It's easy to get into a "comfortable" place with our faith. A place where we believe in God, we know about God, and we talk to Him (pray) - so we must be doing OK. But in the words of one of my favorite songs (Through the Motions by Matthew West) "just OK is not enough"! Just OK can be a place of complacency and apathy. God wants to grow us. To stretch us. But we have to be willing to step beyond where we are comfortable with Him.
The anticipation – the waiting – is often the worst part of anything we
I know I can work myself up into quite a tizzy just
thinking about having to go to the dentist, get blood drawn or having a
shot, getting a medical test, getting my license renewed. Pretty much
any event I know has the potential to be unpleasant. But most of the
time I know it is something that needs to be done, so I brace myself and
This led my thoughts to Jesus in Gethsemane. Waiting for what was to
come. Knowing full well how agonizing and brutal the events that were
about to happen would be. And knowing the importance of them. Bearing
the weight of all that on his fully God, but fully human shoulders.
Knowing this was what had to be, there was no other way.
I suddenly saw the story I had read many times from a new perspective.
“Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples
followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you
will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond
them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup
from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven
appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed
more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the
ground. When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found
them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked
them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”" ~Luke 22:39-46
It makes anything we may look forward to with dread pale in comparison, doesn’t it?
I apologize that things have been quiet around the blog this week... focusing on having the offspring home on Spring Break spending more time on devotional and Bible study time than on the blog. Things should be back to normal next week. (normal being a relative term here...) Until then - here's my gratitude journal for the week.
This Week I Am Thankful For:
To Do lists
Crocheting on the back porch
Delicious "clean eating" recipes
Bright stars on a velvet black sky
Opening all the windows to let the Spring air inside
Playing at the park - two days in a row
Being ready for Easter a week early
My new planting boxes - handmade by the Man of the House
Curtains dancing in the breeze
Creating a bumble bee motif crochet pattern
Time alone with the Man of the House while the offspring go for a walk together
My newly crafted clothespin bag
Grand baby helping back cookies
Talking with the male offspring in the car
A safe drive to and from the zoo
Seeing the female offspring blush
Cool new tiger sunglasses
The Man of the House (and his co-workers) enjoying new broccoli salad recipe I found
And part of me is hoping that maybe they'll let me work off some of my library fines. Just kidding. I don't have any library fines. At least not at the moment.
If I decide to do this, the hardest part might be trying to not bring all the books home with me at the end of my shift each week! Which I think is the same reason some people can't volunteer at animal shelters.
Do you volunteer anywhere? Tell us about it in the comments!