The Cave

Do you ever have moments when you want to take your family, rush into the middle of no where and just settle. Away from the pressures of life. Away from the pressures of their peers. Away from bad decisions. Away from bad people. Away from busy-ness. Away from the many things that consume us that simply don’t matter. I call it my cave.

Often times when I hear bad news, or when I hear of struggles of friends or watch others make choices that are not wise, I start thinking of my cave. We’d be happy. We’d be self-sufficient. And, we’d have no influences but our own (again, this is MY cave, remember). Yet, what wouldn’t’ we have? Connection with the rest of our family. Connection with others to teach us and train us. Learning moments. And most importantly, we would not be the salt and light in the world.

“There is a reason why Jesus calls His disciples salt and light. We know that salt and light only make a difference when it makes contact. Salt can only preserve something that’s rotting when it makes contact with what it is that it’s rotting. You know, light can only shine in the darkness if it makes contact with the darkness. ”   Ed Stetzer

Today

My thoughts echo Lysa’s today-

Psalm 86: 11 is what I ask the Lord to give me. “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart…”
Lord, may nothing separate me from You today. Teach me how to choose only Your way today so that each step will lead me closer to You. Help me walk by the truth today and not my feelings.

Help me to keep my heart pure and undivided. Protect me from my own careless thoughts, words and actions. And keep me from being distracted by MY wants, MY desires, MY thoughts on how things should be.

Help me to embrace what comes my way as an opportunity… rather than a personal inconvenience.

And you, ever have a day when that needs to be your morning prayer?

How sweet it is….

We have some friends who have been going through a rather rough time….year after year after year. Just when things seem to be pointing in the right direction and things are settling for their whole family, something comes at them and swings them in circles.

When we saw them a few weeks ago, it seemed that they were at a breaking point. They thought they were at a point of resolution, only to be in chaos again. But, they knew their God would provide and their God would guide, so they trusted Him….even with so many questions.

Here we are a few weeks later, and it has been absolutely humbling to watch from afar how our Heavenly Father has bestowed gift after gift upon them. Gifts they didn’t even know to ask for, as it was so out of reach. Gifts that were truly the impossible.  Gifts that I think maybe, years ago, they might have asked for….maybe….but now after so many years of the unexpected, they are simply content to make it to the next crossroads intact.

Being so close to the real story, the only thing I can do is thank the Lord with them. It’s funny – you hear people say how when someone else gets something, especially unexpected – that they are jealous or have a moment of ‘what about me?’ And, I’ll admit, I’ve been there before. With these friends, though, there is no jealousy, but pure joy, pure gratefulness to our Lord, and a pure peace that you know only He can provide. Truly, they’ve been on an advenuture – rocky most of the time, but for this present moment, they are “soaring on wings like eagles….”

“…those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31