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Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

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Café Menu for Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Today’s Special is: Driving Toward Your Destiny

Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Aj Luck
Main Ingredient:

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.

Ephesians 1:18 NIV

Entrée:

Whenever someone mentions looking in a rear-view mirror, my mind immediately goes to the scene in Jurassic Park where the main characters are fleeing from an angry T-Rex dinosaur.  When they see his reflection in their rearview mirror, they also see the words, “Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear” float over the image.  I’m not even in the movie and I start sweating at that scene!  YIKES!

As this year starts drawing to an end, it’s a great time for us to look in our proverbial rear-view mirrors.  Let’s look back and see how God has answered prayers, moved us, sustained us and even changed us.

For me, some roads that my family and I have had to travel were harder than others.  Some consisted of bumps, bends and even detours, yet we kept moving forward.

Some places seemed like paradise, while others seemed like GPS malfunctions.  YET, God was there at every turn!

This year I’ve been...

Surprised.

Shocked.

Sad.

Sick.

Stunned.

Scared.

Satisfied.

Selfless.

Selfish.

Sensitive.

Skeptical.

Spiritual.

Shallow.

Saved.

Some of the images in my rear-view mirror scared me to my core, yet God provided courage far beyond myself.  (Publishing my memoir, appearing on national television and being pushed into an extrovert life, when I’m really an introvert at heart.)

Some of life’s detours included job loss, illness for not only myself but my family members.  Detours that were beyond my control, that required trust far beyond myself. Sometimes, God will allow detours in our lives to deepen our dependence on Him.

We may not be where we want to be, where we originally set out to be or even in the ballpark of where we want to be.  However, we can be rest assured that we are exactly where we are supposed to be...

Smack dab in the palm of God's hand… and He’s not going to let us go.

If we look closely, we can see that God was there in the rear-view mirror all along (no matter how scary, or rewarding, this past year has been).

He’s in front of us, guiding us.

He's behind us, protecting us.

He's beside us, encouraging us.

We are never alone.

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.

Proverbs 16:9 NIV

Take Out:

Give yourself a gift.  Go to a local thrift store or big box store and buy a large container with a lid.  For me, I purchased a large mason jar with a lid.  Purchase some pretty paper, different colors, shapes and sizes.  Decorate your container with the upcoming year “2016 Winks.”

Every time God answers a prayer, provides a need, meets you in a way only God can... write it down and put it in the container.  Put the container in an area where it can be viewed often.  Let it serve as a visual reminder that God is with you in every moment.

This time next year, or any time you feel discouraged, sit down with your family and pour out all of your winks and read them aloud.  Allow this to remind you that God is for you and NOT against you.

Dessert:

Dear Jesus, thank You for this past year.  Thank You for every moment, good, bad, scary, silly and sacred.  Help me to look back over this year, ONLY as a reference to see the progress that You are making in my life.  Help me to focus on You and our days ahead together.  Thank You for loving me in the midst of difficult times.  Thank You for bringing me into the places You have destined for me to be, long before You gave me my first breath.  In Jesus' Name, Amen.

No Turning Back by Brandon Heath

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"Sometimes, God will allow detours in our lives to deepen our dependence on Him."

I was 17 years old when diagnosed with Tonic Clonic Seizure, being in a state of comatose for three days, and not remembering the name of my mother.  A young lady with a body of a teenage and a mind of a 3 year old toddler.  The recovery took 2 years and what I will always remember are not the injections, not the laboratory tests, not even the physical therapists (I just knew that I had been sick for 2 years because of a chocolate doughnut) but a song that was given to me by the Lord,

"Lord I Offer My Life; Things in the past things yet unseen wishes and dreams that are yet to come true all of my hopes and all of my plans my heart and my hands I lift them to You".

Thank you for reminding me that the grasp of the Lord is greater than my strength.  Looking forward to what the Lord's working in the life He chose to give me the second time.  God bless us all.

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