|Posted on October 24, 2016 at 8:00 PM||comments (1)|
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Psalm 32:8 (NIV)
Several years I was searching for a teaching position in another county. I had received a call from a school district to interview for a job teaching science. I had heard of the district but I had no idea how to get there, so I googled the directions. The interview was scheduled for a Monday morning. My daughter and I had decided to drive down that Sunday afternoon and get a hotel for the night.
We had our directions and we were doing great until I made a right turn onto the wrong street. After driving for a few minutes, I noticed that the signs were not matching the information on our driving directions. I turned around. My daughter called a friend who was familiar with the low country. She kept him on the phone and he directed us the way we needed to go.
After driving for about two hours, we were able to find the school and a place to stay for the night. I ask for directions when I get lost.
Sometimes, I may miss a turn when I am headed to pick my grandson up from school. It's not that I don't know where the school is, but I become distracted and I am usually a half mile from my destination when I realize that I missed my turn.
Perhaps some of you have occassionally become lost when you were travelling. Did you take the wrong exit? How long did it take for you to realize that you were going the wrong way? It may take some of us a little longer to get back on the right road. Is it because we are not even aware that we've lost or are we just too obstinate or macho to ask for help?
The reality is that just as we can get lost when we are travelling, sometimes we get lost on this journey called life; yet we do not have to stay lost. All we need to do is turn around and go the right way. When we travel, we have aids to assist us - maps, Yahoo driving directions, or a navigation system in our vehicle. As we travel on this spiritual journey, we have help too... God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and our spiritual leaders. We just need to ask for directions.
Heavenly Father, Give us the courage to seek help when we recognize that we are on the wrong path. Amen
Copyright 2016 Rena B. Gray. All Rights Reserved.
|Posted on October 16, 2016 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 ( NIV)
I struggled to wake up on that mild December morning from a disturbing dream. In the dream, individuals were enclosed in a structure covered with fencing. I could not believe what I was seeing. Some of the individuals appeared lifeless. They were being held hostage. I told them that the year was 2014. They said they knew. I wanted to get help. I ran and then somehow I was in a structure on a large farm. The structure was enclosed under the earth with fencing all around it. I struggled to climb out before a guard could get his weapon. Others were assisting me and giving me instructions as I tried to free myself and climb through part of the fencing that was enclosed with electric wires. As I pulled myself up above the surface of the ground, I could see another taller fence surrounded by barbed wire…
I woke up from the dream wondering what God was trying to show me. I did not thoroughly understand the meaning of the dream. Nevertheless, I began to pray. Perhaps, there are individuals who are being held against their will and are trying to get away from their captors. Perhaps, the Lord is trying to show me that there are individuals who are trying to break free from addictions-drugs, cigarettes, porn, or some other sins or bad habits.
I am thankful to God for sending Jesus to save me so that I can be free from the bondage of sin and death.
Heavenly Father, Help us to receive the gift of eternal life in your son Jesus Christ. Help us to overcome our addictions and bad habits.
|Posted on September 25, 2016 at 12:35 AM||comments (1)|
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
Corinthians 12: 28
A few years ago I watched a movie, “City of Embers” with my grandson. The plot of the movie was about an underground city whose only power source was a generator. The older residents of the city had neglected the maintenance on the generator and the city was experiencing numerous challenges: blackouts, food shortages, and worker apathy. The city was no longer functioning properly.
The movie begins with a teenage girl, Lena rushing to get to school. It is Assignment Day at her school. This is the day that the graduating students receive their job assignments. The students are gathered in the auditorium. Some of them are on the stage with the mayor. After the mayor finishes his speech, he passes a sack around to the students and he asks them to reach into the sack and select their job assignment. Some of the students were extremely happy with their assignment. Others did not like their assignment at all.
As I was watching the movie I thought about the church and about how some Christians fail to complete the assignment that God has called them to do. It seems that even after we become aware of what we should be doing; we become like some of the characters in the movie… apathetic, sleeping on the job, or not even showing up for work. Of course, I am not referring to your 9 to 5, but the assignment that God has called you to in the body of Christ.
Maybe God is calling you to pastor a small local church or to start churches in different areas in your state. Perhaps, you are being called to start a women’s ministry, a youth ministry, or a prison ministry in your community. Maybe, God has called you to be a prayer warrior and to intercede for others.
Maybe you are not sure about your gift or assignment, so you are not doing anything yet because you just honestly don’t know what you are supposed to do. I get that! For a while, I mostly worked with the young people in church. I taught Sunday school. I served as an usher for a long period of time. I even worked in the church nursery when my daughter was a toddler.
Then, I went through a period where I just sat and allowed my spirit to be refreshed. I think I needed that. Of course, I would participate in the women’s day program by making announcements or reading a scripture. For years, I felt lost…not knowing what God wanted me to do. I wasn’t sure where God was leading me, but I did pray a lot. I went to Bible study and to Wednesday prayer meetings. Maybe, God wanted to use me an intercessor. He calls all of us to pray. I do not sing well, so being a member of the Praise Team was not an option. I did not sense a calling to preach or continue working with the youth, so I prayed. The pastor had taught about the gifts of the spirit, but I still did understand my calling. Now, I realize that God was preparing me for something else. All that time, God was training me to minister to others through my writing. I am not a pastor, nor a minister, but I am a child of God who desires to see others operate effectively in their spiritual gifts. I am an encourager!
So, I am encouraging you to discover what God is calling you to do.