Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Reflecting on the Adventure

God is simply amazing.

He continues to show me how much He is in the details - of my life in general, and this past weekend's adventure in particular. Believe me, I left out many details in my previous two posts for the sake of your eyes and my fingers. But God has surely been in the details. This morning I realized Matthew's birthday party (which we're having tonight) was originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon. God knew I would be in the air and not in Okemos.
I absolutely love how He takes care of everything.

And there is one other detail He has been actively working in over the past two days.
My mind.
I know, it's such a small detail, but He's been working in it. Ha!!!
Seriously, I have been doing a lot of reflecting on the events surrounding my trip home from Florida. As if the Mother's Day Brunch and the time I spent with my friend there weren't blessing enough, God has shown me how much He blessed me via my delayed trip home.
With 1111 all around me - the assurance that God was up to something - I walked through that day in wonderful anticipation of what He was going to do. Each time I interacted with a person, or someone sat down beside me I asked, Is this the one, Lord? Do You want to use me in his/her life today? Because I was fully expecting God to move in me, I was "on alert" all day. I was eager for and excited about the opportunity to be used by Him. And I was blessed beyond measure to be able to minister to Mick, even as I continue to pray for him.

But as I have been reflecting on these events, I have realized something.

God doesn't need me to be laid over in an airport in order to use me. I don't have to be in an unusual situation to be a minister of grace and hope. In fact, God doesn't even need to post 1111 all over the place in order to prove that He's at work. (Though, I love it when He does!)
Because of the extraordinary events Sunday, I was actively anticipating God's work in and through me, asking at every turn, Is this the one, Lord? But in reflecting on it all, I have realized I need to live every day with that same kind of anticipation. I want to always be on alert. Always asking, Is this the one, Lord? Do You want me to minister grace and hope to this precious man/woman?
Most days I am not in the middle of extraordinary circumstances. In my ordinary, run-of-the-mill days I do not want to miss a single opportunity to be used by God in the life of someone who needs Him.
And so I am resolving to live even my boring days "on alert." Is this the one, Lord? will be my persistent prayer.

How about you? Will you join me?

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Anonymous said...

oh what a wonderful perspective. I think any time we live in constant contact with our LORD, through prayer and scripture, this mindset will be a natural result.
God's gonna bless you in this endeavor Karen. I'm sure of it.

luvmy4sons said...

It is so true! We often think that there has to be extraordinary events for Him to work, or for us to serve. Great post!

Becoming Me said...

So true. He is in every single detail and the small stuff has big potential! BTW, I awarded you with the E award.

Nicki said...

I'm the same way.......always looking for the "big" opportunity! When in fact it's the day by day stuff that I'm sure the Lord uses me the most. I'm glad you had such a great trip! I enjoyed reading all about it! Have a great day!

Katie said...

Just found this site through Angela at Becoming Me - and was shocked to find you're in Okemos! (My hubby, baby girl and I live in Mason).
I've enjoyed what I've read so far, and will be back!
Nice to "meet" you!! :)

Anonymous said...

I love this post! It is so true - any day is a day we can look for ways to share God's love.
Thanks for that perspective.
Hope the party went well!

Rochelle said...

Well said. And so true. God is just as much in the (what seems to us) small things as He is in the big things. God is using you in both. :)

Dakota's Mom said...

I absolutely LOVE it when He uses us to reach others....and even more when we realize it. It's a presence like no other!