Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Gospel according to John - Tia

We here at BGLU have long since referred to John Mayer as Pastor John. If you don’t know what we mean, take some time to really listen to his catalog. From Inside Out to Continuum, his music will preach if you let it. We jokingly (but not) said that Gravity should have been nominated for a Best Gospel Song Grammy.

That being said, I, well both of us, have been going through some dramatic changes in our lives. It’s too soon to really speak on it but please know that as soon as we know, you’ll know.
When things change in my life I’m pretty quick to turn to music. I honestly feel like God speaks to me through song. And it’s not always “Christian” music. I once heard a whole sermon in Van Halen’s Why Can’t This Be Love. I’ve learned to let God use WHATEVER He needs to use to get through to me.

So with that, I’ve decided to start what I hope will be there first of a lot of messages that I’ve learned from Pastor John.

No Such Thing – Room For Squares

Things have gotten really scary for me recently. My company laid off all of our contractors about a month ago and then they turned off our blackberry service the next week. They say it was in an effort to cut costs because no one uses them anyway, but I don’t know. (I will say that I hardly EVER used mine.) My boss started taking a lot of time off and I commented to a co-worker that I thought she was probably looking for a new job. Sure enough, two weeks ago she gave her notice. With all of the exodus both voluntary and otherwise, there are rumblings that the company could be in real financial peril and that the rest of us could be out of a job with the next month.

It’s a bit unsettling really. I have far too much debt to be out of job. And the constant talk and emails regarding layoffs have done nothing but generate unnecessary fear in those of us who remain. I found myself wondering if I am going to have to move back in with my father as a 30+ year old.

On Friday I finally had a come to Jesus moment about the fear and uncertainty in my life.

Welcome to the real world she said to me condescendingly. Take a seat, take your life. Plot it out in black and white.

How often has God made things happen in ways we would have never imagined? I’m SURE Sarah didn’t think she’d be pregnant during her retirement years. Joseph, yeah, I’m thinking he never planned on ending up in a pit thanks to his siblings. And I’m sure Noah gave God something of a side eye when he was asked to build a HUGE boat on dry land in a country that hadn’t seen rain for a minute.

We’re trained from an early age to plot out every second of every minute of our lives. But sometimes following Christ means that the “real world” will end up taking twists and turns that don’t really include our plans. There is a faith that has to happen if we are to truly call ourselves followers of Christ. And while the best laid plans of mice and men aren’t often wrong or bad, they sometimes aren’t the best. But even when things may look “off” we must have faith that the plain, boring, safe, black and white path that looks so good, may be the one that leads to an end that does nothing for us.

They love to tell you stay inside the lines. But something’s better on the other side.

Ohhhhh, God will call you to step out of the lines on faith. If you haven’t had to do that yet, just wait. You will. I mean, look at Ruth. Everything was pointing her to back to her own land and her own people. But in faith, she went with her mother-in-law with nothing but the hope that she would not be straight out of luck. Esther had the fate of an entire race of people on her shoulders. She could have easily tapped out and kept it moving for herself.

In times of uncertainty, God may very well call us to step out on faith and do what appears to be the impossible. But the great thing about it is, he not only promises to guide us but that the reward on the other side of our faith will be great.

Psalm 32: 8 - The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.

I wanna run through the halls of my high school. I wanna scream at the top of my lungs. I just found out there’s no such thing as the real world, just a lie you have to rise above.

Perception is not always reality. What it looks like is not always what it is. Elijah the prophet was being hunted by Jezebel and was posted up in the desert alone. I can understand Elijah’s fear. Not only had this broad, Jezebel killed all of the prophets, but she was brazen and sent Elijah a message letting him know that he was next. That’s gully.

So my man was under a tree crying out to the Lord for death because he felt alone and that there was no hope. His perception was that God had abandoned him and that it was all over. But what he perceived was inaccurate. While it was true that Jezebel HAD in fact killed the prophets, the lie that Elijah was alone and forsaken was just that, a lie. What Elijah seemed to have forgotten was that he served the God of provision. He served the God that brought the rain on the famine stricken land. He served the God who shamed the prophets of Baal and Asherah. He served the God who will make a way when the real world says that there is none.

God not only provided for Elijah’s needs but he brought up another prophet in Elisha. Elijah didn’t see (or perceive) another prophet in the land. God basically told Elijah to look beyond the obvious into His will. God will make a way when the “real world” lies to you and tells you there isn’t one.

Read 1 Kings 19 for the story of Elijah and Elisha.

I don’t know what’s going to happen with my job situation. But I do know that what it looks like isn’t necessarily what it is. I believe that wherever God guides me is the best path for my life. I just have to be willing to trust him and believe. And where I’m going and what I’m doing may not look like what I think it will look like, but I know that in end I will know what all this time was for.

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