“You can never relive a moment. You can’t relive an opportunity. But you can be ready for the next adventure.”
Caleb was a slave in Egypt for 40 years. We know nothing about him until he shows up as one of twelve Israeli leaders.
He was an exceptional leader, too. He literally saw what God did to get Israel out of Egypt; and then believed God could do it again with the Canaanites, despite some of them being literal giants.
Because 10 leaders didn’t believe, he had to wait forty years to get his shot at those giants. He had to wonder, “When is it going to be my turn?”
Slow down big guy, it would be another five years of warfare before he finally got his chance. Yet, now he was 85 years-old!
Caleb couldn’t go back in time to get the 10 men to agree with him. He couldn’t relive that moment of decision. But he was ready when the opportunity finally came. And he took it too!
Life has a nasty habit of moving on – with our without you. Don’t look back. Keep looking forward to the territory God has for you take…now.
Life on this planet is not about ease and comfort. We have a real enemy who wants to defeat, discourage and destroy us. Don’t let him!
Keep looking to Jesus and take the territory He has for you now!
“They shall mount up with wings like eagles.”
Pictured is Eagle’s Point that my hiking Go Group (doing what I already do with those who need Jesus) recently came across.
If you look closely, you can see what appears to be tiny sticks protruding from its beak. They are not sticks, however.
From our perspective much lower on the trail, they looked like sticks. But from our perspective on the point, we clearly saw people relaxing before they continued their hike.
Perspective. Life at times can be all about perspective.
A former student wrote, “A lot of people I know are going through a huge rough patch in their life. All I can say is LOOK!! Look at how far you’ve come. I know you’re not done. Pick up the pieces and paint the new picture. I know for a fact you’ve got more than one waiting for the new masterpiece.”
Looking at life from our perspective, which often is in the midst of the hike, can get pretty discouraging. We feel inept because we fall. We feel worthless because we don’t see the results we think we should. We get tired because it seems we’ve been walking forever.
It’s the like, though, the old adage says, “You can’t see the forest through the trees.” Your perspective is only trees after endless trees.
From Jesus’ perspective, it’s a forest, the finished masterpiece, as well as the trees. Even the dead ones that need to be cut down.
As you keep climbing higher and higher, the more you will see what God has done in and through the life He gave you.
Keep climbing. You’ll soon be encouraged by the forest you see.
“What do you see in the clouds?”
My light reading these past few months has been about a small town sheriff. The character keeps saying, “I have to look over the evidence with new eyes. I just might be overlooking something.”
It’s the same with following Jesus. We think we see what we are seeing in our lives, but might we be missing something? We see life from our perspective.
Yet, it’s like looking at the clouds and seeing various formations in them, but they really are not there, are they? They are just clouds.
Sometimes we need a fresh view of God. It’s like what one author wrote, “Learn to associate ideas worthy of God with all that happens in Nature – the sunrises and the sunsets, the sun and the stars, the changing seasons, and your imagination will never be at the mercy of your impulses, but at the service of your God.”
Our God is far bigger than our imaginations could ever imagine; and, He loves revealing Himself to those who want to know Him. Let Him show you what’s in the clouds!
If you need a fresh view of God today, let Him open up your imagination. Allow Him to show you something about Him that you’ve never seen before. It just might expand your vision of how to follow Jesus.
“If there were no thunder, men would have little fear of lightning.”
It is quite stormy outside. It has been raining off and on for the past few hours where I am at today. Kind of nice to see that liquid sunshine fall from the sky.
Then I heard and felt it – thunder, lots and lots of thunder. It was so forceful that it shook the house.
This brought me back to the time when the Israelites stood before Mt. Sinai listening to the voice of God for the first time.
The thunder and lightning scared them so bad that they didn’t want to hear directly from God. They backed away as they thought they were going to die.
There weren’t, of course. But God sent them a strong message. Don’t take Our relationship for granted. You serve a powerful God.
Sometimes, Jesus believers take His love for granted. His mercy becomes expected. And His grace demanded.
Slow down my brothers and sisters. You or the things you do are simply not that important. Your relationship with Jesus is. Don’t make Him thunder into your life to get you to realize it. As out of love, He will.