Thursday, October 3, 2013

Why do you trust yourself THAT much?!

Funny, isn't it?
How we consult our own thoughts with such confidence, relying on them as if we were given this Professional Consultation.

Learning to trust God 'above' ourselves can feel so counterintuitive.
It goes against all the mantra's like, "Follow your heart!" that we hear regurgitated so often.  We were pushed out of the womb trusting our 5 senses and our own thoughts. 

God's knowledge is so wayyyyyyy beyond what our eyesight can even see!  Can't even see it through a telescope...it's out there!  He has access to information we don't even have within our grasp.  So our trust needs to be in Him, not our 'limited' vision.

His ways are higher.
Ours are so often just at eye level.

Ephesians 3:20 says "He is able to carry out His purpose and do SUPER abundantly, far over and above all that we dare ask or think, infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams!"

Like McDonalds, God supersizes our requests!

Been reading Max Lucado's latest book, "You'll Get Through This" and he says that sometimes God takes His time:  120 years to prepare Noah for the flood, 80 years to prepare Moses for his work.  God called young David to be king but returned him to the sheep pasture.  He called Paul to be an apostle and then isolated him in Arabia for perhaps 3 years.  Jesus was on the earth for 3 DECADES before he built anything more than a kitchen table!  How loooooong will God take with you?

Max talks about Joseph in the bible, sold into slavery by his very own brothers!  Talk about hitting bottom.  He says in his book, "There is no class or book on this planet that can prepare you to have your 5 yr. old son die in your arms...we know what the bottom looks like.

The bottom.  We pass much of life--if not most of life--at mid-altitude.  Occasionally we summit a peak:  our wedding, a promotion, the birth of a child.  But most of life is lived at midlevel.  Mondayish obligations of carpools, expense reports, and recipes.  But on occasion the world bottoms out.  The dune buggy flips, the housing market crashes, the test results come back positive, and before we know it, we discover what the bottom looks like.  Joseph succeeded because God was present.  Any chance he'd be the same for you?  Here you are in your version of Egypt.  It feels foreign.  You don't know the language.  You never studied the vocabulary of crisis.  You feel far from home, all alone.  Money gone.  Expectations dashed.  Friends vanished.  Who's left?  God is."

I love (and hate) how many opportunities we are given on any given day to just trust Him.  To ignore how it looks.  To not believe how it 'appears'.  Whatever 'it' is.  The infamous 'it'.  We all have 'em. 

Max says, "If Joseph's story is any precedent, God can use Egypt to teach you that He is with you.  Your family may be gone.  Your supporters may have left.  Your counselor may be silent.  But God has not budged."

I so wish that I could say I pass these tests with flying colors.  Yet too often I believe the 'bad report'.  I panic about the 'what ifs'.  I rely on my faulty judgment rather than place my trust in Him who is infinitely more qualified to carry this weight than I am.

Still in process, but grateful to serve a God who is way more together than I am!

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