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I need details.

If you ask me to do something, I am going to ask you 347 different questions to be sure I fully understand and am on board.

I remember when I joined a small group of ladies who gathered weekly to focus on praying for our husbands – as we finished with introductions and small talk, we were about to pray. This being our first meeting, I needed specifics, so I asked. “Are we going to pray out loud?” “Are we all going to pray at the same time?” “Will we take turns going around the circle?” “How will we know the other person is finished?” “Who is going to cover which prayer requests?” “Will we each cover all of them, or each person take someone else’s?”

I didn’t want surprises, or uncomfortable situations. I wanted to be prepared.

While I don’t think that’s always a bad thing, there are times when God just wants to lead us, and keep some of the details from us until we are ready. And I should be fine with that, but I’m not.

I’ve been reading a lot about Christ’s birth the last couple of weeks. In Luke chapter 1, Mary is visited by the angel Gabriel, starting in verse 26.

Nevermind that I can’t wrap my mind around what it must have been like to get a message from an actual angel, I am sure I couldn’t have handled it as calmly as Mary did.

Gabriel shows up, and after only 10 sentences, Mary is signing on the dotted line.

“Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting his might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How can this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” 

Ten sentences, with very few direct details, and that’s all she gets. But that seems to be all she needs. Her response is highlighted in hot pink in my Bible, reminding me to learn from her. Mary asked one question, and then here is her answer to Gabriel-

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. May it be to me as you have said.” 

I want the faith and obedience of Mary. If I feel God nudging my heart to go/do/say, I want to say what she said. Instead, I am likely to say, “Are you sure?” “When?” “How?” “What if…?”

I’ve got a lengthy list of questions I would want to ask if I was in her shoes, but she doesn’t ask them. She trusts the God of the universe to take care of her and work out all the details, knowing He will provide.

If you are like me, and want all the details of the task or calling God has given you, decide with me to change. The next time we feel God saying, “Here is your next assignment,” we will say to Him, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.”

“But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.'”  – Psalm 31:14

12/25/2014

You only had one job

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You only had one job to do…

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 You only had one job!Houston, we have a problem

 These Pinterest pictures crack me up! Given one job, how can someone mess it up so badly? But the pictures also hit home a little. I have a tendency to mess things up. I’ve noticed over the years that I lack some common sense, but thankfully married a guy who is full of it (Common sense, I mean, haha).

In the past when I have messed things up, I’ve felt embarrassed, frustrated, and more sure that I can’t get things right. But everyone makes mistakes, even the woman God trusted to raise Jesus, and if that doesn’t make me feel better, what can?

In Luke 2, Jesus is 12, the same age as my Noah. The relatives and friends of Jesus’ family are all on their way home from Jerusalem after the Passover Feast. Comfortable that Jesus is safely nearby, Mary and Joseph travel for an entire day before they come to the conclusion that He is nowhere to be found.

Just pause here for a minute and imagine the panic. Yikes! Once I lost my mother-in-law’s cat, and I cried my eyes out and nearly threw up. She lost Jesus!! Can you even imagine? No cell phones, no Amber Alerts, mind you. Just searching for him…

Thankfully, Jesus was found, teaching in the temple three days later. In verse 47, it says, “Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.” At 12 years old. Wow. Then on to verse 48, “When his parents saw him, they were astonished.” I don’t know if this astonished is the same as everyone’s amazement in verse 47. I like to think so. But the Message translation says “But his parents were not impressed; they were upset and hurt.” And finishing out verse 48, Mary begins to scold him a bit.

Naturally, she had been freaking out. Jesus was gone for days, and finally found. I can’t even imagine the emotions she must have been feeling.

But I do know that after she simmered down, she saw the beauty of that moment, watching this child – whom she no-doubt had rocked to sleep, sang songs to, and gave soft kisses on his cheek as he drifted off to sleep – this child… now growing and maturing, teaching and leading. She was seeing more of the whole picture, and knew for a moment that she needed to take a mental snapshot of what had just happened. Verse 51 said, “But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.”

By the way, I wish I could have known Mary. I think we could have been the best of friends.

There are so many times I mess up, and consequently want to give up. Do you ever feel like one mistake, one wrong, one sin, can ruin everything? We screw up, and can’t imagine God can still love us. We can’t imagine people can have faith in us again. We can’t imagine we can be forgiven.

But we can.

God doesn’t want us running from Him when we blow it. He wants us to keep going. He is there to love us through it, help us learn from it, but He will not give up on us. He loves us too much to do that.

Mary didn’t give up. Mary treasured the good from that moment, and kept going. She continued to raise Jesus, loving Him, and pouring everything she had into the plan God had for her life.

And that is what we are to do. Don’t quit. Don’t give up. Acknowledge your mistake, ask God for forgiveness and help, and keep on going. We don’t want to miss out on a second of what He has planned for us.

Onward and upward, dear friends.


“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13,14

 

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