In The Shadow

Sometimes in life everything seems completely, utterly, and totally impossible. Your circumstances seem to be like a thick black blanket surrounding you, suffocating you from catching a single breath. You cant seem to find the light at the end of that seemingly never ending tunnel. Its in these times that I always think of the countless stories in the Word where God’s people found themselves in impossible situations. The odds stacked up and with no way out the only place they could turn was Father God. So many times King David was surrounded by his enemies, at one point hiding in a cave, and every time God gave David a way to prevail. He (God) never left David hanging and always came to his rescue. In all circumstances David also knew who could save him, he never tried out of his own wit to get himself out of a bind. In ALL circumstances acknowledge the One who can bring you out of the darkness and give you a way to victory.

Never forget…

Psalm 91 (MSG)

You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
    spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
    I trust in you and I’m safe!”
That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
    shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
    under them you’re perfectly safe;
    his arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
    not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
    not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
    drop like flies right and left,
    no harm will even graze you.
You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
    watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because God’s your refuge,
    the High God your very own home,
Evil can’t get close to you,
    harm can’t get through the door.
He ordered his angels
    to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they’ll catch you;
    their job is to keep you from falling.
You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
    and kick young lions and serpents from the path.

14-16 “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God,
    “I’ll get you out of any trouble.
I’ll give you the best of care
    if you’ll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
    I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I’ll give you a long life,
    give you a long drink of salvation!”

“Dirty Dishes” with Jesus

This past week has been a whirlwind. Accepting the position of worship leaders at our church (didn’t plan on this one!), getting a new set of tires on our car only to come out of the store and see that one of them had gone flat (then the spare donut tire was flat too!). We ended up spending another $80 that we didn’t have but Anna and I know that it could have been a lot worse, like if it happened the next morning when we took a trip to Dallas to meet with our Missions agency to finalize our approval with them. On a happy note, I am happy to announce that we are official World Missions Advance Missionaries! Then we get home late Saturday night and start finalizing things for our first worship service the next morning and we find that our only computer is acting up and doesn’t want to work right. And last but not least our car (other than the tires) needs new tie rods! BAM!!! The good news is we get our vacation in a week! And if I feel like being a “super Christian” then the MAIN good news is that JESUS IS ALIVE! #truth

All honesty though sometimes in our lives our circumstances seem to be WAY bigger than they actually are. They tend to pile up on top of one another and get to a point that we feel we can’t do a whole lot about it; we become nostalgic. But as I was washing the dishes today Father God taught me a lesson. What seemed like a TON of dishes in our sink really were just a few big pots and pans with a few small things. When I began to take out the big things the rest of the job went by fast and it turned out that the job really wasn’t as big as I thought it was.

In your life when things seem bigger than you can handle and circumstances seem to pile on top of you step back and ask God to put things back in perspective for you. See things for what they really are; not based upon your feelings but based upon how small they really are compared to the Lord.

...a picture of us!
…a picture of us!