I know this is something that we have all shared about before but I have really been pondering this lately. Dickie Jones, our Sunday school teacher, has taught a few lessons on this topic for the last couple of weeks and it got me to thinking. I do think we should share our stories with each other, sometimes our failures are much easier to share because who wants to sound “braggy” with our successes? As a body of believers, we should be there to build up each other in failures and also celebrate our victories. How will we know what’s going on if we don’t “post it”, “pin it”, or “pass it on”? It’s all about making connections just as Jesus did when He shared His stories and parables. So, if we are to be like Jesus… it’s all about our relationships and making connections with other people. The Lord has blessed each of us with a story to tell; He gives us all different experiences to share. Then when we go out, like the disciples, we try to make our connections. We glean something from each story that is shared and then we pass that on to someone else. All of this to build our Christ community and to be His hands, feet, and voice to everyone we meet.
“All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” –Psalms 139:16
My husband, Greg, and I were attending a formal event on Saturday night just a few weeks ago. I had my phone with me just in case we got word from our son that our first grandbaby was on her way. We had been at the event an hour or so before I checked my phone … nothing. Just before dessert came I excused myself to the restroom. As I started washing my hands, my other son’s unique ring started. I had turned the volume up full blast so I could hear it over the sounds in the other room, and was it loud! So after every person’s relaxing moment was destroyed, I answered the phone with a chuckle.
“So, what are ya’ll doing?” He asked me.
“Uhhh, we are waiting for dessert then I think we are going home for an early night.”
“Have you talked to Brendan?”
“Well, no. Why?”
“I think you need to call him.”
“They are at the hospital and are preparing to induce. They’ve been there about an hour.”
Oswald Chambers wrote, “When God brings the blank space, see that you do not fill it, but wait.”
How very difficult that is for me. How very, very uncomfortable I find that blank space. I tend to act on impulse. I believe God is calling me to something, and instead of waiting and bathing it in prayer, I jump to it. Often, things do not go well when I respond this way.
I am beginning to understand that there is much to be learned in the blank space. I think God does some of His greatest work in my life when I sit still and wait for His timing.
We recently had a few friends over for the holidays. The house was decorated and my husband wanted to cook so we invited a few people over for dinner. Everything was very last minute, nothing really planned. Most of the guests who came were called the day of the dinner party. We used paper everything - please don’t tell my mom! I didn’t even have a dessert ready; we just ate the delicious treats that our guests graciously brought. Truth be known, I did not even vacuum or sweep the floors (gasp!) and guess what, despite the lack of planning or cleaning we had a great time. We enjoyed visiting and fellowshipping with our friends and not one of them minded the unswept floors or the last minute invitations, or if they did they were too sweet to say anything. I love my friends!
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