Sunday, August 18, 2013

Patience in Plot Development

Currently one of Jeremy and I's favorite past time is to lay on the couch at the end of a long day and get engrossed in a T.V. series that will help us not focus on the days events. We have recently been watching the Sci-Fi channel series "Warehouse 13", a suspenseful, creative and fun hour long adventure that is about undercover government workers whose job is to find dangerous old artifacts and put them in a secret warehouse. As one of the characters in the show said, it's "the scariest Antique Road Show ever."

On more than one occasion while watching this T.V. show with Jeremy ( or any T.V show or movie with an unfolding plot) I always felt like I was missing something. "Who is that? When did she say that? What is he doing?" are common things that poor Jeremy has to hear. I am often answered with "Sarah, nobody knows that answer yet! It hasn't been revealed yet." or right as I am asking the questions in fear of missing out on something important, they reveal the answer. And often times, my sweet, wonderfully patient man has to pause the program and tell me what they said. ( yes, he really is a keeper.)

One of the gifts and challenges of being in a relationship is that there are things revealed about you that you never really realized before. It wasn't until I started watching sci-fi shows with Jeremy that I realized how impatient I am for things to develop. However, it should be noted that it isn't waiting for the answer that is the hardest part for me; it's the fear that I'm going to miss it when it comes.

Do you struggle with that? Do you struggle with thinking that you are going to miss something important? Sometimes I wonder if I'm just too distracted with life, people, events, thoughts that the important things that I need to know or experience pass me by. As hard of a lesson that it is to learn, this concept gives a new dimension to the classic and truer than life phrase "Gods timing is perfect." I would like to take the liberty of adding a little bit more to that phrase, so that it looks like this "Gods timing is perfect and when you are in tune with His Holy Spirit, it can't be missed."

I feel that way about church sermons. Some Sundays it is so hard to pay attention to the entire sermon. My mind just drifts off to a million different places or I'm trying to keep myself from falling asleep. But more often than not, there is at least one phrase or key point that I really heard. Not just with my ears, but I heard it with my heart. When we have willing hearts and are attuned to the Holy Spirit, we won't miss a thing.

Galatians 5:25 says "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." Keeping "in step" with the Holy Spirit requires a willingness of the heart. Add a little bit of grace and we won't miss anything important.  "But He said to me "my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9.

To God be the glory that I may use my weaknesses to emphasize His abilities. I pray that you may be able to do the same as you wait for God to unveil every scene of His will for your life.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Do and Surrender

  I love the fact that once I write what is on my heart, I have no 100% assurance of who ends up reading my posts. Although I don't get many comments, I take heart in the fact that the link to my blog is being copied and pasted, printed out, or being put in a "favorites" folder on their personal P.C.

 If you are a regular follower of my blog, you will find that a common thread in the tapestry of my thoughts is the concept of surrendering to God. Recently I have been learning that on some new levels, which reminds me of the fact that the concept of surrendering to Christ is always changing depending on what season of life I am in. Just when I think that I've mastered this concept, God allows me to go to a different level, adding a new dimension to this journey.

 The dimension that God has brought this time around is he concept of do and surrender. There are times where something happens and we must surrender, but we must not forget the importance of doing what is in front of us and surrendering those results to our heavenly Father. The image that comes to my mind is the severely overweight woman who has surrendered every aspect of her health and well being to God. She knows she needs to make a change, so she goes to the gym: the "next right thing. She is surrendering to God all of the possible results, experiences and pain that she is going to experience. But before she surrenders, she must do.

I have been writing on this blog for about five years now, and through the years the Lord has developed some ideas and desires and has clearly told me that I need to continue writing and pursue other avenues for this ministry. I have been trying to work on a book, but don't even really know where to begin. I have edited and re-edited this blog in search of material and hopefully a pattern or a theme of which I can write on, but nothing has surfaced quite yet. But God made something very clear to me: keep writing. It doesn't matter if you don't know what to do next, just keep writing. Leave the rest up to me.

Some of you are aware of the fact that I had been working at a retirement community as one of my part time jobs. In accordance with Gods will, I am no longer at that job. I am at complete peace with this, as I know it was part of the journey and not the destination. One of my responsibilities at that job was to write a newsletter for the residents in that community. Among the marketing for activities, helpful tips, Bible verses and riddles, I wrote a regular column called "Encouragement Corner" in which I took a concept that the Lord had laid on my heart that was pertinent to them and wrote about it. I had received several compliments from the residents, but it wasn't until I had one of them tell me that they cut it out and put it in "get well" cards for people that they visit in the hospital that it really hit me. All I need to do is write. I have no idea where it will go, who will be encouraged and most of all, who may be led to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

Friends, what is God calling you to do and surrender? What is the "next right thing" that He is laying in your path? Do not allow the fact that you cannot control the results to prevent you from doing it in the first place. Fear so easily entangles and holds our feet and hearts to the ground. When we surrender our actions to Christ, there is no telling what He can do through you.