It's all about perspective, I suppose. Today, looking back on yesterday, I can see God's promises never changed. Things are brighter and more hopeful today, but not because circumstances have made them that way, but because I'm viewing them in light of who God is instead of who I am. My statement, "I need" is just as true today, but the difference is a focus on God's provision.
As I'm thinking about all this, I realized a lesson that should still be fresh on my heart. Last Friday, a mission group from Missouri came to lead our staff in worship. Within the first few opening lines, I expected a fire-and-brimstone type of message (mainly due to the drawled accent and vocal inflection characteristic of preaching, pot-stirrers). But, I can say truly the power of that message was something deeper than delivery. Praise God He is gracious with us and promises His Word will never return void.
So, the message focused on Colossians 1:9-12, where Paul prays in earnest for these fellow believers. The pastor summed up how we can pray in the same way with these simple pleas:
verse 9 Lord, help us know what to do (Discernment) verse 10 Lord, help us do what we know (Discipline) verse 11 Lord, help us do it with the power You provide (Dependence) verse 11 Lord, help us keep doing it (Determination) verse 12 Lord, help us do it with joyful thanksgiving! (Delight)
I walked right up to him afterwards and asked if there was a way I could get a transcript of the sermon. Sure enough, the sermon showed up in my email today. I almost deleted it (because his name is a little strange), but when I opened it and saw the kind message and the sermon attached, I knew it was more than him keeping his promise. In my state of need yesterday, I prayed and vented and asked for support.
In God's grace, today He gave provision by way of this sermon, smiling faces, and a light heart.
Today, my word is THANKFUL.
let LOVE fly like cRaZy
this also happened on Friday ...