I've started this blog in part as a way to hold myself accountable for following the Radical Experiment for the next year. The thought is if I make my journey public there will be accountability and hopefully this will make me more faithful. However, this isn't going to be a "look at how great I'm doing" Pharisee patting herself on the back kind of blog. Rather, it is a way for me to say "yes" I'm living it, or pray for me I'm failing or floundering.
Also, I want the blog to be an outlet for sharing how God is working in my life. Having said that here is my first installment:
I've read the Bible, front to back, but I haven't really sat still long enough to hear from God as I read it. Since one of the principles of the Radical Experiment is to read through the Bible in a year, I'm trying this time to actually take the time to reflect on what I read and listen for God to speak to me. I am happy to report I already feel like He has used His Word to give me comfort with an immediate crisis.
Yesterday, my Bible reading was Genesis 18-20. In Genesis 18:14, we see for the first time the familiar verse, "Is anything to hard for the Lord?" Of course not, I said and moved on. A few hours later I received the Daily Devotion from Dr. Charles Stanley, and the key verse was Jeremiah 32:17, which ends "Nothing is too difficult for You [God]."
Okay, Lord, you have my attention. I'm not the brightest bulb in the package, but I'm thinking this is meant for me. I just don't know why until later. God was preparing me for disappointing news. Our driver for the Lakota Mission trip isn't going this year, and he told me last night. Naturally, I felt disheartened. This person is a precious person who has a real love for the kids, which they see and remember. And he's a great driver. Immediately, I thought what are we going to do? Then, I remembered - Is anything to difficult for the Lord?
Yes, Lord, I know You can solve this. I don't know how, but You'll work it out.. Still I felt worry, and I wrestled with multiple scenarios for hours last night.
Today, I opened my Bible to read Genesis 21-23. What should appear this time? Genesis 22:14 - "Abram called the place The Lord Will Provide." The Lord Will Provide. I don't know how, but I do trust Him to be faithful, and if this mission is to be for 2011, the Lord will provide. He will provide adequate transportation, the drivers we need, and the funding to make the mission happen. So, for now, I will trust - Nothing is too difficult for the Lord. He will provide.