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Remember the Simple Things

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This is our new car – it is supposed to be my car but today was the first opportunity I have had to drive the it even though we bought it several weeks ago. My husband, John has driven it many times and I have ridden in the VW GTI with him. I even read the short owners manual. It seemed easy enough. After all, it’s automatic and I am used to driving a manual. I preferred driving the car instead of the car driving me. It is even keyless so it should be a piece of cake. Right?

Wrong! I had a 6:30 appointment  to meet with Tim the sound guy at Church. John was on a motorcycle trip but had planned to get home in time to drive me to Church. Around 5:00 John called to let me know he was still at least an hour and a half away so I would get to drive to Church.

Yes! I finally get to drive the new car. Fortunately, this was a good afternoon for me. No vertigo, no migraine and I had spent two hours warming up and practicing the music for tomorrow’s solo. At 6:00 I grabbed my purse and headed for the garage.

One great feature of the new car is the electric seats raise me up enough to see (Have I mentioned I’m only 4’8?) and goes forward enough for me to reach the pedals. I smiled as the door unlocked as soon as I came into range without having to push a button or use the key. I got into the car and pushed the “start” button.

Seat adjusted, mirrors adjusted, seat belt lowered to fit, cell phone linked with the Bluetooth. All set. Ready to go.

I opened the garage door and shifted to Reverse, disengaged the emergency brake and…Nothing!

‘Okay Lord, I know You provided the opportunity to sing for you. Please help me get the car to move so that I will get to Church in time to practice. I know it’s something simple but it’s a mystery to me.”

I tried again, put the gear in reverse, smiled at the buzzing sound from the little back up camera and put my foot on the accelerator. You guessed it. Nothing!  “Okay Lord. Change of plans. It’s 6:25. I’ll drive John’s Hyundai.

Everything went smoothly after that. (If you don’t count parking crooked in the almost empty parking lot.) I even stopped at the Bean Tree Coffee Shop to buy sandwiches for dinner. Parallel parking wasn’t a joyful experience when I got home but I’ve seen worse.

When John came home, he enlightened me. In order for the car to start, one must hit the brake and the starter button simultaneously. Ugh~ Why didn’t I think of that? I had read the short guide when we first got the car and our salesman had taken each of us through all of the features, including starting the car so why did I forget? I had only read the manual or guide once and had listened to the expert once and thought I knew it. I didn’t.

How often do we just breeze through our devotions, quickly scanning God’s Word while thinking, I know this passage, this Bible story, this verse and even pause at the margin notes and yet, forget?

How often do we listen to preaching or teaching of the Word but fail to apply His Word to our everyday life? Too often.

Just like the car that wouldn’t start because I failed to follow directions.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God. A workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”

(II Timothy 2:15)

In the margin beside this verse I have written:

  • Read
  • Memorize
  • Meditate
  • Communicate

Dear Father,

Open my eyes that I may see the Truth in Your Word. That the Holy Spirit will teach me something new in Your Word today.

Open my ears  hear and truly listen as Your Word is taught by our Pastors. Enable me to memorize and comprehend as I hide Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You. I pray, Father, that You will communicate Your Word and Your love through me that Christ may be glorified. Help me, Lord, to not lose sight of the “little things” that are so important.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

What am I singing tomorrow night?

“O, Rejoice in the Lord; He makes no mistakes. He knoweth the end of each path that I take. For when I am tried and purified, I shall come forth as gold.” Ron Hamilton

Have a blessed Sunday!

Kathy

Standing in the Gap, Serving Him

Yesterday afternoon, my husband, John and I were out shopping for a little while. When we came out of Michaels, we ran into a friend and our Pastor’s children. John made the comment, “Too many of us are getting too old and now you young folks will have to pull in the slack.” He was referring to serving the Lord.

My mind immediately jumped back to 1969 when I first attended Bible Camp with the other “young people” from Colonial Baptist in Blue Ridge, Virginia. Several like minded Churches used the same Bible camp at the same time and during the year, each Church held “Youth Rallies” which was basically a Friday or Saturday evening when kids from these same Churches met, shared special music, listened to a Missionary or special speaker challenging us to give our life to Christ for “full-time Christian Service.” Some of our favorite songs were during the late sixties through the seventies were:

  • Fill My Cup, Lord
  • Lord, Send Me Anywhere
  • I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
  • Whatever It Takes
  • Something Beautiful
  • Gentle Shepherd, Come and Lead Us for we need You to help us find our way…
  • Treasures
  • Just Take My Cross and Follow Close To Me
  • We Are More Than Conquers
  • They That Wait Upon The Lord Shall Renew Their Strength…

I could continue but I think you get the picture. Ours was a generation of consecration. We were willing to do whatever the Lord wanted us to do. To go wherever the Lord wanted us to go.  We were preparing to serve Him in the highways and byways.  Many were chosen by the Lord as Pastors, evangelists, foreign missionaries, Christian school teachers, Sunday school teachers, godly wives and mothers…  just as every generation. Ours was not the first generation to serve Him nor is it the last.

Many in my age group are thinking about retiring, relocating, the Lord has taken some of us home to be with Him while others suffer from ailments that take us out of our place of service leaving an opening for the newer, younger generation to step in and fill in the gap. After all, isn’t that what we were doing? Faces may change, locations may shift but since the early Church, we have been commanded to spread the Gospel and make disciples.

I had received Christ as my Savior in October 1968 and surrendered my life to Christ the following summer at camp and have never regretted serving Him. Due to health problems or other circumstances, I have wondered if the Lord could still use me or if I was a “cracked pot” just sitting on a shelf? He showed me in His Word that whatever our circumstances, to do all to the glory of God. So, whether I am writing, singing, playing the piano, or in the middle of a migraine or vertigo, I can still pray. Still serve Him – even though it is not the way I had imagined all those years ago.

My prayer for the current generation and for those to come is that they will keep their eyes fixed upon Him and to do His Will. (Not diverted by the world or politics or even by circumstance.) What is His will for believers?

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, ‘All power is given unto Me in Heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.’ ” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Did you get that? You are not alone – He is with you as you “stand in the gap” and serve Him.

May this year find you drawing near unto Him and serving Him wherever He places you. I challenge you to stand in the gap – He will show you where there is a need.

Happy New Year!

Love,

Kathy