God Works Outside the Box, So Plant HIS Seeds With LOVE, 28Jun
A friend pastor wrote about his sorrow because many people said no at a prayer outreach…he was sad that God cried for each of these souls…
I tried to comfort him, I messaged:
“Look at Matthew 10:11-14, “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet” So, just do your best and let God stress for you… You are still planting seeds… Your boldness speaks volumes… They will still remember that offer… That was me once too…”
Let me tell you of a time when I refused prayer, and oh yeah, I can still see the expression on that woman’s face… A seed was certainly planted in me though, her surprise… I know I have had received thousands of planted seeds thru my life, I was/am truly truly blessed to now grow them – the great thing was that so many seeds were planted that the ones that were dried out were replaced by others.
That time I refused prayer, I was flippant – I regret that now – but then I was… couple nights before I was rushed… I was checking into the hospital… my first baby was coming unexpectedly six weeks early, some of my water broke, I was scared beyond scared… I hadn’t even read up about labor yet, let alone premature labor… Hadn’t even met my new doctor… Just get me into this hospital!!! They said what’s your religion? I rattled off Catholic even though I attended a Methodist church for nine years… Honestly I was just checking some old box on a old form to get myself into that hospital faster… Baby is coming early!!! OMG I don’t have time for that question about my faith right now! Yeah, right… I take the time now to recount those days and to restructure and appreciate my faith…
I had completed unpacking that day, having moved just one week prior at seven and a half months pregnant… leaving a stable and beautiful hometown, a great job/career, and my family support system for the nearly complete unknown… Yeah a stress-filled pregnancy likely factored into my complications… single umbilical artery, gestational diabetes, and now this… blood streaming down my leg – six weeks early… Scared beyond scared…
A couple days later my daughter was born – she was fine and strong, just early, she apparently wanted to come out… Her choice? God’s choice? My improper health circumstances? A divine intervention that enabled me to come to grips with a new baby for six weeks before 911 happened (because 9-10-01 WAS her due date)… I have time to reflect now – but not then – blood down my leg…
I checked the box… “Whatever!” I said to myself… Well they actually read that box, then a lady from the local Catholic church came to see me the day after my preemie was born, she offered me communion and offered to pray… “Oh no, I’m good” I said. She looked confused, really confused… I don’t remember if I told her I had just checked the box in a rush. I do remember thanking her though – nice of you to offer, but no thank you.
It WAS really nice of her, I remember thinking (seed planted) about how good it was that volunteers actually took time to minister to those who needed it… But me? Really? I didn’t need it, didn’t want to waste her time… I was fine I told myself… I had God all figured out… OMG with the emphasis on M
Ha! I am so changed now!!!! Can you imagine me or anyone (or even you?) with that attitude? Yeah I can… because it was me!!! I had God squared away in my box, not HIS. God works outside the box. God is LOVE. Love is patient….1 Corinthians 13… He worked on me years and years before and after that day… “when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.”
His love came down on me like a river (as the song goes), caused a Christmas flood for me, I got corrective action by God, fully taking Jesus in and myself out. Like Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:39), Jesus said I was sleeping and said “Arise”.
I am still shaking the excessive flood water off, into my saved rain barrels of writing, and yes onto other people in the splashzone… Some people came prepared with sponges to help sop up the runoff – and some perhaps came with their own dry cups to absorb my excessive rain from God. Of course, some backed away FAST, and still others were close to see the splash but wore rain slickers to repel the excessive extravaganza of God’s power… They don’t want to get wet, they are happy to keep dry inside their box.
Now my OMG is “Oh my, God, really?” I expect God in the unexpected now, I opened my box, actually God exploded it, that’s how I let JESUS in and let the LOVE come out. God was patient with me and so we should all be patient too with the seeds we plant, don’t be stingy, plant fully with love and go back for some more out of God’s pockets. I will plant seeds the rest of my life. It’s my calling now: to pay back the LOVE graced upon me.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
(1) If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a nosy gong or a clanging cymbal. (2) And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (3) If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
(4) Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; (5) it is not arrogant or rude. (6) Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.
(7) Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. (8) Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. (9) For our knowledge is imperfect, but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.
(10) When I was a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. (11) For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. (12) Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.
(13) So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Matthew 10:11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.