The Challenge Of The Blessing

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Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Hebrews 10:23 

What is the point of a safety pin? To secure one thing to another…safely, right?! A push pin could do the same job but the “safety” pin was invented in order to keep people from injury and to ensure security, the sharp pin point can be pushed into that enclosed compartment providing protection and prevent the pin from dislodging and getting lost.

Keep the safety pin image in mind as we trip through the scriptures here.

So in Exodus 3:7-8 God says, I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey- the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live.

Hmmm, sounds great God if we could have stopped at the milk and honey part but, ahhh… You just listed 6 giant enemy nations that are already there. Thank You for thinking of us and all, but we may need to think this one through again….

Anyone relate to a blessing with a challenge?!

If we trip to Numbers 13:12-33 we see the scouting report from the 12 guys sent out by Moses to check out this promised land flowing with milk and honey. Joshua and Caleb declare with God on their side they can take the land! Verse 31, Let’s go at once to take the land…we can certainly conquer it! The other 10 spies having observed the very same situation, state in verse 33, We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought too!

10 spies “nay” to 2 spies “yay”. Good golly, isn’t it true when faced with a challenge we can come up with a much longer list of reasons why we should just step back rather than step up?!!

Interesting isn’t it, that sentence in verse 33… we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought too! I don’t know if I just missed it but I couldn’t find anywhere where the spies sat down with the giants and asked them what they thought of them?!!!

2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

How are we doing with captivating our thoughts to the things above, toward God confidence? 

Hebrews 10:35 So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded.

I love Deut. 7:1-2 When the LORD your God brings you into the land... OOOH so the LORD is going to do it! …he will clear away many nations ahead of you... OOOH so HE WILL clear the way! …These nations are greater and more numerous than you. OOOH so He ALREADY knew about our challenge and planned provision accordingly?!! When the LORD your God hands these nations over to you… OOOH so WHEN not IF!! ...and you conquer them... WHAT did that say?! Get squashed like grasshoppers cuz that’s what everyone thinks we are anyway?! No it says we CONQUER them, because in Jesus we are more than conquerors (Rom. 8:37)!!!

He is faithful even when we are not (2 Tim. 2:13)! So as Heb 10:23 tells us to hold tightly to Him might we choose the safety pin approach and allow the dangerous end of the pin, the challenge, that threatens to keep us from the blessing to be tucked into His trusting care. He is able dear one. Joshua 24:8 states, Finally, I brought you into the land… 

Those who choose to hold tightly to Jesus WILL finally receive the promise of eternal life.

Jude 1:24 Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. We can let our sharp pin challenges hang out as we try to go it alone and risk injuring ourselves and everyone around us or we can tuck into Him who is faithful.

Let’s pray to trust Him with the scary sharp point of our challenges. We all want to arrive safely at the blessing… after all, we are not of those who shrink back. Heb. 10:39

Independent Read: Phil 4:8, Matt. 11:6, 2 Tim. 1:12

Jumpin’ Out Of My Skin!

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…If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31

Sunday morning before church I decided to go for a run on my dreadmill, I mean treadmill. But… I shorted it out! (Maybe I’m just too fast for it?! HA! But one can dream right!) Anyway, I decided to take my run outside.

Now the last time I was running outside I came up on an owl and only saw it just as it flew away but it had been at eye level!! I was so disappointed that I had missed getting so close to it and yet not really seeing it until it was too late!! (O.ur W.ise L.ord said, don’t worry, OWL OWLways love you anyways.) I prayed again to not miss God’s hand in all things but to have eyes that see and ears that perceive His faithful presence all around me (Matt. 13:16).

So embarking on my run this Sunday morning with that memory fresh in my mind I started out with intentionally tuned eyes and ears hoping not to miss owls or whatever amazing thing God might think to bring me!!

When my eyes fell on about a four foot snake skin in the grass to the side of the running trail I was ecstatic!! Not only to have not missed His treasure find for me that early morning but also over the love note I felt attached (yes, only God could make me see a disgusting snake skin as a love note.) It was.. only the devil should be jumpin’ out of his skin in fear – not you dear child.

Funny that just that morning I was to teach a lesson in kids church about Moses! You know the guy that wondered in the desert and actually has a crazy snake scene of his own!! Let’s look at Numbers 21:1-9. (You know I brought it in to church too – who doesn’t appreciate a good hands on lesson right!)

Looking at verses 1-5 it might seem crazy how fast they went from such heights of success to the depths of complaining but can’t we be the same way?! How quickly we forget His faithful blessings and provisions as soon as we hit an uncomfortable speed bump!

Verse 6 here come the snakes… Sometimes God has to shake us up a bit with a few speed bumps or we will go careening straight toward a destruction of our own doing! Well the snakes sure got everyone’s attention (verse 7) and God showed great mercy toward their repentant hearts.

In verses 8-9 God tells Moses to make a replica of one of those poisonous snakes and attach it to a pole and all who are bitten would live if they simply looked at it!!! Crazy right, but it worked!! Those who simple obeyed were healed!!!

Look at John 3:14-16. Jesus says, And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

The Israelite’s at the time may not have understood the deeper meaning as they looked up at the poisonous snake and where healed of their sickness but in Jesus we find all the answers (Col. 2:2-3).

ANYONE who chooses to look to Jesus’ death up on the cross and believe He is the atoning sacrifice for their sins will be healed of the poisonous sickness of sin. See, it wasn’t the snake that healed the Israelite’s it was their expression of faith in God through their obedience to follow His instruction.

It is just that simple… we must only believe in Jesus as our personal God and Savior to be saved and live eternally in His unshakable Kingdom.

So the devil, that evil snake, was defeated when Jesus died and rose again from the grave! He knows his time is short and will do anything to bring us down with him but, You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 

So fix your eyes on Jesus the victorious One (Heb. 12:2) and know the only one jumpin’ out of his skin in fear should be the enemy, not you dear one, not you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Tim. 1:7 Praise the mighty victorious name of Jesus!

Independent read: Psalm 27:1

 

 

Create A Crack

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…I have opened a door for you that no one can close. Revelation 3:8

How often do I find myself with an opportunity to serve and I discount it’s effectiveness or downplay its usefulness or disregard it’s importance… I sit and analyze if I should step out, reach out and act on this seemingly good idea but I don’t know… will it matter, will it make a difference, will I have what it takes…I’m sure God intended this for someone else….

It’s real easy (at least for me) to talk myself out of stepping out, but I’m pretty sure if I get hit with a good idea it didn’t originate with me, and if it was not from me, but it was given to me, than I’d do best to just step, and leave the outcome and analyzing of results in Gods mighty capable hands.

Small results do not necessarily indicate small impact.

God looks at the heart (1 Sam. 16:7) not statistics, charts or numbers in attendance. I’m responsible to steward well the moment I have (it may be all I got) and trust that God is big enough to steward all my failures and missteps to His glory (Romans 8:28).

Let’s read Mark 14:12-17.

Did verse 13 catch anyone else’s eye?!? I mean where else in the bible does it say that a MAN is carrying the water jug?! Back than that was a job for the women right! I know it is Passover time and so maybe everyone was just pitching in, men and women alike but still it begs for contemplation does it not!?

I wonder if this mans wife was sick so she asked him to help out a bit and fetch the water that day? I imagine it would be like asking your husband to carry your purse through the airport…he would rather carry ALL the luggage for your ten day cruise by himself before just carrying your girl purse complete with all your cute little Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer clip on attachments, right!

I wonder if this man hesitated for a moment yet because of his love for his wife he held back reminding her ever so politely that it was PASSOVER and EVERYONE would see him do this “girl job”! Did she know how embarrassing this would be? I mean he would never live the jokes down in the wood shop from the other guys! He had other things to do, he was busy, it was Passover! It would seem that even with all the excuses he could have come up with that day NOT to carry the water pot, he did… anyway.

And who would have thought that Jesus was looking for just such a man! A man willing to step through a door of opportunity He orchestrated, no matter how small, how silly, how embarrassing, how outside his wheelhouse of experience…a man willing to lay aside what others would think of him in order to serve another (John 12:43, Matt. 10:28, Col. 3:23).

Who would have thought just carrying a water jug would have opened a door to bring JESUS into the house!!!!

What you do for Him might seem to you like only a crack in the grand scheme of things. But would you buy a house with a crack in the foundation? NO! Because you know the potential of a crack!!

Today Jesus has opened up doors of opportunity for you and I. Opportunities to create cracks all over our world in which He Himself can infuse His Light and pierce the darkness.

Rev. 3:8 I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me. You have Him and His Word, you are never alone. (v. 10) …you have obeyed my command to persevere.. Perseverance is a command because He loves you so much! (v.11-12) I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it. Not I but someone who has actually been to the Holy Land said that the only thing left of the church in Philadelphia (of which this passage is written) is the pillars!! You can stand and step out unshaken when your faith and focus is in the unshakable One.

Be brave, the door is open, just “carry the jug”… anyways. Create a crack for someone else today in which God Almighty can pierce the darkness with His glorious Light!

Independent Read: John 8:12

A Rewrite

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For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. Romans 3:23-24

Who hasn’t wanted a “do-over” at some point in life?! I mean anything from a move on the four square court in grade school to last nights family dinner attempt could qualify for a note worthy exclamation of “I declare a DO-OVER!”

A “do-over” in my mind is when you imagine time actually rewinds and you try again having no recollection (or choosing to have selective memory at best) of your first attempt achieving perfection the second… I mean the first time around! This is easy unless perhaps you were part of the family that actually SWALLOWED your first attempt at dinner —- their memory wiping is clearly not so effective! But are you not SO glad we have a God that can forgive and make new! Psalm 103:12 states, as far as the east if from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Amen for “do-overs” in Jesus!!

Let’s read John 7:53-8:11 to see one incredible chance at a “do-over”!

Man… did you see in verse 53 everyone went home except Who? In verse 1 Jesus goes to the Mount of Olives (Luke 9:58). But He was up early the next morning anyway in order to meet with anyone willing to receive Him! (Prov. 8:17 KJV)

Verse 3 tells us a woman is dragged in for accusation having been caught in the act of adultery! Funny that they all want to uphold the law but if you look at Lev. 20:10 I believe BOTH guilty parties are to be brought to accusation! So clearly this is an unfair situation and the Pharisees are just attempting to catch Jesus in the wrong. For if Jesus said TO stone her He would stand in conflict with the Romans because they did not permit Jews to carry out  the death sentence (John 18:31) and if He said NOT to stone her He would stand against supporting the law of Moses (Ex. 20:14).

How does Jesus wisely respond to this “catch 22”?! He tells them in verse 7 that the one who has never sinned can throw the first stone… well one by one they begin to drop their stones until verse 9 states, only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.

The One who chose to stand FOR you on the cross in a circle of accusers is the reason you can stand unshaken IN a circle of accusers. (1 John 4:4, John 3:16)

Now lets back track to verse 8. It states, Then He stooped down and wrote in the dust. Many have speculated their thoughts as to what Jesus was writing there in the dust. Might I offer my uneducated thought?!… I believe right there in the middle of all her shame, and a crowd of what must have seemed like to her, the entire town… all come to judge her as a sinner worth more dead than alive…. I believe Jesus had already been touched so deeply by her repentant heart hung right there in her very eyes that He couldn’t help but stoop down right then and there and begin to rewrite the story of her life; her beautiful future as He saw it right there in the ashes of dust, Jesus was writing out something beautiful for her, a pathway to a future she never even could have imagined possible!! 

Only Jesus right! Only Jesus could re-write beauty in the midst of nothing but ash-dust. When all we see is brokenness so extreme there are no pieces to even begin gluing back together… that’s when He uses that dust to write in. Dear child He says, in the dust is where I do My very best rewrites! So mourn no more and receive the oil of joy sweet daughter of Mine (Is. 61:3). 

That woman got a rewrite that day but who of us has not been offered a rewrite through His death on the cross and resurrection from the grave!!? Jesus gave ALL OF US a rewrite and wherever there is dust you can now cry out for a “do-over” with a repentant heart and receive a story of beauty rewritten in ashes – amen!

Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life– is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Romans 8:34

You Got The Invite Too

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…”Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31

HOW ARE WE RSVPing?

Anyone else just too busy?! I mean, are you too finding yourself at times running circles around that chicken with no head! Well I think Jesus and His disciples could easily have found themselves in that same arena as we see in the first part of verse 31 in Mark 6 it states, Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat…  

Mark 6 depicts rejection from friends and family, teaching from village to village, casting out demons, healing the sick, the death of a deeply important friend… I mean talk about a taxing full agenda! Jesus invites them to come away with Him and get some rest… we too have been given that same invite (Matt. 11:28, James 4:8). We are not more busy than Jesus and the disciples so how are we RSVPing? It may take some strategic planning to make sure Jesus is at the top of our agenda but the dividends will be exponential (Job 32:8, John 3:34, Isaiah 40:31)!

WHEN OUR AGENDA IS JILTED, THEN WHAT?

So in this instance in Mark 6 they are strategic in planning to get some time away when verse 33 states, But many people recognized them and saw them leaving, and people from many towns  ran ahead along the shore and got there ahead of them. So their great plan for a little R&R was interrupted. How do we respond when our perfect plan or to-do list get’s jilted?

Verse 34 shows us Jesus response, Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat and just lost it, I mean just yelled, screamed and locked himself in the nearest cave – ya no. He had the COMPASSION REACTION! …he stepped from the boat, and had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

The compassion reaction sees with eyes of grace and mercy and love and is fueled by the Spirit within us. He stepped out and immediately was fixed on their needs rather than His own. But what does Isaiah 58:10 say?

and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs for the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

I wonder if in our me-centered world half our depleted problem is our self focus?! How much of our busyness is motivated truly and purely to meet the needs of someone else  in need?

Jesus, give me Your compassion reaction when my own self-centered agenda is jilted.

To which I think He may respond with…

HOW MUCH BREAD DO YOU HAVE?

Mark 6 also contains the miracle feeding of 5000 but Jesus asks the flabbergasted disciples to feed them! They are like, WHAT!!??! Jesus then asks in verse 38, How much bread do you have? 

Jesus says He is the Bread of Life in John 6:35. Maybe what He is asking them is how much of Me do you have… do you know… do you trust? To the measure we have filled of Him will be the measure we can pour out on others.

The disciples go and find actual bread, but not much, only 5 loaves. Yet they offer up what they have and yet in-spite of how meager their offering, God doesn’t laugh, but receives it, and feeds 5000 with basket fulls left over!!!

You may not think you know much Scripture, or you only just began your relationship with Jesus, or you just don’t have the equipping for (—) you fill in that blank.

Dear one, it’s not about how much you have, but in Who’s hands you place “it”.  Remember it wasn’t the disciples that fed the 5000 it was Jesus, He just wanted to involve them in the process. The bigger the gap in our inadequacy the more Jesus get’s a chance to fill us up!

Jesus wants to be your Bread of Life and you can have as much of Him as you like – He gives without limit to ALL who would believe and receive Him (John 3:16)!

HAVE YOU INVITED HIM?

Finally we see the example we are to follow in Jesus once again in His diligent pursuit of R&R with His Heavenly Father. Verse 46 states, After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Sometimes we just need to excuse ourselves in order to attend the more important task of just sitting at the feet of Jesus, filling up on the Bread of Life.

During His time with the Father, life still was spinning around Him yet He didn’t miss a beat. When Jesus is our biggest distraction we will not miss a beat of what is truly important either. We can’t fix our eyes on others well, unless our eyes are truly fixed on Him first (Hebrews 12:2).

Jesus notices the disciples struggling in a boat on the water so in only “Jesus style” He just walks out there on the water of course and verse 51 states, Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed – 

Totally amazed for sure! We can’t see wind can we but when Jesus gets in your boat the look of your storm may not change but the torrents of wind you feel raging within you can receive a peace that passes understanding (Phil. 4:7) and THAT is totally amazing!

You are invited… RSVP today accepting, and receiving Him, the Bread of Life, into your boat – it will be totally amazing!

Independent Read: Revelation 3:20

Mr. Hupo

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Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

So the over arching theme of my life at the moment…(who am I kidding) the over arching theme of my life – period – is the failure to SLOW DOWN! Maybe you do not struggle as much as I do with running at such a high altitude that taking a deep breath is often not an option! But I have to say that is a choice we make, right! Jesus was the most inundated, sought after individual on the face of the planet! I mean, on His “to-do list” it said, “save the world… literally”! Yet I never see Him depicted in scripture anywhere just loosing it, just hyper ventilating in a heep, or in a ball of panic stricken worried fear! No, quite the opposite really… we see Him at all hours in conversation with His Heavenly Father (Mark 1:35, Luke 6:12). Jesus got His “to-do list” from the Father AND the strength AND the calm AND the complete equipping to fulfill it from the time they spent together.

I tell you what, if you read my previous blog “One Silk Thread At A Time” you will have gotten a bit of the back story to today’s, because God continues to speak to me through this same little guy!!

Almost three weeks ago my youngest caught a giant caterpillar and that very night we watched it spin it’s cocoon!! I know, AMAZING! Now it’s been about threeish weeks and since I don’t wait well I’m all over google making sure our little swallowtail butterfly is going to be okay!! Not like I can really reach in there and help him out at all, but still, if worry worked wonders I’d be wrinkle free and have the metabolism of a five year old! (But alas worry does nothing but the opposite!)

What I DID find out on google floored me! I tell you I am about to have a birthday and dive ever deeper into the —– decade of life, and as a teacher, have done the ordering of caterpillars for my classroom to watch this miracle process NUMEROUS times and still never knew what I found out last night!!!

Sometimes when a late bloomer creates his cocoon late in the season (such as now) God makes a way for that little guy to stay within the safety of his little chrysalis for the duration of the winter!!! It can actually stay in there for about a YEAR!!!

ARE YOU KIDDING ME GOD!?!

I mean are not His messages ALL OVER that one!!!!

Of all the rarities in the world God finds a way to send me a CRAZY SLOW caterpillar/butterfly to care for over the next year as a constant reminder of His love and attention over the details of His creation – you and I – and to speak through even the smallest of creatures in the BIGGEST ways!!

I tell you what, I know He didn’t just send this God sighting, this love note, just for me. Who else needs to be reminded today that YOU ARE LOVED BY HIM BEYOND YOUR WILDEST IMAGINATION!!!! He took the time to send you a CRAZY SLOW butterfly (I say you too, because it is no accident that you are reading this blog in the sea of blogs out there at such a time as this!!) to say SLOW DOWN dear child of Mine, come rest in My mighty arms and receive My love, My peace, My equipping…. I AM able…. let Me fill you and thrill you and ramp up your effectiveness for Me in ways that will blow your mind!!!! Because then it will be My Spirit blowing through you and it is Me who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill My good purpose (phil. 2:13)! Sweet child, it’s the energy that I Myself will so powerfully work in you to accomplish that which I started in you (Col. 1:29. Phil. 1:6)!!!!

Oh my friend I pray you and I can go out today… but out SLOWLY, with eyes to see and ears to hear and lungs that take the time to breathe in all that He is, into our very souls in order to magnify the One who makes all the difference in a world so desperate for a change!

P.S. I almost forgot… since we will be taking care of our little guy for awhile we decided he needed a proper name. So that he doesn’t feel left out that warrants me whipping out my silhouette to properly design his jar like the rest of our pets habitats. His name and namesake verse have now been properly applied – Romans 12:12 : Mr. Hupo: (our fishes name is Uno, Spanish for the number one, which coincides with the story in Matt. 17:24-27. Another blog another time…) So we kept with the foreign language thing and went with the Greek word for patience, hupomone. Hupo – “under” and meno – “remain, endure” – properly, remaining under, endurance; steadfastness, especially as God enables the believer to “remain (endure) under” the challenges He allots in life. (Strong’s Concordance, HELPS Word-studies)

I know it will be hard to let this one eventually fly away but giant yellow swallowtail butterflies will forever be His reminder to me of a GREAT many things… none more loudly than, I see you precious child, I know, I understand, I AM all you need – slow down and receive My lavish love for you in this moment… cuz I made you to FLY too!

God bless you muchly as you slowly sip and savor the the beautiful gift of each purposeful breath and heartbeat His love gives you today for His glory and praise!

Independent Read: Psalm 46:10

 

One Silk Thread At A Time

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He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5

Yesterday evening our youngest comes bounding inside exclaiming, “Mom, dad, come super quick there is something super amazing out here!” Now coming from our adventurous 5 year old we both did bound up “super quick” because you never know what he constitutes as “super amazing”! It could be he built a road ramp for his bike… off the roof! Of which I would say, the only thing super amazing about that is how God intervened before it got used!! God does answers prayer people! Amen!

Actually the “super amazing” was not life threatening and got the whole family excited. It was this GIANT brown caterpillar with a black strip across its back and when you tried to pick it up (not me of course, one of the boys) it shot out two horns from its head and a crazy smell! Once we got it in a jar with adequate air and food supply we researched it and found it was going to be this GIANT yellow butterfly pictured above!

We also found that because it was brown it was just about to create it’s cocoon! We also learned that it must be a late bloomer because you don’t find many this late in the season at this stage. Most have moved on BUT God had a specific message for my heart and I believe His purpose and timing for this little one crawling across our front porch was going exactly according to His perfect plan, not late at all, contrary to what the world wide web would have to say.

Is there a Truth God is trying to bring you that may be running contrary to the worlds perspective?

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jer. 33:3

So that night after the kids had all gone to bed my husband and I sat together just watching as God’s little creation began to spin it’s cocoon!!!! I mean have you ever seen that?! It’s just all awestruck wonder! But that’s when I heard God’s voice to my heart.

He said, “Girl… do you think that caterpillar has ever made a cocoon before? Do you think he is sure of what he is doing, like he went to caterpillar cocoon making school and graduated with honors? Do you think he feels qualified?

I’m thinking… gosh probably not, it’s probably completely uncharted territory for this little one. I mean even his parents are off flying around somewhere unable to crawl back and give him a demo!!

God’s like, “You’re right. All he’s got is Me. Every thread of silk you are watching come out of his little mouth is a leap of faith and trust…. in Me.”

I wonder are you up against anything like this? Anything you feel is so way beyond you that trusting Him is THE only option?! 

It can be scary right. The waves of doubt enormous. But what about the caterpillar? If he steps back instead of up, what will become of him? Seagull bait I imagine.

Now this morning our family all wakes up to a finished cocoon (because God’s always working even while we sleep (John 5:17))! God did not fail Him!

…I will not fail you or abandon you. Joshua 1:5

God’s message to me didn’t stop here. As I’m sipping my morning coffee, (coon side) I here that whisper to my heart again… “Since this little guy has never spun a cocoon before do you think now he is sitting in there wondering if he got it right?” I thought to myself if it were me and I stepped out in faith and ended up in a tight tangled restrictive tube I might be thinking that I quite possibly had failed on a colossal level!

God whispered, “It’s about abiding, waiting, again trusting in Me. The end result may not look like you expected but trust Me and take My perspective… maybe I’m just not done. Patience.”

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil. 1:6

Now from my seat sipping on coffee, I know how this little guys story turns out. He will be one of the biggest most beautifully bright butterflies!! The kind that stops me in my tracks and steals my breath away and makes me praise God right where I am for sharing something like that with me! The kind that brings about awestruck wonder at just Who He is!! So I’m not worried about the little guy. I KNOW he’s going to be more than fine.

God said, “And that is how I see you and your story. I’m not stressing because I know the end of your story as I was the beginning of your story, and I make ALL THINGS beautiful in MY TIME.”

Do you believe this Truth over your own life, situation or circumstance? I pray you do.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. … Ecc. 3:11

Dear Jesus, Thank you for new life. Thank you for second, third and fourth more chances (lam. 3:23). Thank you that you are the vine we can cling to and abide in, trust in at all times (John 15:5). Thank you for Your creation all around us that You use to write us love notes every day to encourage us in Your mighty, matchless, victorious love (Romans 1:20). And thank you for little boys with eyes to notice the workings of Your hand in awestruck wonder. That find You so “super amazing” that sharing You just cannot be contained and thus their love for You becomes contagious. In Your name Jesus, Amen.

Independent Read: Hebrews 10:39