Monday, February 17, 2014

The Best Answer to All our "Why's"

Remember the time(s) when you were little, and you didn’t get what you wanted?

You’d whine and whine, and ask ‘why.’ (Maybe I’m the only one who did that?)

And the only answer you’d get was, “Because I said so.”

Or this one, which was worse: “Because I’m the Mom.”

I’m wading through the pages of Leviticus right now. Over fifty times in this book, God gives one reason for all the things they were to do and not to do: “I am the LORD your God.”

He was their God; they were to obey because He said so.

That was the only reason they were given.

But that reason was supposed to be enough.

When my mom said I couldn’t have something simply because she said so, and because she was “the Mom,” I had to go on with life. That meant “no more questions” and “don’t ask again.”  My part was to obey and accept that she knew the bigger reason.

I didn’t like being told “no.”
I didn’t like not having what I wanted or having to do what I didn’t want to do.
I didn’t like that she wasn’t telling me the real reason.

But if I had been “the Mom,” I’m pretty sure I would have said the same thing to myself. I would have made the same restrictions or told myself to do whatever it was she was wanting me to do.

But, at the time, just knowing she was “Mom” was supposed to be reason enough.

If you or I were God, and if we had the perspective He has, I’m pretty sure we would be orchestrating the world and our particular lives the way He does.

Because life isn’t about what we want or don’t want.

There’s a bigger picture. There’s a bigger reason behind our "why's" that we couldn't comprehend.

Our lives are being orchestrated by the One who says: “I am the LORD your God.”

“Walk this way,” He tells us. 

“Because I said so.”  

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, 
neither are your ways my ways, said the LORD.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, 
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8,9)

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Monday, February 10, 2014

More Valuable

I sit here looking out at a white-covered world and ice-laden tree branches.

It’s beautiful.

And life has stopped for its beauty. 

A hummingbird tries to pierce its beak into the red wall of ice that fills the feeder.

It tries in vain and lands on a branch to rest.

Will he survive this storm?

“Your heavenly Father feeds them,” I remembered (Matt. 6:26).

Hummingbirds, sparrows, chickadees, and all the other creatures are somehow finding their way in this frozen world.

Because our heavenly Father is feeding them . . . somewhere . . .somehow.

I know, because hours later, when the snow melted, that hummingbird came back.

“Are you not of more value than they?” Jesus asked (Matt. 6:26).

So do not fear.

“Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask” (Matt. 6:8).
“Your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things” (Matt. 6:31).

We are of more value to Him than many of the creatures He cared for today.

How much more will your Father 
who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him” (Matt. 6:11).

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sit Awhile

A missionary was working tirelessly on the translation of the Scriptures into another language. 

He lived and worked among this tribe, learning their language and attempting to give them a translation of God’s Word that was true to the text and understandable to his readers.

But he agonized over which word to use for a very important concept: FAITH.

As he was praying and searching the language of the people he loved, one of the tribal members came for a visit.

He welcomed himself into the room, plopped down in the chair across from the missionary, and gave a sigh of relief. He was tired and completely drained from his day’s work.

As he sighed, he breathed out a word that meant he was placing his whole weight on that chair out of utter exhaustion.

Immediately, the missionary knew he had found the right word for ‘faith.’

Faith is emptying ourselves of our own ability and strength, and leaning our full weight on Someone Else.  Tired of trying and working and toiling and fretting, faith is resting completely on Another.

When life becomes too overwhelming . . . sit awhile.

Entrust all your weight—yourself and the burdens on your shoulder—to the One who can handle it all.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart,
and lean not unto thine own understanding. (Prov. 3:5)

[The first person to leave a comment identifying where this picture was taken wins a free [sorry . . . but gently used :-)] copy of "The God of All Comfort," by Hannah Whitall Smith.]