Certainty in the everyday moments of the journey

Do you ever wish that you could have certainty?

Pretty easy question, isn’t it?  Of course, we wish that we could be more certain of this life and where our next steps will take us.  There are so many variables, though.  There are so many things that could change in an instant, so how could we ever be sure of anything?  The apostle Paul and Luke have some special words for us…

“I became a minister (to Christ’s body, the church) according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.”  Colossians 1:25-26, ESV

“It seemed good to me…to write an orderly account for you…that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.”  Luke 1:3-4, paraphrased ESV

As I think about all of the times in my life when I have begged God to tell me why things are happening the way that they are or what the future will hold, I now imagine a certain scene…

A father and daughter are walking walking down a trail to a surprise destination.  The little girl asks, “Where are we going, Daddy?” and he replies with patience, “You’ll see when we get there.  I promise you though, you are going to love it…”  They continue walking, but the little girl is so excited, anxious, and even a little nervous.  After all, she’s starting to imagine what the surprise is.  What if it doesn’t meet her expectations?  Her doubts could even lead her to questioning her dad and whether or not he has the best in store for her.  But then again, what if the surprise is even better than she could even imagine?  Trying her best to figure it out, she continues daydreaming of what it could be, not even paying attention to the scenery around her.  She’s even so busy questioning that she neglects the precious moments that she has right then and there, walking hand-in-hand with her daddy…

There are many details of our lives that we do not know; however, there is one thing of which we can be certain:  God and His goodness.  He has given us His Word to teach us His truths.  He even shows His indescribable love and mercy for His children through sending His son to die on the cross for our sins.   What greater act must we see to be able to put our full trust in God?

Today as you go through this day, pray that God would secure you in the certainty of His promises, in the certainty of His Word.  No, we may not know the exact details and destination of our journey, but God does.  If we’re walking hand-in-hand with Him, what do we have to be anxious about?  After all, maybe it’s not  just about “getting there.”  Maybe it’s all about living closely in His presence, even here and now in the everyday moments of the journey…

Glorifying God even over spilled detergent

“Commencing countdown…3…2…”  Even though I was not in NASA’s headquarters and there was no rocket in my backyard, I was certainly about it experience a lift-off.  Our washer that sits on an uneven, tile floor was about to go into the spin cycle.  For all of us Hollingers, we know what that means…one whole end of our house was about to rattle to the vibrations of our washer, and we would hear and feel it for the next couple of minutes.

When I finally counted down to one in my head, the loud rattle began as usual.  What wasn’t usual, though, was a loud “Boom!” that followed.  Something had gone wrong during lift-off, so I went to the laundry room to go see…

A brand new container of Gain detergent had been, keyword= had been, sitting on top of the washer but had been bucked off in the washer’s violent shaking.  Detergent was spewing out, and most of the floor had already been covered by the time I reached the spill.  I was finally able to turn to detergent right-side up despite the slimy exterior.

Sometimes I think that whenever we believe that God is going to work in our life, He is going to do it in a huge way.  We search for our own version of a burning bush or cloud that we can follow just like Moses and the people of Israel in order to know where to go.  But while on all fours, scooping detergent into a cup with my hand and then pouring it into a bucket, I realized that God had given me just as great of an opportunity to see Him in the midst of my problem. Even something as simple and frustrating as cleaning up a gallon of detergent with my hands and an 8-ounce cup can became a lesson of patience through God-given peace

Romans 12:1 in the Message translation says, “Take your everyday, ordinary life–your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life–and place it before God as an offering.”

God is glorified through offerings.  The question now is, are you willing to glorify Him through giving every part of your life and daily living over to Him?  The next time that you get a flat tire, have to work late, or find yourself in rush-hour traffic, will you choose to get mad or will you use that as an opportunity to learn what it means to live fully by and fully for God no matter the circumstance?