Roll up for the mystery tour

Genesis 12:1

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your Father’s house to the land that I will show you”

 

This verse always fascinates me and I think about it often.  If we research the scripture there is an interesting interpretation of ‘Father’s house’. It means the ‘place that provides’. When we think about our lives, that would be our place of work. The verse goes on to say ‘to the land that I will show you’. Meaning, have faith in Me (God) and I will show you exactly the right place to be. 

It’s possible that some of us are under difficult circumstances at work or we feel like there’s something better out there for us. Something more fulfilling or rewarding. It could be where we are already working but a different position or project. But we’re fearful of leaving the ‘place that provides’. Pray hard to God and ask Him to ‘show you the land’.  Things become a little more exciting (with a small dose of fear) when we know God has a plan and a place for us. If we have the faith, He has the place!

noroton-station_1Noroton Heights station after a recent snowfall

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for our place of work and the gift of work. Guide us in the work place and show us where You want us to be – Amen!

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Is a 2 hour delay a gift from God?

Romans 8:28

And we know for those that love God all things work together for good, for those that are called according to his purpose.

Looking for the good in things that on the surface don’t seem that good is all part of being a Christian. I found out at 5pm today that my 10.15 flight had been delayed until midnight. I wasn’t happy and I grumbled. But as I sit at the airport now I’m realizing that things seemed to go better because of the delay.

I was able to have more time at the church service and not worry about rushing to the airport at 7pm. I was able to spend more time catching up with people who I hadn’t seen in a while and I was able to relax and focus on the message which I may not have done if I was in a hurry. I had more time talking to my wife and I got one more hug from my daughter who I had earlier said goodbye to. Airport security was empty because it’s late and I’m now realizing that a midnight flight to London isn’t a bad thing from a time difference point of view. And, I can glorify God by writing about it.

I don’t know how God works and I will never know how he gave me that time. Can He delay planes? Or did He just allow me to see the good? How many other people benefited but don’t know it? Trying to work it out isn’t possible but I’m going to credit Him the delay anyway. Praise God!

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, forgive us when we grumble about things instead of trying to find the good. We give thanks for the gifts you bless us with especially the gifts we don’t ever acknowledge or recognize – Amen!

Has your relationship with God been delayed?

1 JOHN 3:1

‘And it is my desire to lavish my love on you’

I’ve had lots of delays on my travels over the past few weeks. More than usual. Bad weather and faulty planes. Delays are frustrating and I’m impatient. But God isn’t. He waits, patiently for us to arrive so He can be close to us. Have we arrived if we just believe in God? I’m not so sure. Arriving is about being with someone. Embracing them and showing that you’re glad to be with them. We can’t do that from a distance. If you’re on a train now, imagine God greeting you at the your destination with open arms. Joyful in your arrival. And then walk with him to work. Take Him to every meeting. Involve Him in every decision. He knows more about what you do, than you do, no matter how much experience you have. Unlike all of our other relationships you never have to say goodbye to God. No tearful farewells. He won’t leave you. But if you leave Him, He’ll be waiting for you. Patiently.

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, draw us close to you. We long to  spend time with you. And seek your guidance in all we do – Amen

Train platform-1