Postcard from the desert
Hi – wish you were here! Granted, there is the occasional wind storm, sending sand between the teeth that is a little …. overwhelming, but the VIEW from here is amazing.
If I really were in the desert, that truly is what I’d be sharing with you. The view from here is AMAZING. It’s amazing because it’s God. All God.
Every time I start a post about what Father is doing in our lives regarding entrepreneurship, I’m stifled. How can I put in words the amazing things He is doing? How can I impress upon you the totally “ONLY GOD” kinds of things He is doing in our lives? How do I share some of this with you and not sound like a total idiot? (I guess I really don’t mind that much, because I do manage that part so well…)
Then I realized it – it doesn’t matter if you get it – you have your own story. Each of us have the same Father – we each have our own story of how Father is or has done great things in our lives. For some it involves BarlowGirl, for others it will involve missions work, for others still, it will involve life and death. Our God doesn’t really have a Most Favored Child status (even if it does seem like Jeff seems to get it on a regular basis) <;)> We ALL have Most Favored Child status. So, my job is simply to share with you the things that we are seeing Father do and allow it to bless you, knowing that this is YOUR God, too. So, share I will – on a regular basis, I will be sharing some of the things that we’re seeing the Lord do/doing. My prayer is that your faith would be encouraged.
Waaaaaaayyy back when, when the Lord began to nudge Jeff about becoming an entrepreneur and leaving the safety of his “Egypt” job and wandering into the desert of the unknown, an amazing thing happened. A small thing, a silly thing, but one that points totally and only to Father began to happen. You see, in Jeff’s job, he uses a spray-on solvent. This solvent invariably clogs up the nozzle and requires replacing sometimes several times a week. Until now.
For the first time in YEARS of doing this job and using this product, Jeff’s nozzles are not clogging. Like the sandals of those who have made this exodus before us, they are simply not wearing out. Each day as Jeff goes to work, his faith is built up again. Every time – numerous times a day – that he uses his solvent, it is a tangible reminder that the things the Lord is leading us to He will accomplish in our lives. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.
A few weeks ago, we were headed out for church. As we drove past Starbucks the kids asked if they pooled their money, could they share a frappuccino. (DECAF!!) We agreed. Everyone put their funds together and sure enough – just enough for one mocha for Dad and Mom and one frapp for all 6 kiddos to share. We placed our order – when we pulled up to pay, the barista said, “I’m sorry, we made a mistake, you ordered a venti frap, our guy back here made a grande – do you want it too? I mean, we’d GIVE it to you, of course.” “Why SURE, thank you!” Before we pulled away that day, the “guy back there” had made 5 mistakes!!! Our family ended up paying for 1 venti mocha, 1 venti frapp and we received both of those plus 5 grande frapps made in error. We were flabbergasted. No such thing has ever happened like THAT – one error, yes. Two? No. Five? Unthinkable.
Driving away, Jeff turned and said to me, “I forgot to tell you how Gary felt the Lord leading him to pray over us for this next season….he has been praying that like the Israelites, we too would plunder Egypt. I guess we just saw that, didn’t we children?”
Day after day on this adventure, we’ve been amazed at the things the Lord is laying on our hearts – the way He is changing us, as a whole family, all at once – and day after day, we’re amazed at how much more we want to see Him. How much more this has to do with Him and how much less it has to do with work or entrepreneurship or anything else.
Yes, we are on an adventure – yes there is sand in our teeth sometimes, but the VIEW is great – it is HIM that fills our sight.