WHY

Why is probably one of the most asked questions. Many times, it’s followed by specific details like, “Why does God allow bad things to happen?” “Why couldn’t I be born taller, smarter, funnier” or whatever else we can imagine.

I think the question why comes from a place within us where we need to understand things. It soothes our reasoning. If we arrive at point B, we want to know how we got there. Knowing makes it better – comforts us somehow.

Yet, in our walk with God, we’re often not given the reason for why. Yet we are called to trust. That’s what faith is, right? Trusting. Not fully understanding but being confident that God is God and He will do what is right.

This Five-Minute-Friday prompt word WHY goes right along with the story I have been working on this week. Contained within the story is an example from my own life of a time I was tempted to ask why. Why does God choose to allow one person to die and spare another?

I find in this question though, a sort of discontentment. A frustration. It points to a place within us that says, “This is not how it should be! This isn’t right. Things should have gone differently.”

Yet, can the clay say to the potter that he hasn’t shaped things correctly or used the right tools in the right way? No, the potter is in control.

But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand. ~Isaiah 64:8

The clay belongs to the potter. It is His to use any way He wants. As clay, we simply must trust that the potter is in the process of creating a work of art.

Next time you are tempted to ask, why, remind yourself that He is making a masterpiece from all creation. We may not see the full picture until we reach Heaven’s gates, but we will see it one day. For now, keep trusting. Believing. Allowing His molding touch in your life.

Song Share: Masterpiece, by Danny Gokey

 

Smiles that Crush

Last night, as I scrolled through FB. I saw an image whirling past that caught my attention.”I recognize those faces,” I thought. So, I slowed my scroll to a stop.

Pictured were two young men (brothers) holding their small children on their shoulders. A couple faces looked directly at the camera, others were drawn to the side. One thing they had in common was that they all held beautiful expressions that conveyed their joy in the moment. It was a candid family picture chalked full of smiles. Continue reading “Smiles that Crush”

Surrender

“This is it,” she thinks. “This is the moment I’m going to die.”

She’s tired. More tired than she’s ever been in her life. Every muscle aches from struggling to fight the current. It’s a fight she is beginning to lose. As she tries to rest her muscles for two seconds, she takes in water. Her muscles involuntarily jump into action despite her exhaustion. She chokes and gasps for air. Continue reading “Surrender”

Intentional

As I stare at my blank page this morning, thoughts circle through my mind about today’s writing prompt – intentional. Can I confess that I’m having to muster all the intention I can to not go back to bed? Ugh! Yet, doing so would essentially be ignoring the message God has been speaking to me.

When God speaks something to us, we do well to listen. Continue reading “Intentional”

Wait

Wait is a difficult word for me. It doesn’t matter if the situation is good or bad. I just can’t seem to stand it. When a problem arises in my life, I want God to hurry up and rescue me. I squirm under the pressure. If heavy enough, I feel a lack of oxygen – CAN’T BREATH! Ugh! Continue reading “Wait”

How’s Your Heart

As we kick off 2018, I have to ask, “How’s your heart?”

Lately, I have been reading about Israel’s last judge, Samuel. He sat as judge during a time of transition. Israel decided it no longer wanted a judge (really God) to rule over them. Rather, they wanted a king. It was Samuel’s job to find and anoint the new king.

The first king God chose for Israel was “an impressive young man without equal among the Israelites – a head taller than any of the others” (1 Samuel 9:2). His name was Saul. For a time, God’s favor was with him and paved the way for Saul to have a good reputation among the people. God, also, helped Saul have success over Israel’s enemy of that day, the Philistines. Yet, before too long, Saul was told that the kingdom would be torn from his hands – that God had rejected him as king (1 Samuel 15:26).

Time for Samuel to go find the next king.

God leads Samuel to the home of a man named Jesse. It would be one of his many sons who would next take the throne. Samuel sees Eliab and thinks to himself, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord” (1 Samuel 16:6).

Saul had been an impressive looking man – a man’s man, so to speak. So, there must have been something very impressive and masculine about Eliab, as well. Samuel saw in him something that would be attractive to the people. However, God quickly halted Samuel in his flawed thinking.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” ~1 Samuel 16:7

Saul was someone who, when judged by appearances, would be a strong leader for Israel. Yet, look where that ended up. The kingdom was ripped from his hands because of his disobedience and his pride (1 Samuel 15:22-23). God wanted something a little different this time.

So, Jesse’s sons are all brought before Samuel. Not one of them was chosen. Finally, David is brought in from the fields. The youngest,  according to their culture would be last in line for inheritance or anything significant.  Yet, this would be the one. By appearance and custom, this would not be the natural choice. Yet, God chose him. God saw what they couldn’t see. He saw someone who’s heart was devoted to him.

I’m so thankful that He judges us by our hearts, rather than our ability. Well, at least most of the time. Let’s face it. Sometimes, my heart is a little off base. Occasionally, I need an attitude adjustment. Can I get an “Amen?” Are you with me on this?

Even though our hearts are not yet perfect, I know that God will keep working in us to change them into His image. How do I know that? Simple – it’s in His word . . .

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 1:6

So, as you make resolutions to better yourself on this New Year’s Day, I encourage you to focus on what really matters – the heart. Turn your hearts towards Him and what He wants! You WILL be blessed!

Song Share: What you Want – Tenth Avenue North

With Us

This time of year, we celebrate the birth of a child who was like no other. It’s a time when we rejoice over a babe who was God in flesh. Yes, this child was different. He would be called, Emmanuel – God with us (Matthew 1:23). Continue reading “With Us”

Different

I have always been attracted to unusual. The different. It seems there is this pattern my heart follows. I find something that amuses or interests me, I cherish it, then soak in the joy of it, only to lose interest when its popularity grows. Once everyone wants it, I’m so over it. Continue reading “Different”