Friday, June 17, 2011

Where Will You 'See' God - Part 2

Being in jail is one of the loneliest places to find yourself.
When I was there I began to doubt everything and everyone,
except God.
 
You can read more of my back-story anytime,
but let me set up today's idea now:
How our perspective makes all the difference,
in whether we will see God at work in our lives.

On the day I learned that both of my victims would fully recover
from the drunk-driving accident I had caused,
I felt blessed.
And when I learned the details of the collision,
how my car struck the rear right-corner panel,
pushing their car off the road
and into a metal light pole,
which then came crashing down onto the roof
but splitting the cabin perfectly so neither were hit
I was driven to my knees again,
realizing God had been in that moment,
protecting both my victims and me.

The difference - perspective.

Some will see my situation as unfortunate,
a mistake,
a legal blunder in a state where the laws seem harsh.
But here is the truth,
I had been ignoring God.
I had been telling Him that I knew best.
So I lived My way,
as if there had been nothing from God.
But the truth was that I was running from Him,
like Jonah, I didn’t like what He told me.

The same may be true for you.

What will it take for God to get Your attention?
Because He IS speaking to you.
In the minor details of the day.
In the smile of a stranger.
In the kind words of an elderly neighbor.
And in the instances that seem too simple to matter.

Will You stop and recognize them?

11 The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD,
for the LORD is about to pass by.”
 Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD,
but the LORD was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake,
but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
 12 After the earthquake came a fire,
but the LORD was not in the fire.
And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
I Kings 19:11-12 NIV

Will it take an earthquake for you to stop and listen?
Perhaps it is time to sit still and be quiet.
Prepare the soil of your heart to receive His word
by removing the interfering obstacles
so Jesus can take root and grow.

 

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