It’s Salvation not Satisfaction, God’s Shooting Stars and Skunks, 11JUL – #208 *



It’s Salvation not Satisfaction, God’s Shooting Stars and Skunks, 11JUL

I am SO reminded to not get greedy with God… Yes, I do need to stop complaining about these thorns in my side… Paul (2 Corinthians) says they are there to remind me to be humble – to allow me to hurt like Jesus – and to know that we are to focus on personal salvation NOT our personal satisfaction… less us more Jesus…

I watched the stars in the cooling summer evening – I was hoping to see a shooting star to answer me in my cry of questions – I have seen so many unexpectedly this year – all accompanying a profound questioning God thought. So I shouldn’t be surprised that I didn’t see one – God is NOT a side show – I need to stop being greedy demanding results from God… It’s just that God has blessed me daily with mostly joyous surprises… So I look for these signs in everything… Everything is God… God is Everything…

… instead tonight I got the strong whiff of a skunk – and I know what that means… go inside and stop your night dreaming of a shooting star miracle… Of course, this skunk smell really really recalled my memory of the time I sat one night to actively look for a meteor shower and a skunk walked within a foot of me… yeah – God laughs at me and my demands – skunks instead of shooting stars – yeah God, YOU have got some sense of humor… YOU will tell me and show me what I need to know when YOU determine I am ready to understand… It didn’t hurt to ask, right? But skunks?… I get that… Thanks GOD…

I am excited when things go my way, someone said results can turn into addictions – yeah, be careful… I should be satisfied with so much I have gained… Not to rush myself or God in HIS plans… it has been 7 months of gradual changes so I should NOT get greedy.. and YES I need to be more grateful for those thorns… because even though they hurt, at least I have them instead of nothing at all…

So is it just human of me to ache so much over my thorns?… I don’t want to use my thorns for a pity party… It’s just human to share angst… I am not a completely unsatisfied salvation-bound soul… I am super satisfied with the majority of the hand God has dealt me…

There’s no doubt that it is God and ONLY God who has made me feel beautiful on the inside… And these days He is working on the outside too – I have no one to credit but God and God’s influence on others for my strength… He clearly wants to make me into my best – to serve HIM not me.

God hooks me in even closer by letting me see and feel the smiles on people’s faces that are truly meant for God… He knows how to motivate me. He satisfies me.

Sigh… It’s God and God alone who can help relieve my pain from the thorns, not always by removing them, but allowing me to tolerate them… Yes, my attitude is the one thing I can change towards my thorns.

I have to stop begging God and just let God do HIS business HIS way – we are all on God’s time… not ours… I have to respect God, fearfully, of the hand He could have dealt me, of the replacement cards that I might get if I try to trade back some of mine.

Thanks for the vent God… I truly do praise YOU God. You have given me everything and more, including the stars and moon to watch over me… And the skunks too…

…and most importantly and amazingly God, You have given me (and all) Your only Son – You have made our salvation so satisfying… The Lord is my Sheppard, I shall not want…

Psalm 23 (KJV)

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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