Pop your Corn not your Fuse, at VBS and in Life

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I could eat all through many bags of POPCORN before I figure out every kernel of information that God is assembling for me, trying to teach me, help me with. And I still wouldn’t grasp even a fraction. And there would be so many crumbs on the floor too…

Patience is what God has with us. Patience for us to learn – to LEARN our purpose to SHARE HIS LOVE. 

Moses BLEW HIS TOP, we learned in our VBS lesson, day one, at my home away from home away from home church family. Love this church and their Pastors, and love hearing the Bible Story. We learned that Moses BLEW HIS TOP overreacting to angry people COMPLAINING and their whining made him SNAP.  He was supposed to simply speak to the people (who were wandering the desert) assembled around a rock, he surely was simply supposed to thank God, and the Lord would provide water, and instead he chastised the people and hit it twice and didn’t give God glory for taking care of them. Yes, water still came out of the rock and the people and livestock drank and were saved, but that’s NOT how God wanted Moses to behave. Moses was punished in being prevented to physically cross into the Promised Land given by God to the Israelites. Moses messed up, like us, like me. Thank God for Jesus and GRACE. God took care of Moses, don’t worry, but like our overreacting, we have to sit in God’s timeout chair sometimes and WAIT.

VBS, I love Vacation Bible School, and that I was able to “pop in” again to my friends’ church to help. All day this direction filled me with joy and purpose and I felt a bubble of good protection driving thru unknown back roads, thick traffic and sketchy streets. I felt peace to what I could present even when I knew I should have taken more practice etc, but God purposes His PEACE over our plans, so “on with the show” we must go. His POP is not in our circumstance but in HIS FAITHFULNESS. I had lots of supplies yet it was the Holy Spirit who did all the work God needed.

And what a blessing of VBS energy. The BEST week of the year. And WOW, the welcoming hands and hearts of the children for Jesus to make entry into their lives. POP goes the Spirit. Give a big volcano WHOOSH cheer for GOD’S LOVE drawing near!

In my prep, I was especially intrigued by the ongoing theme of POPCORN.  ALL DAY. Corny? Well yes, but no joke that God’s been cooking up something, and He simmers the lessons for us too and keeps us coming back for more. Popcorn I thought was a good *and tasty* overreaction of explosive power, so I put on my popcorn earrings and went to the store for supplies and saw popcorn and popcorn movie supplies, but everything was stuck together and I just had to pass on it. God said it’s not needed, just go with what you have… I bought what I thought was needed for the wrap up show, but it’s Him whom we call upon to show up.

God’s plan continues even in mini failures and of course in “our” victories. All Victories are His. God has true control. My 1st experiment did not live up to my expectations. The popping bags didn’t pop, my science demo was a dud in my opinion, fizzled out, blew it but not up. Rats…  I stayed calm. Pop your Corn not your Fuse! Sure, at home it went great… and here I was afraid of an OVER explosion and never got it. However we got one good bag to pop, I had a fabulous volunteer scientist helper, and we had the fabulous drama therof. The show must go on. The kids LISTENED, which is amazing at VBS energy. The big volcano at the end was cool and worked… maybe I am just asking God for too much big excitement when I should just be one of His kernels of sharing. 

Pop your Corn not your Fuse.

My joy was in speaking freely of the comfort of Jesus and how He teaches us thru His Word, including the amazing ways to calm down, I was blessed at the attention of the crowd when I mentioned a key time God kept me calm from a road rage incident.  I used the Words I know come from Him: Forgiveness, Grace, Patience, Joy. God applied a bubble of His protection when approached. These emotional calming words are like scissors to cut open the bag and release the pressure. I still remember the display of the scripture: Proverbs 15:1 — “A soft word turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” 

I wrapped up and Pastor wrapped up VBS day 1 and it was all good and we wrapped up the clean up and made it to our cars with a storm looming overhead. Safe. A bubble of protection.

God showed me a bigger storm that evening and reminded me how blessed I was and am! I never used that popcorn I bought, only to stress eat. But in the school parking lot to the side of the street were a homeless man. I got back out of my bubble car and give him the bag of popcorn, couple dollars, and my dollar store Bible I had for the demo. I just felt blessed to have a warm car, a home to go to. We are blessed with a warm Savior and a Home to go to.

Storm – the lightning storm was SO INTENSE and really cool… I drove towards it 30 minutes nonstop, realized that it was OVER my house, my kids kept calm, the cat not so much. I took food orders and thanked God to fund them (and not cook). I said to my daughter: these are “popcorn storms” – ahhhh God, here’s another popcorn analogy.  Popcorn storms seem to come out of nowhere, just like in our lives. But God can handle them. Let us keep our wits about us. And yes, even a wrath of fierce proportions is no match for a God of protection. 

When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:18-19

In life, we don’t need to constantly be inside the whole bucket of popcorn excitement,  which is great for the first five minutes, then too much. We need a steady pace. We need to know how God keeps us going DAY by DAY and we need to not blow our tops in overreacting to everybody and everything. We need to stay the course, stay calm, keep going. Each day is a new day.

I Lava Lava Love VBS teaching me.

I love God’s FAITHFUL children and HIS FAITHFULNESS. 

Thanks God, You ARE my Rock, my provisions from Your Living Water. 

Amen

Numbers 20:2-13

Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the Lord! Why did you bring the Lord’s community into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here? Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!”

Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. The Lord said to Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.”

So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.

But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” These were the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites quarreled with the Lord and where he was proved holy among them.

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