Friday, January 30, 2009

Pedal, Pedal, Pedal

Hubby and I try to read a short devotional before bed each night. Last night we came across a great one that I wanted to share with my "waiting" buddies. The metaphor was that life is like a bike ride. It's a tandem bike and when we try to control our lives, God is at the back of the bike. Things get good when we let God have the front seat.

When we have control, we take the easy way or the safe way and it's kind of boring. But, when God has control, he takes the bike over mountains, through rocky places and at breakneck speeds. It's all we can do to just hang on sometimes for the adventure.

At first if feels like He is going to wreck our bike. But, when we learn to trust, we realize he knows the bike secrets: how to bend for sharp corners, jump over high rocks and fly to shorten the scary passages.

It ends with this "And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places and I'm beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, my God. And when I'm sure I just can't do it anymore, He smiles and says 'Pedal'."

The book footnote says the author is unknown. I'd love to give him/her credit. I love this image. Just a word of encouragement for those on a crazy adventure, but especially those waiting....Pedal, Pedal Pedal!

Prov. 3:5-6
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."

Monday, January 19, 2009

My Pilot

I can't get enough coverage of the miracle of flight 1549. I guess it is partly because I live in Charlotte, NC where the plane was headed. There were a lot of local people on that plane who are telling their stories to the newspaper. It's so interesting.

There are so many great lessons to be learned from it, I think. The one thing that really amazes me is the man that was piloting that plane. Chesley Sullenberger (and first officer Jeffrey Skiles) were front and center for what was going to be one interesting day in their lives. What are the chances that a man with so many years of experience flying, with glider flying abilities, with enormous knowledge of safety procedures, with military experience, etc, etc would be the one flying this plane? All those years that he had devoted to flying, every single thing he had learned and taught to others, culminated into one crazy, amazing, terrifying moment. It's almost as if he had been hand picked to be in the pilot seat that day.

It just reminds me that we don't always know our purpose in life. That we don't always know why we experience things. We don't know why we have the job we're in. We don't know how what we are learning today may become critically important tomorrow. We can't see the whole plan. Surely, Mr. Sullenberger can see his purpose in life last Thursday! But, it doesn't end there. It may be his most famous accomplishment, but it won't be his last. Who knows what else he'll do now.

Just like us. Who knows what work we are being prepared for right now? Well, actually, someone does know. God is giving us all that we need in order to do all that He has planned for us. It might not be as dramatic as piloting an airplane into a river, but then again, maybe it will be! I better learn my lessons today, so that I am ready when He needs me. I know who is piloting my airplane. Hope you do, too!

Keep those miracles coming!

Jeremiah 29:11 (New International Version)
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Just Walking Around

My favorite blogs are those where the bloggers share things from their personal lives. Funny stuff, interesting tidbits, emotional moments, etc. I would do that today, but nothing too interesting has gone on around here in the past few days. I'm just doing the regular, everyday, Mom stuff. I read a great verse today that did inspire me especially for regular days.

Romans 12: 1 (The Message)
"So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him."

I take this to mean that even if I am just "walking around," I should be doing it for God and be glad for what he is doing in me. Practical application? Well, I just finished dusting. That is a perfectly annoying job that never ends and only the most detail oriented husband or child actually notices that you have done it. It is not appreciated unless that heavy layer of dust is obvious on your furniture and someone writes you messages in it. If you don't let it get to that point, does anyone even notice your effort? Yup--God does. He notices you taking care of your family and caring for your material things.

I'm grateful to be a wife and a mom. I'm thankful for my home which isn't big enough some days, but has a little mortgage payment that makes me smile and breathe easier! I'm thankful for the things that gather dust in my house--the picture frame holding my daughter's pretty photo, the vase we bought in her birth country when we adopted her, the computer that keeps me connected to family and friends.

It's really not that hard for me to "work" for the Lord, when I go at it with a grateful heart. Wherever you are today, whether working in a busy office, car pooling to soccer practice, checking your favorite blogs or just walking around, remember that God is with you!

Monday, January 5, 2009

One Day at a Time in 2009

Happy new year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Today was our first day to get back into the swing of things. Welcome back to reality and alarm clocks. Ugh. Got up early to take my daughter to speech therapy. Apparently, when she first got there, she wouldn't talk to her therapist. She was too tired to talk, she said. Glad I got up for that. It seems like speaking would be an important part of speech therapy!

So, I'm on the "one day at a time" plan in '09. I am trying to enjoy the moment and live in the now. Focus on what God is doing in my life today, this very minute and not on what might happen 3 months from now, 6 months from now, etc. I love this familiar verse about not worrying about tomorrow. This translation from the message is great:

Matthew 6:34 (The Message)
"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."

So, I guess that's one of my resolutions. The rest are the same ones I try for every year: read the Bible more, eat less, exercise more, eat less, pray more, eat get the idea.

Good luck with all of your resolutions. Let me know what they are in the comments. I love to know people are reading this. In the meanwhile, seize the day, friends!

Psalm 118:24 (New International Version)
"This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.