I was at church the other Sunday. Hungry. Thirsty. Dying for a little living water and bread of life, when the pastor did something life changing. He told us the people sitting next to us needed a little encouragement from the Word of God. Open your Bible, find a verse, and turn and share it with your neighbors. Can you believe it? The nerve of him. My pastor expected the church to turn and feed each other.
I was with my hubby and oldest son on vacay in northern Michigan. We were kayaking the Victoria River. It’s such a twisty-turny kind of river, a surprise at every bend (we won’t even mention the horse flies). However, one of the male members of our little crew began complaining about the constant turns and how difficult it makes the navigation. Imagine how easy our journey would be if this river were a straight line.
easy is just easy
Straight line journeys are easy, but easy is boring. So predictable. So vanilla. You can see ahead forever and ever. No surprises. No thrills. So straight line, flat line. No heart required. Where is the faith?
I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. Isaiah 41:18
We need a few twists and turns in our God journey. Challenges to keep us pushing and striving for more Jesus. Doesn’t every great adventure contain a few nail-biter moments when we aren’t sure if we’re to make it? I want to travel a few wide open rivers through desolate heights with God before He leads me to some still waters. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but I’ll take the wild ride. Yes, please.
Our vacay cottage is on the east end of Little Traverse Lake. Part of the lake is developed, sprinkled with cabins and cottages, but the east side is more remote with many wild spaces. Cedars, birches, and hemlocks line the rugged shoreline. These Eden-like wild spaces are teeming with wildlife. Otters gobbling crayfish and clams, Pileated Woodpeckers chiseling homes and niches, loons diving and calling. Life and growth flourish in the solitude of the wild space.
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. Luke 6:12
we need some wild spaces
In our structured scheduled urban lives, we need some wild spaces. Wild spaces are chunks of time set aside to meet with God in a quiet place. Maybe your wild space is a secluded corner of a city park, a hideaway nook in your favorite cafe, or your porch swing on your backyard patio. The important thing is you meet with God daily. Bring your Bible, pen and journal and forget your phone. Be ready to meet with God and listen as He uses wild spaces to to challenge and deepen your walk with Him.
Where is your favorite wild space?
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Though princes sit together speaking against me, your servant will think about your statutes. Psalm 119:23
They are talking about you. They’re sitting over there laughing, shredding, ripping you to pieces, and you know it.
Gossip cuts straight to the heart. Always painful, always injurious. Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will break your heart. But we don’t have to cooperate with our enemies by twisting the knife. We have a choice. What is the choice? Go back and read the verse.
an older lady shouted to me above the traffic.
I was making a dash against the light on a street in my small Midwest town. I turned my head and smiled a feeble apology to my fellow pedestrian as she dutifully scurried back to the curb, pulling her companion, who was in a wheel chair. Thankfully, they made it back to the curb before the pick-up truck rushed through the intersection. I beat the truck (I was in heels and a dress) and hopped up on the sidewalk. Safe.
I had been praying for my drama class. After weeks of rehearsing, running lines, rehearsing again, blocking, dancing, more rehearsing again (because you still haven’t given your all), my troops were weary and timid and wondering: Did they have what it takes to knock it out on stage? I wanted them to quit holding back and open their mouths and hearts and give their all so God would get the glory. I couldn’t wait to tell them.
The next day during our pre-rehearsal prayer time pep talk, I rallied my students by telling them the message God gave me for them:
be the one.
Would they to be the one to use their gifts? Would they be the one who’d leave it all on the stage, to
What about you?
Can you be the one? Can you be the one to say yes, to say no, to stand up, to hold your ground? Can you be the one to speak up, speak out, speak for?
Can you be the one to pray, to believe, to walk, to run, to fight, to love, to forgive? Can you be the one to tear down walls, take down giants, and tell mountains to move?
Can you be the one to tell the world, your neighbors, your friends, your enemies that Jesus loves them? Can you be the one to speak truth, to speak hope, to speak faith?
Life today is filled with pressures to do more, be more and achieve more. But God has called you to do one thing, to be the one He created you to be.
Be the one.
“Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
- Be the one at work who goes the extra mile, who doesn’t complain, and who encourages others.
- Be the one at home who loves with no return, gives forgiveness, and offers a second, third, twentieth, or two hundredth chance.
- Be the one at church who lifts a burden, who gives from the heart, and serves like Jesus is coming back today.
How can you be the one?
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