Immovable

So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

1 Corinthians 15:58
While at work today, I noticed a single plant growing wild in an area of sandy clay. 

Its solitary condition made me take notice–so much so that I decided to photograph it. 

If I were a single grass plant, I would probably hope to be among a group of plants in rich, fertile soil. 

Standing alone in rusty coloured clay would certainly not be my station of choice. 

There have been times, however, that I have felt separated and alone in a less than desirable environment in which to thrive. 

Even so, my intentions still should have been to live my life for the Lord, doing those things that pleased him. 

I must always remember that nothing I do for the Lord is ever useless. 

Completion

And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

 

—Philippians 1:6

 

You have a plan for me

Like the islands in the distant horizon

On the north Atlantic shore

I cannot see the course in sharp perspective

Yet, there is confidence that each part of the journey

Will be what You have allowed

This transformation of my heart

Will be brought to completion

In Your time and in Your way

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Steadfast, Immovable

While at a friend’s house, she showed me a dove who was faithfully sitting on a nest located in a garden planter.

The dove sat quietly as she looked at me—that odd looking person with a black box in her hand, coming ever so close.

As my camera and I visited her for a few brief moments, I captured a precious scene.

A scene of commitment.

A scene of love.

Who told the dove to sit on her nest?

God gives the animals instructions like that.

We, as believers, need to be committed to doing what God asks us to do.

We need to be steadfast…

 

 

 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:58

 

 

 

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Her Arms are Strong

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Sometimes, when I am reading, a particular thought just jumps out at me and overtakes the next few moments.

That happened today.

While I was reading a section of Matthew Henry’s concise commentary on Proverbs 31, this sentence about a noble wife of good character reverberated in my mind:

“Her heart is full of another world, even when her hands are most busy about this world.”

Wait….

What?

I needed to read it again.

The words were heavy with meaning and they warranted weighty contemplation on my part.

I understand busy.

Busy could be my middle name.

But what about my heart?

Is it really full of another world, the eternal world that awaits me in Heaven?

The other spiritual world that even now coexists beside me as I go about my day to day life?

The wife, the woman, the person—of good character spoken of in that last chapter of Proverbs had many virtues.

Verse 17 says this about her:

“She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.”

She was not idle, wasting time.

She worked diligently at what she knew to be her calling.

And, according to Pastor Henry, her heart was full of another world.

A world where Jesus is.

Do I long to be with Jesus, yet set my mind to work here until my work is done?

Do I try my best with the tasks at hand, fueled by the knowledge of His presence and love?

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Whatever You Are Doing

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Yesterday, I heard a very interesting story.

It seems that once there was a woman who had several children.

She was a widow and she had no car.

One of her young children needed to go to a doctor appointment out of town.

Speaking with her pastor, she told him of the need.

The pastor contacted a man in the church and asked him if he would take the young boy to the doctor.

After getting some time off work approved, the man came to take the child to the appointment.

On the way the child asked the man a question.

“Are you God?” he asked.

“No. Why would you think that?” the man replied.

“My mother prayed that God would send someone to take me to the doctor and no one came except you,” was the boy’s explanation.

There was yet another question to be asked.

“Well, if you’re not God, do you work for Him?” asked the boy.

The man thought and replied, “Yes….. Yes I do.”

I heard this story while in church yesterday.

The sermon for the morning was about doing all our work—everything that we do—-for God.

Colossians 3:23 reads,

“Whatever you are doing, let your hearts be in your work, as a thing done for the Lord and not for men.”

If I am to be a living sacrifice to God, I will be doing things that He wants me to do.

It may not be taking a child to the doctor, but it could be.

It might be checking on a neighbor, listening to someone cry as they are grieving, or giving a gift to a friend.

It also could be doing a good job at the many tasks I have at work and at home.

As Christian believers, do we work for ourselves?

Or, do we work for God?

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Beyond the Way

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What would you think if…..

You were visiting a country where the language spoken was not your own.

After eating a meal at a restaurant, you become ill and go to a hospital.

Trying desperately to communicate to the people in the emergency room, you feel helpless because you are so sick and there is no one who can understand your words.

Through your pain, you ask God to please send you help somehow.

In moments, the door opens and a doctor walks in who can speak your language.

After telling him your medical history and what pain you are having, he is able to begin treating you accordingly.

When you begin feeling better, you ask the doctor some questions.

As it turns out, he doesn’t normally work at that hospital at all.

In fact, he had gotten a call a couple of hours earlier with a request to deliver some medical records there.

He was just about to leave the hospital that you’re in, when he noticed that it was pouring down rain.

Deciding to go back inside to borrow an umbrella, he walked down a hallway to speak with some nurses.

There, he heard talk of a patient who only spoke a certain language.

Realizing there was a need, the doctor walked down to the emergency area to find you.

Earlier that day, when the sun was just rising, the doctor had prayed and asked God to allow him to help someone who could only be helped by his specific training.

How can God work things out so that—

1. Someone orders medical records at about the same time that you are ordering food.

2. The doctor who delivers them speaks a certain second language.

3.  They are to be taken to the place that you will choose to go when you get sick.

4.  It begins to rain at just the right moment to stop the doctor.

5. He goes down a hallway where just the right nurses are standing and speaking of you.

6. Even before you knew you would need a doctor, He was preparing to send you one.

Although this is not a true story, I could tell a few that ARE true that sound very much like this one.

God’s ways are higher than ours.

We can’t imagine how He works the details out.

Sometimes we realize that events were in the planning years before they occur.

Today, an event truly did happen in my life, similar in essence to my fictional one.

I have been thanking Him with gratitude since then, reminded of His sovereignty and His great love.

Isaiah 55:8-11  The Message

“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.”

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