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Th'ot for Thursday

November 15, 2018​

As I awoke this a.m., anticipating the ground to be covered white already – I was kinda’ taken aback that the ground wasn’t even wet!  As many of you know… I’m a big “snow-buff” & am always excited when the smell & color of Fall comes upon us with the chillier air & the sounds of cutting wood fills the sounds of any given Saturday – because I know that Winter is on its way!  And with Winter… comes the beauty & quietness of SNOW!   But this morning was a bit surprising as I awoke to nothing happening… YET!  And that “YET” is the basis of my “Tho’t 4 Thursday” this week.

 

  “YET”… is a word that brings a sense of excitement, expectation & hope – right?  I mean, this morning as I was hurriedly getting additional wood to bring into the house for the fire… I was wondering (excitedly) when the snow/ice would start? I have to admit, the tho’t that maybe “all this stuff would pass by us” was crossing my mind as well.   But… I was still holding out that it would come.  And… IT DID!!!!!!

 

  In our relationship with GOD, we can understand this type of questioning, wonder & surprise as well. Have you ever wondered ‘bout God’s timing?  “Come on GOD, why haven’t answered me yet?” “God, I need an answer now!”  “God, are you hearing me?”  “God, do you even care?”    “God,  now would be the perfect time for you to…”

 

  I can tell you – I’ve asked a few of those questions myself over my lifetime. And, if you’re honest… you have too.  But ‘ya know… aren’t you glad that we don’t have total control over the timing of things? Really!  Think back over times in your life where your timing could have been totally destructive to any of the situations you’ve been in & were wishing God would answer right then. And imagine all of us, with our different preferences in weather, music, art, recreation… how chaotic things would be as we would want what we like?

 

  We as humans have an innate desire to see things done in our timing. A mindset of time, based on this earth – this life. Whereas GOD, is working according to HIS time… that fits HIS plan… for mankind – HIS creation.  

Jesus… to Peter as he was arguing with Jesus about washing his feet:  “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.”  (John 13:7)     

• We can’t see what GOD is doing sometimes, because we can’t see the future & how HE is piecing everything together for HIS work thru us.

 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  (Isaiah 55:8-9)    

• Ummm… who am I, who are you – to think we can plan or even understand life better than the ONE who created you & I… created LIFE itself?

 

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”  (Romans 8:28)

 

What if the snow had never come today?  Was I really gonna’ let myself be upset because it didn’t snow?  I Know it’s silly… but there have been times when I’ve allowed myself to be disappointed that “the storm/the snow” passed us by & we got just rain… or nothing at all. I know… That’s silly!!  

 

How silly can we be about the things that don’t work out our way, or in our timing?  Ya’ see… we’re all kinda’ silly – right?

 

How ‘bout we simply learn to discipline ourselves & trust HIM (isn’t that we as “followers” are to learn)  that HE’s the BEST at planning things, controlling the things like weather, seasons & our life situations?

Or, do we wanna’ just keep on trying to control things in our own way or in our own timing, stress out, “fly off the handle”…  wringing our hands?    Really?   Now that’s what I call being SILLY!

 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,…”  (Galatians 5:22)

 

A Psalm of David. “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...”  (Psalm 23:1-6)

 

“The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.”  (Lamentations 3:25)

 

Learning with you…

 

Pastor Brad