Work IN the System that Works – PRAY, 09FEB
I’m working IN the system that’s working for me. I PRAY.
I work the system that works me.
I work FOR the system because I work for the Kingdom. I offer my gifts for HIS service.
I WORK FOR GOD. SURELY HE WORKS ME!
Who is GOD? He IS the GREAT I AM.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
I was doing dishes, OLD DISHES, gotta get these chores done before I have fun. All day I had been busy, been SO patient and waiting for an opportunity to go to my girl scout camp Saturday, at least for dinner (I really really really wanted to be there all day, but also had the opportunity/obligation to be 3 other places, so I chose to let the Lord sort it out). I was not able to go full weekend camping but I just wanted to go see my friends, soul-sisters thru thick and thin, and of course I was excited about bringing science experiments for the girls to play with. Oh how I am always thanking the Lord for this wonderful girl scout family I have, even if my daughter has not been a scout for 3 years). I then said, doing dishes, wouldn’t it be nice to have somebody to ride with me who would appreciate going to girl scout camp (only 45 minutes away) and then back again tonight. First, I thought of scout friend Jen then the Lord Himself put the AMAZING connection in my brain and I realized friend Cristina would be the perfect scout mom who would appreciate the visit and would be appreciated. Cristina is so very sick from her amyloidosis illness. Working so hard for her family including super-energetic Sophia post liver transplants… I was so blessed this day to give her a night out, and her middle daughter too, to see her scout friends. But I didn’t do anything special except LISTEN.
As a child of God and scientist, I’m always thinking and I’m knowing that the best ideas always come from God. “All good things come from God” – and a math-head knows Boolean algebra pursuing of “if then” statements, therefore: if something is good, then it must then come from God.
When ideas click that good, they MUST come from Him. When I allow myself to listen and sort all that I have learned, He finds the match for me.
I pray to be working in the system that is working for me. I pray, I ponder, and I try not to get upset when things don’t go my way. And many thoughts do take time to percolate. God wants His Way. Our job is to comply. (And set up the percolator in us, no coffee needed. Not a fast drip but for time-consuming deep extracting thoughts.)
“You do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”… James 4
Blessed are those who have Subarus and full tanks of gas. Let’s drive. The travel was only possible due to the blessings of a few days prior, when I had a window of opportunity to see my family up north before their big snow storm. How slim the window was to be there. How important it was that I got my ducks in a row first and then I got home. I got lots to do in life. God is there already so I might as well let Him sort…
God can sort us out best. Hand Him our agenda books… and listen to what He lays on our hearts. There are only so many hours in a day. He knows that, He made this day called “Today “.
I think it’s ok to humanly discuss, argue, wonder, pray. It’s really good to prepare for many opportunities. Prepare your fields for rain. In the end, the best plan is to LISTEN.
God knows how the minutiae fit in total. God knows the PLAN.
Work in the System that Works.
Pray and Hear. Listen and Follow. Follow and be led.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
Listening and Doing
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.