Leap of Faith {blind sight}


Stumbled upon this Youtube video of a Seventh Day Adventist summer camp for blind and vision impaired children.  The name of it is David’s Leap.  The video is eleven minutes long.  It is well done, and David is delightful.  The camp is run by Christian Record Services.

Personally the video teaches life lessons for the sighted as well.  Would we not benefit from being put into the position of blind faith more often in our sighted lives?

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Going Out On a Limb {Trusting God}


{photos taken in 2010 on my first trip to San Diego, of trees in the Botanical Garden}

Flying by the seat of your pants might be a better way to put it.  For the past two weeks my body has been battling with whatever is causing this massive congestion.  I only say this to put things in perspective.  What might have been an ordinary two weeks, has been a very difficult time, owing to the fact that my body is working overtime trying to keep up.

You know what I mean.  We might as well be trying to swim upstream with our hands tied behind our backs!  Things only appear to be getting worse, instead of better.  And then one begins to question the ‘sanity’ of God in all of this.

But we know that God does not work in the way we anticipate.  He does not usually remove the circumstance.  He wants us to trust Him to bring us through it.  He wants to receive the glory in every aspect of life, no matter how common or ordinary.

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And so I asked Him yesterday how He could possibly get the glory in my trusting Him in my own heart, when no one else can see.  It is not for me to understand.  Only to trust.  He did not remove the circumstance.  He is in it with me.  He knows what is best.  He loves me more than I can know.  He will use whatever He allows to happen for His own glory in ways that are beyond my understanding.

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So often while I am driving the bus I see things I would love to capture with the camera lens.  This week I saw a series of shots, in front yards and farm yards and fields, which depict our way of life.  It is important to focus on who we are, particularly in times of uncertainty on a higher than local level, which tends to dribble down to where we are.

Following current events can blur our sense of ourselves as a people, both as a country and as believers in Almighty God.  Focusing on that which is central to our being, such as God’s Word, God’s creation, people, and the creative expressions of people, is particularly important in such times.

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At one point during this week, after I had been yelled at and sworn at by a bus parent, I kept thinking about Jesus’ suffering during His mock trial and persecution.  I can’t say that it made me feel any better about getting yelled at, but it did put things into perspective.  It didn’t minimize how I felt, but it made me think about how Jesus felt.  If I had felt better physically this might not have had such an impact on me, and I might have missed the spiritual lesson.

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I also have been thinking about how we girls have learned to be strong in our culture.  How self-reliant and independent our spirits have become, much to our spiritual loss.  Historically I have believed that God wants me to do as much as I am able and then turn to Him for help.  Today I am not so sure.

Wouldn’t it be more childlike of our faith to come to Him first?  To come helplessly and hopelessly to Almighty God for wisdom and strength and provision in our need?  Do we bring all of these cares upon ourselves by our ability to care for ourselves without asking for help?

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I read somewhere that God wants us to come to the place of overwhelmedness.  That only when we are in that place is He able to do His work in us.  Human nature tells us that is we come to that point of being overwhelmed something terrible is going to happen.  The bottom is going to fall out, or the top is going to crash down upon us and we will be forever immobilized.  That thinking is not from God.

God wants us to come to the end of ourselves.  He is waiting for us to come to Him.  Sometimes He allows very difficult situations in our lives in order to bring us to the end of ourselves.  And when we do come to the end, and ask for HIs help, there is no magic solution to bring us to the top, back to perfect circumstances.  We continue to muddle through whatever He has allowed.

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Muddling is not a sign that God is not in it.  Muddling is a circumstance.  Prosperity is not a sign that God is in it.  Prosperity is a circumstance.  My faith is an evidence of the grace of God.  My praise of God in the midst of muddling brings glory to His Name.  My affirmation that God loves me in spite of my circumstances glorifies God.

To God be the glory, great things He hath done!  He gave His Son to die on the cross for my sin, that I might know Him.  Praise His Name!  All glory, laud, and honor to the Name of the ALMIGHTY GOD!

Unseen is Eternal


Remember the beautiful apple blossoms earlier this year?  I’ve been looking at that tree this summer.  It’s rather dead looking, with absolutely no fruit.

And I’ve been thinking about taking a picture of it and writing something about the fact that God desires that we bear fruit, not just look pretty on the outside.
Well, today when I came home, I saw the men doing more tree pruning and such, and sure enough, my little dead apple tree was cut down.
Which compels me to say what God has been whispering in my ear for the past few weeks.  That is how important it is that I focus on the inside of myself, not on the outside.  That I let God have His way, not always demanding my own way.  That I learn to wait for Him, to wait on Him, to be content with what He does in His time, to praise Him for everything, good and bad.
And the verses in 2 Corinthians 4 comes to mind:

“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”     verses 16-18

I don’t know about you, but it has taken me forever to begin to learn that this is talking about faith.  That while the things which I can see and touch, His Creation and His provisions, are real evidences of His working, they are not the most important.

That which goes on in my heart and mind and will, that which I allow God to do in places which cannot be seen, is far, far more important than anything.

This I will remember when this stump I see.  God is working on the inside of me so that I will bear fruit.  I do not wish to become a stump, so to speak.