In His Word 8-18-14

Directions In His Word- 8-18-14

Planning a trip to the beach where I live can be complicating; there are so many to choose from that you have to find directions to the particular one you want and check the tides to be sure it will be the type of ‘beach experience’ you are looking for.
Back home in Washington State we just went to the Sound in the summer and enjoyed the small time waves, a walk on the beach was best during low tied where we could see the mini shells, crabs and sand dollars with the occasional beached jelly fish. Here in California we are more serious about our beach adventures; sand pails, buckets, boogie boards, sun screen, chairs, umbrella, towels, blankets to put it all on and the perfect day for beaching!  If we did not research we would not have directions to the perfect beach for the fun we want.
Our walk with God is like a trip to the beach some days, it is a sacrifice of time and energy to achieve a pleasant thing but the good and perfect will of God is better than a walk on the beach!
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12 :1-2

That may sound silly to compare waking with Jesus with a walk on the beach but you would have to know that it is one of my most favorite things to do. I enjoy the calm of the sand in contrast to the rush of the waves as they crash against the shore. The smell of the salt water mixed with fishy seaweed and the sound of the gulls soaring above; it is close to heaven to me. My most enjoyable place to relax and read, write or just contemplate life in general is on a beach.  I have a somewhat secret dream to stay in a beach house for several weeks writing a novel, taking long walks, sipping ice tea on a patio and watching the sun set daily. Such peace would be wonderful, but I live in the real world of people and places and things.
When I follow the directions to find the beach I am looking for I will find that peace.
In the Word of God we find directions to follow in life to bring not only peace to us but to those around us.
We are called to share the wisdom of God with others, not just to keep it to ourselves. It may seem a silly thing to do to be on a beach staring out at the ocean but God can use that scene to build upon and bring others to Him. The story written on the beach could become a lead in to reading the Word of God if the gift that God has given one is used properly to exalt Him.
My job as a writer is not to lift myself up, but to lift up Christ; my job as a mom is to lift my family up to Christ that they too my lift Him up. It may seem foolish to some to put my family, and friends before my wishes but God has a plan in it all. Instead of running off to a beach house I cook and clean, and do laundry tossing in a few words here and there in an article or book while taking care to do the will of God in my life. If by some chance I can lead someone to Him I will know I am walking in my calling. Sometimes our calling is to speak at an event, or Bible study, other times it may be to change dirty diapers in a nursery so someone else may attend; whatever the calling we are to do it as unto the Lord ad know that we are called by God.
 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.  Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.  Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.  When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.   Romans 12: 6-12

 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.  This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.  God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.  1 Corinthians 24-30
To find the beach I want I have to look for it, follow directions and walk in the sand.
When I do so I will receive the peace, joy and hope I seek when I follow the directions and be prepared for the day ahead.                                                                                                         
When we walk with Christ He is faithful to bring us through the joyful and sorrowful things; just like the little beach glass, shells and sandcastles God will surprise us with great things as we walk through His Word and as we walk through our days with Him.
I challenge us to take time this week to fellowship with people, and more importantly take time to fellowship with Him while I walk on the beach.
When we take time with Him, He will direct our paths and life will seem like a walk on the beach no matter how many stones or seaweed piles we have to walk through.

Dear Heavenly Father, help us to relax in You this week as we wind down from a busy summer. Direct us and guide us in the path You have set before us no matter how foolish it may seem, in Jesus name, amen.

Suggested reading: Romans 12:1-21, 1 Corinthians 1:1-31, Psalm 1:1-5, 1 Corinthians 2:1-16