Monday, August 23, 2010

The Rainbow


I don’t usually write about my husband on my blog.
Rog is a quiet person, and loathes attention of any kind, much less being “featured” on one of my blogs. However, he shared this story in Sunday school yesterday (a public forum, so to speak) so I am sharing it too.

We are reading the book Crazy Love in our Sunday school class, Rog is the “facilitator” (we don’t use the word teacher :)) and he shared a praise at the beginning of class when we share our prayer requests and praises.

The past few weeks the guys have been pouring A LOT of concrete. It can be a stressful thing, especially when you take into account weather complications.

The basement they have currently been working on has presented some problems and as Rog said himself, “I have been finding in the past weeks that I need to trust God more.”

As they prepared for the pour on Fri. morning, there was a 60% chance of showers. Now in some parts of the world, 60% isn’t a lot, however for Kansas in Aug. when they say 60% you sit up and pay attention. He did.

He prayed about it, and asked God to show him what to do perhaps a sign that he was with him in this decision. He went ahead and scheduled the pour for early in the morning. The trucks full of concrete arrived as the sun was coming up, and they poured the floor without incident. The clouds were around, and yes it looked like rain in the distance, it even sprinkled a little bit after they were done.

Roger shared that as he stood in the sprinkles he was aware that they had done the pour without rain, but had he really heard from God, or was he going on his own instincts. Did God really show him………..

At that moment as they dug out the cold drinks for a break, the sun came fully up over the eastern horizon, and in the west a perfect full rainbow appeared. One of the most perfect and fully formed rainbows that either of us could ever remember seeing.

He said that at that moment he knew that rainbow was his.

I have no doubt of it either, and as we looked at each other with tears in our eyes we both knew that God in his faithfulness had answered Rogers prayer.

(picture credit John Wise.com)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Dancing in the mind fields...........

Forty years ago the 8th of Aug. my sister Alane and her husband Steve got married. It was 108 degrees in the shade..................and the air conditioner in the church wasn't working right. To this day, when people who haven't seen them in years do see them one of the first things they say is "Boy! Do I remember your wedding."

When I heard this song I thought of them
It's no small fete being married that long. It's hard work some days. But by God's grace it happens, and I think they will attest that the longer they are married, it truly is by God's Grace.

So this is for them, and Richard and Dorothy, and Anita and Cliff, and all the others of our siblings who have danced successfully for the past 40+ years.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Gods plans

I have been reading the Old Testament again.

I’ve come to the part where David decided to take a census.

The exact phrasing is: “Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census.”

Just before this, God had blessed David by establishing his kingdom and even making his promise that David’s line would reign forever.

Just when we think we’ve got it sewn up, Satan walks in.

Why would God “allow” Satan to provoke David to take a census?

When the wrath of God comes because David chose to do this, he gives David a choice (first and only time in scripture, man got to “choose” his punishment). David chooses to “fall into the hands of the Lord, for His mercy is very great…..”

For three days Israel was plagued, literally, and Jerusalem was being destroyed when David went before God and reminded him that he, David, was the one that had ordered the census, not “these sheep”.

Thousands died due to one man’s sin, WHICH if we look at it the way the commentators do, was part of God’s plan all along!!

(Job lost all his children, and everything he owned—because God allowed Satan to cause trouble.)

WHY DOES HE DO THAT!!!???

Why does he allow Satan to tempt, lead astray, causing us to fall, maybe even destroying us?

Believe it or not, this is a small picture of God’s mercy toward mankind. A few thousands died in the three day period of punishment for David’s sin-----all of mankind would die for Adam’s sin.

*The sacrifice made that day on the threshing floor of Ornan, was in the exact spot where Abraham had planned to sacrifice Isaac, before God stopped him.

*It was a forerunner to the ultimate sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ for the sins of the entire world--it stayed God's hand.

*The location of the threshing floor which David paid a large price to purchase that day, and where he would continue to sacrifice later became the location of the temple mount; the spot where his son Solomon would build the great and magnificant Temple of God.

When I read this I have to believe and know that God knows what He is doing when sorrow, hardship, and heartache come. I have to believe that through examples like this He shows us His self control and, yes, His love – God plans ahead --- scripture reveals it.

If I keep all this in my heart and am mindful of this perspective (an eternal perspective) then I can find myself trusting Him more for the plans He has for us……

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

God has plans……………….