Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I'm stealing this story from someone dear to me but it really was a good illustration and wanted to share (hope you don't mind Cheryl).
She told her son (under the age of 2 I think) that they were going to the park. So her son got excited as she gathered up all of the stuff to go. Of course, her son no more knew what the "park" was....he just thought they were going outside to play. So as they walked outside, her son was fine UNTIL she went to put him in the car. He then started pitching a fit. He didn't understand why they were going bye bye instead of playing outside. He didn't know that mommy had something so much more for him than just playing outside.
God showed her that we are like that. He has big plans for our lives and we get ready to go "outside" and play but God wants to take us down the road to this big "park" so we can run and swing and play. When He goes to take us, we squirm a little, arching our backs, getting uncomfortable, asking, "why don't we just stay here and play Lord?". We have no idea what God has planned for us and yet we decide we don't like it before we even get there.
What if God has a huge field up ahead that He wants you to be in where you can play and learn and grow and minister to the hurting? And yet we choose to stay in our own backyard and play in the dirt and ride our bikes in circles. Will we get to experience the true glory of God?
The bible says to "Go into all of the world and preach the good news to all creation" (Mark 16:15).
We have to stop pitching grown up fits when God tells us He has something for us to do today. We have to stop arching our backs when He puts us in our carseats. We have to stop kicking and screaming when He shuts the door and gets in the driver seat to take us where He wants us to go.
God has a plan for your life. God has a destiny for you. God wants to take you somewhere so big with Him. We just have to stop what we are doing, take a deep breathe, admit that it may not look like what we expected or it doesn't look like where He said He was taking us, and just BELIEVE that God will take us somewhere so much better than where we may be at right now.
Submit to the calling. Submit to the voice of God speaking to you even right now.
And open your eyes to see the most beautiful "park" in the world.
God Bless You Today,