Buffets and Brussel Sprouts
Buffets. We love them, don’t we? I just returned from a retreat in Tennessee, and they had a buffet of southern, homestyle food that was out of this world. I was standing in front of the salad bar when I spotted the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, fried okra, plum cobbler, and banana pudding with two inches of meringue on top. That is when I put the salad plate down and said, “I’m not wasting valuable stomach space on salad when there is fried chicken to be eaten!” And yes, I know that is not a good weight loss strategy, however that is the beauty of a buffet….I get to pick and choose what goes on my plate. But life is not a buffet, and we don’t get to choose what goes on our plate. God does. If I had my choice, my plate would only consist of the things l like….comfort, ease, convenience, the things that I enjoy or make me feel good, but God knows that will not grow me spiritually, nor is glorifying to Him. So, along with the good things He puts on our plates, and He does put many good things on our plates, He also adds the cauliflower and brussel sprouts….the things we would not have chosen. He adds the hard things that are going to cause us to depend upon Him and mature us in our faith.
Throughout the Bible, God put difficult things on the plates of His faithful servants. When He called Moses to return to Egypt to lead His people out of bondage, Moses was living a very comfortable life in Midian. He had a wife and family, flocks, herds, and good in-laws. He was sort of living the peaceful, country life, but God gave Moses a command to return to Egypt, and Moses obeyed because He regarded God as God, as having sovereign control over his life. Moses was not excited about it; he wanted God to send someone else, but he obeyed regardless. And so Moses left his life of comfort and spent the rest of his days wandering in the wilderness with a bunch of complaining Israelites. I’m sure there were many days in which Moses missed His comfortable life in Midian, but if he had stayed in his comfort zone and refused to answer God’s call, he would have missed out on getting to see God’s might and power displayed in so many ways. He would have missed out on the close fellowship he had with God. Exodus 33:11 states that “the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.” Isn’t that incredible? Moses had a much closer relationship with God in the difficulties in the wilderness than he would have ever had in the comfort of Midian.
So, we do not get to choose what God puts on our plate, but we do get to choose how we respond, and we get to choose how we represent God with what we have been given. We don’t want to be like little toddlers that spit out their food, throw their plates on the floor, or choke and gag to keep from swallowing what is healthy and best for them. When a child acts like that in public, it is embarrassing to the parents, isn’t it? Well, when we are discontent and kicking against our circumstances or complaining all the time, it is dishonoring to God as well. Philippians 2:14-15 states “Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.” The world is watching to see how we, as believers, handle life. Are we going to be bitter, discontent, complaining women full of self-pity? Or will we be women who honor God, even in the midst of difficult circumstances?
So what has God put on your plate that you are having a difficult time swallowing? Will you choose to regard God as God, as having sovereign control over your life, and accept your plate as coming from His hand? And will you choose to love God’s glory more than your own comfort? It is hard when life does not turn out the way we had expected, but God is always there for us, and we can ask Him to help us desire His glory more than anything else in life. Let’s choose to represent Him well with the plates we have been given….for His glory.
Women’s Ministry and Missions
The time is getting close for the team of ten women to head to Nicaragua. The date of departure is Oct. 15th. Preparations for the trip are almost completed. The ladies are so excited to go and share their faith and to learn from the women of Leon
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God Reigns.’” Isaiah 52:7
As you think of us in the next two weeks please pray for us.
- * God would be glorified by EVERY aspect of our trip
- * Each of us, as well as the nationals with whom we work and share with would have a personal and powerful encounter with God
- * The unconditional love of God would radiate in and through each of our lives
- * God would put a hedge of protection around the entire trip
- * Satan would be bound from anything that distracts anyone from hearing from God.
- * All participating on this trip would be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit
- *God’s Word would be proclaimed with power and produce life change (transformation)
- * God would give us strength and good health through the trip
- * God would protect and provide for family members back home
- * God would give wisdom to those speaking and teaching and listening ears to the people we come in contact with during the trip
- * Divine appointments, both with those we share with as well as others we might encounter while traveling
- * All team members and translators would be bold and creative in sharing our faith
- *We would make quick adjustments to cultural changes and to be flexible in all areas of the trip.
- *That revival would break out with people to whom we minister
Missions & You
Come to the Missions Women next meeting on November 6
Meet some of our missionary women, learn about navigating cultures, hear about women traveling on short-term trips, and pray with us for our missionary women on the field.
You can make a world of difference!
Sunday, 1-3 pm (new meeting time!)
First floor classroom, the Annex (2121 Nottingham Drive, next to the Mill).
Our Missionaries of the Month:
Jill Senechal, serving in France
Melissa Philip, serving in India