Opening Doors

6010432499_c4bee89af8 photo by flowrwolf

I’m always amazed when the Lord shows up.

That sounds silly, doesn’t it? After all, He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than I could ever hope or ask. And yet, when He does just that, it surprises me.

I am not surprised that He does it, but that He does it for me. Someone who has fallen and faltered time and again. Someone who struggles to know and do the right thing. Someone who is imperfect and stubborn and human.

But, in spite of myself, He shows up. His message and blessings remind me that I am taken care of and provided for. My needs are met and my prayers are heard.

There is a story in the book of Luke that you’ve probably heard many times. It’s about asking for what you need. The story Jesus tells goes something like this…

“Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. An old friend traveling through just showed up, and I don’t have a thing on hand.’ The friend answers from his bed, ‘Don’t bother me. The door’s locked; my children are all down for the night; I can’t get up to give you anything.’ But let me tell you, even if he won’t get up because he’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need.

Here’s what I’m saying:

Ask and you’ll get;

Seek and you’ll find;

Knock and the door will open.

Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in.” {Luke 11:6-13, The Message}

I am not good at asking for help. In fact, I’m terrible at it. But, I decided a while back to be honest with myself and with the Lord about what I wanted and needed in my life. Slowly and surely, those doors are opening. I am finding what I have sought. 

Open your eyes, look around and see how good God is.

He shows up and provides for all of your needs  – daily bread, living water.

The here-and-now truth your soul craves.

The forever grace your heart needs.

He is the God of the everyday, the practical, the ordinary. 

He is Lord of the eternal, the intangible, the beyond-your-imagination.

And He is limitless in His love for you. 

Five Minute Friday – Together

London SVFR Route Road Map

We each have our own paths in this life.

No matter your circumstances, hard days and cold nights will come. All of the money in the world cannot protect you from words that cut to the core. Having hundreds of “friends” on Facebook will not ease the hurt when doubt and disappointment find you.

Here’s the good news – you are not alone.

God, in His infinite wisdom, has woven this intricate pattern of crossroads and side streets, alleys and tunnels. Dirt roads with rugged terrain, paved highways for smooth sailing. Paths that others are walking along will cross with yours at many points along the journey.

We are made to walk this through this life with each other. There is an innate longing in each of us to belong, to be understood, to love and be loved. It’s in our blueprint, the very design by which we are created. {If you look at a detailed map, like the one pictured above, it actually mirrors the veins in our body carrying blood that we need for our very human survival. Coincidence? I think not, my friend.}

That is what community is all about – doing life together. We are traveling partners for each other. Like passengers who remind you when to turn or help you read the road signs along the way. Someone to talk to, making the distances seem less daunting.

No matter where you are going or paths you take to get there, someone is on this journey with you. Don’t ever believe that you are on the road alone. It may feel like that at times when the fog is so thick you can’t see very far ahead. But, I promise you, God has placed people in your life for a reason. There are no accidents or coincidental detours.

As you look around today, take notice of who is there. An old friend, a new co-worker, perhaps your children or a new relationship that hasn’t yet been defined. These are your traveling companions. Let’s make the most of our trip together and not spend our short time here arguing about which way to turn, whether we should stop for directions, who’s right and who’s wrong. It doesn’t really matter in the end. All that matters is that we are in this together.  So, come on – let’s get going!

STOP!

Each Friday, hundreds of people link up at Lisa-Jo Baker’s site. It’s a writing flash mob of sorts. We are all writing on the same prompt for 5 minutes flat. No editing, just free-flowing words. Check it out!

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