What is your voice for If it is not heard? Speak out! It is time to speak out; Gather courage; Don’t chew your lips And swallow your words When the time has come To speak out; Make your point; Assert yourself; Make your presence felt; Let your voice be heard Far and near. Toss the leaves And the grass to the left And to the right With only the sound Of your voice. You are no small person.
We found our way
around the yachts parked in their cradles. An empty spot was right next to the
dock. We quietly got ready to embark, and the cloudless skies made us wonder
how far off heaven was from the pier. The snoozing seagulls perched on the post
tops. As we set sail, the gentle breeze bellowed the fabric, and God became our
propulsion. The shores of the water looked so endless. It was a beautiful
Saturday morning, and no place would I’d rather be than with my love and God at
the helm. He created this perfect world of pristine water, and all we had to do
was sit and watch Him work.
Sometimes it is
difficult to accept God is with us day in and day out. Just as sailing into the
open blue, we do not realize we are always at His mercy. Many times our sails
luff and we pray as though we ran aground. As hard as life is, even doctors can
do little to relieve discomfort. In the distress of my wife’s health, I’m left
standing in a vacuum for everywhere I look, I see the remnants of the doctor’s
So, I turn to God
and ask Him if He has a minute. The hardest thing to do is… listen and wait for
His messages. Our faith is only part of the process. Listening for His answers
and reacting accordingly is the trick, so we must have a seeking heart. We
should talk to Him as though he is a brother and reveal our frustrations,
fears, and doubts. God will teach us how to recognize the difference between His
voice and just our thoughts.
Find a location to
be with Christ and His great mercy. The Lord always has a place open to sit
with me, especially on this endless journey my wife and I have encountered
today. I wish I could run away and take her sailing to the place called heaven,
but it’s not time yet. God gave us responsibilities we must partake and fulfill.
Instead, I will sit with God and try to
understand what advice I need to listen to and praise His great gifts. He united
the two of us for some much-needed healing in our difficult road of life. So, I
will carry her in every way I can possible. In His strength, we will travel as far
as the Lord’s work will need us to go for He isn’t done with either of us yet.
The hardest thing to do is listen for God’s words, but if you acknowledge His involvement in your life, you will always recognize His heaven sent voice. Praise God! It’s our intimate relationship with Him that counts.
Everyone comes into
life to serve a great purpose. That is our destiny. We extend a hand in life to
help the broken, but it’s Christ who chooses the believers He wants to
represent Him. Faith is a large part of the commitment, but it’s the renewed
spirit which Christ blesses each time. I, too, am not worthy to wipe the dust
from our Father’s holy feet, but for an unknown reason, God duly elected me. I
am a representative of Christ, an emissary, an evangelist of His word. But, I was
the man most people least suspected to be His ambassador. This is how God works
among humanity. He selects the defeated, renews their heart and mind, and sends
them into the world as a witness of His great love.
My heart filled
with emotions, and it danced with a joy I didn’t think was possible. All I
could do was reverently thank God for the opportunities He opened up before my
eyes. It’s a select few picked to serve our Lord on a greater platform,
representing Him in the interim of His great return. Yes, this includes
ministers, pastors, priests, missionaries, and then just the ordinary… like me.
Do you know how
Christ chooses who will live in His shadow as disciples? Millions live in a
holy relationship with the Lord, but a genuine disciple usually is considered a
social outcast. They have a more profound knowledge of God and wisdom; perhaps
a miraculous incident occurred with Him. Often, they are rejected by family and
friends and considered “weird” or a false prophet. Demon possessed people react
strongly to them, and immature Christians spew insulting comments their
direction. Disciples, or anointed chosen followers, stand alone in a mocking
world. I’ve experienced all of these things, but with God by my side, I endure
all the accusations and criticisms, knowing He is my strength and power.
In the Bible,
Jesus’ biological half brothers rejected Him and His ministry. King David was
ridiculed for obeying and following the Lord. Isaac, the son of Abraham and
Sarah, was born supernaturally for his parents were aged one hundred and ninety
when he was conceived by God’s miracle. Moses was appointed at birth to
represent God and was the target of terrible criticism from the Israelites and
even his own brother and sister. Christ filled John the Baptist with the Holy
Spirit before he was born. He was ultimately beheaded because no one believed Christ
chose him. Not one person in scriptures chosen and anointed as a representative
of Christ had an easy life. They had to set themselves apart, and I’m sure they
felt very isolated.
So, today I ask,
are you chosen by God to be His ambassador? Are you afraid to take a leap of
faith for fear of rejection? Please read Psalm 91 as it is God’s promises to
His chosen and anointed people:
God will reward the fruits of our accomplishments at the end. Pick up your staff and walk my friends. Be strong in your commitment, now more than ever as the world’s flocks of sheep are like a pack of wolves. They hungrily circle God’s chosen to wait for the perfect chance to ensnare and devour your devotion. Be not afraid to stand in the barley and dance in the shade. Christians, we were born to represent Christ Jesus.
Thumbnail: With a pensive expression on her face, Sirena sits upon a small flight of stairs on a clear day.
Five Fears My Blindness Augments
We all fear something. These are five of mine, some silly, some deep, that are augmented by my blindness. I don’t see this as a negative topic, merely a matter of fact one. Sometimes blindness really isn’t an asset. But facing those times makes us strong.