Construction projects take a lot of planning. No one decides to build a house because they have seen a house and have some boards lying about. Meeting the physical needs of babies allows thier bodies to be built. Constructing a life is more than growing a body. This blog is for those who are passionate about building lives in Christ.
Serving others is a great way to build the body--and our faith. Serving is simply a scaffolding on which to watch the Lord at work.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Waiting is a common – and usually unappreciated – experience.Even waiting for good things frustrates
us.Our minds fix on what we do not have
yet, unable to enjoy what we do have.It
is a waste of the precious, limited commodity of time.We fuss over the unknowns, allowing our
perceived lack to consume our minds.While we wait, time passes unnoticed.
That is not true for God; time is our burden and pain.He is timeless.Every moment we call time is a thread in His
eternal plan.Today is simply a vibrant
piece of His story.Like a page in a
classic novel, the richness has no empty spaces but builds to the perfect
conclusion.The victory of Christ
concludes our stories, so how do we learn to resist letting time slip away
while we ‘wait’ in faith?The season of
Advent helps us grasp the concept!
Choosing to use the days before Christmas to focus our
hearts and minds on the loving plan of God revealed at Christmas is the key to
‘waiting’ well.Waiting is not wasted
when the coming of the King is our confident hope.Waiting becomes worship when we have the
right perspective.Remembering that
before God spoke the first word of Creation, He knew the joy of Bethlehem, the
suffering of Calvary and the glory of the resurrection boggles our minds.The
Masterpiece designed from and for eternity is complete in Him; today is but one
vibrant scene in the weaving.Looking at
the Artist, seeing His perfection assures us of the outcome.A sweet hymn sings what our hearts cry, “What
a strange way to save the world.”Yet we
rejoice that His ways are not ours for His ways are perfect.His timing is not ours, and again, we trust
His perfection.With our eyes focused on
His presence, the tyranny of time cannot disrupt us.Christmas centers our hearts on the love of
God, the promise of His presence.Christmas must not be confined to December 25th.
In Acts chapter 9, Paul’s encounter with the Lord offers us
another aspect of waiting that inspires me.After the blinding encounter on the road to Damascus, Saul was
instructed to “Arise and go…” until further instructions were given.In the city Saul was to go was another man—a
disciple of the Lord who also was told “Arise and go.”Ananias, with normal fear, questioned the
Lord.Ananias knew this man named Saul,
knew he hated the followers of Christ.Yet God knew more than Ananias.In God’s masterpiece, Saul needed to become Paul.Ananias needed to reach out and share the
Spirit with him; Saul waited till the Lord’s disciple obeyed.Perhaps there is a Saul in our lives, waiting
for the touch of the Spirit through us.Let’s not waste time questioning the Lord. Wasting time is not a part of God’s
plan.He wastes nothing.We, as His disciples must step in and be the
touch of the Spirit for hurting hearts.Angel
Tree Ministries is the perfect framework for applying that touch.
Children especially struggle in these days before
Christmas.The longing for the presents
under the tree is almost more than their hearts can contain.For children of incarcerated parents, the
wait often extends long beyond the Christmas season.Separation and finances compound the pain of
the parent’s absence.Angel Tree
Ministries steps into the pain to share the balm of love Christmas is all
about.As you begin to prepare your
heart for Christmas, consider making Angel Tree part of your preparations.