Month: August 2011
A couple of months ago, I was in the GAP clothing store. Not looking for anything in particular, I headed toward the clearance area. Hey, a girl is always up for a bargain! As I sifted through various racks, my eyes fell on a dark green jacket. Its color reminded me that fall was near and the style screamed army chic. With one look, I was in love. I had to try it on, so off to the dressing room I went. As I put the jacket on, I knew instantly! I was officially head over heels in love! The color bounced off my skin, giving my eyes a sparkle. In addition this jacket proved to be versatile- dressed up or dressed down. All in all, it complimented me so much so, I looked forward to pairing with other items in my closet. Looking at myself admiringly, I had to admit, I looked good! I thought to myself, wow! Feeling as though it were tailor made for me. The arm lengths were perfect and zipping the jacket up was effortless-not too loose or too snug. It was just right! At that moment (in the dressing room), God spoke to my heart reminding me of our conversation the night before. You see, I had questions pertaining to relationships. However, one stood out from among the rest. Lord, how will I know the one you have destined for me? Being a Christian single, I knew my role as a woman was to allow myself to be found instead of taking on the role of pursuant.
Proverbs 18:22- Whoso findeth a wife, findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord. (KJV)
Never did I anticipate God answering that question in the midst of a favorite hobby of mine, shopping. He is full of surprises! As I took a look at myself wearing the jacket, I knew the answer to my question. He spoke to me- not in a loud audible voice, but in a way where you knew God was speaking. In that instant, the answer was revealed: Just as I stumbled upon the jacket and tried it on for size, I realized the treasure I had found. I no longer had or wanted to try on other items in the store. I knew this jacket was for me. It was the one! Making my way out of the store, I thanked God for answering my prayer. This question was finally put to rest! I now understood parents and friends when given the answer of, “you’ll just know”. And most importantly, I no longer doubted that He would put that knowing in my spirit and heart. May you also, lay your questions at His feet and trust that He will answer your prayers in His way. Having no doubt in my mind, I knew that one day, in His timing I would recognize the one He had ordained. Would he be perfect? No, but I know he will be the perfect fit for me!
Genesis 24:12-15, 21, 26 (NKJ) – And he said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham. Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water: And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou has shewed kindness unto my master. And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold Rebekah came out….
Verse 21-And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not.
Verse 26-And the man bowed down his head and worshipped the Lord.
Another credit card solicitation! That’s what I silently thought while opening yet another piece of mail. Lately, I’ve been getting more requests to apply for lines of credit than ever before. Sure, the economy is currently taking a hard hit. However, I viewed my numerous requests positively as though being on the honor roll. The “economy’s honor roll” that is. Being the inquisitive person that I am, I proceeded to review just what was being offered. You see, I was in search of a great APR. Something stable in our times of uncertainty. Being taught to read the fine print, I overlooked their exciting news that I had been pre-selected and an introductory of zero percentage in the first twelve months. Instead, I wanted to see the meat of what was truly being offered. To my dismay, my hopes were dashed as I continued reading. This company was no different from the others. After twelve months are over, a higher percentage would be applied. In addition, APRs would vary based on the market prime rate. This meant that fees were subject to change at any given moment! Talk about stability. My search for a company offering a low fixed rate would just have to continue. As I started to tear up my mail, I began to contrast what I just read and that of my relationship with Christ. I just have to add that He can teach us anything from anything! He reminded me that in the midst of uncertainty, He is the only constant-Ever! Just as credit card companies are fickle in their policies, we too, are prone to change our minds and allegiance at a moments notice.
However, our God is just and reliable. Here are a couple of things to consider:
*When it comes to our relationship with Christ, there is NO FINE PRINT. His Word makes it plain and simple what He’s offering us (Everlasting life, Spending Eternity with Him) vs. the world’s offer to us.
*His love, His will, and His commands are not based on our feelings or the current state of society.
*If He said it, Believe it!
Numbers 23:19-God is not a man, that he should lie. Nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (NKJ)
No matter what the variable barometer is reading in your life, ALWAYS know that Jesus is the same, yesterday, today, and forevermore! Now that’s a contract I would gladly sign on the dotted line.