With absolutely no effort at all, it is possible for me to “get lost” perusing greeting cards. I have always been of the opinion that messages presented on greeting cards should say exactly what the buyer means. As in, not “close to” what you mean or not “close enough” to what you mean, but “exactly” what you mean. Admittedly, accepting “close enough” is often required.
I likely would be dumbstruck if I were to see accurate data stating the amount of time I have spent reading card after card, looking for the “exact” message for the intended recipient. Were I to know how quickly that heartfelt, sincere greeting card was discarded (pun intended) by the recipient, I may have abandoned the effort I put forth to find it, but I sincerely doubt it. So often, then and now, cards given are Hallmark. “When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best,” why would you purchase anything else?
It is no different with God. He offers his best to us through heartfelt, sincere messages—penned by men inspired by God. By reading his greeting card/love letter to us, the Bible, he reveals himself and makes known his desire to have us embark on the great adventure he has planned for us.
The ingredients of this great adventure, as shared by Lead Pastor Ben Snyder, are uncovering, challenging, clarifying, and achieving. The adventure he has planned for us is dependent on our choosing to show up and participate! Sitting on the sidelines as a spectator keeps us from experiencing first hand his plan(s) for us.
One of the countless, meaningful messages God has for us, better than any Hallmark card, is referenced in Proverbs 29:18.
Proverbs 29:18 (MSG)
“If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed”.
Like the apostle Paul, the former “Christian killer” turned “Christian converter,” we can step in and do best what only we can do! Truly, God blesses us beyond measure when we attend to what he reveals. We can stand confidently, knowing God means what he says and he says what he means!
What keeps you from participating in the great adventure God has planned for you? What obstacles need to be removed from your life’s path? Do you need to change paths? Do you lack a personal relationship with God?
Stop resisting God. Surrender to God, knowing he is faithful and trustworthy. Read John 1 and Proverbs 29:18. Pray that God clearly reveals what he is doing. Pray for strength to stop stumbling all over yourself. Pray for courage to attend to what God reveals.
Heavenly Father, forgive me for stumbling all over myself at times and failing to see what you are doing. Open my spiritual eyes to see with clarity what you are doing. Give me courage to step into the adventure you have for me. Allow me to genuinely sense your strength in me when doubt and fear try to take over. Help me to enjoy the journey as I place my complete trust in you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Karen Peck. Karen retired in March 2018 from Lucas County Information Services. She has been married over forty years. Karen rejoices over God’s faithfulness and God’s patience in her life and in her marriage. Nothing matters more to Karen than her relationship with God and her entire family. Her immeasurable faith in Christ and His ability to restore the broken runs deep within.
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