Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Joy of the Journey...

This week I saw God in a thought that came to me during growth group. I have been pretty busy lately with Easter plans, preparing my oldest for PSSA's, spring cleaning, and trying to make time for the people God brings my way. Sometimes life feels like a lot of work!

At growth group someone was pondering what it would be like for them if they ran across Hitler in heaven. This person wanted to know what the rest of us thought would happen if during his last moments living, Hitler had prayed the sinners prayer. Did he deserve salvation after all he'd done? How would it be fair for God to let Hitler in at the last minute, when the rest of us had worked so hard to serve Christ nearly our whole lives? And he'd get away with terrible crimes and confess/repent last minute, and be saved, and go to heaven?! The more she spoke about it the more worked up she got. To be honest, I have never thought about these things before and am not sure how they pertained to our study. (We are a bunch of women, it takes very little for us to get off topic!) But in the midst of all this the thought occurred to me that it doesn't matter if other people get in to heaven at the last minute and others have served the Lord their whole lives. It's the joy of the journey that matters. It shouldn't feel like work, though it does sometimes, to serve God faithfully. I would rather work or serve my whole life long and have the joy of the journey of knowing Him through it all, than repent last minute and meet Him for the first time in heaven! I would have missed so much! So this week I see God in the joy of the journey. Do you?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Answered prayer in the bathroom...

The other day my youngest went running up the basement steps, down the hallway, and into the bathroom. Once she did what she needed to do, I heard her exclaim, "Thank you God! Thank you that even though you are invisible you helped me not to pee my pants! Thank you! Thank you!" Then she went running down the hallway and back to play. Of course as soon as she did I laughed so hard I nearly cried!

She saw God in her every day in a way she understood, He was there in a way that I might consider small but to her it was HUGE! And isn't that just it anyway? Our HUGE God, our invisible, uncontainable and indescribable God, cares enough to show up in even the smallest details of our lives and make Himself known and visible if we will look for Him. That He would do that, in itself is HUGE because He doesn't have to, He does it because He loves us.

The other day I saw God in a conversation my 5 year old had with Him, and I too am thankful that He took the time to show up and keep her from peeing her pants! I am grateful for His love manifested to her in this way. How about you? How has He shown up and loved you today?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

God in my girl...

Thank you to those of you who have shared where you have seen God in your day this week. Keep it coming! Now that you know the purpose of my blog I will share where I saw God in one of my days this week.

I saw Him last night when my oldest child hugged me tight and said, " I'm never letting you go mommy!" This is the child who doesn't spontaneously hug. In fact she isn't much of a hugger at all! This is the one that I went to battle for on my knees in prayer so often last year. It is so true, (Psalm 126:5) "What you sow in tears you will reap in joy!"

I saw God last night in the sweetness of my once stubborn child and it was beautiful!