"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

Waiting? What is He Thinking?

Posted by Emma on August 27, 2010 | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity

“He is healed and he knows where to find the answers, why is he stalling, waiting? Why doesn’t he search him down at once and get the answers? Why does he let other things get in the way? I wouldn’t do that, I would go at once.” Such were the thoughts that went through my brain a few weeks ago as I pondered a book I was reading. The book was Yesterday Framed in Today by Isabella Alden. In this book, she speculated what it would have been like if Jesus had come to America at the turn of the twentieth century. It follows the story of a young man, David, who is lame. The figure representing Jesus (she never calls this figure by any name) heals him. David knows that this man is sent by God and has answers to many questions he is now asking. Yet he waits weeks before seeking this man out. David lets the cares of this life interfere and keep him from finding the answers to how he should live and whether this man is the Messiah.

It was at this point I had the thoughts I previously stated. I put myself in David’s position and thought that I would have gone at once to follow the man who healed me. I would have been grateful to him and let nothing stop me from seeking him. Then I realized I am very much like David. I have been healed, not from some physical illness but from a spiritual one. Jesus saved me from my sin and the eternal punishment I deserve. I know he has the answers to all of life’s questions, yet very often I let things get in the way and delay to seek Him out. Jesus should have first place in my life and come before any other concerns but frequently He gets second place and the cares of this life the first. This is not right and I know I need to change it. Jesus should always be first and foremost. I am very grateful to Him, I am indebted to Him. I want to follow Him wholly. It is a daily battle to die to self and live for Jesus. I intent to fight that battle with the help of the Lord. In my own strength I cannot do it. “…the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 20:41 “…for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5 However, if God does it I cannot fail. “ I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippains 4:13

Wait no longer! Seek Christ today! Put Him first!

Summer in a Nutshell

Posted by Emma on August 5, 2010 | Filed under: Christianity,Random

Howdy Blog Readers,
It has been a while since I have posted, due to the fact that I have not had access to my blog this summer. This summer has been wonderful. God has taught me much through it; I have grown in many ways; I have experience pretty much every emotion possible. Through it all God has been faithful and blessed me. I can honestly say it has been a wonderful summer, one of the best I’ve ever had, although I don’t want to repeat it.

I spent the first part of the summer leading a program called STEP Advanced. This four week long program teaches young ladies skills in wilderness survival, leadership, Bible study, and more. It is aimed to give young ladies skills needed for ministry and missions. I would highly recommend it for almost every young lady. The group of gals going through this summer were incredible. One of the greatest groups ever. I am glad I could be their leader.

Following that incredible experience, I got to spend three weeks doing dive stuff. Two weeks filled with diving and one week of classroom with some diving. In a lot of ways it was a dream come true. I love diving. Seeing God’s creation underwater is amazing! The time spent underwater and the fellowship with the other young ladies was great.

When the dive stuff was finished, I stayed on at ALERT and helped on staff. It was a blessing to minister there. The encouragement of the other staff ladies and the time spent both in the office and elsewhere around campus was refreshing. I was blessed with an incredible roommate who encouraged and strengthened me in countless ways. I thank God for the time I had there this summer.

That is a brief overview of my summer so far. It is not over yet and I am looking forward to seeing how God will continue to bless, challenge, and grow me. I have learned much this summer and I’d like to share with you the two biggest lessons I’ve learned.

God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called.
Whether it was a trying circumstance during STEP Advanced or a swim I thought I’d drown doing, God got me through it all. He called me to certain task this summer, after I obeyed He gave the strength and grace to accomplish them. What He has gotten you into, He will get you through.

As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him.” Psalm 18:30
Countless things happened this summer that seemed like mistakes. They made you stop and go, “Why?” But they were in God’s plan and His way is perfect. He taught me to trust Him and trust that His way is perfect. I have seen the reason for why God did some of what He did and I can say it was the perfect way. Other things still have me wondering, but I trust that “As for God, His way is perfect.” He has a plan for those things and if we let Him, He will work His perfect way.