Praying today to be disturbed by God
Just as I finished writing the headline on this blog, my upstairs office began to rumble. The rumbling quickly turned into shaking. A 5.9 earthquake was not what I had in mind when I began praying this morning. But for a couple of minutes this afternoon, just before 2 p.m., I was disturbed. In my confusion, I initially sought refuge in my upstairs bathroom (don’t ask) but as the rattling increased and I heard stuff falling nearby I hurried out, thinking the roof might crash in on me. Fortunately, as I rushed to find a safer place downstairs the trembling stopped. News reports said it lasted seconds; it seemed longer to me.
I went outside and joined surprised neighbors who were talking about the earthquake, the largest along the East Coast in more than a century. A couple were trying to reach relatives by cell phones. Disbelief remained etched on their faces. Around the city, office buildings, memorials and monuments were being evacuated and people filled the streets. What a surreal few moments. This felt worst than the mild quake we experienced last year. Makes me know that my only safety is in God.
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A friend sent me a devotional reading today that has arrested my attention and led me to pray. What an encouraging word to wake up to this morning. My friend and I had enjoyed a great catch-up conversation yesterday, covering a host of topics including our (my uneven) prayer lives and the plans that we believe that God has for us that we have not yet stepped into. We talked about past fears and present opportunities. I had been tripping a bit about some things that had not gone my way over the weekend and about feeling like I’m in transition again. However, I felt renew hope in a future directed by the hand of God by the time we realized we had talked for more than a hour.
So today’s early morning email was like the creamy icing on a delicious red velvet cupcake. One more thing to savor. I especially delighted in the prayer at the end of the devotional. It’s a prayer that is just right for where I am in my prayer and faith journey.
This a good message to read and meditate on today.
“We are labourers together with God.” 1 Cor. 3:9
You’re in Partnership with God
Did you hear the story about the little boy who was selling ten-cent pencils door-to-door to raise the money to build a thirty-million-dollar hospital in his community? One woman said to him, “Son, that’s a mighty big goal for just one little boy selling pencils for a dime.” With a big smile he replied, “Oh, I’m not doing it alone. See that boy across the street? He’s my partner; we’re doing it together.” Now if he had that kind of faith in a partner who was only his equal, shouldn’t you have confidence in a God whose power is unequaled, and whose partnership guarantees success? The Bible says: “We are labourers together with God.” When you truly believe those words you’ll begin to live like a “no limit” person.
When Robert Morrison sailed as a missionary to China, the ship’s captain constantly criticized him and gave him a rough time. As Morrison left the ship, the captain said to him, “I suppose you think you’re going to make an impression on China.” Morrison replied, “No, but I believe God will!” There it is; when you’re in partnership with God your potential is unlimited.
Here’s a prayer for you:
“Disturb me, Lord, when my dreams come true only because I dreamed too small. Disturb me, when I arrive safely only because I sailed too close to the shore. Disturb me, when the things I’ve gained cause me to lose my thirst for more of You. Disturb me, when I’ve acquired success only to lose my desire for excellence. Disturb me, when I give up too soon and settle too far short of the goals You have set for my life.
P.S. Thank you Lord for keeping me safe, even as you have disturbed me!