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Monday, March 11, 2013

Everywhere in Everything: Our Work is Done by Waiting, Expectantly Waiting to Reveal His Glory

If God is so great, and I agree that He is, how can I help others come to know Him.

God is always at work way before I realize it.
He is loving people.
He is revealing truth.
He is shattering lies.
He is building up and tearing down.
It reminds me of Solomon's wisdom

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
        a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot, 
       a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build, 
       a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,  
       a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 
       a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away, 
       a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
       a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

God is working and moving and loving and His grace fills our lives and the lives of those around us while we sit often unaware.

As followers of Christ, we can see all the aspects of our lives, our families, our friendships, our work, our love interests, our recreation, our learning, our stuff, the weather and all of the other circumstances of our lives and receive them as an act of faith. Everything is touched by God, everything flows through his fingers to us. He makes the rain fall on all of us. Tragedy and comedy, romance and heartache all come through His fingers and fall into our lives.

When we see our lives as a gift of God, we learn to trust. We learn to have peace amidst trials and hope in the darkness. We learn to be grateful and to live each moment not waiting for something better to come along. We experience God in our everyday.

And, as we interact with the Creator of the Universe, we interact with those around us. If we live in this reality that nothing is by chance and nothing is meaningless and everything is an expression of God's grace and our faith, then those with whom we interact, will be confronted with reality.

It is tempting to live a lie, to deceive ourselves. It is tempting to live like we are in control, or like we can manipulate and coerce and get our way. It is tempting to believe that we are not responsible for our own actions or that we are responsible for others. It is tempting to deny reality and live the lie.

When, we live in the truth, not only are we confronted by the lies that we have believed but those around us are confronted by their own lies.

How many times have you experienced God's forgiveness? How many times have you seen yourself for who you are, seen your sin and felt guilt or shame? And, in that moment, how many times have you experienced the flooding of His grace? How many times have you KNOWN that you were forgiven and that your sin was removed as far as the East is from the West?

When we experience forgiveness it leaks out. How can it not? When I have faced my own sinfulness and experienced true forgiveness, how I can I condemn you for your sin?

God is at work all around us and most of it is hidden from our view. But, when we live each moment receiving it as a gift from God, we are ready to allow Him to break out into the open, to reveal Himself through me or in any given situation at any moment.

And, there we will be. Ready to point it out. Ready to give credit where credit is due. Praise God for His faithfulness. Praise God!

And, so we do our job as followers of Christ. We point out what others may have missed. We point out whenever we see God's messy fingerprints on something. We point out beauty and peace. We point out truth and grace. We point to God and invite others to see Him too.

And, then we rest and enjoy the moment, knowing that for now our work is done.

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