Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Are We There Yet?

I can remember as a kid and vividly as a parent on long family vacations saying or hearing, "Are we there yet?" My response is most often, "Nope! Not yet?...Pretty soon!" I can almost hear my kids asking that question...or how about this one (whining) "When are we going to be there?" At this point my response turns much more sarcastic, "When we get there I suppose!"

I am sure we could all recall a similar scenario, but how often do we ask God that question either subliminally or intentionally in our hearts? When we are faced with a difficult situation and long for a better future, do we grow impatient with God and begin asking Him the question over and over again, "Are we there yet?" "When will this thing be over?"

Isn't it nice to know that God knows exactly when we will arrive at our destination. The length it takes is for our good and building of character. Listen to what the James 1:2-4 says:,

"Consider it pure joy my brothers when you face trials of many kinds. For you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that we may become mature and complete, not lacking anything."

Next time we are faced with difficulty, we can trust God that He is helping us mature in our faith, and we can consider it joy.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Things Grow in the Desert

The desert can be an arid and desolate place, but it is easy to miss the beauty. Many people miss all the growth that takes place in such an arid place. Could it be the intense conditions that make the growth more amazing?

Like a desert life can be just as intense. I am feeling like I am in the desert, not just physically, but spiritually. I am being tested by the climate of circumstances and unknowns. God is teaching me to rely on Him. He is teaching me to live in the present and enjoy His provision for today and not become disappointed by the unrealized future. This is hard for me because I am future focused. I tend to dream about a brighter future and in doing so I can miss the blessings right in front of me.

The desert has taught me to appreciate the growth in this time of unknowns and realize that growth takes time and requires patience.

"God help me to trust you, even when things are uncertain. I know you use tough times to shape us and bring about growth."