Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Prepared, but for what?

I think, often, I am "getting ready." I am cleaning, organizing, studying...you name it I am doing it. My goal is to be prepared. Every now and then , however, I stop mid-activity and ask myself what in the heck I am getting prepared for. Why put myself through all this extra work for no clear objective. I become a little frustrated, and, yet, I continue onward. Why?

Isaiah 54

2 "Enlarge the place of your tent,
stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes.

3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
your descendants will dispossess nations
and settle in their desolate cities.


Because. Because the Lord has determined that my future will spread out to my right and also to my left. That my children and my children's children will inherit the nations and settle in the cities. This is reminicent of the call Abraham had on his life. I think we as women do not believe that a "call" of this magnitude is given to women. I hope this word in Isaiah 54 has changed your mind. We have a very very big call on our lives. If you will notice, our call is not just for ourselves, but it is for our progeny, our families (inclusive of community). We need to be prepared, to live in a continual state of anticipation of God's blessings on our lives.

My favorite word in the English language is Seredipity--the notion that something Good happens by surprise, with wonderful long term impact on our lives. I am famous for telling parents they do not need to withhold goodness from their children because Life will conspire to take goodness away in some form or fashion. (Check-the economy right now, how many of us will go by that 16 year old their own gas guzzler?) But, the opposite is true as well! Life conspires to show us God's goodness as well. And this goodness has long term affects on our lives...SEREDIPITY. We need to be on the look out for goodness...and be continually prepared to receive it.

Back to our scripture...we will spread out, and our children will inherit. Does anything warm your heart more? Let's look at how our sister, Tamar handled having a very difficult life, and yet keeping her promise, her goals, and her preparation for her "call."

Read genesis 38...and I'll be back

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