We Share in Life

 

 

 

Sitting around a glass-topped table can be interesting.

Add a brightly lit, crystal chandelier placed right above the table and things begin to get really interesting—to me, anyway.

Enjoying my time as a guest celebrating a friend’s birthday, I sat at the table with my camera.

Suddenly, I realized what was before me—a two liter bottle of soda.

When an almost full, two liter bottle of soda is placed on a glass-topped table which is sitting underneath a crystal chandelier….well, it’s time for some photography.

The reflection of the multifaceted crystal pieces was appearing inside the bottle.

At the same time, although the soda was dark brown in color, the light was also being reflected perfectly around the outer edge of the liquid in a glowing neon green.

Together, they formed an amazing sight.

When the light of God is within us, we are transformed.

Our appearance changes.

Once only plain bottles of soda, lost without God, we are now reflecting His light to others.

 

But if we live in the light, as God does, we share in life with each other.

—from I John 1:7

 

 

Freed and Rescued

 

 

 

 

 

 

While visiting friends at a condominium on the beach, we noticed a crab that had died near the doorway of the building, which was on the opposite side of the one facing the water.

Later, as I was returning from a shopping trip, I saw another crab—this one very much alive—at the doorway glass.

I immediately felt sorry for him.

He was far away from the water, yet trying to go that direction.

The building happened to be in the way.

Deciding that I needed to help him, the next question was, "How?"

One does not simply pick up a crab of that size with bare hands.

Asking a friend to go get a towel, I decided to try to cover him with it and pick him up.

Let’s just say that he was highly resistant and untrusting of my efforts.

After several failed attempts, a friend handed me a traffic cone, probably from the parking lot.

Placing the cone over the crab and the glass window, he went in.

Covering the cone with the towel, I began my trek to the ocean.

Going to the water’s edge, I released him and watched as the waves swept him away.

King David writes about how God rescued him in Psalm 18:19–


 When I was fenced in,
    you freed and rescued me
    because you love me.

 

 

 

I have to say that I have been, and, in some respects still am,  quite a lot like the crab that I rescued.

Wandered away from where I should have been?

I’m afraid so.

Ventured out into dangerous territory when I shouldn’t have?

Yes.

Knew I needed to get back, but giant obstacles stood in my way?

Absolutely.

Fenced in by circumstances too big for me?

Totally the truth.

Did I need God?

Most definitely.

Have I resisted His rescue, not understanding what I really needed?

Have I scrambled against the very obstacles that surrounded me, afraid of the very pathway to freedom?

Probably so.

I had compassion on the crab that day by the beach.

God has GREAT love for us—so great that we cannot even imagine it— every single day, no matter where we are.

Don’t be afraid of the rescue.….

 

 

 

Who is the Rock?

 

 

 

 

We never have to worry if God will make a mistake.

It is impossible.

We never have to worry if what God says is right.

Every word of God is true and pure.

When trouble is all around us, He is the only real shield.

There is no one like our God.

 

The ways of God are without fault.
       The Lord’s words are pure.
    He is a shield to those who trust him.
  Who is God? Only the Lord.
       Who is the Rock? Only our God.

–Psalm 18:30-31

 

 

And Worshiped Him

 

The words seemed to jump out at me.

There were many others on the screen as I stood in the congregation singing.

But these—these came through to my heart in a special way.

"Come, just as you are to worship.
Come, just as you are before your God"
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Just as I am.

Whatever I am.

Today.

This morning.

With everything that is on my mind.

With all my concerns and distractions.

Come.

Just as I am before my God.

Somehow, I felt an affirmation of acceptance.

A reminder that God loves me and He knows all my "stuff" anyway.

If my heart is broken or my attitude is broken.

I can still pray.

I can worship Him.

Yesterday, I walked past a wooden fence lining a grassy field.

There was an area where it was broken.

Maybe this is how I feel—

like most of the boards are intact, but there are some that need repair.

Even if I come to God as a "broken fence" He will accept me.

In Matthew, chapter 8, verses 1-3, we are told of a man with a dreaded skin disease who came before Jesus and worshiped–

When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him.  And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

Whatever needs healing in our lives today, He is there.

Come. Now is the time to worship…..

 

 

 

1Come, Now is the Time to Worship by Brian Doerksen

 

Into the Ravines

 

 

 

In the county where I live, there is a waterfall in an ecologically fragile area.

The local government’s water authority will only allow the public to visit the area twice a year.

Today was one of those days.

I had never been to see it before.

It was located in a very natural and undisturbed, wooded region, about 154 acres in size.

God allowed me to see and photograph this hidden wonder.

I am grateful.

 

 

You built the earth on its foundations
       so it can never be moved.
  You covered the earth with oceans;
       the water was above the mountains.
  But at your command, the water rushed away.
       When you thundered your orders, it hurried away.
  The mountains rose; the valleys sank.
       The water went to the places you made for it.
  You set borders for the seas that they cannot cross,
       so water will never cover the earth again.

  You make springs pour into the ravines;
       they flow between the mountains.

–Psalm 104:5-10

 

 

 

One Who Is Right With God

 

 

 

As I was listening to the radio in my car on the way home from work today, I heard something that made me instantly thoughtful.

Even now, there is a sadness in my heart, just considering it again.

The man speaking stated that the vast majority of adult children and their parents didn’t get along.

He continued to say that this was true for about 90% of parents with adult children.

I listened intently, as statistics that high should spark interest in any parent.

I have friends who just welcomed a new baby boy into their lives.

Next week, I have other friends who are going to have a baby girl.

It would surely hurt to have someone tell them that there is a very high chance that their children will grow up only to be in a strained relationship with them.

Who wants to think that the countless hours of diapering, feeding, strolling, and rocking would lead to that?

What about the years of swim lessons, baseball games, recitals, and fishing trips?

Not to mention preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, and middle and high school..

All the hours of homework help and teacher conferences.

After all, that’s quite an investment of life, right?

Absolutely.

But, there’s more.

What about the hours of prayer on their behalf?

The countless evenings on the couch, reading Bible stories together?

The tears shed at night on our pillows as we hurt for them in some situation?

What about the incredible bond of love that a parent can have for their child?

With all of this in place, how could there be a severing of relationship once they are grown?

If an adult child is in right relationship with God, that should be the most important thing to a Christian parent.

And if they are in right relationship with God, I think it is likely that the doors would be open to develop a good relationship with their parents—one of mutual respect and love—IF the parents are in right relationship with God, as well.

Ninety percent.

That’s an awfully high number.

With God, however, all things are possible.

The father of one who is right with God will have much joy. He who has a wise son will be glad in him.

–Proverbs 23:24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Your Worries

 

 

 

What are we supposed to do when we are worried?

When we don’t know what the next step is?

What can we do when we are troubled?

The Bible assures us that God cares about us in 1 Peter 5:7.

Here is the verse expressed in four different ways:

 

Give all your worries to Him because He cares for you.  –New Life Version

Live carefree before God; He is most careful with you. –The Message

Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. –King James Version

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.  –The Amplified Bible

No matter what may be going on right now, God has not ceased to care for you.

Bring your concerns to Him.

He’s right there……

 

 

 

To Be Completely Truthful

I own a small, bagless floor vaccuum.

It works, but it is not very powerful.

Let me emphasize the fact, however, that it WORKS.

This past Saturday morning, I went to some local garage sales.

It’s fun for me to browse through the menagerie of items priced to sell fast.

As I walked up the driveway of a particular sale, I came upon a vaccuum cleaner, standing stately in the sun.

Briefly considering an inexpensive upgrade, I inquired about its condition.

"Does it work?" I asked the lady tending to the sales.

"Sort of," came the reply.

She continued.

"The motor started to spark on me and my husband removed the electric cord."

I quickly glanced at the little stub where the power cord had once connected.

Not really wanting to carry on a conversation about an item I no longer had any interest in, I soon wandered to the next spot.

Why did this woman tell me that the vaccuum "sort of" worked when its motor had dangerously malfunctioned and its power source had been surgically removed?

What way was it working?

She told me the truth about it, but she prefaced it with hopeful—and perhaps, misleading— words.

How often do we do that in other areas of our lives?

"How’s your new job going?"

"Oh, it’s all right, I guess."

"How’s the family?"

"We’re making it."

"Is your relationship working?"

"We’re taking it one day at a time."

Exactly what does, "all right,"  "making it,"  and "one day at a time" mean?

I suspect they belong in the same category as "sort of."

It’s hard to be honest with ourselves and even harder to be honest with others about some difficult situations in our lives, but if the vaccuum cleaner is sitting in the driveway, someone is bound to ask.

It’s hard to hide career disappointments or family and relationship struggles.

Although we do not have to tell everyone our problems, it is wise to choose a trusted friend, pastor or counselor to share with, once we have become honest with ourselves.

If we are still telling ourselves that an area of our lives is still working even when the motor is sparking and the cord is cut, we are only lying to our own hearts.

It’s time to be……. truthful.

 

You want me to be completely truthful,
       so teach me wisdom.

–Psalm 51:6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drops of Rain

 

 

 

The rain was gone, leaving behind reflective drops of water to project the light of the setting sun in the west.

Wandering around in my yard, searching for something wonderful and fantastic to photograph, I noticed beads of water clinging to acorns on one of our oak trees.

Perfectly shaped and clear as glass, it was vulnerable to the slightest breeze or gentle shake from a frolicking squirrel.

For the moment that my eyes gazed upon it, the small droplet remained fixed.

I had not prayed for the rain to come.

God brought it, anyway.

He decides what the weather will be.

In the book of Job, God asks this question:

Does the rain have a father? Who has given birth to the drops of rain? –chapter 38, verse 28

Just as drops of rain originate with God, so does everything in all of creation.

Blessed are we, because we get to see and enjoy what He has made.

 

 


 

 

Genuine Affection

 

 

 

You may have seen them for sale.

So incredibly life-like, you may have even wondered if you were looking at a living cat.

Someone had the clever idea to manufacture a stuffed animal—specifically, a cat—that looks as though it is sleeping.

Curled up in a comfortable looking position, it remains quiet and still.

But, wait!

There is movement!

Ever so subtly, the chest is rising, then falling, in a gentle and rhythmic pattern.

It’s breathing?

It’s real?

Upon closer inspection, the truth is revealed—it is not alive, nor has it ever been.

It is a stuffed animal who appears to be alive because a carefully placed battery powered mechanism is mimicking each breath.

There we have it!

All the visual pleasure of a quiet cat, sleeping in the window or on the couch, without any of the real responsibilities of owning one.

No kitty food purchases.

No trips to the veterinarian.

No fleas.

No scratched furniture.

No hair on the carpet.

But—and most importantly—no love.

We live in an age of substitutions.

Synthetic materials, fake this, plastic that.

From the flavor of our food to the imitation wood in our pretend fireplaces, our lives are filled with simulations of the genuine.

So, what about love?

The battery powered cat looks like he could jump up on your lap, begin purring and offer a loving meow or two–but he can’t.

So, what about us?

Are we accepting counterfeit love from others in place of the real thing that God intended?

Are we giving counterfeit love to others in place of the real love that God wants us to give?

If either of these questions are answered with a "yes" then there is great loss for both parties.

Real love comes with responsibilities.

Investments of time.

The devotion of the heart.

Take a moment to think about it.

Do you really want to surround yourself with love that is only a shadow of the real thing?

Is that the kind of love you want to give?

 

 

Love each other with genuine affection,

and take delight in honoring each other. –Romans 12:10

 

 

 

Wise Choices

 

 

 

Choices.

Do you really know what your choices are?

Looking at a website, the page before you has a certain appearance.

The layout of the writing and pictures.

Columns.

Rows.

Plain.

Simple.

What you are looking at is all there is to it, right?

Most of the time, the answer would be NO.

Why is that?

One answer lies in the term, "drop down menu."

While gazing at the web page of your choosing, a word may come to your attention at any point on the screen’s image.

If you place the cursor on the word and click the mouse, voila!

Several words appear in a list beneath your original word.

Now, you have several sub-choices, where originally, it appeared that you only had one.

There are many people in this world who stare at the screen of their life, day after day, seeing only certain words on the page.

Perhaps because of fear, lack of confidence, guilt or shame, they never gain enough courage to "move the cursor" onto an area and "click the mouse" to see other choices.

In fact, they seem to be unaware that there could ever be any "drop down menus" available to them.

Forever stuck to the "home"  page, their existance depends on the short range of possibilities they currently see.

It shouldn’t be this way.

With the confidence that God will guide us through our decision making process, we should move forward and explore what He is placing within our reach.

Isn’t it time to "click the mouse" and see what our choices are?

 

Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. –Proverbs 2:11

 

 

 

 

A Lamp Shining On You

 

 

 

If you are filled with the light of God’s love and forgiveness, your life will "shine" around others.

What attitude do you project—

to the people you work with?

to your neighbors?

to the members of your own family?

Do your words and actions "shine"?

 

“No one lights a lamp and hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, everyone who lights a lamp puts it on a lamp stand so that those who come in will see its light.

 “Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is unclouded, your whole body is full of light. But when your eye is evil, your body is full of darkness.  So be careful that the light in you isn’t darkness.  If your whole body is full of light and not darkness, it will be as bright as a lamp shining on you.”

—Luke 11:33-36

 

 

 

 

 

I Will Build My Church

 

 

It was only a short, out of town trip, but the scenery was beautiful.

At some point, I decided to begin photographing churches along the way, seeing that I was passing several on the route.

It is encouraging to visit a community and see a church building.

A testimony of faith, perhaps of generations, in a certain area.

It’s presence speaks of hope, of love and of a second chance for a race once separated from God and reconciled by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

Many years have come and gone since the day of that sacrifice.

God’s church remains.

Consider this passage in the book of Matthew:

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”

 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”

 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.  Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.

—chapter 16, verses 13-18

 

 

 

 

My Light

 

 

Do you feel "in the dark" today?

Are there things that are confusing you?

Is it hard to know "which way to turn?"

Are you afraid?

Do you feel that there is no one to save you?

God is there, even though you may not feel Him at the moment.

There is light, even in the darkness.

He can give you strength.

 

 

 

 

 

The Lord is my light

and the One Who saves me.

Whom should I fear?

The Lord is the strength

of my life.

Of whom should I be afraid?

—Psalm 27:1

 

As Clear As Glass

 

 

 

 

There are times when the sun’s glow sets a golden hue over the sea that is wondrous to behold.

Like flowing, amber-colored glass, alive and vivacious, it advances to the shore and back again in a perpetual frolic of light and motion.

In describing Heaven, Revelation 21:21 reads,

"The 12 gates were 12 pearls. Each gate was made of one pearl. The street of the city was made of pure gold, as clear as glass."

Those who know Jesus as their Savior will one day walk on this street.

It will be more glorious than the blazing brilliance of the sun on the ocean waves.

 

 

 

 

God Created

 

 

 

Walking into my front door, I noticed a leaf hopper quietly standing on my porch.

Funny; he was standing next to a dead leaf, almost as if he were looking at it intently.

Did he know that when the leaf was alive and green that his own appearance was incredibly similar?

If you have ever compared a leaf hopper to a real leaf, the likeness is amazing.

Only God could have fashioned them both the same.

I do believe that He created everything, just the way He wanted to.

I don’t believe that any creature looked around for countless years and finally decided to adapt their appearance to their surroundings.

When I look at the wonderful things that God has made, something inside me is affirmed–

God is real.

He made us and

He is all-powerful.

 

 

In the beginning God created heaven and earth. Genesis 1:1

 

 

No Cattle

 

 

 

When you own something, it’s your responsibility to maintain it.

There are times when caring for something seems labor intensive and we grow weary in the task.

But what if we didn’t have those things in the first place?

I washed my car today.

I am glad to have a car to wash, because it takes me places that I want to go.

Cleaning the refrigerator is a chore that I have little affection for, yet it provides a safe place for food that nourishes me.

If a farmer has no cattle, he does not have the responsibility to care for their needs.

He also does not have any of the benefits of owning them.

Remembering the blessing of what we have has a way of making the maintenance less difficult.

 

 

 

All His Designs

 

Strolling down the sidewalk at work the other day, someone pointed out an unusual creature resting on one of the outer building lights.

They weren’t quite sure what they were looking at.

On closer inspection, I found it to be a moth.

Standing there, looking up, I was struck with its remarkable resemblance to a jet airplane.

With eyes on the pointed head, (cockpit) large, curved wings on both sides and a tail wing, (horizontal stabilizer) the likeness was striking.

Of course, God designed moths to fly.

We have only come to understand flight in recent history by considering what God has made.

Our God is truly awesome.

 

God’s plan for the world stands up,
    all His designs are made to last.

–Psalm 33:11

 

 

You Might Make a Mistake

 

 

 

 

 

Shaving is a morning thing for me.

The shaving cream and the disposable razor are kept in the bathroom.

This past week, as I was getting ready for work, I got the razor out.

This particular brand has a permanently attached safety plate that slides over the actual blade when not in use.

Simply pushing the safety plate up exposes the blade and you are "good to go."

As I began to shave, I realized something after awhile.

The shaver was moving the cream away from my skin, but no hair was being cut.

At all.

None.

Upon closer inspection, I realized that I had neglected to pop the safety slide up to expose the razor.

I had simply been gliding a smooth piece of plastic over the hair.

How many times do we find ourselves believing that we are doing everything just the right way, only to find out that we aren’t?

It could be something small where we realize a minor error, like forgetting to push a safety plate up on a plastic razor or it could be something big—like finally realizing that you’re at the wrong college or choosing friends that are detrimental to your well being or continuing to remain at a job that you are not suited for.

There can be that "ah-ha" moment when you understand for the first time that you’re shaving (taking classes, going out with the guys, or working on that late night report for the board meeting the next day) but no hair is being removed.

You’re only going through the motions with absolutely no success.

Personally, I don’t believe that God wants us to waste our time.

Sadly, I think I have wasted quite a bit in my day.

That’s the phrase–in my day.

When God gives you a day, whose is it?

It’s not someone else’s.

It’s yours.

What does God want you to do with the days He is giving you?

If you’re spending your precious time shaving with a smooth piece of plastic, it’s time for a change.

Ask God to help you to understand what needs to change.

If you don’t, it’s quite possible that nothing will.

 

 

Enthusiasm without knowledge is not good. If you act too quickly, you might make a mistake.

–Proverbs 19:2

 

Concerns

 

 

 

 

Concerns.

Worry.

What if this happens?

Why?

How?

What?

We think so many thoughts, spending our time on concerns.

If you are worried tonight, let God know.

Ask Him for help.

He’s right there.

 

 

 

Let go of your concerns!
    Then you will know that I am God.
        I rule the nations.
        I rule the earth.

–Psalm 46:10

 

And A Season

 

 

 

The pavement before me had been deliberately and intricately handcrafted.

Each tile measured and cut to just the precise shape and size.

Then, in a seemingly endless dance of intermingling, they had been placed side by side in such a way that it could create a feeling of movement and harmony in an almost fluid state.

None of the intertwining rows seemed independent of itself.

They all fit together in a convoluted array of static motion.

If the moments, hours, days and years of our lives could be represented in this way, isn’t it likely that it would appear similar?

All of our experiences are interwoven, flowing freely from one life season to another.

We cannot erase the significance that past occurances have fashioned on our hearts.

Looking at the swirls of tiles behind our footsteps, the patterns of life begin to tell a visual story as one period of time seamlessly cascades into another, newer part of the journey.

Trusting that God will not leave us alone as each new pattern unfolds, we may only walk toward our future as each piece of tile is placed before our feet.

 

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

–Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

To Jerusalem to Celebrate

 

 

 

 

The Book of Nehemiah is one of my favorite books in the Bible.

Nehemiah cared deeply for his people and their homeland.

He loved God and trusted in Him for wisdom, protection and provision.

Nehemiah was the "project manager" of today.

Taking responsibility for administrating the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem, he encouraged others to join him in in an incredible work.

What would it have been like to have witnessed this great undertaking?

To have attended the dedication of the wall?

To have been a part of the gathering of the people and their families?

To have heard the instruments and the songs of thanksgiving?

 

 At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres.  The musicians also were brought together from the region around Jerusalem – from the villages of the Netophathites,  from Beth Gilgal, and from the area of Geba and Azmaveth, for the musicians had built villages for themselves around Jerusalem.  When the priests and Levites had purified themselves ceremonially, they purified the people, the gates and the wall.

 

Nehemiah 12:27-30

 

 

 

Beyond the Way

 

 

“I don’t think the way you think.
    The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
        God’s Decree.
“For as the sky soars high above earth,
    so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
    and the way I think is beyond the way you think.
Just as rain and snow descend from the skies
    and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth,
Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,
    producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,
So will the words that come out of my mouth
    not come back empty-handed.
They’ll do the work I sent them to do,
    they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.

 

–Isaiah 55:8-11  The Message

 

 

 

Catch People

 

 

 

 

As he was walking along the Sea of Galilee,

he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and Andrew.

They were throwing a net into the sea

because they were fishermen.

 Jesus said to them, “Come, follow me!

I will teach you how

to catch people instead of fish.”

They immediately left their nets and followed him.

—Matthew 4:18-20

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Watered the Land

 

 

 

Last evening, just before dark,  the clouds were an incredible deep gray.

Lightning flashed for hours, it seemed.

While driving to work this morning, the radio announcer stated that a town in the area had recieved six inches of rain.

God decides where the rain should be and when.

King David spoke of how God supplied rain:

The God who is in his holy dwelling place
    is the father of the fatherless and the defender of widows.
 God places lonely people in families.
    He leads prisoners out of prison into productive lives,
        but rebellious people must live in an unproductive land.

 O God, when you went in front of your people,
    when you marched through the desert, Selah
         the earth quaked and the sky poured
            in the presence of the God of Sinai,
            in the presence of the God of Israel.

You watered the land with plenty of rain, O God.
    You refreshed it when your land was exhausted.

—Psalm 68:5-9

When the land was "exhuasted" He refreshed it.

When we are exhausted, will He not do the same for us?

 

 

 

No More Shouting

 

 

 

i don’t believe I had ever seen a tree quite like it.

It appeared to have thorny, spiky things coming out from its bark.

I photographed it, but I didn’t touch it.

In fact, nothing about it made me want to touch it.

I don’t think it even entered my mind.

The opposite of inviting, its very appearance seemed to say, "Stay away!"

We’ve all known people like this, haven’t we?

Whether family, friends or people we passed on a busy, city sidewalk—they all looked the same.

Their bark had spikes–

that is, their countenance, their words and their body language all proclaimed, "Leave me alone!"

Of course, that may not have been the message they were hoping to convey.

"I’m lonely," may have turned into an desperate outcry of cynical sarcasm.

"No one cares about me," may have taken root so deeply that it fostered a permanent scowl where a kind face once existed.

The tree I noticed is not going to change.

People, however, can.

With God, all things are possible.

 

 

 

Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort.  Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ. —Ephesians 4:31-32

 

 

Opinion Disables

 

 

 

I have been signed up for a class.

There is no record of it on paper or electronically.

No funds were transferred to pay for the instruction.

I do not know the course title.

I do not know exactly when the class times will be or in what room.

How is this possible?

Only through God.

You see, I feel that it is God who has “signed me up” for instruction.

Lately, I have been studying a lot about relationships with people, managing time the way God would want and being a good steward of the gifts He has given.

Today, I sat down at my computer and read something that had been posted on a social network.

It had appeared on my page.

“If you live for people’s acceptance you will emotionally die from their rejection.” 1

Moments later, I logged onto a Bible site that features a “verse of the day.”

Here is today’s verse:

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe. –Proverbs 29:25

Looking this verse up in The Message, I found this:

The fear of human opinion disables;
    trusting in God protects you from that.

 

I mean it when I say that I have been studying a lot lately.

Reading, listening, watching videos.

For about a week, maybe, my concentration has been focused on deep matters, as I felt God had brought some topics to my attention.

On one side of the page, we have all that God has given us to use in this life.

On the other side of the page, we may have a good deal of things that tempt us away from the course that God has created for us to travel.

Instead of using our strength and vitality in the ways that God intended, we may spend ourselves on useless endeavors or needless worry about what others will think.

This will ultimately leave us depleated and empty handed.

I have come to understand this fact in my class.

The lesson today was delivered on my computer screen.

I wonder when the next session will be……

 

(1 quote by Rick Warren)