Monday, February 22, 2010

Waiting

Life is full of opportunities to wait...As a Christian, I take my supplications to my Holy Father. The reality of Christian life is that our Father often does not give what we ask for when we want it. In fact, usually He doesn't. Like any caring, thoughtful and loving parent, He measures what is best for us, and He knows when we are ready to receive, even though we may be convinced that we are ready today. Here is a poem that I borrowed from a friend's blog that sums it up nicely...

Wait
by Russell Kelfer
Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried;
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate...
And the Master so getnly said, "Wait."
"Lord, I need answers. I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I'm claiming your Word.
"My future and all to which I relate
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me to wait?
I'm needing a 'yes', a go-ahead sign,
Or even a 'no' to which I can resign.
"You promised, dear Lord, that if we believe,
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord I've been asking, and this is my cry;
I'm weary of asking! I need a reply."
Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate.
As my Master replied again, "Wait."
So I slumped in my chair, defeated nd taut.
and grumbled to God, "So, I'm waiting for what?"
He seemed then to kneel, and his eyes met with mine...
and He tenderly said, "I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead and cause mountains to run.
"I could give all you seek and pleased you would be.
You'd have what you want, but you wouldn't know Me.
You'd not know the depth of my love for each saint.
You'd not know the power that I give to the faint.
"You'd not learn to see through clouds of despair;
You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there.
You'd not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence are all you can see.
"You'd never experience the fullness of love
When the peace of My spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start.
But you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart.
"The glow of my comfort late ito the night,
The faith that I give when youwalk without sight.
The depth that's beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinite God who makes what you have last.
"You'd never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that My grace is sufficient for thee.
Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true.
But, oh, the loss, if you missed what I'm doing in you.
"So, be silent, my child, and intime you will see
That the greates of gifts is to truly know me.
and though oft My answers seem terribly late.
My most precious answer of all is still ... Wait."

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Appointed Time

Remember the story of Sarah and Abraham? God promised them a child at the most impossible time of their lives. Abraham was 99 and Sarah was 89. Yes, they laughed at the idea. But, they believed God would do it. They made love and they conceived Isaac. From the first covenant, they waited many years for the promise to be realized. The key was, God said that He would do it at "the appointed time." Only He knows what that time is.

Many people are praying for something big....something they think that they cannot live without...a spouse, a child, a cure to disease. Often, we pray so diligently (a good thing) that the object of our prayer becomes our idol (a bad thing).

If you have accepted Christ as your savior, you are a believer. Not only believing in Him, but also in what He can do. It is so important to remember that Christ is first. Pray diligently for your heart's desire. But be careful not to allow the object of your prayers become an idol. Always seek Christ first and seek God's will first. The choice to seek His will first helps us to submit to Him.

Submission to the Lord's will is a blessing. Surrender is much easier than fighting. God is in control of all things, and He blesses whom He chooses when and how He chooses. Do not waste your energy trying to control that which you cannot. Instead, commit yourself to the Lord, to do His will, to glorify Him in all that you say and do. He will bless you.....at the appointed time.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Education?

Remember that CNN special that aired last year called "Black in America"? My husband and I watched it. I thought it was great. I was really fascinated by these charter high schools. One was Steve Perry's school in Connecticut. Another was a charter school in Harlem. Both were dedicated to providing hope to these underprivileged kids. The schools were dedicated to educating them to the fullest extent from kindergarten to college.

What fascinated me and saddened me at the same time is that these were special cases...exceptions to the rule. They were noteworthy enough to make CNN's special. What about the rest of society? What about the public school down the street?

During the days I was watching this series, I was reading Helen Keller's autobiography called "My Life". Do you know that she studied Latin, French and German by age 10. Do I have to tell you that she was deaf, dumb and blind?

Wow, did I feel like a loser. And did I feel robbed! What has happened to education in the United States of America since the days of Helen Keller? Illiteracy after graduation is a problem here. Why have our standards been lowered and what can we do about it?

Proper Care and Feeding of The Human Body

The human body is a miracle of engineering. The perfect balance of fluids, pressures, thermostasis, structure and movement are all created perfectly in every way. Consider the heart. The pump that moves fluids throughout the body continuously, 24/7, and is self-contained. The fluids move along pressure and osmotic gradients with no effort of our own. Not to mention thermostasis, oxygenation, waste elimination, precision movement, sleep, wake, thought and emotion and the most incredible of all...reproduction!

And all we have to do is feed and water this body and keep it clean and dry with periods of rest.

The human body is perfect. The way we care for it is not. Nutrients that are needed to run the machine are created for us in animal and vegetable, fruit and mineral. Perfect in their natural state for our consumption and for utilization by the body. The body will run very well without breakdown given these nutrients.

But what do we do? We consume fabricated food-like substances created through chemistry. We rob the body of nutrients. We cause it to run inefficiently. We pollute it. It breaks down. It becomes diseased. And we wonder why? Come on people! Seriously?

The body is created perfectly. We try to duplicate the perfect engineering through medicine. We will never match it. "What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is notheing new under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9.