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September 21, 2013

As I finished a reflective call with my best friend while driving home at a dark hour I noticed drops beginning to splatter, covering my entire windshield.  Very quickly God had restated everything He had told me during our conversation right there in one image.  God watered my garden the day I was unable to–for Saturdays I spend out-of-town.

Jalapenos from my home garden

Peppers from my home garden

Simply said, God takes care of His family.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12), all of which remain genuine characteristics inherited by a Loving Father in Heaven.  By which, He proclaims, “No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands” (Isaiah 65:22).

If we are truly made in Imago dei and He has promised us the fruits of our labor, then it is true that through hard works great reward follows (Jeremiah 17:10).

Over the course of a week God has demonstrated the beauty of genuine and humble obedience.  I said it to my best friend tonight like this, “I don’t care what someone believes in, but taking Yom Kippur off from work, or resting on Sunday, these acts of honest obedience are true beauty.”

The personal anecdote is quite simple: I am taking the Psychology GRE in one week and the general GRE 11 days later.  Now, although my study calendar is elaborate while maintaining an achievable layout, I could not predict nor prepare for the Enemy’s accompaniment.  The last two months were scheduled with long library days, yet, when illness prevents the body from absorbing and transmitting energy, sitting in a stiff manner while stressing the brain muscle is quite appalling and by no means a relaxing option.

Having that said, since Wednesday I am free of stressing (mentally, emotionally, and physically) over the GRE exams.  Rather, I have been reminded that there is a ministry with mine and God’s names written boldly on the welcoming doors.  The only thing is, I had a deadline.  Now it is to my belief that God did not set me up for failure nor any other struggling individual.

With sense of relief, today I was overcome by the possibilities of enriching today’s opportunities.  This means that if not accepted into the ideal graduate program this coming fall, I will proudly and transparently continue volunteering for the suicide prevention hotline.  The glorious part… today God did not whisper to me once. Rather, it was a continuous display blending my greatest passions, skills, and the nations God has called me here to serve.  Today is the day I recognize my work for God’s Kingdom does not rest within the walls of any particular ministry (no matter how enriching).  God’s ministry is, and that’s that.  For God is alive in you and me, and as the blood of Christ forgave our sins, the Holy Spirit has washed us clean with Holy water, and we live knowing that God’s tools are sharp and ready for battle:

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:10-18).

 

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