So this is page one of my brain…oh my gosh…can you only imagine?
I am jotting things down and brainstorming as we move forward and since it’s Thursday, which if you have been visiting for a while you know…is my day to connect with an email list that superseded this website gig…you all are getting the same message they are.
The good news is…I have today wide open to get some thoughts down so tomorrow…I promise…we will explore the plunder we talked about on Tuesday…
but for today…
here is what I have for you <3
As I continue in my daily read through of the Bible for 2018, I have been making notes in my journal of things that jump out at me.
I have done annual read-throughs before and yet I always find fresh insights and notice things that I missed.
I also make new connections in my understanding and application.
This year I am using the Chronological Bible which throws me off because the passages are sometimes out of order….which ratchets up my OCD tendencies to an uncomfortable level but that is for another day.
On Monday I was reading about the instructions for the construction of the Tent of Meeting and as I read through the directions for weaving cherubim and pomegranates and all manner of intricate details into the curtains I had some kind of weird flashback to our days with StoryTeller Theater and one of the most creative people I have ever met…our director/designer/artist/leader Sue.
Sue would take a well known children’s story from a book or a movie and design sets and costumes and a script and then audition a bunch of kids from elementary through eight grade and come up with the most amazing results.
Our Sarah loved the stage early on and so of course wanted to try out every year and consistently got a part.
Because the way we moved from all the sketches and ideas and drawings to the actual production was through the blood, sweat and tears of us parents.
The first year Sarah was involved we received a form to fill out with basic information and any skills we had.
I checked the box for “sewing”.
With several years of middle and high school Home Ec classes, plus a mom who was a seamstress and a good teacher, I could read a pattern and put a garment together with a fair amount of skill.
Oh…I had no idea.
Sue would hand me a pile of scraps and old sweatshirts and previous costumes, hunks of fake fur and a drawing… a DRAWING…of some animal I was to create out of said materials. If I did have any kind of a pattern, it was simply so that I could gauge how to fashion some critter’s ear or nose out of what I had been given.
And if I got one finished, I was handed another.
By the time the curtain went up on opening night, my sewing room looked like several animals had blown up in the middle of it.
I do remember vividly though, sitting in the audience of the Civic Center and seeing some kid prance across the stage in something that my hand had stitched together and marveling that God had enabled me to pull it off…because, surely indeed, I had prayed my way through every seam.
I was simply not equipped to do what Sue was convinced I could accomplish.
And that is the amazing thing about the Exodus story.
The Israelites were former slaves in Egypt, living in tents in the wilderness and God gives Moses these incredibly detailed instructions about hammering out gold and designing beautiful curtains of embroidered fabric, creating an intricate wardrobe for the priests that included setting gemstones into a breastplate and fashioning almond flowers (I googled them..very delicate) into lamp stands…seriously…
and how did they do it?
“See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel…and has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts – to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver, and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic craftsmanship.” Exodus 35:30
God also gave him some helpers and he filled them with the holy spirit so they could not only do but also TEACH others how to do these things.
Has God called you to a task that you think you are just not qualified to do?
He will…HE WILL …. equip you with what you need.
We often look at others and think they are gifted and we are not but each of us, who have surrendered our life to Christ, are given gifts that enable us to do things that would be impossible without Him.
I pray today for a fresh awareness in each of us to be grateful for the equipping we receive through His Spirit and a confidence to face the tasks ahead knowing with God, we are able.
Have a blessed day!