Unexpected Lessons


Life is full of surprises. Some good, some bad, some don’t affect you and others change your life. The hardest of all possibilities I think are those that you feel split on. Those decisions that you know either way you are going to lose something dear to you. You go through a period of anger, a period of sadness, a period of excitement for new things to come. It’s sort of like a bad break up! lol But seriously, it’s normally a pivotal moment in your life. Sometimes we don’t pay attention enough to see the warning signs God has been giving all along! God has shown me things over the past few months that I knew were pieces of things to come. In a sense you could say God always prepares me for things even when they don’t necessarily have anything to do with me directly. I seem to have this gift of “confirming” things for people (which is of course God people, don’t take it out of context) without even knowing it. Sometimes it really sucks to know I have been used to confirm something I would personally rather not happen. Nonetheless, God is in control. I have nothing to worry about because I know ultimately HE chooses what happens in my life. I never make a step without seeking HIS guidance first. Neither should you. Or anyone for that matter. And not everyone is going to agree with decisions made. Some may not agree because they don’t have the same vision (I’ve spoken about this in numerous blogs — your vision may not be for someone else), others may not be able to lay down self agendas to see the big picture, some may be impatient, others may want glorification now instead of in heaven. Don’t worry — God will tend to those who make decisions for the good and for the bad.

Revelation 3:3
So call to mind the lessons you received and heard; continually lay them to heart and obey them, and repent. In case you will not rouse yourselves and keep awake and watch, I will come upon you like a thief, and you will not know or suspect at what hour I will come.

This morning I sit here and contemplate the lessons God is teaching me right this very moment. I’m thinking back and visiting past images God has flashed in my head, dreams He has given me, and warnings I have heard. I have learned so much without even realizing it… because I was focused on the wrong part of the big picture. I’m human… that is bound to happen. Now that I see a clear picture of what is to come… and the possibilities that will be before me I have decisions to make. That’s where HE steps in. The heart will mislead you if you follow it based on emotion. Love, loyalty and truth are not emotions as the world teaches us. They are actions (verbs!). They are not adjectives that describe us but instead verbs that define us. We act in LOVE and LOYALTY and TRUTH because we are told to. The Bible commands us to love our neighbor as we would have someone to love us.  What does that mean? You don’t like the person beside you… but you extend a helping hand ANYWAYS out of obedience for the Lord and His commandments. You don’t turn a cheek because you don’t like what they are wearing or how they smell… because they are not popular or they are the geek of the circle of people you are with… The same stands true in loyalty. You don’t follow someone because you like them. (Leviticus 19:15) You follow someone because God has told you to. You don’t build a life for yourself around someone else’s dream. You build your life around GOD’s dream for you!

When people will begin to get this idea correct you will be amazed at what transforms in their life. Fruit will bear itself from the vine God gives them life through instead of their leaves wilting out of malnourishment. (Col 1:10) I heard a saying once: Live for today but prepare for tomorrow. We have no idea when our time is going to be up. God could take me while I’m writing this blog or right after I push “publish”. I don’t always like what I feel I have to write about — but this blog was started off a commandment to “feed His sheep” so that is what I do. When I write something it’s because it’s pressed on my heart for others to need to hear it. I love my Lord with all my heart and will always strive to remain obedient to Him. I’m not perfect, nor is anyone else. Before you jump to conclusions about someone always put yourself in their shoes… think about the different point of views that things could be seen from… imagine every possibility before you judge someone for how they act or react. Sometimes as humans we perceive anger when it’s really hurt. Or we perceive tears as weakness. But that’s not it at all. Lastly – be careful to judge. You will be judged in the same manner.

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