Saturday, November 12, 2011

1000 Gifts: #26-#30

Hot tea
Operation Christmas Child program by Samaritans Purse
Prayer that is not confounded and exceeds all distance

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

1000 Gifts: #21-#25

The answer, "yes"
The word, "grateful" and the way my new friend uses it often
Bloggers who leave their country to go to another to help me see people elsewhere
Realizing that Jesus is the answer to my life (& those around me) in this first-world area...I'm just as desperate
Technical support

Saturday, November 5, 2011

1000 Gifts: #11-#15

Bob playing guitar in Barber Shop
Sermon: When God Says No
Little girls running, bouncing ponytails, playing hard, soccer
Professional vacuum for car--one that worked good & one that didn't
Matthew 5

Friday, November 4, 2011

1000 Gifts: #16-#20

Jesus--coming from His county (Heaven) to mine (earth)
My glasses that I hardly ever wear but am right now
Boots & the sound of them walking
Baby showers & laughing, oooohhh&aaaahhhh-ing

Thursday, November 3, 2011

1000 Gifts: #6-#10

A stunning sky--light blue, vibrant coral clouds
Trying a new craft
Timely sermon on Internet-defeated heart troubler & sermon notes on post-it notes
Productivity at work
An hour with Duyen over nail polish

1000 Gifts: #1-#5

A butterfly fluttering--yellow & black
A lamp reflecting light from a dark window
Hearing the same topic from Heavenly Father multiple times over--prayer
A spontaneous night out with laughter & observing things, new
Students from the youth group laughing with each other

Friday, April 22, 2011

Behind the Scenes

As I pulled into work the other day, the same spot I pull into every Monday through Friday, something caught my eye.  Of course, I got to see the whole of it, but my mind immediately went to an analogy that must be shown in two pictures. 

Circumstances of life are often the brick wall.  There.  Ever-present.  The same color for the most part.  And every once in a while, we see a sprout of something.  Something new.  Something fresh.  And we savor it.


But do we realize that God sees behind the wall.  Behind the circumstance.  Behind the season of life.  Behind the new that often becomes mundane. 


A whole lot of fresh.  A whole lot of growth.  A whole lot of new with its own circumstances and season. 

So, we trust.  Trust and work and worship and wait.  He has good things.  He is a Giver.  And anything He takes, He will always out-give.  Though we may not see or realize right away, for the brick wall of the present.

I realize that this is not a perfect analogy, and could even be flawed in many ways.  It’s not the Gospel.  Don’t cling to it.  Cling to His Word.  But every once in a while, when the right moment comes along—the one that displays more in meaning that what it is in the actual—we savor it.  So, here’s one of mine.

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)