When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged Him to touch the man and heal him. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man’s eyes, He laid His hands on him and asked, “Can you see anything now?” The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.” Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly. Jesus sent him away, saying, “Don’t go back into the village on your way home.” – Mark 8:22-26 (NLT)
Ever hear the story of King Midas and The Midas Touch? Well if you haven’t let me give you a little backstory. In exchange for winning a war or whatever, King Midas asks for the gift to turn anything he touches to gold. (Great storyteller so far right)? He gets his wish and is loving the fact that everything he touches literally turns into gold. That is, until he realizes that he can’t eat or drink normally and accidentally touches his beloved daughter who turns into gold as well. Naturally, he comes to regret this decision and lives the rest of his life happily never after. The end.
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You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. – Proverbs 19:21 (NLT)
With one day left of 2015 I can look back and honestly say that God’s plan prevailed. This was a tough year because I had to let go of some of my desires and you can imagine that it was very frustrating and disappointing at times. But I’m thankful that even in the midst of my frustration with God and hesitation to comply with His will that He was and still is faithful.
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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. – Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
Thank God for closed doors! Thank God for preventing us from walking into something that would have meant us no good. I’m so thankful that God shut the door on what are now expired desires before they had a chance to produce lasting offspring in my life. Frustration, regret and life-long consequences prevented because I stepped aside and allowed God to close doors and sever relationships. I thank God for taking control of the wheel no matter how hard I wanted to follow my own path. There’s protection in closed doors. There’s a certain safety that comes from missing out on a supposed opportunity.
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You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. – John 15:16 (NLT)
***Take the time to read this, it just might save lives (including yours.)*** Last week during backed up traffic due to an oil spill, God used that event to symbolize how it can relate to the choices we make in life. Imagine a fork in the road. Our choices are our routes and those choices will lead us to a particular destination. We only have two options: we can either go one way or the other. And because of the awesome God we serve He will allow road blocks to come across our path to get our attention and many times to keep us from making the wrong choice. But the sad thing is, many of us don’t have a “light-bulb” moment when incidents like this happen. Once the road block is removed and God’s grace and mercy we confuse as “luck” or “making it in just the nick of time” spare us of our demise, we continue to go about our daily lives in the same manner.
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