“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:6, ESV).
I am sitting at the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, AZ. I am waiting to board my flight to Charlotte, NC where I will attend the Proverbs31 Ministries SheSpeaks Conference. And I am soaking up the feeling of His Presence – at the airport! A line I wrote once popped into my head, as I was packing. This doesn’t happen often, so I re-read the post. It was one of the first things I wrote for this blog.
After reading it, I wanted to share it with you today. It seems fitting. When I started Girls Growing with God, I was living in San Antonio, TX and my little ones were in preschool and Kindergarten. My life was worlds away from where it is now. Writing about my journey and writing about God’s Word, has grown me and changed me. Yet as I re-read this post, I see that some things never change.
Take a quiet moment when you can and think back to where you were 3 years ago, and see what God has done. Sometimes life is like a sunset: it moves so slowly we don’t actually see the change; but the change is there, beautiful and powerful. Please do post a comment at the bottom today, I would love to hear what God has been doing in your life!
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!” (Luke 1:45). This is what Elizabeth said to Mary regarding her acceptance of God’s promise for her and for so many others. Mary was chosen by God to take part in His plan to redeem mankind and she accepted. She believed, and was blessed.
Abram believed the LORD, and He credited it to him as righteousness (Gen 15:6). Here again, God makes a promise and someone believes Him and is blessed for believing. Abram had no good reason to believe that he would be the father of many nations, except that God said it to him. Today we believe in gravity, we believe in this country, we believe we can fly (okay…not really, that is just an old 90’s tune thrown in for good measure, just showing my age).
We can be pretty cavalier about what we “believe” in…but believing is more than the head knowledge we hear about today; it is a heart knowledge. Belief requires acceptance and provokes commitment and action. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear, built an ark to save his family (Heb 11:7). You are really stepping out there when you build a boat in the desert.
Did you ever build boat in the desert? Did you ever step out there? Trusting in Christ is like building a boat in the desert – you do not see the coming storm, unless you believe the Word that God has spoken, the promises He has made – then you know you need that boat, you know you need that Savior. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Cor 1:18). It is really a wonderful thought. That God would, so many times, use the unlikely heroes, go against the odds, do the impossible…just to show us who He is. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland (Is 43:19).
Please take a moment to share with me something absurd or improbable that the Lord has done in your life. Did you ever build a boat in the desert? I did and you are riding on it! “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!” (Luke 1:45).