Sunday, October 27, 2013

Clouded Doubts - Infinite Promises

I hadn't been on an airplane in over 20 years and feeling a little nervous, I was very blessed to have my friend Michele sitting with me, reassuring me and attempting to ease my fears as we hit a few small (even though they seemed BIG to me) bumps on a couple of our flights. During our first flight this morning I was feeling extra anxious and I silently prayed Lord please forgive me for my fear, protect us and keep us safe. This particular flight I wasn't able to sit with my friend but a very nice woman who talked about her children and grandchildren, it was a nice distraction.

As I continued to feel those familiar fears rise up and down with the rhythms of the flight I tried to focus on the incredible beauty just outside of my window. Admiring the fluffy white clouds floating just below us I saw what I thought was a rainbow circling one of the clouds. I looked harder, blinked and even took off my glasses to check for smudges. I leaned over, pointed out the window and asked my new friend if she saw the rainbow in the cloud, but she did not.

I began to doubt what I had seen and chalked it up to being overly tired from a long (although amazing) weekend. I decided to attempt to take a little nap but when I was awakened by another bump, I again looked out of my window to see a rainbow circling a cloud. This time I stared hard, opening my eyes wider and the longer I looked the clearer it became. As I stared at the colorful sphere I began to see an image forming in the middle of the circle. I continued to stare at the mysterious object until I could clearly see that it was the outline of our airplane. I wanted reassurance that someone else could see it too so again I asked my new friend and again she replied that she didn’t see anything. She must have noticed my excitement and then disappointment as she explained that maybe it was the angle that she was sitting that prevented her from seeing what I saw.

It was in that moment that I decided to believe that I saw it! Even if it was for my eyes only, just God’s way of reassuring me of His promise to keep us safe as we flew high above the ground, it was enough for me!
When we safely landed and were on our way to our next flight I began to tell the story to my friend Michele who said, “The rainbow in the cloud, yeah I saw it and I saw the shadow of our airplane in the middle.” She then repeated what I had thought, that it was God’s promise (the rainbow) and that He was protecting our plane.

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a rainbow in a complete circle but I truly believe that it was God’s way of showing me that His promises are infinite, endless, and inexhaustible.

We have an amazing God who even when we doubt, loves us enough to show us just how much, in uniquely beautiful ways!

I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. Genesis 9:13

*This is an image that I found on wikipedia, not the actual image I saw from our airplane, but almost identical to what I saw. Apparently this is a very rare and I feel incredibly blessed to have witnessed it!

Thinking of the beauty that God painted in the sky to reassure me I can't help but think of another way that God clearly spoke to my heart as we neared the end of our time at Allume...

As we sang our last worship song at Allume and watched as each artist's brush revealed more of God's glory on the individual canvases, I felt God impress on my heart the precious time wasted on comparison. Looking at each of the canvases I could see that they were all so different, so unique, each one beautiful and an incredible gift. That is how God sees each of us, so different, so unique that there is truly no comparison. God wants to reveal the beauty that He painted in each of us, we just need to stop comparing ourselves to everyone else and be who He created us to be!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Praying for the Prodigals

When I was in my early twenties I had a “spiritual” friend and after spending much time with her I was convinced that my God was a loving God who wouldn’t send anyone to hell and if I was a good person I would naturally go to Heaven. I was also convinced that it wasn’t important to name the name of Jesus, after all it was just a name, right?

One day I argued this point to my mom and my aunt (who is like my 2nd mom) as they tried to explain the truth to me I became very offended and angry. Thankfully they didn’t give up on me but stood their ground, relied on their faith in God’s word and prayed for me continually.

Seeds were planted and little by little God began opening my eyes and revealing the truth to me according to His word and by placing specific people in my life.

John 14:6

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

God loved us enough to send His only Son to die for us, to pay the price for our sins so that we could be reconciled to Him. God doesn’t send anyone to hell, He allows us to choose. He doesn’t bully us, but lovingly leads us to His Son. It isn’t about being a good person, it isn’t about our works. There is nothing that we can do to earn our way into Heaven but we can choose to receive the gift that Jesus died to give us. He made a way for us to come to our Father. He gave it ALL so that we could have it ALL.

One day we ALL will bow to Him and every tongue will acknowledge that Jesus is the name above ALL names and is worthy to be praised!

Romans 14:11

For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God [acknowledge Him to His honor and to His praise].

So parents, continually pray for your children, don’t give up and don’t give in where God’s word is concerned!!! Stand on the truth and one day their eyes will be opened and truth revealed.

Proverbs 22:6
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

Ask the Lord to bring his light into the life of your prodigal, What looks enticing in darkness looks shoddy and cheap when exposed to true light.