I don’t usually jump at peoples’ artistic depictions of Jesus but something stood out to me when I saw the above picture.
It’s the message, not the picture itself.
It’s tough to understand God’s way, isn’t it? It’s easier and certainly less messy to settle for second best, simply because we can’t imagine anything better than what we can see and hold in our hands.
But that’s not the way God rolls. There’s this thing called faith.
To be honest, the older I get, the easier it has become to hold everything with open hands. Maybe it’s because I’m just too tired to hold on tightly but hopefully, it’s because I’m growing in wisdom.
Time and time again, I have seen God provide in a “bigger” way than I could ever ask or imagine. My perspective is so finite. My plans are so limited. My fears are so magnified as they filter through a sieve of “What ifs” and “Yah, buts.”
For the past few weeks, I have been praying and thinking through a Missions opportunity that has been presented to me. Through the process, I realized that I have become a bit too comfortable in my home on the water, managing my schedule, writing, blogging, tutoring, meeting with women and neatly colour-coding my commitments in my calendar. However, I still managed to come up with a handful of reasons why I couldn’t go. When I discussed the situation with my husband, Chris just looked at me and said, “Really, Diane? You can’t trust God with those concerns?” A few days later, a wise friend lovingly challenged me and said, “The question isn’t, ‘Can I do all this?’ The question is, ‘Lord, who are You asking me to be?’
It’s not the “doing” that honours God. It’s the “being” . . . the resting and trusting in Him. It’s about intimacy with Jesus.
I do not want to hold onto comfort in this world. This is not my goal.
I trust God with my life.
I have committed to a 23-day missions trip to Africa in May 2016 and yes, it’s scary. This morning, as I began to focus on my inadequacy and fears, I was reminded that “He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe. (Proverbs 28.26)
I thought my missions days were over BUT GOD…
. . . and the adventure begins.
But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” Psalm 31.14