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We Are The Gift

Good morning. It is Thursday, November 4, 2021.

I follow Susie Larson on social media. She is a woman of God. She is a woman after my own heart. Her writings inspire me and talk to me. Yesterday she offered a prayer and I loved it so much, I copied and pasted to a word document so I could remember it. I will share it with you at the end.

This morning Facebook reminded me of something I shared one year ago from Susie.

One year ago, she wrote, from her book Prevail, “If God’s not giving you what you want at the moment, perhaps His plan is bigger than you can imagine.”

I will go out a limb here and say, His plan for our lives is ALWAYS much bigger than we can imagine.

Here is God, who has existed forever. There has never been a beginning for God and there will never be an ending for God. That is hard for our little pea-brains to process.

We live, what?…80, 90 years…100 if we are in great health or have good genetics in the family. We are the tiniest blip on the radar of reality and yet we think we know everything. We are nothing but a speck. How God must look at us and smile with pity.

Warning: Ear Worm coming up.

There is a song that we used to sing as kids. “There’s A Hole In The Bottom Of The Sea.”

I’m sorry if you know it because no doubt you will be humming or singing it all day. But the last line goes like this: There's a speck on the fleck on the wing on the flea on the hair on the wart on the tail on the frog on the bump on the branch on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea.

This is us. We are that speck in a vastness of time and space. We know very little and yet we like to think we know everything.

Do you remember looking at your young child as he or she struggled to tie their shoe for the first time? The stubborn ones did not want help; they wanted to do it all by themselves.

The fist time they fed themselves or dressed themselves. It was clumsy and often a complete failure, but they were ‘big kids’ now and demanded to have their way.

I had a son who at the age of 8 insisted on putting together a new scooter he received for Christmas. I knew he did not have the knowledge or experience to do it, but I allowed him to try. He was so insistent that he knew what to do. I knew it would be a good life-lesson for him. That scooter did not work properly. It did not ride smoothly, and he knew in his heart that mom was right.

I think God is much like that. He knows what is best. He knows we do not have the knowledge or experience, but he allows us to go through trials to teach us valuable life-lessons.

Back to Susie’s writing from a year ago: “During the forty days after His crucifixion, Jesus appeared to His disciples from time to time to prove that He was alive and to talk with them about the kingdom of God. The disciples asked, “Has the time come for You to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” A fair question considering they’d walked through the trauma of watching their Savior’s execution. They experienced the elation of seeing Him resurrected. Wouldn’t the obvious next step be to overthrow Rome and liberate the Israelites? But Jesus didn’t give them the answer they were hoping for. If He had, you and I would not be part of the kingdom today. Jesus had a much bigger mission on His mind: salvation for those who would trust Him in every generation to come. He didn’t placate to their preferences, as understandable as they were. Instead, He promised power—a power that would give sight to the blind, strength to the weary, healing to the broken, and salvation to the lost. A power that is still given the world today. If God’s not giving you what you want at the moment, perhaps His plan is bigger than you can imagine.” – Susie Larson

His plan is bigger. He wants more for you and for me. He knows what He has prepared for us. He sees it daily. The new city of Jerusalem, empty except for The God Head and the Holy angels and a few select such as Enoch, Elijah and Moses. Rooms ready for guests. So many rooms and each prepared specifically for each guest.

Jesus said, “In My Father’s house are many mansions (rooms or dwellings) if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2 NKJ

“I go to prepare a place for you.”

I like to imagine Jesus as the Great Interior Decorator. He looks at each person and hand-designs their living space within the walls of the city.

Isaiah talks about us building and planting on the new earth.

“They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.” - Isaiah 65:21 NKJV

I believe we will be the ones building and planting, but Heaven, New Jerusalem, those spaces are hand-picked and prepared specifically for each of us. Jesus has prepared those spaces.

Sure, we can think about what Jesus might be doing. For instance, I like deep colors. I am not a fan of pastels. I like colored glass and large rocks. I like wood and iron. I love the large Redwoods that reach for the sky. I like textured things. I do not like straight lines, and I like odd numbers when decorating, especially groupings of three. I guess I am a bit more masculine than feminine in my tastes. But He knows us so intimately. And I don’ think it is even possible to imagine what your space will look like.

“But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” - 1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV

Frankly it will not matter. Just being in heaven with Him, will be enough. What a gift!!!! I could stay by the tree of life and be content.

My friend Alta sent this to me this morning: I love God’s timing 😊 “"Because we are the gift of His Father, and the reward of His work, Jesus loves us. He loves us as His children. Reader, He loves you. Heaven itself can bestow nothing greater, nothing better. Therefore trust." The Desire of Ages, 483

Now for the prayer I promised to share with you today:

“Father in heaven, I can be such an earthbound traveler at times. I’m so aware of my default settings when it comes to sin, selfishness, and other people’s faults. Forgive me, Lord. Transform me, Father. Make me into the person You always dreamed I could be. Open my spiritual eyes to the reality of Your kingdom. Give me a heart to discern truth from lie, right from wrong, and love from hate. Remove my taste for lesser things that I might be focused solely on Your coming kingdom. This earth will soon pass away. I want You to find me ready, faithful, and grateful. I love You, Lord. Amen.” - Susie Larson

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