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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Inspired by... gifts

 

Do you ever find yourself saying, "If we can just get through this, then..."

I knew a Pastor who used to say, you're either just coming out of a trial, in the midst of a trial, or getting ready to experience a trial.

In this life I have found that calm, quiet moments are a gift. When they do happen, I make a purposeful attempt to open all my senses to the reality around me. To capture everything about the moment.  What I'm seeing, smelling, hearing.

Why?

As I said, these moments are a gift. God's gift to me {and you} to draw on, to remember His calm, His peace, when my life {day, week, year} is anything but.  During unsettled or stressful times, I can recall the peace of the sunlight filtering through the trees on a late, lazy afternoon. The JOY of watching butterflies flit among the thistles or the overwhelming majesty and awe of the evening sky as it turns to molten lava.

If God is in those things, the quiet, peaceful, awe-inspiring moments,then surely He is there, present with me, during the trials and tribulations of life.  Remembering this truth gives me hope and strength. Being mindful of Him and His ways gives me wisdom and understanding.

About 10 days ago, a big rainstorm came through here.  We got about 5 inches of rain in 30 minutes.  Pretty intense.  When these pictures were taken the water had already subsided about four feet.

 

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During the storm, the water was up over the bridge you see in the upper right-hand photo.  The rain came down so hard and so fast that it washed out nearly all of our roads.

 

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Even the fire trucks got caught between wash-outs.  As much as we needed the rain, it was hard not to be discouraged from all the damage.  It will be costly and time consuming to repair.  It's tempting to say, "If we can just get through this... then," and ignore what God is doing in the midst of the situation. 

His purposes are always at work. To teach, grow, mold... us. 

Me.

I think most of a lot of time, I simply miss it.

I miss the lesson.  I miss what He's trying to show me.  So, He tries again.  With a different set of circumstances, to show me, mold me, teach me, grow me.  And along the way, there are those little gifts that remind me of His infinite goodness.

 

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I'm so thankful God doesn't give up on us.

Aren't you?

 

Have a wonder-filled day,

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1 comment:

  1. YES! I am thankful.. that He does not give up.. and that you wrote this post....I certainly needed it!!!!

    Thank you!

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