Lazaroo – Tuesday, March 10, 2009

10 comments, Mar 10, 2009

“It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.”

(Acts 1:7)

 

This one is hard for me, Jesus. Do You want me to follow You blindly?

 

Is that it?

 

Wow. If that’s the case, I have to stay so close that I can reach out and touch You. I have to trust You for my every step. I have to believe You Are leading where it is best – even when it isn’t where I want to go.

 

Part of me knows this is the safest, happiest way to live.

 

But another part of me is absolutely terrified to put all my plans and dreams into Your hands, to let You alone determine which ones come true.

 

If any.

 

You know I’m not there, yet!

 

But I want to be.

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   Isaiah 26:4; 42:16; Job 23:10; Psalms 119:105; Matthew 26:39; Philippians 3:12-14

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10 responses so far.

  1. Suzanne Bigham Says:

    Are you still sending Lazaroo? I have not received it for several days. I miss getting it. You do such a wonderful job. It may be a demanding job putting them out everyday but you don’t go unappreciated. Thanks!
    Suzanne

  2. Leah Says:

    His dreams for us always prove way better than ours were anyway!!! Still, it’s so hard to let go of what we want, because we have to release and trust for something we do not yet see!

  3. Rhonda Says:

    This one really hit home as this was the first day I was too busy to connect through lazaroo in the morning and my day felt off balance. I have the hardest time with today’s message when I’m comfortable and in some ways just want God to leave me alone and let me just chill in normalcy. I don’t struggle as much with the wanting something as with the not wanting something (I’m happy just let me sit on the sidelines). It is at those times I often get forced to step out or step into. It is then that I have to ask am I in control or am I going to relinquish that control and accept? This coupled with yesterday’s message is great for those of us who like the comfort zone! I love the way He loves me even when I don’t turn to him first. He sends a friend who has the courage to say, “Why so hesitant or why not?”. Thanks to the friends and family who allow God to speak through them when we aren’t wanting to listen directly :). Thanks to those who pray even when they don’t know who they are praying for. I am humbled. I’ll be checking first thing tomorrow morning instead of last thing at end of crazy day! Thank you Steve for providing this very effective extension cord.

  4. Steve Says:

    Jeff, your comment that it’s not about “Trusting God to know what is best for MY life,” really hit home. We sing, “It’s all about You, Jesus,” then immediately try to steer everything to fit in with our plans instead of first offering ourselves to fit in with His – those “massive plans that God has in place” you talked about, Ashley. Really great stuff, guys.

  5. Ashley Says:

    That’s something I struggle with, too. It’s hard to have the faith to surrender control when there are things in play that we can’t possibly fathom. Take the book of Romans. There is no way that Paul could have wrapped his mind around the idea that a letter he wrote to encourage his friends in their faith was going to be used as part of scripture for thousands of years to come! The circumstances under which he wrote the letter weren’t the most ideal. In fact, if you look at his life events on paper, a good many of them were not very pleasant. Yet he is heralded as one of the greatest Christians of all time.

    In our instant-gratification world, it’s no wonder we have a hard time grasping the massive plans that God has in place. Every now and again I manage to wrap my mind around that, but it’s so easy to lose sight of when things get tough. Thanks for the reminder, Jeff.

  6. Jeff Says:

    The hardest part of this concept for me is realizing that IT isn’t about me. Trusting God to know what is best for MY life isn’t the thing. It is trusting and being obedient enough to allow God to guide my life for the best – period – and not necessarily for me personally (in this life). That is the faith that is tough to get my hands around at times.

  7. Ashley Says:

    It’s funny…anytime I hear a child wishing that they could grow up faster, I think, ‘Boy do you have it wrong!! I wish I could go back to being a kid so someone could make all the hard decisions for me!’ And here I have a Father who has the entire course of my life mapped out for me–He’ll tell me what to do on every step of the way. Yet I resist letting go at every turn.

    Just think…we could be carefree as children if we’d only find the strength to humble ourselves to His will and just let go. What a marvelous thought!!

  8. John Tevault Says:

    I too find it hard to let go and, let GOD, at times, but when I do let GOD things are so much easier to deal with. I also must pray for the path in witch GOD wants me to follow!

  9. Ashley Says:

    A few months back, I was praying for God to show me His plan for my life. After a few weeks of searching and praying, I finally realized that I wasn’t ready to see the whole plan. So, I prayed to see my part in the plan. No…I wasn’t ready to see that, either. Finally, I prayed for God to show me the next step He wanted me to take–just that one step. He did.

    My husband pointed out something that has stuck with me. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

    Not a light unto my eyes…a light unto my FEET. Have you ever taken a flashlight outside at night and shined it on your feet? You can only see enough of the path to know that your next step won’t lead you off a cliff.

    I’m not sure if this is true for everyone, but it was very much what I needed (and still need) to hear.

  10. jennie Says:

    this also reminds me of the scripture where it talks about God leading me with His eye… you have to be close enough to see His face to be able to discern where His look is directing you to go. some days i know i hear His voice. i’m not sure i’ve ever seen His face. as desperately as i need direction in my life, sounds like a great place to begin.

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