Monday, August 22, 2005

Forward Momentum

Well this IS interesting. I think God is actually giving me directions with regard to the relationship area of my life. Do you remember me quoting a scripture the other day? It was this one (quoted in part this time):

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

Initially, I just thought that was a rebuke and about God convicting me with regard to the past, but now see that it is as much about where I am going, as where I have been. It was not just a warning... it was so much more than that, it was an ENCOURAGEMENT. Then there was the scripture I quoted the other day, with regard to giving stuff to The Lord:

"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit," says the LORD Almighty. "Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land," says the LORD Almighty."

And now, in my bible notes today I came across this in Ecclesiastes, which some people think is a depressing book but which has encouraged me:

Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. If clouds are full of water, they pour rain upon the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there will it lie. Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.

Casting your bread into waters is about not playing safe (it refers to sea traders who risk the stormy seas to make a profit trading bread). I've also just realised the last bit of that passage is what I was saying the other day about "acorns". Mad huh? I'm in tune with Solomon. God must have flicked a switch I guess!

So what you may ask, am I to do? It's quite simple... I believe God is asking me to help out others in the area of relationships... if someone has a girlfriend miles away and cannot see them for some time.... I'm going to take them... I'm going to try and encourage people who seem right together, to talk. I'm going to lift the spirits of the broken hearted by the grace of God. I'm going to give more readily in matters of the heart... and in doing so, I will break the curse of my youth. When I was but a toddler, I scalded myself. the nurse said it would make me more introverted and less of a risk taker. That now MUST change, and by the will and grace of God it will! Time to leave the valley of broken dreams. It is time to fly and if I should come crashing down once more, this time I will pick up the people I find I crashed among too!

Lets see where this road leads!


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