that was then…and its now too:)

Tomorrow is the 2 year anniversary of my mother in law’s death. She was one of my very best friends and I miss her daily. I miss her constant support, her constant encouragement and her constant validation. I wish so badly she could see her son and how amazing  he has become! He seeks God with all he has and his passion is undeniable.  He wants to change the world. She would be so proud:)  I was looking back through my old blogs from 2008 and around the time she died.  I came across this particular blog post and it was like God handed me the word all over again.  I am in need of this fresh word and I know several friends of mine who need to read this….

Exodus 3:23-25 23 Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. 24 God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25 He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.[c]  

YEARS PASSED … I thought about the time that has passed over the years and how some of my prayers have been that constant groaning of wanting to see my sister’s life changed.   When I read the last sentence  “and knew it was time to act” I realized that we go through seasons of our lives, we go through droughts, we go through death, pain, numbness, joy, and so on for a purpose, for character growth, for something!  But when God hears our cries it doesn’t mean He doesn’t have a plan in place and something isn’t happening.  God is in control and It’s hard for me to sometimes grasp that!   I continued reading further down and  I begin to read the burning bush story and God just took these verses below and pierced my heart!

Exodus 3 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up. 3 “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.” 4 When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

How many times have I seen God at work and ran the other direction…like tons! I am at work around many “burning bushes” I see God doing things in friendships, in circumstances but choose to not move toward God but away from His presence due to the fact I may have my “own” stuff going on or the situations may not benefit me.   I love this part…now stay with me! Moses said I must go see this…and when the LORD SAW HIM COMING He called out to Moses!   I have known that God was doing something in a certain situation and instead of running straight to Him for renewal or answers, or direction I would turn to friends or I would let my pride guide me and then I would choose not to act or react. My hesitation led to cancellation…(Gina’s quote) and then before I knew it  the opportunity had passed! WHEN THE LORD SAW HIM COMING towards Him He called out to Moses…not when Moses saw the bush but after he begin to move toward it!  I was blown away by this! 

14 Wait patiently for the Lord.
      Be brave and courageous.
      Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

I have an issue with this because in my mind my desire to serve God is stronger than EVER  and yet I have to wait? I don’t undertstand that! I realize that GOD is moving and I have to just move towards Him and then He will see that I am coming towards Him and call out to me!

 God’s timing is everything and we have to be willing to SEE, LISTEN and then MOVE toward Him! God is in control and we have to just trust Him fully and give it all we have. I am going to rest in that…

Psalm 28 7 The Lord is my strength and shield.
      I trust him with all my heart.
   He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
      I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

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