Clouds in the Sky

On work days, I strive to eat in a half hour and walk for another 30 minutes. It gives me the best kind of lunch break, for me, a gal that loves nature and experiencing all of her senses. I love the feel of the sun and the breeze, the songs of birds, the scent of flowers (and even weeds), the buzz of bee’s, and the sight of the clouds fluffy, yet huge in the sky.

Today, I was half way down our lane when I realized that I was hearing a bit of thunder. My walking pace slowed as I pondered the possibility of rain. Decided that I didn’t mind getting a bit wet, then considered that the sound of thunder meant lighting in these parts. Yet, I saw no streaks of lighting in the sky, so I continued. I prayed to God up in the heaven’s. I said, “Lord, you know I need this walk, if you could keep me safe from lighting I would sure appreciate it….I need to live at least another 10 years if you don’t mind! Then I proceeded to be grateful for the beauty of the day, admiring clouds as I walked.

When I started out, there was a mixture of stormy looking skies and bright blue and fluffy white cloud looking skies. On my way back I noticed that above me, in a path before me was pure blue and fluffy white cloud skies and I could tell the sun was trying to peek out. On each side of me were dark skies and no sight of pure blue beyond in either direction. It was like God had given me a path back home of pure blue, fluffy cloud skies. “Amazing!” I said to the Lord, right out loud. “Bless you and thank you Lord!” I continued thanking the Lord for anything in sight and as I approached home, the sun came out from behind one of those fluffy clouds and shone its light down upon me and everything around me. Now, THAT was cool!

Lesson? Talk to the Lord when you have the chance, you’d be surprised what that can do for you!

PS: For any who may be concerned about my work ethic, and the time it took me to write this, I have some COMP time coming and I planned to use some of it today anyway. Don’t worry, I will keep track of my time! This story just had to be told.

What is Our Purpose?

Have you read “The Purpose Driven Life,” By Rick Warren yet? If not, I encourage you to pick up or order a copy. I have a newer version.

I have to share something that impacted my soul. Something that was eye opening on this day, yet something I had read recently in my bible and just breezed over.

Isn’t that often how it is? We read something, and think nothing of it, then later (and it can be much later), it impacts our soul. That is what I call, developing a relationship with our Lord, Jesus. Keep on reading His word.

Here is the verse in the bible: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)(NIV)

What helped opened my eyes was what Rick Warren had to say about that verse. He says, “When the disciples wanted to talk about prophecy, Jesus quickly switched the conversation to evangelism. He wanted them to concentrate on their mission in the world. He said in essence, “The details of my return are none of your business. What is your business is the mission I have given you. Focus on that!”

Rick Warren further says, “Speculating on the exact timing of Christ’s return is futile, because Jesus said, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Since Jesus said he didn’t know the day or hour, why should you try to figure it out?”

“What we do know for sure is this: Jesus will not return until everyone God wants to hear the Good News has heard it. Jesus said, “The Good News about God’s kingdom will be preached in all the world, to very nation. Then the end will come.”

So, if we want Jesus to come back sooner, we need to get on the ball and share our belief with those who do not believe, and provide service to both those who do believe and those who do not believe.

Rick Warren gives a lot of wonderful examples – and advises us not to quit our jobs to do our Lord’s work. When we follow the path the Lord set for us, using our strengths in the work place, we will see opportunities to share His word with people that we meet, as the opportunity arises.

Rick Warren says, “There are people on this planet whom only you will be able to reach, because of where you live and what God has made you to be. If just one person will be in heaven because of you, your life will have made a difference for eternity.”

Isn’t that awesome? So, keep your eyes open everyone, so that you can do your part. And remember that overdoing it can turn people off. Reach out when it feels right. Get some tips from Rick Warren.

Sources: The Purpose Driven Life; What on Earth am I Here For?, By Rick Warren and My NIV Study Bible.