My son & I finished a puzzle during Spring Break & I always enjoy the time with my son as well as the therapy of engaging in an entirely different kind of activity that promises a successful outcome. In my thinking, much of life is like a puzzle – sometimes there seem to be random pieces that don’t look like they belong nor fit. Let’s understand that God knows the big picture, how the pieces for together, as well as the middle, edges & timing for the most breathtaking outcomes beyond description. We are all masterpieces in the making!! 🙂
The world in which we live has some people who do some really crazy things – holding their breath for multiple minutes for deep water diving, wrestling with aligators, playing polo with a sheep head & lots of even crazier things! Who does that kind of stuff???
Here’s a quiz. Who does this kind of stuff?
- disagrees with the religious & cultural norms
- touches disease infested people, endeavoring to make them better
- welcomes everyone who is ostracized, outcast and isolated
- seemingly abandons his friends at the very worst possible time
- does everything within his power to help people, even when they’re ungrateful
I find myself in a season of life where I have lots & lots of questions & not just about the weather. For me, it feels like many of my questions seem to either have no answers or they have very difficult answers and this can be really challenging. But as simple as it sounds, I’m finding that Jesus is the answer. Jesus is the answer for my need for wisdom, direction, strength, assurance, security & so much more. Jesus is my answer of peace for a troubled heart. Jesus is the answer: full stop 🙂
I often have questions about God that are perplexing. One of my friends mom died & I don’t know why. She was a very beautiful, faith filled, godly & loving person. But she died & wasn’t even 60 years old. Her death has been really hard on her family & I don’t understand why she died. There are many other situations like this that I don’t understand – and you probably have had some similar experiences & questions. Why don’t people get healed when we pray for them? Why do godly people die what seems to be prematurely? Why do we go through hardships & struggles when it seems like we are doing all the “right things”?
These questions & more are really difficult. But something I do know, is that regardless of my experiences, questions or frustrations, I make the decision to believe & trust in God. I chose to be a person of faith. I may still have questions & frustrations but I chose to not allow these things to be stronger in my life than my faith in God.
I’ve been having some interesting conversations with God lately & I can’t say that I’m all that thrilled about some of the answers to a few important questions. So what do we do when we don’t get the answers that we want?
I’m trying to coach my kids that when I give them an unwanted answer, that they still maintain a good attitude. Maybe this is God’s way of coaching me to greater maturity as well – even when God gives me answers that I don’t want. Perhaps part of becoming more mature is understanding that the source of our life is a daily & dependent relationship with God & not just a shallow “getting my way” quick fix. I’m reminding myself that God’s ways are higher than my ways 🙂
Well, we’re concluding our 2nd trip to Angola & I’m quite a mixed bag of feelings & thoughts. In some respects, this trip has been more difficult than our 1st venture & it seems like I’ll have some sorting out to do for a fair amount of time. There are several discussions that I’m having with God, along with many questions. So in some respects, I guess that’s good because these interactions certainly keep our relationship genuine.
Alot of my conversations with God are also filled with gratitude. I’m very thankful for His patience with me as I grow, His wisdom in how He handles me, His grace for my humanity and most of all His love, which I’m unable to describe at this point.
I think I’ll be working through this trip for awhile. But be sure to watch for a video update tomorrow – I worked on one & when I get in a wi fi friendly area, I’ll upload it & it will certainly warm & encourage your heart 🙂 In the meantime, here’s a cool pic of my friend Jody who has become delightfully attached to Celestina, a beautiful & very healthy 3month old little girl 🙂
Its really good to experience Christmas w kids & I’m discovering this moreso w each year. I love their questions:
- why do people celebrate Christmas if they don’t believe in Jesus? – David
- who has the last birthday of the year in our family? Answer by Isabell: Jesus
- are we having birthday cake for Jesus’ birthday? – Benji
- what made the men from the East who came to give Jesus presents, “wisemen”? – David
- what were the shepherds doing in the field at night when the angels came to visit? Were they staying up late when this happened? – David
- what are we doing for families that don’t have enough money for Christmas? – Isabell
They’ve asked me LOTS more, but these are just a few off the top of my head. Kids can really distill things to the most important points – cutting through the fluff. I love it!
Isabell is really excited because she’s in our church’s kid’s Christmas program this weekend as an actor, singer, dancer & cheerleader. She’s SO EXCITED!!!!! Benji has his Jr Kindergarten program on Wed – he’s Gabriel. I think he makes a very fitting Gabriel – announcing w great joy, enthusiasm & volume the birth of Jesus. I think David kind of prefers the cerebral approach to the season. Whatever the case, they’re all fabulously unique & I am more than in awe of them & their observations.