28 April 2013
As April is almost gone, I am totally amazed at how time is passing so quickly. Most of the days, I am not even sure what the actual date is, only what day of the week it is.
As noted in the last update, things continue to change in all of our lives. So here is yet another change. I should be moving tomorrow to another house. The rent is less expensive, and I will be more centrally located to the market area, Aposento (the church I work with) and the grocery store thus I’m looking forward to walking more. I will miss the wonderful view that I have now of the mountains, though we drive through them twice a week so I should still get to see their beauty as they change with the seasons as well.
A couple of things occurred today, that are making me pause a bit to ponder them. The first thing is that I received a Christmas card today. As a friend noted, it’s either late or early! Perhaps it’s just in time? Time to make me remember why we as Christians celebrate Christmas and what this time means to us. What it means to my life each and every day is enough to make me feel so very blessed. That God loves us this much – the Creator of the Universe and all things within – that He loves us though we are simple and at times silly and unbelieving humans.
Thinking of the Creator of the Universe makes me think of the sermon tonight at Aposento. We have some amazing men that are sometimes preaching for us, as they study to become pastors or perhaps just to be able to assist when needed. Tonight, it was a 17 year old who has such a huge heart and a burning passion for Christ. He shared with us the faith that Abraham had, when he was asked to sacrifice Isaac his only son. The faith that Joshua had after Moses had passed away and he became the leader of the Israelites. I had to ask myself how my faith would pass the test. I fear I would falter on a ‘faith test’. With my recent test being on my moving to another house and if it was truly God’s will - when it became apparent (I should mention here I really don’t enjoy moving) that yes it is His will, I continued to question Him. Asking again for confirmation even when I had already received confirmation – and when He patiently provided yet another confirmation I felt overwhelmed that He was so patient with me. So overwhelmed that He had worked out everything in such a way that I could never have planned it so well. Ok, so let’s pick the faith back up and MOVE!!
Fernando also tonight spoke of the marvelous works and miracles our Lord gives us each and every day. Our Lord provided miracles to the Israelites (parting of the Red Sea comes to mind) and they still had issues with their faith just like we do. I think if all of us really thought about it, we would all find miracles happening around us each day; we have only to look for them. At times these miracles occur around us, at other times within our own lives. To be reminded how amazing God is and what He is capable of is something I certainly need. He made the stars and everything in the heavens; all the parts, plants and animals of what we call planet Earth; He made humans so unique that each of us is different in our own special way. I have to ask my self: How Big is my God? Is there anything or anyone that He cannot or will not use to complete His will? Is there anything that is ‘beyond’ His ability? I have to answer that my God is capable of anything and has the power to do anything which includes using anyone as needed.
What about your God, do you truly know Him? If not, and your God has a capital ‘G’, then I encourage you to get to know Him. If your god has a small ‘g’, I encourage you to give him up for the true and living God. There are many gods in this world that would have us believe they are gods with a capital ‘G’ when in reality they have a small ‘g’. Money, knowledge of worldly things, material items, pride, houses, cars; I’m sure you can name other gods too. These gods will always fail you, they have no way to save you, nor are they capable of loving you or capable of giving you anything of lasting worth. They will never fill your internal needs of being loved unconditionally. To know Him is the only solution to such a peace that no ‘god’ can give you.
So think it through – who or what is your god? Little ‘g’ for god or a capital ‘G’ for God?
Dios te bendiga