Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Be Still and Know

Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in helping God.
In reality He is asking us to "Be still and Know that I am God".

A couple of things happen when we try to help Him out...often we are like having a 2 year old help with a task that is far beyond their abilities.
It takes longer, often because we get in the way, or if highly convinced that we know how to do this, there will be lengthy discussions, that in the end become futile.
Sometimes we can make a much bigger mess of things, than if we had been able to just let Him be God

Although I am sure God appreciates our heart in wanting to "help", (Don't you find it funny the idea that God might NEED our help? There are times He asks us to partner with Him in something, or He wants to facilitate something through us....but "Need our help" is quite laughable),  usually He is asking us to simply "Rest In Him"...sit back and let Him do the work.
it always turns out so much better that way.

God has been speaking to me about Child likeness once again.
Simple, trusting, loving, child likeness that knows Daddy has it all under control.

  I had to add this very cool testimony of what God can do and how quickly when we are simply at rest in Him and casting our cares on Him.

Yesterday, at school, one of Jonathan's teachers came into the cafeteria to introduce himself to me. He was the second teacher yesterday to do this, both were so complimentary and I could tell genuinely appreciated my son. That was so very satisfying as a mom.

This particular teacher had sought me out to talk to me about a leadership camp that he runs and would really like Jonathan to participate in. He was wanting to prepare Jonathan as a peer leader for next year.
He was very enthusiastic and I knew he really wanted Jonathan to go.
As he explained the fees etc. I couldn't help but think about the fact that Jonathan had just returned from a $500.00 Chicago trip, and this camp was at the end of May.
I knew Mark would be concerned about the cost...about $400.00, (after all, we've yet to plan summer vacation for the 5 other members of this family).

It sounded like such a great opportunity, possibly one to even help with bursaries or scholarships down the road.
I figured we'd look at splitting the cost with Jonathan, so left it with Mark and God.

Jonathan informed me this eve. that the teacher was able to have the cost for the uniforms covered, almost $100.00, and there was a local business that wanted someone to do Spring clean up outside their business. Jonathan and another camp participant were asked if they would like to go and do this and the business would give them $500.00 to split towards their fees.
Literally overnight, the cost is down to about $100.00!!!!!

So glad I didn't try to work this out for God...He is WAY better and FASTER!!!!!
Still Resting,


Holly said...

Great thoughts Jenny.

You know what else a child does? They dream. And they believe that those dreams are possible!

Roxanne said...

Thanks for the reminder.

Amy said...

How wonderful!!
We had a similar situation with Isaiah and sports this year---I fretted for over 2 weeks, and the whole time God was in control....DUH!! lol.
He is such a great Father!

Rhonda said...

That is so awesome! And you thought that you couldn't be a apart of your teenager's school life after leaving elementary school. :)

Rhonda said...

I was just re-reading the first part of this post. I could nickname myself God's Little Helper. Hmmm. But, that's not a good thing. :)

Shari said...

Wow, what an amazing picture.