of his own strength and let him see that with his own body he could do nothing. He had to consider his own body “as good as dead” (Heb. 11:12) and then trust God to do all the work. When he looked away from himself and trusted only God, he became “fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised” (Romans 4:21). This is what God is teaching us, and He has to keep results that are encouraging away from us until we learn to trust Him without them. Then He loves to make His Word as real to us in actuality as it is in our faith. – A.B. Simpson (From: Streams In The Desert – August 31)
I guess the bottom line is...
If we want to go somewhere we've never been, we've got to be willing to do things we've never done.
God urges us to learn the secret of contentment. I'm pretty sure that doesn't mean that He wants us to seek desperately to find contentment in our circumstances. He wants us to find contentment in Him... the One who is Lord of the Circumstance...in His character... in the knowledge of who HE is ... and by extension to be content in following Him.
And He sure doesn't sit still.
So even when I'd like to sit still... I'm so glad I don't serve a King who's not taking us somewhere... that He's always working things together for good and leading us forward. He's a Warrior King... He's a Savior. That's who He is and that's what He does. Our command to be still - is in KNOWING HE IS GOD. And responding accordingly. Sometimes that means waiting in quiet stillness, other times it means immediate action. I'm so thankful that He invites us to follow!