I know the plans I have for you...
Matthew 6:34 is a rather well known verse, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for today is its own trouble.” As usual, Jesus showed His wisdom. Worrying about what’s to come doesn’t make the future any easier.
Filmmaking is difficult. I’ll freely debate anyone who says otherwise. The myriad of issues that can come up is stifling. Money (always an issue), investors, right cast and crew, locations, weather, equipment, rental houses, laws, taxes, wardrobe – I haven’t even gotten to set yet! Does this sound like your day? Can you fill in the list with struggles from your life as a mother, a professional, a teacher, a nurse, a doctor?
“Sufficient for today is its own trouble.” What Jesus said reminds me to concentrate on what I need to accomplish today, not tomorrow, today. It keeps me organized and lowers the stress level. Jesus promised us peace, don’t clutter it with worry.
On my birthday, we decide to hike up Pigeon Hill in Kennesaw, GA . I pray my usual prayer asking for favor in His woods and eyes to see His Kingdom. Gracie Belle, my three-year-old daughter says she wants to see some deer. We don’t see many deer in this area. But, I tell her to ask God to show her some.
She says, "Father God, please show me some deer.......okay, thanks. He said yes."
Approximately 30 seconds later we see a doe and her fawn off to our left about 20' away. This deer keeps popping up during our whole time in the woods and is extremely curious about Gracie Belle.
Our Father is so much fun and good!!!!!!! What a wonderful gift to see what faith like a child looks like. The bible says if we pray like we believe it, we will receive it. Have faith like a child and hold fast to faith that the Father will deliver.
The other night I walked past my daughter's room just before bedtime. I stopped to ask what she was doing, since it was almost time to go to sleep. Danae told me that sometimes during the night our poodle, Halo, comes in to her room to rest for awhile, so she decided to rearrange her own favorite reading spot with pillows and blankets that she knew the dog liked. "I just wanted to make it comfortable for her in case she does."
Danae was intentionally creating a space to welcome Halo as her guest for the night. She was showing hospitality.
This scene played over in my head, reminding me that I need to always be intentional about creating a place for the most important guest I will ever welcome: Christ. How often do I let the business of life make a mess of that spot in my heart where I can take refuge in private worship, prayer and communion with God? I allow my schedule to become too crowded, or my mind to be too cluttered, or my spirit to be too broken to find my nest. To find my rest.
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty....And under His wings you may seek refuge." Psalm 91:1, 4 (NASB)
And unlike our dog Halo, who is particular about where she will rest, Christ is constantly in pursuit of us. He wants to spend time with us. Once you decide to make space in your schedule--and in your heart-- for Him, He will show up. Guaranteed.
“Stand by the crossroads, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good is and walk in it.” Jeremiah 6:16(NIV)
The ancient paths are the ones followed by the patriarchs who believed God’s promises and walked with God.
God promises if we put our trust and faith in Him and let Him guide us, He will take care of us.
His Word is true, I can rely on Him, I can trust Him, I can believe He will do what He says He will do. I only have to pour myself and my worries out to Him. He will listen, he will guide and He will comfort. Many times He will prune. My eyes are to remain on Him throughout everything. Focusing on His Word, knowing His Word is truth.
I am so thankful my Heavenly Father is constant and sure, that His love for me exceeds by far the love I show to Him. I am thankful that I am loved unconditionally by God Almighty, the author and Creator of the universe.
Most of us are creatures of habit. We like change when we are the ones making the changes; otherwise, leave us in our routine. It is comfortable. It is what we know. It is safe. Yet, often more than not God doesn’t work in the realm of comfort and familiarity with us.
So what happens when God intervenes, we often get the Unpredictability of Predictability. Let’s look at John 11, the story of Lazarus. It is here we will see the predictability of trusting our Savior mixed with the unpredictability of knowing how He is going to work it out for our good and His Glory.
Lazarus was sick so his sisters (Mary and Martha) sent word to Jesus. “Lord, he whom you love is sick.” Mary and Martha were familiar with Jesus, He stayed at their home, Mary was remembered for washing His feet and they had built a relationship with Him. They had knewn of His miracles, how He had fed thousands, how He had cast out demons and healed the sick. Surely He would heal their brother, right? Jesus responds to their message, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be gloried through it.” Here is the kicker, the Bible states “Now Jesus loved Martha, her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.”
Don’t miss this: Jesus LOVED them.; yet He stayed two days longer. Jesus waited to move on their behalf. Here are the predictability and unpredictability of God. The predictability of God is this: HE LOVES YOU! Read it again, HE LOVES YOU! His word says, “That God so loved the World that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. Never doubt His love. Yet the unpredictability of God is that He may heal your neighbor today and He may tell you “Wait, my love, trust me.”
God’s ways are not our ways. Jesus heard their request, He loved them and His tarrying had a purpose. Same for you and me, my friend. God hears our prayers, He loves us and if He tarries, it has a purpose - All For His Glory!
So here's a parable I heard the other day in ministry school that's helped me tremendously in the way I look at auditions (which can be tedious, rejection filled, frustrating, etc.) I believe it pertains to whatever you are ultimately pursuing as well.
A man was walking along a path and saw a man laying bricks. One brick, followed by one brick, followed by one brick. He asked him what he was doing. The man replied, "I'm making a line." A little further down the same path another man appeared to be doing the same thing. One brick, followed by one brick, followed by one brick. He asked him what he was doing. The man replied, "I'm making a wall." A little further down the path yet another man was doing the same thing. Laying one brick, followed by one brick, followed by one brick. He asked him what he was doing and the man replied, "I'm building a tabernacle!"
I love this for those of us pursuing the dream of ou are persuingacting, filmmaking, homemaker, engineer, in whatever you are persuing. I do my best to not despise the day of small beginnings as my hope is I am building a tabernacle. :)
I believe you have been called to do what you do. You not only have the God given dream, but you're gifted, you have the necessary tools, a great team and you are in a great here for such a time as this. You WILL build a tabernacle. Just keep laying bricks down, one at a time.
This blog is about standing on God’s promise as stated in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. “ Do you have a testimony to share? Send it to Brian, email@example.com