Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Like Moths to a Flame

“Like moths to a flame, we are all drawn to something. What are you drawn to? Once we choose our source, the alluring light draws us to it like a beacon. It becomes our life source and we cannot live without it. It determines our direction and how we’re protected. It determines our focus and vision.”

One morning, I was busily moving around the house attempting to manage my household. I was trying to fulfill my motherly duties: cleaning, feeding, helping, and affirming.  Even as I tried to meet every need and direct all their steps, each child would return within a moment to express another consuming desire.   I suddenly felt overwhelmed.   I thought to myself, “It is impossible for me to meet all their needs. No matter how organized, in charge, or confident I am, they still need direction in everything.”

Later that day, I was sharing with my husband how challenging it had been with our children.  Exasperated, I said, “I am like a flame and they are moths. They cannot stay away from me!” 

There are a few theories on why a moth is attracted to a flame.   Some scientists have suggested that moths have an understanding that flying downward into darkness equals danger, and as they move up toward the light of the moon, there is safety.  Somehow, intrinsically, moths know there is safety in the light.  Another theory is that their eyes are similar to human eyes in that they adjust to light. If it moves away from a light source, the moth will be rendered temporarily blind. A third theory is that the light leads the moth and helps it navigate. The moth uses the light as a primitive navigational tool, guiding it along the way.

Like moths to a flame, we are all drawn to something. What are you drawn to? Once we choose our source, the alluring light draws us to it like a beacon. It becomes our life source and we cannot live without it. It determines our direction and how we’re protected. It determines our focus and vision. All of us are looking for a source of light and guidance as we walk through life. The world tells us that job security, money, family, a good home, and a good community are our source.  We have an understanding that these things will give us direction, hope, a future, and security.  But as we make these things our source, we are left blind, directionless, and out in darkness without safety.  The scripture is quite clear about who and what our source should be.

1 Corinthians 8:6
Yes, for us there is only one God, the Father, Who is the source of all things and for whom we have life, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through and by whom all things and through and by whom we ourselves exist.

I grew up in church.  My dad was a pastor; my uncle a worship minister; my grandmother was a children’s pastor for 20 years.  Since the day I got married, I have been a pastor’s wife.  Even though my foundation was strong, I continually have to question my self.   I have to ask myself if I swarm my Savior, like my children return to me constantly. Do I return to Him with my every need?  Do I depend on myself, my talents and skills to survive this life? Is there a way to recognize if He’s my source?  The most important thing I’ve learned is to ask Christ if I am making Him my source? Most of the time, He gently convicts and directs me down a new path of how to make Him my center.  The simple answer is it’s a daily battle to direct our hearts toward Him.  We are constantly drawn by the world, tempted by trials and depend on our own false sense of superiority, but as we look to Him we will find direction, safety and our sight. 

For more articles on faith click on links below:

Like Moths to a Flame
Ryan's Story
Are You Afraid in Your Own Home?
Looking from Afar
Do it Afraid
My Grievances with Greif
God Loves You, God Loves Me, He's Got Great Plans for our Lives

Thursday, August 22, 2013

"God loves you; God loves me; He has great plans for our lives."

Intro:” God loves you; God loves me; He has great plans for our lives.”  “The paths we have chosen, or have been chosen for us, does not define us.  We look to Jesus to define our heart, mind, and spirits and, to take us on our tremendous adventure.”

I first heard, “God loves you; God loves me and He has great plans for our lives” on April 6, 2012.  I was soberly leaving the funeral of my dearest friend.  We had been friends since childhood.  I still remember the day we met. What I remember most is her smile that lit up an room she walked into.  Heather was tragically killed in a car accident.  She lost control of her car and hit a tree and was instantly killed.  She had such a joy and vigor for life that it seemed such a waste to lose her so soon.  Heather left behind a loving husband and two amazing sons.  In an instant and without warning her friends and familys’ lives were intertwined like a violent whirlwind.  We were in shock and at times just stood and looked at each other dumbfounded with no words to express our sorrow.  As we left the funeral home, I looked at my husband and said, some ask why? When they experience such a horrible loss. I don’t have to know why. I trust God. I know He loves me, loves Heather's family and He has great plans for their lives.

I was also reminded of these words on November 2, 2013. We took my two-year-old son to the local children’s hospital.  After many tests; I was notified that my son had Type 1 diabetes.  His own little body attacked his pancreas and shut it down.  I then found out, that every day, I would struggle just to keep him alive.  As my heart turned inside out and shock set in, I heard and gentle whisper,” God loves you, God loves Ryan, and He has great plans for your lives.”

I was also reminded that same year when my father’s mother died and two weeks later in Jan 2013 that my mom’s mother left this world.

As we experience unfathomable tragedy, we plead with God to give us words of grandeur and enlightment that will encompass all our unanswered questions, but He steals our heart and enraptures us with His love. He tenderly directs our heart and thoughts to the purest and simplest ideas.
God loves you; God loves me; He has great plans for our lives.
Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you a hope and an future.”

Even though we may not feel like we have control over our emotions, we may feel we have lost our minds, or even that His Spirit has left us.  We can access hope and a future gazing into His eyes and experiencing His almighty presence.  We are given many examples of this in the Bible.  King David chose sin, but as he chose to seek after God; God chose a legacy through Solomon and later, through Jesus.  Jacob was tricked but God gave Him what was promised to Him and much more.  Hannah was barren but through keeping a promise to God, her son was a prophet and a judge to the nation of Israel.  Esther, an orphan became a queen and put her life on the line for her people.  God used her obedience to rescue her people from death and persecution.  Through life there are always many choices that we face, but not matter what the trial, if we choose God we choose hope and a future!

In loving memory of: Heather Price, Mary Francise Nesbit, and Nancy Irene Burklund
For more articles on "Food, Faith, and Diabetes" click on links below:
How We found out
The Hospital
Going Home
Well Springs of the Heart
All of Us
Mommy I Pooped!!
If There is Any.....
Sorrow for the Night
I Will Try to Fix You
Kill the Oxen Burn the Plows