Monday, October 31, 2011

When It Hits You

Mandisa has a song called "God Speaking" that makes me all teary-eyed everytime I hear it.  The key lines in the song for me are

"Who knows how He'll get a hold of us
Get our attention to prove He is enough
He'll do and He'll use
Whatever He wants to
To tell us "I love you"...
What if He's somehow involved
What if He's speaking through it all"

There are times when God speaks to me that its a comfort or an encourager.  There are times when I ask God to speak to me.  There are times when I don't really want to hear what God has to say.  There are times when He says to me the opposite of what I was hoping He'd say and there are times when I'm not expecting Him to speak to me.  I truly do appreciate that He speaks to me at all, but really, if I'm honest I'd have to say that sometimes it hits like a gentle feather and sometimes it hits like a Mack truck. 

Lately, God has been speaking to me through our new church home. We really do have an amazing Pastor (Clark Mitchell) at Journey Church in Norman, OK.  We are also touched by the worship team every time we walk into the doors.  The environment is pleasant and you can really sense that people just love to be there.  Its awesome.  Since moving here, I've often felt God saying something directly to me through the messages and I've tried locking those messages away in my heart. 

This weekend, it happened again.  A guest speaker from TX came to speak about The Blessed Life.  Several interesting things came out of this, for me and for Justin.  It occurred to me during the evening service when the speaker was talking about the significance of the number 10 in Scripture...we've been tested over and over and over again and always asked "Why?"  We've spent the past 13 years of marriage wondering what we'd done to be in this place, almost constantly.  We've often come to God saying "meet this need" while never really doing our part.  Sure, we're making better decisions and are doing the best we can, but we've never agreed to meet God half-way...heck, we've never really been willing to go 1/4 of the way! 

Until now.  It was like God was using a megaphone from Heaven to say to us "You don't have to do this all alone!  I'm here and I will bless you when you just trust Me."

So, here a leap of faith and trusting God to stand behind His Word (which he will always do).  Its gonna be hard but we believe that God will come through.  We believe that He will make this possible.  I mean, if He can create the entire universe with just a simple word, He surely has the power to do what he told us He would do.  Seems silly to believe everything else about God and to not also have faith in this, doesn't it?

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