Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hidden Treasures

"Lord, all my desire is before You; and my sighing is not hidden from You."
Psalms 38:9

"Look Dad!" my grandson said to his father as we were sight-seeing in the city. My grandson had found under a tree, almost blending in with the dirt and grass, a piece of Lego! Now grant it there were hundreds of people passing by this very spot (as it was some kind of festival going on in the park), but his eyes somehow zeroed in on this small piece of plastic just lying there. He grabbed it up and as he and his father were inspecting it, I was wondering what kind of germs were on it! After inspection it was decided, he had indeed found a treasure...something of value to him, something that he could use in his collection of many, many, many pieces of Lego.

To me, not a Lego enthusiast, and to others passing by that very spot that day, it seemed to be an insignificant piece of plastic , if they even saw it at all. But to him, a very smart and bright kid with engineer tendencies (Am I bragging or what?), he had found something that he could use with his talent.

For the last few years, my heart has been yearning to really find my purpose in life. Like the scripture says above, I have laid my desire before the Lord and He is probably tired of hearing me sighing in my discontent. I'm not discontent with life, I am very grateful, but I do not want to miss God's Purpose. I have been blessed to have experienced some awesome things in this life, things that I loved doing; working with inmates, the elderly, children and music, which I did for years. But there comes a time when you just know there is something else you have to do...for Him.

Part of my answer came one morning several years back when the Lord impressed on me that it is not all about how many things you are involved in, but it is about "being" what He has called us to be. Each of us have our own personality and in the rough we're not much to speak of, but when we surrender ourselves to Him, He has a way of knocking off the rough edges and still using our personalities in this world to help other people.

It annoys me sometimes when I hear people go on and on about what organizations they belong to and how busy they are going here and there with this group or that; but when I look at their lives I wonder do they have love and true concern for people. Do they take the time to really listen and care for the hurting, which is what Jesus did.

In me, in you, there are hidden treasures, hidden talents that God wants to use for His glory. Then why are they hidden you may ask. I believe because He wants us to seek His desires for our lives and the delight when we find them! You should have seen the look on my grandson's face when he found that piece of Lego!

We have some clues as to what our talents are; our interests and natural abilities, but we must totally seek God's will and direction as to what our true purpose is...you may be suprised!

Last night my grandson came to me with some of his Lego "creations". I am always amazed at how he can even build these things! But as I was inspecting and oooohing and aahing over them, I saw it! The piece of Lego that he had found was the base for a super deluxe Space vehicle! Wow!
I would have never...! But to him it was of great use and value!

Today may we seek God to show us our true purpose, we all have hidden treasures within us that are of great value and use to the Master.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Our Father's Eyes...


But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love. Psalms 33:18

Yesterday after being stuck at home waiting for a repairman, I clicked on the TV. It was rare for me to be at home that time of day so to pass the time I decided to take a look at what daytime TV had to offer. Flipping down the TV guide my eyes spotted “The Baby Story”. Hmmm I have not seen that in a while and I love watching those sweet little babies coming into the world. A sure pick me up on a sort of “down in the dumps” day.

As I watched the show and listened to the interviews with the mother and father about the pregnancy, it gave background on both sides of the family (I love that kind of stuff). They also introduced their first born son who is as cute as a button and already knew that a new baby brother was sleeping in mommy’s tummy. What a nice family and what joy I began to feel just watching them prepare for the baby to come.

As the show moves to the delivery scene I always get a little teary eyed and nervous (I know, I know, it’s all pre –recorded) but I can’t help it if I get so into it. The Doctor is so cool, he’s Jewish and wears his yarmulke proudly and even uses words like God and blessing! Wow what a great doctor they have! He is very patient and comforting as he delivers a healthy, 8 pound baby boy!

Now here comes the point I’m trying to get to…when the nurse lay the baby on the table, the father comes over to get a closer look at his son. Amid all the hustle and bustle in the delivery room, it seems like it is just that daddy and his newborn son. He looks over the baby, who is sprawled out in all his nakedness, freshly born with some of the muck still on him and he’s crying at the top of his little lungs. And the daddy just looks at him with such love in his eyes. He looks at that helpless little baby with such tenderness and deep love and his eyes say it all. His eyes, to best of his human capacity were saying “Son, I love you and I’m here to be for you all that you need.”

Through the tears in my eyes I watched this and the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart, “That is how I look at you”.

And all at once I could comprehend it, God our Father looks at us through Jesus’ eyes with such love and compassion. Even when we are naked before him, in all our muck and gunk, He looks at us with such love and compassion. Even in our helplessness, His eyes look at us with the yearning to be all that we need.

Thank you Lord for your compassion and love, thank you for loving us beyond even what we in our finite minds can only comprehend. Thank you for your eyes of love that are watching over us…Amen

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Change...


But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.
Corinthians 3:16-18

Change…is a good thing. But why do so many of us fight and resist it? You can hear it in the grumbles and murmurs of people when you change something as simple as the aisles in the grocery store. “Aisle 2 has ALWAYS been soups and snacks, now why in heaven’s name did they change it?” And God forbid don’t change the parking spaces at work, it’s an all out war. “I’ve been parking in that space for 10 years grrrrr…” Never mind that the CHANGE is so that there can be better parking spaces for everyone. Human nature is crazy and at times nuts! And if I wasn’t a human I’d…
Okay, here’s another one, at the gym where I’m a member, about once a week the machines are repositioned in the circle. Now all the members know this, but that does not stop them from complaining. “Why do they keep moving these dang machines? Just when I was getting used to that hard one being the fifth one (insert lots of whining here). The whole while they are complaining the reason that was explained to us is totally forgotten. The reason being that, now get this, if you continue to do the same routine every day, your body gets accustomed to the process and the exercise will become ineffective. So the routine has to be CHANGED often to stimulate the body to react to the exercise! Got it?
The Spirit whispered the word “Change” to me one morning as I was waiting in His presence. One thing I have learned over the past years; God is a Big God, but He also works in small things. What do I mean by that? So many times we hear messages about how a great move is coming and how these great big revivals are going to break loose…well guess what? God is more interested in little ‘ol YOU. He works in individuals. He knows that if He can get you and I straightened out, all the other stuff will come. He wants to change us to be more like Him. If we can become more like Him, then the revival will come. If we will allow Him to change us to be more like Him then the “Breakthrough” will come.
In 2 Corinthians 3 Paul talks about how Moses covered his face so the people could not see the glory, after he had been with God on the Mount, but Paul says that when we come to Christ we must take off the veil and reflect the Glory of Christ. And the more we reflect Him, the more He wants to change us to be more and more like Him. Because the more we are like Him, the more we can CHANGE the world!
Change is good, but not always easy. God may allow or bring some things in your life that may be uncomfortable and you may not understand right away. You may be misunderstood and you may have to come out of your comfort zone. You may even lose some friends. But if you have a heart to follow wholly and solely after Him, He has promised to lead and guide you into all truth.
What has the Lord been speaking to you lately? Has He been leading you to get out of your comfort zone? Has He been leading you to let go of some things that have been with you for years? Has He been whispering to you that it is time for CHANGE?
Remember “if you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.” If you let go in obedience to the Lord’s direction, He WILL be there to take your hand.
Follow HIM…