So does anyone else trip over their rug?! I don’t mean a throw rug I mean the seams in your actual carpet. Yes, we need new flooring in the worst way however after getting the quote we decided sending our kids to college would be a better choice. We also decided that our next home will have cement flooring…on a slight down grade funneling to a little out spout leading to the neighbors, I mean, our backyard. Problem solved, perfect forever flooring just an occasional hose down!! Actually I really don’t mind our flooring… I think anything that makes you long for heaven just a little bit more is probably a good thing. I mean each time I trip over those carpet seams I am reminded and long for the day when my forever home will have flooring of gold (Rev. 21:21)!! I can be thankful for the trips, falls, stumbles and in my case many times face plants in life that have caused me to learn just a little bit more about who God is, to yearn that much more for heaven…. I think God uses those “trips” in our lives to help us not get to comfortable in a world that is passing away (Rev. 21:1) He loves us too much for that. I think we see an example of this in Job… Job 9:33 Job is longing for a mediator, by chapter 16 verse 19-20 he is talking about an advocate and an intercessor… by chapter 19 verse 25 he says I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he will stand upon the earth. – Redeemer capitalized!! And in verse 27 when Job says I myself will see Him with my own eyes, I and not another. How my heart yearns within me! – the words “not another” literally mean not a stranger! I think Job is coming to know his God on a much deeper level through his severe trial in ways he never would have otherwise. His faith is being exercised which can only happen when you face what you do not see. Jesus sees hope we can’t. (More on that in a moment.) Faith I think is the currency in heaven and it can only be developed this side of heaven. I thought that was a pretty good point when I read it in a commentary. (Side note: Obviously I’m not a bible scholar by any stretch of the imagination nor am I a writer so I pray I never misrepresent our Lord. My goal is to be like the shepherds in Luke 2:15-18… hear, seek, speak.) Something else that stood out as I’m reading Job was that He never looses sight of us (22:22) even if I can’t see Him or understand what and why…I can trust that He does. Also John 4:23 says the Father seeks those who are worshiping in Spirit and in truth… Oh Lord I want to be someone you seek! James 4:8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you… that’s a promise! Psalm 22:3 Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. – could it be that when I praise Him I provide a throne for Him to be Lord over me, submitting to His authority over me, allowing Him to do and use whatever He wills to refine me like gold because He knows best what will bring about the perfect reflection of Him in my life…like a refiner of gold in the old days… they heated the gold so hot the dross burned off and the refiner knew it was done when he could look in and could see the reflection of his face in the gold. Oh Lord I pray you can refine me in the blessings but I trust You, help me to trust You that whatever, however you choose to refine me and strengthen my faith and draw me into a more intimate relationship with You, is best. 1 Peter 1:7 says These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. – Remember He sees hope we don’t…He sees a better way we can’t. Think of the women at the well (John 4), the leper healed and told not to tell (Mark 1:40-44), the paralyzed man taken to Jesus through the roof by his friends (Mark 2:1-12)…or the widow that gave two coins, all she had to live on (Mark 12:41-44), the man born blind and healed with mud by Jesus (John 9:1-12), or the women caught in adultery (John 8:1-11), the thief on the cross next to Jesus that saw Paradise that day (Luke 23:39-43) or the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32)… we do not know any of their names… Jesus did and saw a hope, a way to use their “trip” their stumblings…(even face plants) to redeem and restore them, and to bring glory to His name!! So do not let the devil trick you and allow yourself to get tripped up on a trip… its hard (at least for me) to get up again and again after failures and setbacks but I pray that I allow God to take all my “trips” and use them for something good (Romans 8:28). He loves you. Deuteronomy 13:1-4 If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. – Lord hold fast to me as I strive to hold fast to You and the truths You speak over me. Thank you that no “trip” can separate me from Your love. Amazing grace.