GOD IS ON THE MOVE - ENTRY #7
Good stories never get old. Hearing how the Lord is working in the lives of people is a big part of what keeps our faith growing. God Is On The Move and we all have the opportunity to jump on board experience the thrilling adventure of a life with Jesus.
Your story will become exactly what you lead it to become. If you live of life of watching TV and eating Cheetos that will be your story. If you live a life choosing anger or regret that will be your story. But if you choose to pursue a life of good stories about the good work of God moving in and through your life—then that will be your story.
Enjoy our final story in this Blog Series...we'll for sure have more stories in future.
STORY #7 -- JACOB WILSON
I always struggle with these sorts of things. First of all, I’m a man of few words and, secondly, I never know what to write about.
Should I write about how much this church has impacted me, in just a short amount of time? Or should I share about the opportunity to lead with our awesome worship team on Sundays? Or maybe about how much Tim’s messages have made me stop and think about my life like not many people ever have before? Instead, I think I’ll share about something that God has been placing on my heart the last few weeks: His work behind the scenes.
A few months ago in the summer, I was super excited for all the new things that were occurring. I was starting a new job as a middle school science teacher, getting a new house (to me at least), and having an expectant attitude for everything that was about to happen.
But what happens, occasionally, is things don’t always come as easy as we think they should. My new house had issues that delayed when I could move in by a couple of months. My new job had the stress and long hours that comes with any new job, but is then magnified exponentially when you factor in trying to corral 120 unruly seventh and eigth graders. Needless to say, I was/am stressed to the max at times.
And so as I was trying to figure out what to write about, God put on my heart the story of Habakkuk. I thought about Habakkuk 1:3 where he’s asking God “Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight.” (NLT) Now, I don’t think it’s always quite on that same level, but I think there’s definitely times where we all feel like nothing is going right, and we are surrounded by the junk that life can bring. I know I’ve felt like that a few times in the past few weeks.
But I love God’s reply to him in verse 5: “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.” (NLT) How refreshing!! To know that even when things look bleak around us at times, God is still doing things in this world. Things so amazing, we “wouldn’t believe even if someone told [us].”
I see this first hand when sometimes I’ve had a long day at work or wherever, and then I’ll come home to an update e-mail from my sister who recently moved to India to be a missionary. I’ll read about how she’s been able to share Jesus with several people she’s already met in just her short time there, and how those people are already beginning to share with their friends and relatives.
Or one that we can all relate to is how even though we don’t have our own building yet, and all the struggles that come along with that, we are still able to, as a church, build a church building for CRIO in Africa. And not only that, but God multiplies it so that we can build not just one, but TWO buildings! How incredible!?
So what has God been doing in my life lately? Well, he’s definitely been teaching me what it means to have faith and trust in Him. Because even on bad days, I can stop and find peace and encouragement in the fact that God is still working in ways that I should be amazed by! Hopefully you will be, too!
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