Veiled Beauty

VEILED BEAUTY

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, `He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, `Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.” ‘ But wisdom is proved right by her actions.” Matthew 11:18-19

    I used to wait for God to reveal Himself in ways that would convince me, once and for all, of His love, provision, and power.  “If only you would do this”, I would plead.  Though I set up the criterion, God always did His own thing, His own way, and I sulked.  I didn’t understand that God refused to be molded into the Messiah of my own making.  He is complex.  His ways are mysterious.  And while He works right under my nose, I often don’t recognize Him because He is more interested in the long-term prognosis of my faith while I am caught up with the immediate. Continue reading “Veiled Beauty”

Split-Second Deliverance

A SPLIT-SECOND DELIVERANCE

For He will give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11

I went alone yesterday to our local Trader Joes, a grocery store, for some last minute shopping for Christmas.  As soon as I opened my car door, I could see a man approaching me, eyeing me.  I ignored him, put up the tailgate of my Volvo wagon to get some grocery bags out to bring inside.  Immediately, he was under the tailgate with me, striking up a conversation, wanting to shake my hand.  He asked for money and seemed edgy.  I was polite but all the while, I was asking God how to get out of this potentially dangerous situation.  Continue reading “Split-Second Deliverance”