Sunday, March 09, 2008

Trusting God

In Henry Blackaby's study Experiencing God, Blackaby tells us that God speaks to His people through His word (the Bible), through prayer, through other believers and through circumstances.

If God is speaking to me now through circumstances (and I think He is), then I am reminded that He is still in charge and will continue to provide for me and my family into retirement. The thing is this: I have been looking towards retirement and how I can supplement my retirement income by expanding into other venues of magic. Up to this point, I have mostly used magic as a tool to share the gospel. Even when I've been in public schools for "Making Good Choices" assemblies, the primary goal was to invite them to the host church for a youth night where I would be sharing about some other choices that I've made.

Late last Wednesday, I posted about how disappointed I was over not getting a gig that would give me a lot of exposure to book events outside of the church events that I primarily book. Right after that, I received an e-mail from a church about 90 minutes drive from here. The e-mail was an invitation to come and share God's plan of Salvation through His son Jesus with their afternoon VBS kids. The date is the 24th of April--just 5 days later than the gig I turned down. Now I have agreed to the church date and have no idea of what kind of monetary compensation to expect. (That's called a faith ministry.) If I were to bet on it, I'd bet that it will be the same as or more than what the last job was offering...and this one is aligned with my passion of telling people about God's love and how He wants to spend an eternity with them.

I know that many will say that it is just a coincidence or that one event had nothing to do with the other. I choose to believe that God truly does direct the paths of those that choose to follow Him and takes care of His children. I think that He is reminding me that He is sovereign and that I don't need to worry about getting bookings to keep me busy in retirement. As He has provided for me in the past, He will provide for me in the future.

So to Mike from Billions of Versions of Normal, I'll be taking the day off on the 19th and won't be in St. Louis to watch you sleep in. But on the afternoon of the 24th, I'll be in Crocker MO telling others that Jesus loves them and gave His life so that they might live forever in heaven.

John

Therefore I say to you, Do not be anxious for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Behold the birds of the air; for they sow not, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them; are you not much better than they are?
Which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his stature? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They do not toil, nor do they spin, but I say to you that even Solomon in his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Therefore if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much rather clothe you, little-faiths?
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, With what shall we be clothed?
For the nations seek after all these things. For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

Jesus from
The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 6:25-33

5 comments:

Kevin said...

Not only is He in the details but I believe He's in the smallest of details...the stuff we don't even notice.

I'm glad to hear this is working out for you after all.

Amanda said...

I happen to think the say way: That God has it all planned out. Even when 'bad' things happen, I know there is always a reason. My whole life has been blessed and I am always thankful for having my religion. Part of being 'taken care' of is having the faith that I will be 'OK', if you know what I mean.

Rich said...

Do you remember what I prayed last night during Service? We are to thank God for the storms in our life because it is through those rough patches that we truly have to rely on Him. Take heart, buddy... God's doing a work in you!

Mike said...

1395

John said...

1395?