Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Day Late...or Maybe Not?

Many of you awesomely participated in the
Blue Monday Challenge.

I had planned to participate on Monday. I had grand plans of encouraging others...with sugar, chocolate, and such.

God had other plans for my day. I'll have to admit, when the curve ball hit, I wasn't exactly thrilled. God was asking me to do something that I don't think I'm good at doing. I love to bake, and I love all things happy. This wasn't baking, and it wasn't so happy. In fact, this was tough. People were hurting, and God was putting it in my lap to help them. I couldn't help them with sugar or chocolate, either. The only things that would be of any help were the Word of God and the working of the Holy Spirit. I was scared I was going to screw up. I was scared I was going to give them the wrong answer. Thankfully, Cody was home. God has given that man an incredible passion for helping people, for knowing the Word of God, and for using God's Word to help people. He helped me respond in love with Biblical truths. There was no spreading of cheer with sugar, but there was a joyful resolve that God's Word had gone out and we'd prayed for the Holy Spirit to work.

Yesterday, I began reviewing my lessons for my small group of ladies at church. Can you believe what God had in there? Here it is:

2 Peter 1:3 (He) has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness.

God seems to specialize in putting us in positions where we must rely on His work in us. I often recognize God's leading specifically because He calls me to do something I am afraid to do. I'm learning that when God wants to show Himself in living color, He works throu
gh us. He purposefully puts us in a place where we will have to depend on him to accomplish the task at hand, therefore seeing His greatness and turning our worship more fully toward Himself.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Je
sus so we can do good things He planned for us long ago.

And there it was: the reason for Monday. God was showing Himself in living color to us. He did work in the situation through the power of His Word and the Holy Spirit and glory was brought to Him for His loving kindness, His forgiveness, and His power to change lives.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

I hesitated to post this because I know you, my loving and caring friends, will be full of sympathy for my day going askew and getting rough. Don't be. It's what God had planned all along. Despite my plans to do easy, fun things that seemed like the way to encourage others, God had deeper, harder things for me to work through. No, I didn't love the situation at all, but because of it, I spent more time in prayer, grasped more what it means to truly trust God in all things, and watched as He worked, in spite of my insecurities, in someone's life.

As for Blue Monday, the sugary part of it sort of turned into Blue Tuesday for our college students who come over for Bible Study. Don't be blue, we love you!

I quickly figured out yesterday that Cloe is becoming a master of Rice Krispie Treats as she manuevered that wooden spoon and coated the cereal in dyed blue fluff! The boys are still hanging in there as my number one taste testers. And Cody, well, he just comes up with his own surprises sometimes--IBC root beer for dinner! Yes, he'll have three nominations for Daddy of the Year!


Katie@The Baby Factory said...

gotta admit.....I hadn't heard of Blue Monday.....til Tuesday :)
I'm not a big rice krispie treat fan, but gotta say, blue makes them look pretty irresistible!

Unknown said...

Awesome, Londa! God's intervention obviously made an impact on your day and you were wise and discerning enough to keep your eyes and ears open. While I am sorry that your plans were foiled, you should know that your reaction to the situation is inspiring and reminds ME that sometimes I'm too busy with planning and my great (mostly not great) ideas can cast a shadow over what God really wants me to do. I can get very involved in my own things that I lose focus of the gospel and how far I am from: Whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Sorry I'm preaching at myself on your blog, but I appreciate the reminder. Your BLUE food looks yummy and I'm glad you had fun. You took on the challenge and BEAT BLUE MONDAY/Tuesday!!!
Since Baby Factory doesn't really like rice kripie treats, can I have 2? Hee hee.

Unknown said...

Why oh why are my posts so long? I think I have a problem. Sorry.

une autre mère said...

I think you should definitely get the prize for the Blue Monday Challenge. You helped someone where it matters the most - the heart.

Liz IS giving a prize, isn't she? I mean, she didn't just think we were doing this merely to make people happy and show them Christ's love, did she? ;)

Oh, the blue food is really cute too. Why is it that food coloring makes everything look so much better?

peter marie said...

Thanks for sharing this! You guys are such an encouragement and make me excited to belong to a church that has leaders who are out there really loving and caring people...even if it's hard!

Oh, and that blue food? Adorable!

Amy@My Front Porch said...

This post is just chock full of wisdom. Good, TRUE stuff. Thanks for sharing that!

Amanda said...

You are such a fun mom LOnda... and Bible study leader... and wife! I think I want to hang out at your house!!!!