Jack is continually trying to understand all of God’s characteristics and somehow make sense of it in his almost 4 year old mind. It keeps us on our toes and keeps us laughing too. This morning we were talking about the sunshine and the clouds and he was wondering how we could get the clouds to go away. We were all throwing out different answers like the wind and such… and then he says, “could the angels do it?” to which we answered “well….yes” and then he said with mucho confidence “God…God could do it…..He has three hands. He is like an octopus!” Ben looked at me and said, “God DOES have three hands – Father, Son and Holy Spirit” And if you think about it, the things that God can accomplish in a single moment probably does look like and octupus. He is like the head and we are the tentacles. He sends us a message and we do what He asks. That is why it is so important for us to be obedient to the things He is showing us to do. It will probably be different than the other tentacles (could you imagine the tentacles of an octupus all comparing their job to eachother and trying to do the same thing?), but they all work together to get the job done (insert Bob the Builder theme song). Just think of all the things we could accomplish with one or two more hands….dishes, laundry, lunch and dinner…I could go on, but you get the idea.
The more hands God has, the more He can accomplish, unless the hands are not working…..then they are just dead weight. You know the feeling when you wake up and your arm is asleep and you have to use your other arm and hand to move it around until it wakes up and is able to function on its own. How many of God’s hands are occupied with waking the other arms up right now? Yes, it is important to wake each other up, but at some point we need to stop falling asleep and realize that God needs us to be ready, willing and obedient to accomplish His purpose and what He has set out to do on the earth!
Ephesians 5:13-17 “But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
I have been hearing it everywhere. This topic of miracles taking place in everyday life. Yes, I have seen it happen before, but do I realize how much it happens every day? I don’t think so. I am doing a Beth Moore study on the book of Esther and that is one of the first things that she points out. Esther is a book where God worked through history and natural circumstances to bring about a miracle and make sure that His will was done in the earth. Did everyone know that was a miracle? Probably not. I mean it wasn’t like the Red Sea parting or water turning into wine, but a poor orphan raised by a single Jewish man becoming the Queen of Persia and saving her people from death – that’s a miracle if you ask me!! We will always need miracles that shock our socks off, but we can’t just sit around and say God isn’t there if manna doesn’t fall from the sky. We need to realize that He is always there. He never leaves us or forsakes us and He wants to do miracles in and through us and the people around us every day. A relationship restored, someone edging your yard for you, leaving an addiction behind, having joy through a crisis, having peace through uncertain times….all miracles. I mean even the folks from Charlotte’s Web get it. Stick with me for a minute. Remember the scene when Charlotte the spider spins the first web that reads, “some pig”. The script goes as follows, “we have received a sign – we have a very unusual pig,” “seems to me you are a little off. Seems to me we have no ordinary spider.” “No, it’s just an common gray spider…see, it’s sitting right there.” “It’s a miracle!!” “We must share this with our friends.” When miracles come through common things, God is working this way for a reason. He wants us to recognize it, be thankful and share it with our friends which builds faith in Him and helps us to look for these little miracles in our lives every day. The domino affect is that we will turn our focus to God as the One who brings good things to our lives instead of just marking it up to another coincidence. God really is good all the time and all the time, He is GOOD!
This morning as we were putting our beautiful boxer in his kennel, Jack looked at me and said, “Mom, what does Duke’s love look like?” He answered himself by saying, “Does he give us kisses and hugs and stuff…is that what his love looks like?”
So….that’s it. That is the question of the day. What does your love look like? What does my love look like? God, help us to show love with actions and not just words. Show me how to love the people around me even if I never leave the house today (aka – my family).
My almost 4 year old has a new fascination with animals. He has been addicted the game Animal Genius on his leapster. He would rather win a new animal than watch a show, which I think is great. Anyway, while we were on a walk today he said to me, “mom, we need to keep a frog in the kitchen.” after asking why, Jack explained “Well, if we keep a frog in the kitchen then when a fly comes in our house the frog will stick his tongue out and eat it so we won’t have flies inside anymore.” Pretty smart, eehh? What a problem solver!! The Lesson: We have got to keep our armor on at all times, so when something comes in our homes or our lives that should not be there we will be ready, notice it for what it is and immediately get rid of it, so we don’t get licked!
Ephesians 6:11-18 “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
My husband is wonderful! One thing that I love about him is that he enjoys cooking, especially that first meal of the day when I am not fully awake. This morning he decided to make a wonderful egg, cheese, ham and vegetable casserole. He pulled it out of the oven and it looked and smelled wonderful. He cut into one side…perfect, but when he cut into the other side it was runny and something he said really stuck out to me. He decided that it was not quite ready because it had “pockets of undoneness” and then put it back in the oven to cook longer. I think sometimes we feel like we are getting overcooked in a situation and that God is leaving us in the oven to long, but maybe it is because we have pockets of undoneness and are not fully ready to serve.
James 1:2 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Yes, this is a direct quote from my 3 year old who has made a habit of talking to God while sitting on the potty (-: When I first heard him say it, I thought it was so cute. However, throughout the day I was thinking about it more and more and realized that it goes so much deeper. Ben and I have been crying out for the same thing, along with several friends that have sat across from us and said, “We want more!” God is moving on our hearts to dig deeper, to be filled, to seek Him out, to see Him move with our own eyes, to just know Him more, because there is always more of God!
Jeremiah 29:12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.