One of my husbands favorite past times is organizing things. I don’t understand it. It proves to amaze me when he can take my mess and turn it into a beautifully arrayed, display of magic. We are two very different creatures created to compliment each other. I had no idea how much I would be taught by his practical deeds. Last saturday, I walked into my closet and even I started to twitch. My shoes had morphed into a pile that took me at least five minutes to find it’s mate. My collection of scarves looked like spaghetti noodles waiting for sauce. When I picked up one of my beloved extremely large hoop earrings, I would in fact, pick up a huge glob of jewelry that was intertwined with it. Knowing the travel season I had ahead of me, my closet screamed, ORGANIZE ME!! So, I called in the organization troops, or Eddie. We began to widdle away at the clothes and stuff we have collected over the past 8.5 years of marriage. Our trash bags were full of “give away”, and of course “what was I thinking”. I took Eddie’s direction as the master of organization.
A couple of items spurred conversation, such as the shirt I wore to take our engagement pictures and the shirt he wore to our rehearsal dinner. I stopped and called to my daughter when I found the shirt we had made when I found out I was pregnant with her. The front read, “I’m gonna be a….” and the back said, “MOM”. She loved seeing and example of how much we loved her before we ever met her. About 70 percent done with the massive undertaking, Eddie said, “Look at this.” He then handed me a shirt that represented one of the first overnight retreat events that I was on the leadership team for. I had done other event’s, however, this one marked a starting point for conference ministry. The event was called, “More than Rubies.” The vision that had been planted in my mind and given by the Lord years earlier was in a small way beginning to materialize. I remember some of my thought processes while working on that event. The juices were flowing, so to speak, and the wonder of what could be was mesmerizing. I had my promise from the Lord, but the path that led to it begged for information.
I sat with Eddie and poured out my heart of gratitude for where God has brought us. My emotion began to flare when I realized the 24 year old I was then had no idea what was coming her way. If I could go back and encourage that young women with where God has brought me in the past 8 years, she would laugh. If I could tell her to stay strong on the rough days because of what waits ahead of her, she would be strengthened. However, that is not how God works. He bids us believe Him through faith. We are not privy of our future and our destiny hangs in the balance. We have a choice if we are called to ministry, to walk our what the Bible clearly tells us to do. I realized in that moment, I have each of you to encourage. You might be feeling the wonder of what could be and I challenge you with this.
Galatians 3:11b says, The righteous man shall live by faith.
If God says it, IT IS COMING. Your only job is to believe, walk through each opportunity, and wait.
In our fast-service society we are tricked into thinking that overnight success stories are the best thing. When, in fact, most of the time they are tragic. God is interested in the process of making you more like Him, and the more you yield, the more He is freed up to work.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows that he will also reap.
YOU CANNOT REAP WHAT YOU DO NOT SOW. It is impossible. The More than Rubies event was a small seed that was sown. That conference seed was watered, fertilized, tortured, beat by the wind and the rain and began to grow to what The Blush Network is now, and let me tell you we aren’t where we are going yet!!! My mind is ten years ahead.
For you were called to freedom brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
You, sweet reader, have the freedom and the opportunity to do whatever it is that God is asking you to do. Don’t waste your life on a job that you hate or a life that will not satisfy your purpose. Choose today to make the Lord first in your life. Then start sowing small seeds only to reap, in time, a large field of harvest.