August 27, 2013
Math 24 31 ¶ When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. These scriptures have been going through my head as I sit here and think of all the faces I walked passed today. All the people I said hi to and all I was able to share a conversation with. All these people walking through the shops, on the shores of Lake Michigan, and I’m sure many are crying inside with some kind of need. A few years ago I would have never taken this journey by myself. Ten hours of driving to walking down these busy streets, not my idea of feeling good. However, this time as I walked I knew there was a reason. Each face that I made eye contact with and every worker I said good morning to, could be one person God is trying to reveal something to. I ended this day with a question of why I was here, but after I sit here and write I see exactly why I was here. This life is not my own and to Him I belong, I give myself, I give myself, away. To give myself away means that I need to really be truly sensitive to the needs of those around me and not the feelings I feel for the day. As I smiled at the maid this morning and said good morning her frown and unpleased look caused me to wonder why I even made an effort. However, when I went to the back of the hotel and started to take pictures of the lake, I heard her speaking with other maids in a tongue I didn’t know. This city is filled with foreign immigrants who still speak their native language and with no doubt have came to America in hopes of a different life. As I looked at this woman I was reminded of the young women who were cleaning in the hotels in Uganda. Their reactions were the same until our return for a second night. After being gone and returning to the hotel these woman were smiling with beautiful pearly white teeth, thankful that we “American’s” were not acting snobby towards them. As I sit here today I am reminded of the importance of being available to be used in the spirit to show others the love of Christ. How sometimes those that we walk passed on the street are not just another person, but someone that God put there at that very moment for you. I’m thankful for this reminder today. As I step forward in another day of new journeys I find myself amazed at the work that God is doing in me. I’m not satisfied with this life, but I now know why. God is coming back soon and if I am going to fulfill what He has called for me to do, it is going to take a lot of faith and less of me. What a day this has been.
August 26, 2013
As I was driving today, I could see nothing but a road before me and open water to the right of me. Both of these beautiful pictures were that of what I am walking into in my life right now. A step of faith that will only be revealed here shortly, but in the mean time is a wonderful time of me and my God and the keys that I feel under my fingers. Life is full of surprises, but is it not in those surprises that such great things happen. I have a friend who is a wonderful person, with a heart for God, and a zeal for life. In this time in her life she has found herself in a situation that has given her the opportunity to ask what God really wants for her to do. As she tries to figure out what God is trying to call her to do she is seeing that a situation out of her control may have been an answer to her prayer. She can’t control the situation that brought her to this opportunity, but it was a way for God to get her to make the decision that will change her life. As I sit here tonight my word is this… God answers prayers, but sometimes we are too blind to see the open road before us and the beautiful water to the right of us. He is saying I’ve opened the road for you to walk, but it is going to take a little faith of walking on the water to get what you are asking of me.
August 25, 2013
There was a powerful move of God tonight at church and of course a battle that tried to hinder. However, I serve a God who is able to make something bad turn into good and to teach His church in the middle of it. I will be going tomorrow morning on a journey that will be a new start to my life. Do I know what it will be? No, but I know my God never lies and He said He is going to do something. Expecting great things and excited to hit the road in the morning! Keep me in your prayers and I will write you tomorrow.