Saturday, January 18, 2014

A nudge on a Saturday morning

We woke up our usual early Saturday morning after a long hard week.  We anticipated an unstructured, unhurried day.

But God was nudging.

There was a seminar at church starting in an hour.  "Do you want to go?" we asked each other, hoping the other would make the decision, both of us waffling whether to go or not.  Justifications not to go rushed to the forefront of our thoughts, like children choosing teams on the playground. And on the other side of the equation, well, there was just that lone undefined nudge.

Fifteen minutes later, we were in the car on our way.  If you had asked me why, I don't know if I could have told you.

Not even 30 minutes into a four-hour seminar, I silently thanked God for that nudge.  Thank You, LORD, that we were not deceived by the sin of convenience and pre-made plans.  O, how much we would have missed out, if we hadn't followed You into it.

It was exactly what was needful.

And once again, I was reminded:
      Obedience always bears fruit,
              sometimes even that we will never see,
     but disobedience chops down the orchard.

Value is not determined by how much something costs,
           but that which exceeds worth.
What is most precious is not marked with a price tag.
There is an old saying,
        "If you have to ask,
             you probably can't afford it."
In my heart that has changed to:
          "If you have to ask,
              you are not willing."
Trust Me into it,
                    God says.
Beware of justified actions,
        because that is often the path
        of disobedience.
God's way doesn't always make sense to me,
                  but there is always deeper purpose in it.
And it might be all about
          someone I don't even know
God will redeem.

Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the LORD
                  that will be established.

                                   Proverbs 19.21

For I know the plans I have for you,
                     says the LORD,
plans for welfare and not for evil,
to give you a future and a hope.

                                      Jeremiah 29.11

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