Monday, January 29, 2007

This Causes That

My son spent last week in Florida visiting my parents. On Saturday, my dad, mom, and brother took him to the airport to catch his flight home. I called their cell phone as they were driving home. (Don’t worry…they put the phone on speaker and the driver didn’t hold the phone.) During this conversation, my dad let me know that my mom has been diagnosed with diabetes. Not so good news. Not a surprise as it runs in my family but considering how much my family loves to eat, diabetes is not a welcome guest.

Later that evening, my husband and I picked up our son at the airport here. As we were driving home, I noticed I had a voicemail message on my cell. I listened and this is what I heard: “Hey baby. It’s Dad. I just wanted to make sure the boy made it home. And I wanted to let you know that Mom is taking me to the emergency room. My heart is acting up again.” They wound up admitting him and scheduling him for a heart cath to see what is causing his irregular heart beat.

So there is only one conclusion you can make from the above…Taking someone to, or picking someone up, from the airport will bring bad news about someone’s health.

What? You don’t agree with that conclusion? Why not?

Silly, I know.

Have you ever made that kind of leap with something in your spiritual life? Have you stepped out to do something new you felt our Loving Lord leading you to do only to encounter some unrelated negativity and immediately presumed that you should stop the new activity because “if this negative thing happened then He must not want me to do that positive thing”?

If this is a bit confusing today, allow me to illustrate differently. Perhaps you start teaching a children’s Bible study class at your church. Then a few weeks later, a storm creates an electrical surge and causes you to lose all the major appliances in your home. Now you need extra income to replace several thousands of dollars worth of ‘things’. Do you immediately think “I’ll have to get second job and will probably have to work on Sundays and not be able to teach that class. Our Loving Lord must not want me teaching that class. I must not be any good at it”?

Consider this instead…He is trusting you to teach and train His precious children. He needs you to trust Him in His provisions for your life. He needs to strengthen YOU. He wants you to seek HIS provision in replacing the NEEDS you have in those appliances. So you continue in the good work you are doing in teaching and you, with His help, find another way to replace the appliances either by buying used or by working some evenings through the week.

Will you take time to focus on what our Loving Lord is teaching you in both situations instead of automatically associating the challenge that He can use to grow you with the obedience steps you are already taking?

Proverbs 12:11 (The Message) The one who stays on the job has food on the table; the witless chase whims and fancies.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

On The Scent...or The Real Thing

I just got home from spoiling myself! I went to get my haircut and I got a massage while I was there. The massage therapist use some scented oils during the massage. When I left the salon, I put on my jacket and came home. When I got home, I laid my jacket on the couch.

Soon after, Tiger, our boy cat came in and jumped up on the couch and started sniffing my jacket. He sniffed and nuzzled into the jacket. Based on what he smelled he was trying to get as close to the source of the scent as possible.

I said to him, “Tiger! I’m right here. I’m the real thing. Come see me. Over there you are just following the scent. Over here you get to be with the real thing.”

He, of course, ignored me.

Then, Tigger, our girl cat, came by and distracted him. He left the jacket and followed this new distraction.

After a bit, he came back. Back to the jacket at first, then, since that didn’t satisfy him, he made his way over to my chair. At first he just sat there and stared up at me. I invited him to jump into my lap. He hesitated. I reached out my arm to help him and since he was ready, he came into my lap and stayed for a while. He was right where he set out to be…in the lap of the ‘real thing’.

Where are you today? Are you where Tiger started out? Are you ‘sniffing’ around the life and love our Lord offers? Are you hanging out with true believers hoping that some of what they have will rub off on you? Are you hanging out with just the ‘scent’ of our Loving Lord?


Have you sniffed around, got your curiosity up regarding the Christian life, only to have a distraction enter your life and lure you away from our Loving Lord?


Are you cuddled up in His lap? Have you accepted His offer to climb on up? Are you experiencing His peace as you rest in His hands as they guide you moment by moment, day by day?

Are you going to settle for the scent….or will you drink in the Real Thing?

Colossians 2:17 (Amplified Bible) Such [things] are only the shadow of things that are to come, and they have only a symbolic value. But the reality (the substance, the solid fact of what is foreshadowed, the body of it) belongs to Christ.