Interacting

Give them a tap.

Saturday night I wanted to go to the Franklin Rodeo, Carey felt like she was supposed to go to a party.

Carey did what she always does: she asked God, “Rob and I are hearing different things about tonight. What are we supposed to see in that and how can we get back in sync?”

I hate it when she does that. Because I almost always end up hearing and doing what God says instead of what I want.

And I love it when she does that. Because God’s plan is always better than mine.

When Carey asked God about Saturday night, I heard I was not to be entertained, but to interact. So we went to the party and had great time.

The next morning we went for a motorcycle ride. God took us the most direct route to Grace Chapel in Leiper’s Fork (also spelled Leipers Fork.)

Our trip wasn’t planned – we didn’t know where we were going when we left the house. We had on our motorcycle clothes and hadn’t showered. That didn’t seem to bother anyone there.

It was a great message entitled “Halleluiah Anyway – Defiant Joy in Tough Times (Part 7.)”

God got my attention right away when Pastor Steve asked the congregation to pray for a church member who had just left for a mission trip to Nepal. That church member is the realtor who sold us our house. There are no coincidences.

Pastor Steve went on to teach from Philippians Chapter 1 and two phrases jumped out at me.

“Stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (v27) told me again that we did the right thing by asking God where to go the night before.

And “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake” (v29.) That verse is harder for me to face.

My “suffering” less than twenty-four hours earlier was whether I would “get” to go to the rodeo or “have” to go to a party.

I know better. I have experienced a small sprinkling of suffering. I have seen extreme suffering in others and even more on the news.

For me to “hate” doing what God asks – when He’s asking me to go to a party – is the thought of a two-year-old.

Lord, thank You for Your patience with me. With each transformation and forward motion You bring, I see how my wants hold me back. Interaction with You is what You want for me.

You can’t remove all the need in the world today but there are lots of ways you can help. Ask God to show you your two-year-old.

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