Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I was reading Genesis 7 today, and verse 16 really jumped out at me...
"A male and female of each kind entered (the ark), just as God had commanded Noah. Then the L closed the door behind them."
When I read vs 16 I started to wonder something about Noah. As he built this giant boat that God had given him instructions for, did he worry about how he would close the door?
I mean, let's be honest...A huge boat with an open door would do him no good, when the flood waters started to rise.
Now maybe I'm way off base, and completely wrong. Maybe Noah had a door closing solution all along. Whether he did, or didn't, I don't know. But what I do know is that the door had to be pretty darn big! After all the ark was over 4 football fields in length, and almost 50 feet high.
Biblically there's no mention of Noah worrying about the door. Noah's even listed in the Hall of Faith found in Hebrews 11. Here's what verse 7 says:
"It was by faith that Noah build a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before..."
So Noah had the faith to follow and trust God, even though he had no point of reference for the things that God was telling him were going to happen. Upon further consideration, I've decided that...
He probably wasn't worried about the door.
But after reading his story today, I started to reflect on my situation.
God has called me to go to Spain. But right now I'm still in the U.S., waiting to get my Spanish visa. The process has been just a tad FRUSTRATING! When I think about it, It's almost like my visa is Noah's door.
When God gave Noah his instructions, Noah got to work. He didn't let the fact that he didn't know all the details stop him. He may not have know how he was going to close the door. But he kept working. Building and gathering exactly as God had told him.
I think Noah trusted that if he obeyed, God would work out all the details.
I think sometimes I worry so much about potential problems that could be coming my way, that I lose sight of the things that God has told me.
I know that I will make it to Spain. I also know that I can't control when or even if the Spanish government will grant me a visa.
But what I can do is trust God with the details. And the doors...
at 3:04 PM
Friday, September 9, 2011
"The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord."
at 2:51 PM
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
It's been quite a week! I've been dealing with some last minute visa issues, and trying to stay calm through out the process!
Long story short, I got a letter from the Spanish Consulate telling me I needed to submit documentation to show that I was qualified to be a missionary. The fun part, was that the request came from Spain, so the Spanish Consulate here in the states couldn't give me any idea as to what documentation I should submit. And to top it all off, I have to submit it within 10 days...
My first instinct was to freak out.
As I've gotten closer to leaving for Spain, I've felt more and more that God has been challenging me in the area of FAITH. I think my little human mind thought he was getting me ready for life in Spain on a missionary budget. That seemed the likely area to have a little faith growth in, don't cha think?!
Now I'm realizing that maybe those lessons of faith aren't just for Spain. Maybe they're for my everyday ordinary life also. Because Lord knows I've been relying on some faith this week! Over and over I've been reminded of God's faithfulness, and of the things he's been teaching me these past few months.
"Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." - Hebrews 11:1I was reading Hebrews 11 today, and it's filled with examples of men and women of faith...Like Noah, who built a boat and filled it with animals, because God told him to...even though I'm sure most people thought he was crazy! And Abraham and Sarah...I love that Sarah's included in this list. If we go back and read her story (Genesis 17), we're reminded that she didn't get the faith thing right at first! When she first heard that God was promising her and Abraham a son, she actually laughed at God. And if we keep reading, we learn that at one point, she even tried to take matters into her own hands! But here's what Hebrews 11:11 says about her...
"It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise."It was by her faith...not faith in herself, or her own ability, but her faith in the fact that God keeps his promises.
I should have all of my original letters and the translations by Friday, and once I get them I'll be shipping them overnight to the consulate.
I'd love if you kept me and this situation in your prayers this week.
I believe that God called me to go to Ibiza, and I believe that God keeps his promises....
at 6:41 PM