I BELIEVE…

“My eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God, who controls every circumstance of my life.” George Mueller

“But the righteous will live by faith.”  Habakkuk 2:4b

Oh to have such faith that when you pray you actually believe that God will answer your prayer.  That Jesus always has our best interest in mind.  I want to share the following devotional by STREAMS IN THE DESERT that I hope will encourage you to trust God wholeheartedly,  with whatever is troubling you today.  With whatever you are seeking Him about.  That our trust in a faithful God would be complete, and that we would not only trust but believe for those things that seem impossible in our life.   Because with God all things are possible!!!   “And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

A Simple Prayer     BY STREAMS IN THE DESERT  Online daily devotional

L.B. Cowman

“I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me” (Acts 27:25).

I went to America some years ago with the captain of a steamer, who was a very devoted Christian. When off the coast of Newfoundland he said to me, “The last time I crossed here, five weeks ago, something happened which revolutionized the whole of my Christian life. We had George Mueller of Bristol on board. I had been on the bridge twenty-four hours and never left it. George Mueller came to me, and said, “Captain I have come to tell you that I must be in Quebec Saturday afternoon.” “It is impossible,” I said. “Very well, if your ship cannot take me, God will find some other way. I have never broken an engagement for fifty-seven years. Let us go down into the chart-room and pray.”

I looked at that man of God, and thought to myself, what lunatic asylum can that man have come from? I never heard of such a thing as this. “Mr. Mueller,” I said, “do you know how dense this fog is?” “No,” he replied, “my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God, who controls every circumstance of my life.”

He knelt down and prayed one of the most simple prayers, and when he had finished I was going to pray; but he put his hand on my shoulder, and told me not to pray. “First, you do not believe He will answer; and second I BELIEVE HE HAS, and there is no need whatever for you to pray about it.”

I looked at him, and he said, “Captain, I have known my Lord for fifty-seven years, and there has never been a single day that I have failed to get audience with the King. Get up, Captain and open the door, and you will find the fog gone.” I got up, and the fog was indeed gone. On Saturday afternoon, George Mueller was in Quebec for his engagement.      

I pray this devotional was uplifting to you…I know reading it really impacted my life today…as I think about how awesome God truly is and how much He loves us and desires to meet our needs.  If you want to read more about the life of George Mueller please read below….

God’s richest blessings to you….

More to come from Risendreams…

By Marta VanGerwen © 2012

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George Mueller was a native German (a Prussian). He was born in Kroppenstaedt on September 27, 1805 and lived almost the entire nineteenth century. He died March 10, 1898 at the age of 92. He saw the great awakening of 1859 which he said “led to the conversion of hundreds of thousands.” He did follow up work for D. L. Moody, preached for Charles Spurgeon, and inspired the missionary faith of Hudson Taylor.

The aim of George Mueller’s life was to glorify God by helping people take God at his word. To that end he saturated his soul with the word of God. At one point he said that he reads the Bible five or ten times more than he reads any other books. His aim was to see God in Jesus Christ crucified and risen from the dead in order that he might maintain the happiness of his soul in God. By this deep satisfaction in God George Mueller was set free from the fears and lusts of the world. And in this freedom of love he chose a strategy of ministry and style of life that put the reality and trustworthiness and beauty of God on display. To use his own words, his life became a “visible proof to the unchangeable faithfulness of the Lord.”   Desiring God   God- Centered Resources from the Ministry of John Piper

For more information on George Mueller (you will be encouraged by reading about his life) type the following linkGeorge Mueller’s  strategy For showing God simplicity of faith

The richness of adversity…

” I have been driven many times to my knees by the
overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go.
My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed
insufficient for the day.”
Abraham Lincoln

Do you ever feel like life is just a bit overwhelming?  Like your hanging by a thread.  The challenges and problems that coexist with every day life seem to scream for all of our attention.  Yet our hearts cry out for peace, stillness, reflection and answers.  And mixed in with all the  mysterious of life  there is a beckoning.  A call” Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30   The love of God is lavishly poured out as it were from heavens gates right into the frailty of our human condition.  Jesus doesn’t just tell us it will all be alright  – but assures us that He will provide the strength we need to go through the trials and storms of life.

For the last few months I have been going through a very challenging time in my life.  One that has brought me to a deeper understanding of what it is to Praise God when things are quite imperfect in our life.  I remember as a child I had so many notions of how life would be for me.  I dreamed of happiness and longed for the day when everything would be okay.  But what I have discovered along the way is that life is one gigantic learning curve.  And God’s imprint upon a life comes with great complexity, as His refining and purifying process is worked out in us.  And quite frankly that work often appears to be messy.  Yes, in a society where appearance is so important and control trumps humility,  God has a wonderful way of bringing us to the end of ourselves.

What is our story today?  What are we walking through that is so much larger than us and demands the intervention of an all knowing God to see us through?  How are we facing what is before us?  Are we trusting  Him or are we wanting to fix it our way?  Are we experiencing joy in the storm or holding out for happiness and relief?  If we could but for a moment have a peak at the undertakings, the behind the scenes of what God is up to in our lives I can only imagine that we would be blown away.

Trials come to prove and improve us.  St. Augustine

It is in those places of crisis that we can truly discover the manifold riches that are unleashed when we are solely dependent on God.   Like sustaining joy, continuous peace, grace, love, direction, revelation, hope, purpose, and destiny.  How about healing, restoration, and redemption.  God’s ways are so much higher than ours.

I have to be honest I used to really not appreciate the following Scripture.  I just could not understand how God could allow adversity. I surely appreciated the good things of life…..but I didnt want to share in the sufferings.    “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?”  Job 2:10  But I can tell you that the richest times in my relationship with the Lord have come during my most desperate moments in life.  And while right now it may seem like we are holding on by a thread…that thread is Christ and He never lets go of us.

Our suffering is not worthy the name of
suffering. When I consider my crosses,
tribulations, and temptations, I shame myself
almost to death, thinking what are they in
comparison of the sufferings of my blessed
Savior Christ Jesus.
Martin Luther

By Marta VanGerwen © 2011

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NO TIME FOR GOD???




  Are we satisfied with our relationship with Christ?  Do we long to know Him more, but caught up by the busyness of  life? How do we make time for something so important?                                      

© By Marta VanGerwen

My sweet daughter just turned 18.   I began to recall memories of when she was a little girl.   I would watch her play in her room.  She would bounce back and forth between her little kitchenette and her dolls enjoying her make belief world.

“Can we talk Cece?”  I would ask.

 “In a minute mommy I am very busy right now!” 

 I would then ask again.  “Can we spend some time together?”

 “Maybe later Mommy, I have to feed the dolls and clean my house.”

With a chuckle I just kept watching.  My desire was just to sit and chat with her.  But even at such a young  age she had already begun the spin of lifeShe was caught up in her world.   In many ways she was just modeling my behavior – that of the daily ritual of keeping as many things going as possible.  Going from one thing to another making sure nothing is left undone.   Like the spinning plates routine.

I liken that scenario to my relationship with the Lord.  I imagine there have been countless missed opportunities where the Lord desired to connect with me.   But I was caught up in my own world.  The spin of my life did not make room for the pause…the stillness…the awareness needed to experience a God connection.   That unique place where Heaven and hearts unite.   Where we miraculously experience His gentle yet penetrating presence,  and His quiet yet powerful  voice.

Jesus desires to communicate with us!  In a world where noise, activity, and accomplishment is primary,  God’s world represents  the complete opposite.   His call is to come away, rest, be still and know that He is God.  He longs for us.  We see this all throughout Scripture. A loving and merciful  God going to extreme measures to reach out to His creation.   And yet, the human will continues to spin trying to figure out this thing called life- by itself.  All the while God just wants to come inside and take His rightful place in the human heart.  Revealing His love and establishing connection.        

           “There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.” Brother Lawrence

  “Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalms 46:10

From the moment we get up we are caught up in the whirlwind of our fast –paced lives.  And if we really look closely, it’s like God is competing with our schedules.  Everything seems to take priority over the most needed thing in our life – connecting with the Lord.   God wants to share Heavens Secrets with us.  And yet how easily we can disregard, pass by, not make time, or live without the awareness of God’s presence in our life.

“The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He will make them know His covenant.  My eyes are continually toward the Lord,  for He will pluck my feet out of the net.”  Psalm 25:14-15

Experiencing God is not just limited to a church service, but rather it is a day by day, moment by moment awareness.   It is a realization that Christ is not distant, but rather lives in us and desires relationship.   In the book,  “Practice of the Presence of God”, by Brother Lawrence  he addressed his ongoing relationship with the Lord in the following way…

“I occupy myself solely with keeping myself in God’s holy presence.  I do this simply by keeping my attention on God and by being generally and lovingly aware of Him.  This could be called practicing the presence of God moment by moment, or to put it better, a silent, secret and nearly unbroken conversation of the soul with God.”

Practicing the presence of God !  But how is this done?  How do we stop all the plates from spinning long enough for us to become acquainted with our Lord,  who is calling us by name to an abiding, loving,  and engaging relationship.   How can we make time for the pause…stillness…and awareness needed to connect with God amidst the busyness of our life?

Below are some suggestions, I would love to hear from you with your ideas.  Ways that have helped you find time for the pause…  

  • Acknowledge the reality of His presence in your life throughout the day.  It’s  not like we leave Jesus at home.  He is always with us.
  • Talk with Him.  Be real.   He knows everything about us already so why not just be honest with Him about what is going on in our life.  Prayer is not some perfect expression but rather a heartfelt cry!
  • Look for moments, places that you can pause and reflect ….invite Him into your world each day….
  • Think about Him.  I have had to face the reality of how much my mind can be occupied with everything else but God in a given day.    This is an area that I am learning with God’s help to change in my life.
  • Meditate on Scripture every day I try and have a Scripture for the day that I can reflect on.  Write out Scriptures on sticky notes and put them up in your car, office, kitchen, and bathroom wherever you can be reminded.  God’s Word strengthens, encourages, guide us, and sets our hearts free….
  • Praise and thank Him.  “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.    We are so blessed to have so many choices of worship music to choose from.  Take time each day to express your gratitude for everything He is in your life.

Prayer does not fit us for the greater work;  prayer is the greater work.”     Oswald Chambers

As always your comments are welcome and appreciated.

Will you join me in allowing the Lord to have His rightful place in our hearts and lives?  

More to come from Risendreams…

Marta

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Be the ONE!

© 2011 Marta VanGerwen

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”  St. Augustine

 It was a fabulous summer day!  And having my granddaughter visiting from New York City was the bonus.  I took her to a local park that has a beautiful man-made lake filled with ducks.  With a bag of bread in hand we began feeding a few early arrivals.  And before I could get the next piece out we were inundated by a swarm.  Big ones, little ones, yellow and brown ones, and mean ones that nipped at you.  Emma was quickly showing signs of wishing she were elsewhere. I found myself planning our escape.  What I envisioned to be a memory making moment with Emma, was quickly turning into – what not to do when feeding ducks.

“Um Nana can we go now?”

“Oh! But Emma this is so much fun,” I proclaimed with hopes that my positive affirming words could change the situation.  And then I noticed the ONE!  Isn’t interesting how one little moment can become so significant by just pausing to observe.

Its shiny white feather coat stood out among the variety of ducks.   And I was unexpectedly captured by its predicament.   By now there were at least 30 ducks that had encircled us.  Fighting for every crumb we threw out.  It was each duck for his own.   Like a stampede. “Look out or you will die, if you get it before me” – mentality.  And there she stood in the midst of this aggression – trying to survive. I began to throw the pieces right in front of her, but the others would quickly snag them up.  By this time the sad white duck had me wrapped around its web feet.  Let me explain my fixation with this particular duck.  One of its feet was turned sideways causing it to walk very slowly.     It was helpless, lost, and isolated.

After numerous attempts to get the crumbs the special duck had given up trying.  Every attempt was a failure.   And without even looking back my new duck friend turned and purposefully walked away defeated by its scenario.

“Emma, come with me,” I yelled across the chorus of quacking.   Happily she found her way to me and held on as we made our way through the crowd.  I was now on a mission.  Out of all the ducks I wanted to reach the ONE.  I looked around to see where it had gone.  And there it lay on a bed of grass looking exhausted.

“What are we doing Nana?”

“We are going after the ONE that needs us the most. See that ONE over there” as I pointed.   “It’s hurt Emma.  It needs special attention.”

My quest now became Emma’s.  She was fully on board with our new mission.  Her circumstantial fear turned into courage for the ONE.  Just moments ago she was ready to go, but now seeing the need  – her heart shifted.  It is truly amazing what happens to us when we are taken up by the needs of others.  It’s like we were created to shine the most when our attention is on someone else.

So we slowly approached my duck.  Yes, she was now my duck.  With carefulness and tenderness we entered her world.   She stood up amidst her difficulty and welcomed the special attention.  She took bread right out of my hand.  Emma and I spent the next moments just feeding the ONE duck. No more throwing the food from a distance.  We were no longer on the outside looking in, we were now in the inside looking out.  That place in our lives where empathy and compassion overrides our human selfishness. 

It was evident that our special duck was quite hungry because it could not get enough.  After a while it stopped eating and delicately made its way down to the lake and drank water for a few minutes.  We then approached it again and fed it the remaining pieces of bread.    My heart was apprehended by this scene. The Lord would use a hurt and weary duck to paint a picture in my mind of His deep compassion and love for us.  How He leaves the crowd to go after the ONE.  How he loves us not from a distance but enters into our world.  He sees our pain.  He is acquainted with every need we have in our life.  He understands our struggles.  God’s love and compassion is HIS resounding signature upon mankind. 

For God so loved the world….that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  John 3:16 

I continued to think about why this scene had impacted me so much.  And then I realized I was  like that duck.  In the crowd.   Lost.  Trying to survive.  Hurt.  Lonely.  Isolated.  Needing special attention.  I too was trying to keep up with the crowd.  Reaching for whatever morsel was thrown out by the world.  But it always fell short of reaching my need.  And then one day Jesus left the crowd, entered my world and saved me.  I was the ONE.

” What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost ONE of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the ONE which is lost until he finds it? ”  Jesus

But wait!    YOU are the ONE too!  Maybe you have your story as to how He left the crowd to come after you.  Or maybe you are in the crowd and are struggling.  Whatever our scenario may be God is looking out for the ONE.  Will we accept His unconditional love, or will we continue to rely on the emptiness the world offers.

When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.  Matthew 14:14

Where does the Lord fit into your journey?  Have you given everything else in this world a chance  but Him?  God’s love supersedes anything we could ever experience in this world.  Be the ONE!!!

Grace to you…and peace from God…

More to come from Risen Dreams…as always I welcome your comments…

Marta

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Don’t worry…I GOT IT!!!

   

© 2011 By Marta VanGerwen

I can’t make it through another day!  The pain is unbearable!  I feel like my life is over!  I have no hope!  I can’t keep up this façade.  Why did this happen?   It’s so unfair!  These statements have been uncovered during many coffee times with precious women that are going through difficult times in their lives.  And some represent the cry of my own heart.   The older I get the more I realize that life is mostly hard, but…..God is good.   There are days when I am so saddened by the burdens that family and friends are walking through that all I can do is –  cry out to Jesus for a miracle.  Some may wonder where God is, and why does He allow so much pain?  Does He really care?   It seems the hardships appear to be escalating whether it be financial, physical or emotional.   So what are we to do with so much pain?  What do we say to one another as we face the daily challenges that come our way?  Can we trust that God’s got it?   Or is it easier to worry and wonder?  Is there comfort found in resting in the goodness and faithfulness of God, or is it more assuring to try and figure it all out?

I remember the day that I found out my daughter was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  Waiting for the MRI results had proven to be agonizing.   I spent hours online looking up the possibilities of what it could be based on her very abnormal eye activity.  The doctor suspected a brain tumor.  And while the wealth of information afforded us online is truly amazing, in moments like these it can be overwhelming.  At my fingertips I found every imaginable thing it could be.  By the time we went to the doctor to get the results I was convinced my daughter had a brain tumor. 

“Well,” said the doctor, “I have good news.  It is not a brain tumor.”  “Yes!”  I was overjoyed.  But I have other news.” continued the doctor.  “ Your daughter has MS.”   What?   It was like someone punched my stomach and knocked the air out of me.  More like the life out of me.  I wanted to scream.  Amidst the turmoil quickly brewing in my heart I thought,  No this is my daughter!  It can’t be!  I just brought her in because her eyes were doing strange things.  She will be fine.  She does not have MS.  This is just like the other visits where she has a virus and she will be better in a few days.  But the stark reality of the moment seized my attention, and I was forced to face what was unfolding.   I was overtaken with crippling fear.  What did this unexpected turn mean for my daughter?  How would we face this trial?

The doctor waited while I gained my composure and my sweet daughter sat there staring at the wall wondering what in the world just happened.  Thinking, “ Im 12 years old and you are telling me that I have an adult disease.”   I always knew she was an extraordinary girl but it was completely confirmed on that day.  She sat there with the poise of a champion listening to her doctor explain what her future held with this invasive disease.   Only 2% to 5% of children have MS.  And my daughter was now calculated in that small percentage.  Like an arrow striking her out of millions of children.

I am thankful the trials that come into our lives don’t come with complete enlightenment, but only with what is needed for the moment.  For if on that day the window to the future would have been opened,  unveiling what was ahead for my daughter it would have been seemingly too much to handle.  But that is the gift of grace provided by our Lord, that He only gives us the strength we need for each day to get through whatever may come   – moment by moment.

And while it is often hard to understand why the hardships come, I am moving into a deeper understanding that the storms of life truly do point us to a loving God who holds our lives strategically in His care.  Nothing goes unnoticed by Him.  And while the doubts shout with potency throughout our minds,  there is a calm in the storm that can be counted on.  There is a peace that settles in our hearts like a trusted friend.  While our situation may seem to be coming undone God is anchoring every broken piece with certainty.   A surety that no matter what… “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall ABIDE  under the shadow of the almighty.  Psalm 91:1

My darkest moments have been drenched with the radiance of a nurturing and loving God who not only holds us,  but guides us through the unexpected storms of life.

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you;  but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.”  1 Peter 4:12-13

Most of life is sprinkled with uncertainty and lacking the WHY answers.  We are not to know everything.  And I imagine there are profound reasons why our view on this side of eternity is limited.    “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face;  now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.”    1 Corinthians 13:12      And so while we may not have the answers we do have the assurance that the God who fashioned this world can and will most certainly bring us through anything that comes our way.    One thing is for sure and you can bank on this  – “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers him out of them all…Psalm 34:17-19a

Somehow I can visualize God declaring from heaven….Don’t worry…I GOT IT!!!     

More to come on RisenDreams…as always I welcome your comments….

Marta        

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I know what is best for my life! Really?

© 2011 By Marta VanGerwen

“You’re not the boss of me!” declared my four-year old granddaughter to her siblings.  I waited to see if I needed to jump in and referee. But with a little give and take they worked it out and Kylie marched on victorious.  As I watched her maneuver her little world, I reflected on the different places in my life where I demand my way.

Of course it is a different scenario when an adorable four-year old shouts out that statement versus an adult.  I have spent many years, telling others and God, “You are not the boss of me.”  Oh, I didn’t use those exact words.  But you know the saying, “Actions speak louder than words.”

Makes me think of the old song by Frank Sinatra, “My Way” that states the following, “And faced it all, and I stood tall; and did it my way.”  I have always struggled with those lyrics.  I wonder would we really at the end of our life be proud because we did everything our way?  As I look back at my life the places that have caused the greatest regret have been the areas where I did it my way, and where my actions shouted, “You are not the boss of me!”

I asked Jesus to be my Savior many years ago.  His powerful presence and transforming love set me on a journey of great healing.  But even as I yearned for Him to be my guide I still clung to my life.   And while I desired for Him to be in control of my life, my actions shouted,  “I still want to be in charge. You are not the boss of me!”  Again, I didn’t actually say those words to Him but through my stubbornness and demanding  way I was really saying I know what is best for my life.

In the bible we see a potent statement made by John the Baptist, that I feel really captures the essence of our relationship with the Lord, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30   Yet human nature wants its way.  And in the midst of our scramble to try and figure out  life, our Creator who has the answers longs to flood us with direction, fulfillment, purpose; and above all the gift of  Jesus.   And yet we continue striving and attempting to understand or make sense when it is impossible without the missing link.

This adventure was not intended to be self-directed, nor was it to be navigated by our finite perspective.  But instead to be relinquished to a loving God who desires to take center stage in our lives.  To supernaturally fashion His purpose for our lives in and through us.

After a few really costly mistakes I began to see that there is another way to live life.  I saw more clearly how the misguided view of “You are not the boss of me,” was driving me deeper away from God’s purposes for my life.  I saw how doing it my way is not the best for me, how it leads to disappointment and despair.

Demanding my way complicates.  Allowing God to direct ignites freedom  –  A freedom that sets in motion God’s amazing destiny for our lives.  I mean really who knows what is best for us but the ONE who created us.

So “Your not the boss of me,” is not my assertion anymore, but rather, Lord, help me decrease so that you can be all in my life.

And LORD, YOU ARE the boss of me!

Maybe you too have struggled with this in your own life.  I welcome your comments and or feedback… I think there is much to be learned from the journey of others…

More to come on RisenDreams…

You are HIS prized possession….

Marta          

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Control…control…control…

WHAT’S ON THE OTHER SIDE?

© 2011 By Marta VanGerwen

How many times have you been lunged into a new course in life?  The unexpected comes.   The loss of a loved one, a sickness overtakes your body, a job change,  or having to move to a new place.  Or a relationship is crushed as the imperfections of our humanness take center stage. Life can be very hard and painful.  It is filled with continuous change.  And I resist change.  I am a control freak.  Yes, I admit it.  I like to be in control.  Or should I say I live with the notion that I am in control.

I wonder if there is a sense of comfort in thinking we are in control.  And yet when the largeness of life comes, I am continually reminded just how much I am not in control.  I certainly did not have the power to control my exit from Cuba.  Or in the case of my amazing 17-year-old daughter who was diagnosed with MS four-years ago.  If I was in control I would not have willed her to be diagnosed with this terrible disease.

When my life set sail literally on a new course out of Cuba I had no idea what awaited me on the other side.  My heart resisted the change with everything within me.  From that point on I developed the pattern of wanting to control my own life.  I embraced the perception that if I could just control the situations of my life, I would never again have to feel the pain that had infiltrated my heart.

But something remarkable has happened in my life that has carried me from the passage to pain to the passage of freedom.  For as much as I have strived to be in control I have miraculously discovered the joy of letting go.  My journey out of Cuba not only provided me with the right to freedom as a human being versus the grip of communism and or socialism.  But it was also to be the catalyst that would unfold the path to the freedom for my soul,  whereby I would experience the life saving grace of Jesus Christ.

What’s on the other side?  The beauty in life is really found in the continuous metamorphosis that surrounds our journey.  A journey filled with new beginnings and new seasons and the adjustments that come with the ever-changing scope of our life.  God has placed us in this world infused us with the ability to love, hurt, feel, think and even doubt, and sets us on a journey of grand mystery.  The unpredictable looms every day.  And yet we are to trust, have faith, and move forward in the unseen.

Quite often, it may seem that staying in the current situation we are in is easier than facing where God may want to take us.  When God rattles our world, we can suddenly be hit with sticky fingers clutching the very life we have grown accustomed to having, yet knowing how desperately we need to let go.

I never could have envisioned what that painful passage of change from Cuba to Spain to America would provide for me.  That I would have the privilege to live in this great nation, to be blessed with everything I need and to experience learning a new language and a new culture.

You see on this side of change it’s hard to see all that God is up to.  But this is where letting go of the illusion of control, and allowing the powerful hand of God to move in our lives comes to play.  There is a peaceful confidence to life when we are being guided by Someone much greater than us.  Someone that knows the beginning to the end of our journey, and knows what is best for our life.

What is awaiting us on the other side of change?  What is God asking of us today?  Let go, trust Him and watch and see what God does in your life as you surrender to Him.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within in us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.  Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

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