Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Rearrange my Surroundings

"They Brought to Him a deaf man who also had a speech dificulty, and begged Jesus to lay His hand on him. So He took him away from the crowd privately." Mark 7:32-33

"The Lord was calling me out of my element, growing in me the spiritual gift of love for the body of Christ. But to do that, He needed me in a new set of surroundings, out where He could show me that even if we speak with the tongues of angles, if we don't have love, we may as well be clanging brass.
Until He has us out of our element-and into His-we will never see His glory. We will always be deaf to what He was trying to say."

- Beth Moore

On the brink of me trying to figure out how to minister to a single mom (see posts here and here), the Lord did some work in me...yet again. I Love Him! I have been so busy these last few weeks with my first year of teaching home school, that my time with the Lord has been zilcho! So, tonight, when I curled up on my bed to spend some time with the Lord, I played eeny-meeny-miney-mo on books to open. This time, it I picked up "Jesus" 90 Days with the One and Only by Beth Moore. And it just so happened that the chapter I was on was titled, "Out of Your Element." Don't you love those days when life has been hard...and you know that you and the Father need time don't really know where to start...and when you finally give Him the time...oh, how He makes it so perfect (even when you play eeny-meeny-miney mo)! And it's at those times that you realize how important it is to spend more moments with our sweet Savior!

Father, take me out of my element. Lead me, mold me, protect me. Teach me how to love...a love like yours. I want to see glimpses of your Glory!

"For if I live at the eastern horizon or settle at the western limits, even there Your hand will lead me" Your right hand will hold on to me." Psalm 139:9-10




Cassie - Homeschooling Four said...

I am right there with you. Spending time with the Lord is something I desire to do every day. I just haven't figured out how to make it work with the school schedule. This is definitely something I will be working on.

Fran said...

Hey Jaime - Interesting thing happened to me this a.m. Been trying to keep up with things - and enjoying your journey. Right after I open the store this a.m. in walks a young girl with a babe in arms and a small boy under 3. The three year old has a surgical mask on and is moving slow. I could tell the Mom was not in a good mood. So finally I got her to tell me that she had dropped her car off to be fixed about a quarter of a mile from me and they would not take her home - after telling her on the phone that they could. I don't think they wanted the liability of the kids - or maybe everyone drove trucks - don't know. Anyway she still had a couple of miles to go. Immediately your post about the single mom came into my head. So I closed the store and took them home - no car seats. Felt so out of my element. But by the time I dropped them off the Mom was smiling. Older boy has lukemia. We get so out of the habit of "helping" people - so much easier to write a check. It crosses my mind that this girl did not need a check - she needed a ride!! We all need to look for those opportunities and be brave enough to help if we can.I am not so good at that. Sorry so long.