I love playing around with my camara. I know NOTHING about photography, but man I wish I did! I love taking pictures. I love being in pictures. I love looking at pictures. Every once in a while deer prance around in our back yard. The last sighting was a few months ago on a Sunday morning. Brian was outside on the patio and I was inside going crazy getting all three kids ready for church. I hear him calling me from outside to, “Come look, hurry!” Once I went outside I saw them. There were about 5 deer in the trees… once we looked closer there were about 5 more in our neighbors back yard. I was amazed and the frustration and aggravation of getting three rambunctious children ready and in the van to get to church on time was suddenly secondary.
Ever since then, I’ve been trying to “catch” deer in the backyard. I go out there most mornings or evenings trying to snap a picture to no avail. I really don’t even expect to see them again, especially when I have my camara in hand.
When you pray do you EXPECT God to answer it? Or does it just make you feel better about the situation if you know you’ve prayed about it? I don’t expect to see the deer in the back so I can take a picture. I don’t anticipate it. But what if I did? What if I knew in the back of my head I was going to get the perfect shot and it would be the most beautiful photograph I’ve ever taken? Wouldn’t it make me work harder to get out there every morning? I know this is far fetched, but what if you EXPECT blessings from God.. you anticipate them. You prepare yourself for them.
We all have our definition of what a “blessing” might be… children, financial stability, that new car, the job promotion we’ve longed for, etc. But, to me, blessings are defined as something that God used or is using to shape us.. to shape us into witnesses for Him. One wouldn’t believe that the marital problems I’ve endured is my blessing. I thank God for the circustances in which He has placed on me. I thank God that he cares THAT MUCH for me. It sounds really dumb I know, but in my little head I feel He hand picked this circumstance for a glorious purpose.
Awhile back I was flipping through a book I studied by Beth Moore and a statement jumped out at me that read this:
Beloved, let this one sink in deeply: if God allowed you to be thrown into a pit, you weren’t picked ON; you were picked OUT. God entrusted that suffering to you because He has faith in you. Live it up. All the way up.
I don’t know about you, but if life was peachy ALL the time there would be no need for Hope, which, in my personal opinion, is one of the purposes of God himself.. to give you Hope.
Psalm 42: 1-5
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
day and night,
while men say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go with the multitude,
leading the procession to the house of God,
with shouts of joy and thanksgiving
among the festive throng.
Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
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