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Stewarding God’s Story

17 Jun

If I had a penny for every metaphor of God’s writing a story in our lives over the past few weeks I’d be a rich gal! Here are just a few:

I read this tweet about giving God the pen & I wrote a post about it

God's Pen

I’ve read blogs and heard things on the radio about how God is writing a story with our lives.

Last week our Campus Pastor, Jonathan, announced the Amazing 2013 event by staying,
“We are stewards of the story God is writing with our lives.”

And I’m ok as long as there’s writing going on. As long as I see the pen moving. Action, people. I like action. You know, “Action Action We want Action! A-C-T(clap,clap,clap) I-O-N (clap,clap,clap)” Go, Do. I’m not a good “sit still”-er. Think Martha, not Mary. Because if I’m doing, moving, I have a semblance of control.

So what happens when God refills the ink of His quill pen?
What do I do when it seems like an eternity
between the time the last word was written and the next letter starts?

What do I do with the waiting?

I’m not good at it. My friend Jen Ferguson wrote this: “Why do I feel better if I’m doing something fruitless instead of being still & letting God do something magnificent?” Oh, how I relate to that! This is her take:

1Ugly vs. BeautyAfter today’s service I could say,
“Focusing on problem can make you miss the Promise who walked through the door.”

Just today God gave me some challenges from the message. (It’s worth watching! According to John Week 5.) Pastor Todd preached out of John 11, comparing the miracle of Lazarus’ resurrection to the one where Jesus raised the son of the Roman official in John 4:43-54. One was an instant miracle (John 4), one was The Long Way Around (John 11). Here are some of the quotes and challenges God gave to me today:

  • Don’t despise the detour and miss what God has on the journey
  • Don’t hold onto an old thing with Jesus wants to do a new thing
  • Stop crying in the corner about your problem when the PROMISE is walking through the door!!
  • There was a crowd in John 11 – more people were affected on The Long Way Around
  • Don’t hold onto grief; Hold onto God
  • God will get you where He wants you, you might just have to take The Long Way Around. When you wonder, “Why is this taking so long??”, hang in there. God will get you where He wants you.
  • Martha & Mary thought Jesus was LATE, but He was NOT!! (this is a biggie for me!!) He was right on time for what He wanted to do that glorified God
  • It’s The Long Way Around that tests my faith. When God asks, “Do you REALLY BELIEVE it?” Like Pastor Todd said of his conversations with God: God – “I know you can preach it, sing it, pray it, admonish it, but do you really BELIEVE it. Do you really believe I AM ENOUGH for you?”
  • God cares more about changing me than changing my circumstances

And the kicker was this line from the opening video by Donta Nelson

“We should not be desperate for the miracles,
but desperate for the SOURCE”

and I realize I’ve gotten more desperate for the miracle, the testimony, than I am for the SOURCE.

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8 responses to “Stewarding God’s Story

  1. Lisa notes...

    June 17, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I hear so much about “story” lately too. It hits home with me.

    Love this:

    “We should not be desperate for the miracles,
    but desperate for the SOURCE”

    I know I get distracted by wanting the miracle more the Source at times, too. Thanks for the reminder to focus tighter in on God, and less on the gifts he can give me….

     
  2. jeanwise

    June 17, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I just got off the phone with my adult son who is having a problem with a coworker. He is willing to sit down and even meet with a third party for reconciliation but so far she isn’t. I complimented him and told him: find the lesson God wants you to learn in the not so nice situation. This seems to reflect your bullet points in this post. Nicely worded post, Michelle.

     
  3. Tim Eichner

    June 17, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Surprise! 🙂 I’m so grateful that our stories intertwined over two decades ago, my forever friend! I admire your tender heart for God. I’m so proud of how God is using you and look forward to what lies ahead for us as we trust the Author of our faith together.

    I love you.

     
  4. Dolly@Soulstops

    June 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Great words of wisdom…yes, God is never late, although we may think He is…I love John 11…let us not forget that Jesus wept with Mary although He knew He would raise Lazarus from the dead, shortly after…Jesus allows us to have our grief…I have been learning I can work through my grief with God…Blessings, Michelle 🙂

     
  5. lauraura

    June 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    So true. We are all in a Bigger story. When we focus on that, our lives tell a good story. Good words, friend.

     
  6. Sara

    June 21, 2013 at 11:01 am

    what a great post and wonderful reminder! Needed to read this today:)

     
  7. Stacy Farrell

    June 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    You said, “Martha & Mary thought Jesus was LATE, but He was NOT!! (this is a biggie for me!!) He was right on time for what He wanted to do that glorified God.”

    YES!

    Never late; rarely early.

    Absolutely trustworthy!

    (Praising Him….)

    🙂

     
  8. Alecia

    June 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    God has been pressing upon me to enjoy the journey to the destination, and to stop trying to rush. So often I focus on what is going wrong and the problems along the way that I miss the blessings!

     

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