Learning the unforced rhythms of grace


Can't Quite See...

A few weeks ago, I had this dream: We hired a renovation guy to install a small safe at the back of our house. I led him to the wall where we wanted him to work but instead there was a hallway. This shocked me as I had never seen this before. So I walked down and it opened up into huge living room, and then bedrooms–about 3-4 of them, and then a pool table room with a gas fireplace already burning. Everything was fully furnished, extravagant, roomy and ready for guests. I couldn't believe this was part of my house! There were about six more rooms! My mind starting exploring all the possibilities that this new space could have. Then, I woke up.

The next morning, I checked my emails and noticed that my Uncle Jack, the national representative of Wycliffe Canada who writes a weekly blog, mentioned my name in one of his stories. He included a link to my website. One month earlier, my Uncle Laurie, Regional Director for the Fellowship Prairies Region of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Canada, also surprised me by writing about my new book in his weekly blog. (Thanks again, dear Uncles!) :)

Over the next few weeks, as I checked the statistics of my website, I was amazed to see how many people from all over the world had read my blogs, listened to podcasts and looked at the sock animals. It's a generic statistic so I can only see which country they've come fromThere were visitors from Denmark, Japan, Great Britain, Jamaica, Thailand, Kenya, Austria, and the Cayman Islands. One message was sent saying how much my writing had meant to a woman and how God had spoken clearly to her through something I said. I was amazed. How could my story, in the context of my life impact someone so specifically on the other side of the world?

Then I remembered my dream.

Could it be that there are ways God wants to use my life that I have never considered? Are there 'rooms' in my life that God knows are there and He is preparing and providing and supplying what they need for His purposes...and I may not even know they exist? Am I willing to let God surprise me? Am I willing to let the impact of my life be something that I may never truly understand? 

"We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. "1 Corinthians 13:12-13

Lord, may I learn to trust your imagination, your vision and your creativity as to how you want to accomplish your purposes of love and restoration to all your people. I offer my life, my words, my actions and my circumstances to you for your glory. Give me courage to trust, hope and love. I'm glad you can see clearly. I love you Lord, amen.