Sunday, May 17, 2015

Way #1

So here is the first in a series of things God did to show us that it is He who is in control, that He makes the plans, and that He has not abandoned us.

I've been saturating myself with messages by Tim Keller.  I love how he explains truth and how he always brings the Gospel to center stage in every message.  I've been listening to his teachings when I run in the mornings.  It is often the case that I say to myself, "I have to listen to this one again.  I have to go home and take notes."  But I rarely get back to it after my day has started.

On April 24th, I was particularly struck by the teaching that I had chosen.  I listened to it again on my way to work.  And at supper I had the kids listen to a part of it.  I even wrote down word for word (stopping and rewinding and starting up again)  in my journal and then again in my "believe" section, the part that had sort of pummeled me.

Here it is:
from a Tim Keller sermon entitled Your Plans: God's Plans
Nobody has ever learned they were a sinner by being told. No one has ever leaned about their flaws by being told.  You have to be shown. Until you see your flaws (and the only way you'll see your flaws is in experiences)  they are going to control your life.  And secondly, no one ever learned that God loved them by being told.  I tell you every week that God loves you, but you don't believe it. You wouldn't live the way you do if you believed it.  You know what you really need in order to know?  You need to be shown.  Over and over you have to be shown.  You have to be in places where you absolutely think God has abandoned you and then find out later that you were wrong. That has to happen over and over again.  You can't bail.  You have to commit to him.  But as time goes on, you'll find that you are finally becoming wise.  You are understanding for the first time your flaws and therefore your plans are more careful than they would be otherwise.  And secondly, you're finding out that God loves you and therefore you are more bold than you would be otherwise.  

And because I had mulled that over all day, it came right back to me there shivering in my bed after getting that terrible phone call from Dan at 10:30 that same night.  I thought about those words.  And I knew that God had given them to me for that day.  That he had caused me to pay attention like I rarely do.

No one has ever learned that God loved them by being told. You have to be in places where you absolutely think God has abandoned you and then find out later that you were wrong.  That has to happen over and over again.  You can't bail.

I'm not planning on it.  But I know my flaws...

I thank God for preparing me to notice His love, which we have experienced in many, many ways.  

Celebrating...

a couple missed birthdays and 
Mark's return to the house and to life!