Sunday, August 23, 2009

Day after day after day after day....

That was our pastor's sermon this morning. He was talking about the monotony of life. He used Isaiah 40:31, "but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." He described the walking aspect as the monotonous part of life. For instance, we remember Noah and how he built the ark and got the animals on the ark---and then the floods came. But what we don't talk about is how many years it took to build the ark. Day after day after day after day....It was monotonous. And it didn't feel like God was going to move in. Abram went to a far country where he was blessed. But we don't talk about the number of times he put up that tent or took down that tent. Over and over and over and over.
I immediately thought of my kids. David & Lindsey. They've been waiting and waiting and waiting on God to move in their circumstances. And He will. I know He will. But in the meantime, it gets monotonous.
Recently, I had some monotony of my own. This is the aspect I wanted to stand up and preach on this morning. Remember? I asked God if He would just send me a surprise. And He did....the very next day. Even while we're plodding along in our mundane lives--before God demonstrates His power--we can ask Him to move into our circumstances. I think He delights in doing that! Because He's always walking with us. The Miracle Maker, the Redeemer, the Creator, the One with Resurrection Power is walking beside us. And He wants to move into our monotonous circumstances just to remind us that He's there. And that He can. His arm has not been shortened and He is able to do abundantly above all we ask or think. It's so much easier to walk when you have someone walking with you, isn't it? Don't settle for the mundane. Ask the God of all power to surprise you!

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