I love to rock in a rocking chair. I always loved it whether I was rocking a baby or just watching TV. I find rocking in a rocking chair very relaxing. Just back and forth motion. Head laid back. Eyes closed. Not a worry in the world.
Another thing I always loved was rolling down a hill! Did you ever roll down a hill when you were a little kid? Or even a big kid? We would hold our arms in next to our side and just roll and roll. It was so fun. So freeing!
I encourage you today to sit back and Rock in the comfort of the arms of Jesus. Put your hands together, tuck in your elbows and Roll in the ever-flowing peace that comes from knowing Him.
AHHHHHH………sweet peace……….wonderful joy……….just Rock…..and…….Roll.
I used to love vending machines growing up. We could put a quarter in there and push a corresponding button under the item and down it would fall for us to reach in and get our candy bar.
Then vending machines became more “sophisticated”. More items were offered in the machines besides just candy and gum. Everything you could think of from toiletries to ice cream sandwiches were available in vending machines. Prices doubled and machines began accepting paper dollar bills. Numbers were placed under the item you wanted which corresponded to a keypad on the machine where you type in your selection number.
Sometimes we tend to look at prayers and God as vending machines. We send up a quick request and expect an immediate answer. We get upset and tired of waiting when the answer isn’t immediate and we take matters into our own hands. We want to put the request in, type in the corresponding number and get the result.
Just like the selected candy bar, we want the result that we choose. Not the “your will be done” part. I’ve even gone so far as to tell God what sequence of events would work best to allow for the end result to be the way I choose.
We need to stop treating God like a vending machine. He’s not always going to give us immediate answers. He’s not always going to give us our requested selection. We’ve got to do our part. It’s not just about following specific man-made rules and putting our money in the plate. A relationship with Christ is required.
So this week, let’s stop treating God like a vending machine looking for the THING we want immediately after we put in the request. Let’s think about the ONE who can give us our request. Listen, watch and wait patiently for the answer. His answers are much better quality than vending machine answers!
Divorce is a terrible thing for anyone to have to go through. Thankfully I haven’t had to experience it myself directly or with my parents or in-laws. I have had to go through it with friends and I know that when children are involved it is very tough on the kids.
I read a book one time where the judge split custody of the kids between the parents but ordered the kids to live in the family home and the parents had to split their time between the family home and an apartment. If the kids were to be with a particular parent on Tuesday and Thursday and every other weekend, then the parent moved in and out of the family home where the kids were permanently staying. It was very hard on the parents moving here and there between the two locations. Of course, this story had a happy ending and the parents realized how hard it was moving between locations and how much they missed each other. Their paths kept crossing by continuing to “live” in the same house and apartment and they reconciled before the finality of the divorce.
God realizes how much happier you are when you get to see Him everyday, too. He doesn’t just want custody of you on Sundays and a day or two throughout the week. He knows how hard life is going to be each and every day and He wants to be a part of your day……….all day, every day. Start your day out with Him. Talk to Him throughout the day – even if just a short talk now and then. And end your day with Him. It makes for a much easier life……..full custody……..every day……..not just on Sundays.
I like a plan. I like to know where I’m going and where I will end up. Sometimes I even ask how a movie ends to decide whether or not I’m going to waste time watching it. I like to know the plan.
The problem with wanting to know the plan is that if the plan goes off course, it shakes me up a bit! However, believe it or not (even with what appears to an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) I like spontaneity, too! So if Plan A doesn’t work out, then I’m okay to go with Plan B. I like change and improvement – but I like to know why and where we’re going with Plan B.
So you can imagine when my Plan A and my Plan B don’t go as I imagined, that I start feeling a little uneasy and then need to figure out Plan C. But I’m learning through my Christian life that I can have a plan ALL THE WAY TO PLAN Z and if God’s plan is different, my plan doesn’t matter.
God’s plan will always win out. No matter how I try to control it and end up messing it up. His plan is better. His plan is bigger. His plan is more exciting. His plan is the best.
Ephesians 1:11(a) – In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.
So when you feel like things are just not going according to plan, then lay down the plan and pick up the cross! God’s got this!!