Are We Present…or Longing for_____Something?

Last weekend I went to a women’s conference to (what is now called), Summit University.

Bible College was a lot of years ago. We got married after my husband’s first year and I worked and eventually got my degree, fondly called PHT (Put Hubby Through).  My husband also worked nearly full time while going to school. There weren’t many date nights, just long days of school and long nights of work…but we made it!

I hadn’t been back in years, so I took some down time to walk around the pond on the campus.

Along the path were new bronze plaques mounted on glass, and on each one showed the days of creation.

I had to reach out and touch the smooth–rough texture of each one. Each had a verse from Genesis and Revelation.  Since the sun was glaring on glass, I couldn’t photograph most of the verses. Here are a couple of examples:

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firstday

I thought about all the dreams we had as a young couple and wondered about our future. Over the years, the hard times that brought some good with a lot of pain. There were some years when pain was all I could see, and wondered what was the purpose. Since it was thrust upon us, it was a path we had to take. At backward glance it shows me that sometimes I dwelled too much on the longing for certain dreams in the future. Maybe it was my escape from the daily normal life.

You know…someday I want to….

 ferns

cattails
cattails all played out

 

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God separating the water from the sky

I love the quote by Jim Elliott—Let not our longing slay the appetite of our living.

It’s interesting that this should be a quote by Jim, because he didn’t live a long life.  His life was cut short…unexpectedly.

But when he lived, he really lived!

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God made the sun, moon and stars

 

Those illusive dreams that we hope for can turn us bitter if they are unfulfilled.  If we think God is our special genie and bows to our dreams, then we have made God small and insignificant.  We have become big in our own eyes, and instead of his follower, we are a manipulator.  Instead of loving others, we seek to control, possibly every part of our lives, and others.  Yes, others.

 

 

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Growing plants

 

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God speaks with mankind

I wanted my life organized and planned—I wanted to have a long trip out West by the time we had our 25th anniversary. It didn’t happen, in fact, we had six children and grew them, and put braces on every one of their smiling faces.
And now I don’t regret those days of scrimping for braces money! Or (every) summer vacation at Summit Lake.

deadpines

We had our 40th anniversary a few years ago and my husband and I went to Colorado. We spent a week climbing in the Collegiate Mountains.  It was a place on my list of things to do. But how much more fun it was to share with my brother and his wife.

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How long are God’s days? He created the world in six days. Were they 24-hour days like ours? One of God’s days is like a thousand of ours, but does that even matter?

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Trees bowing
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Holes are like blindspots
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Thistles in our lives
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What is sticking to our life?

Why did he tell us the creation event one day at a time?  He could have lumped it all together in one verse…God created everything. He could have created everything with one word…in one moment.

But no…I think as a creator he took time to enjoy each step of the creating process. He anticipated the next step, as a painter works with the background, and builds onto his paining.

How indescribable is the expanse of the earth, the heavens, and the created mankind!  And he said he was pleased.

Then the Creator rested…

 creationlast

Last night I made a phone call to a woman who had recently lost a baby.  I longed to hug her, after all, I had been there.  I understood her pain and her hormonal mess. Let me be an encouragement, not another burden.

Yesterday I had spent the morning rearranging my bookshelf and came across a book a fellow writer had written on miscarriage. I had set it aside, not knowing that in the evening I would be talking to this young woman. It wasn’t my plan for yesterday, but it was God’s plan.

Today I put that book in the mail.

Let’s slow up and not hurry.  Enjoy the day…one at a time.

 Be in the present.

Seek the pleasure God has made this moment…this day.

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Reaching to God

 

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.  God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”  Matthew 6:34 MSG

 

 

 

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