Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart...

This Mosaic was created from pieces of
broken tiles, tiles that spoke of our
lives yielded to God.
I've always marveled at the story of Moses.  Remember the guy at the burning bush who tells God he's got the wrong person for the job?  By the way, Moses suggests this more than once.  


When you first glance at the scene you might wonder too.  I mean why call an 80 year old man who's shepherding the flocks of his father-in-law to lead the children of God to the promised land.(He doesn't even own the sheep he's watching.)  If you glance back you'll discover that he's on the backside of the world because he had to run for his life.  He's a fugitive and now God is calling him to return to the scene of the crime.  No wonder Moses wants nothing of this new gig.


And yet... when you step back from the story you begin to see the incredible providence of God in his life. Truth is there was no one better for the job than Moses.


He had lived in Egypt, in their halls of power.  He had been counted as a son of the Pharaoh. He was a Hebrew and obviously cared about them... remember it was this caring that led him to murder an Egyptian. He knew the Sinai. This would be the wilderness he would lead God's people through to the Promised Land. Wow! It sure looks like God might actually know what he's doing, huh?


That gets me thinking about my own life, my own journey.  I find myself wondering how each of the pieces fit into the picture God is wanting to paint.  My growing up years in England and Denmark. My time in Belize and South Africa. My struggles, my triumphs, my problems! My ministry experience in Richland, Kellogg, Lakeside and Monte Vista.  ALL of it is part of the tapestry of my life. My problem is I can't see it from God's perspective, and as the prophet Isaiah reminds me... "His ways are higher than mine..."


In all of this I've been reminded of Paul's wonderful words to the church at Rome... "And we know in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son..." Romans 8:28-29  Just think nothing is wasted by our great God.


This leads me to proclaim one thing:  "I will trust in the Lord with all my heart and I'll not lean on my own understanding.  In all my ways I'll submit to Him, for HE will direct my paths."  One day we'll see the whole picture, and all the glory will go to our wonderful Lord.


Let me know your thoughts!