Has Babylon Overtaken You?

Babylon represents all the glitz, glamour, and glory this world has to offer. In Babylon, everything was big. Their army was big and feared among the nations.

What is it you are facing today that seems insurmountable? What dream has yet to materialize? What illness yet to be resolved? Is it a financial worry or perhaps a relationship gone sour?

God has placed dreams in all of us. We dream of “the good life”, but what exactly is “the good life”? A bigger house? A fancier car? Taking that dream vacation or finding the love of our life? Some dream of reaching the top of the corporate ladder. Others reach for the pinnacle of success, stardom, and fame.

As I spent time in reflection this past Lenten season, I asked myself these questions:

1. Have I, too, strayed from the Holy One who alone can satisfy the desires of my heart?

2. Has my focus shifted to the wrong priorities?

3. Have I depended too long on my own strength and wisdom instead of the power of God?

4. Am I willing to endure “unfair” circumstances and what could be perceived as the “wrath” of God?

Sadly, I must confess the answer that came was yes and once again I was humbled at the foot of the cross. The verses of scripture I have memorized over the years filled my mind like pools of refreshment.

“My grace is sufficient unto thee,” (2 Cor 12::9)

“It is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit sayeth the Lord” (Zech 4:6)

Despite my best efforts to downsize, declutter, and reprioritize, Jesus is still calling me to come unto Him. Matt 11:28 was my memory verse all last year. Jesus says to us these words in the New Testament: “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.”

When our dreams go up in a puff of smoke, the illness yet undiagnosed, and the relationship we coveted lost, let the words of the Psalmist comfort you as they comfort me. “Be not downcast, oh my soul” ( Ps. 43:5). In times of difficulty we are to put our hope and our trust in God alone. He alone is our fortress and strong tower. The righteous run into it and they are saved.

No matter how many times we get off course, the Good Shepherd is faithful to rein us in like the lost sheep of Israel. He desires that none perish but that we all have life and have it to the full. Our God never keeps score. I serve a God of second, third, and fourth chances and for that I give him my life and my devotion.

Who are you serving these days, dear one? What god are you worshipping? “Lean not on your own understanding but in all ways acknowledge Him, and He shall make all your paths straight.” (prov. 3:5-6).  Whatever is off course, whatever is lost, whatever is still a mystery, trust God. He is faithful. He is merciful and He is still on our side.

Until next time, keep moving forward on your journey to faith and as always, keep looking up!

 

 

Expect the Best

Ever make plans and then have them fall thru? Expect someone to show up and they’re a no-show? Bummer, huh? Well, it happened to me this past weekend but I took a different attitude and was amazed at how it all turned out.

I like to plan. I check out the fun things going on in the area and put them on my calendar in advance, so I will have something to look forward to. This weekend I was looking forward to seeing my current favorite band, NOMAD, at a local country dance joint. I had made plans with some friends a few weeks prior and we were all very excited when the weekend arrived.

It was fun getting all decked out in my texas wear, jeans, cowboy boots and glitz.
We arrived at the place in plenty of time to have dinner and sat down to look at the menu. Looking at a sheet of the upcoming events, I had a funny feeling.

“This says Amish Outlaws are playing tonight.” I felt something distressing in my spirit.
“I’ll ask the waitress,” my friend said. When the waitress came by my friend spoke up. “Who is the band tonight?”
“There is no band tonight,” the waitress replied. “There must have been a mixup. We have a DJ.”
I looked at my friend to see her reaction. She kept a happy face, bless her.
We decided to pray right then and there.
“Lord, you know how much we were looking forward to hearing this band. We trust that you will work this out for the best.” We decided that God must have something better in mind for us that evening and He certainly did.

After we ate, we went out to the dance floor to get a seat. An acquaintance of mine came over and invited us to join her group on the other side of the dance floor. It turned out there were several single men there who were excellent dancers.My friend and I danced the entire night. In fact, we were both worn out!

“I can’t wait to come back here,” my friend exclaimed, dewy with perspiration.
I smiled and was so glad.

The moral of the story is that even though something out of my control happened that could have put a damper on the entire evening, turning the situation over to the Lord and expecting Him to work it out for the best had amazing results. We refused to let disappointment ruin the evening and replaced it immediately with faith.

Has something like this ever happened to you? Drop me a note and share the experience. Expect the best and you might even get it! Until next time, keep looking up!