Monday, July 4, 2011

A Few Blocks from Your Destination

Would you believe that the almighty, all powerful God who holds the universe in the palm of His hands would have His sights set on pursuing you?  Its hard to wrap your mind around - I even have difficulties trying to put it into words right now. It can be very hard to believe with everything that God is, and in the midst of the world's crisis, that there is a loving God who would zero in on YOU - Orchestrating events, caring about the details and putting people in place to reach YOU!

I am reminded of these verses:

"Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn't you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, 'Celebrate with me! I've found my lost sheep!' Count on it—there's more joy in heaven over one sinner's rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.

"Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won't she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she'll call her friends and neighbors: 'Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!' Count on it—that's the kind of party God's angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God."
- Luke 15:4-10

Our new friend who we met in NYC got to experience this incomprehensible truth.  What she doesn't really know are the behind the scenes details of God's amazing hand at work tailored JUST FOR HER.

The fact is, Rich and I did not intend on arriving at that place on the street where we met her.  We had other plans that day to see a long list of New York landmarks.  But as we went about our plans, we discovered it was bringing us to the location of where we wanted to go, much later in the day.  We figured since we were in the vicinity, we might as well, start heading over to Hillsong Church for one of their earlier services.

We hadn't eaten and walked what seemed like 100 miles around NYC.  We were cold, tired, and getting very irritated.  I don't remember the details of our disagreement, just that we were trying to locate this church and the distance seemed to have been getting longer rather than shorter.  My phone's GPS wasn't working like it usually does and Rich was trying to use his keen sense of direction to get us there.  We started getting frustrated with one another and when you throw in being hungry, cold and tired, it was a recipe for trouble between the two of us.

Out of nowhere, a woman came up behind us and with a friendly voice asked, "Are you both lost?"  Keep in mind, this is NYC, majority of the people there mind their own business and keep to themselves.  She had not heard our bickering earlier. When she approached us, we weren't speaking and Rich and I were walking apart from one another.  In shock that she knew that we didn't know where we were going, even though its probably easy to spot tourists,  I responded with, "yes."  She asked where were we trying to get to and Rich told her we were headed to Irving Plaza.  From her directions, looks like we were actually headed the right way, with just a couple more blocks to go.  I remember this peculiar smile she gave me after we thanked her. We began our walk again, still thinking about this woman, I turned around and she was gone.

Its interesting how we can be on the right path, approaching our destination and feel completely lost with no end in sight.  How many times do we jump off this road because we're tired and frustrated wanting to just get to the end!  This journey can feel so long and hard because you don't have a clue how much further you will have to go or even what awaits you.  How easy would it be to just stop walking, turn around and head back - back to what we know.  We can be just a few blocks from our divine appointment and totally miss it!  You can be a decision away from reaching the exact place where God wants you to be to receive His blessings.

Rich and I powered through the next couple of blocks with no clue what was in store when we arrived...

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