God’s Ways

We had a busy afternoon. First of all I had a follow up appointment with my infectious disease doctor. Everything seems to be going good and I will not need to see this team unless I have another infection. It looks like my white blood count is perpetually in the high range. The doctor didn’t seem overly concerned considering some of my medications and health history. He feels that this count while out of the normal range, may become more “normal” for me. I am recovering from this cough that I have found the last ten days, so that is at least a good sign that I can overcome some normal bugs that seem to be going around.

Debbie and I ran a number of normal errands together going to the bank, Sears (to look at riding lawn mowers!), the cleaners, Hobby Lobby. We went in my car and took the regular wheelchair. It is nice to be able to get around with that to some degree with Debbie’s help, but I’m not sure it is any easier on Debbie having to lug the chair in and out of the trunk of the car. Of course the wind today didn’t help any.

It looks like the process is moving forward for me to have my evaluation appointment on Friday at Northern Colorado Rehab to begin my outpatient therapy. I received a call today from their office confirming their communication with my doctor on the referral. However, I did receive an email that I am losing my primary care doctor. I just hope that doesn’t hinder the final paper worked needed for this process. That is something that you can pray about.

BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY… “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8

“Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.”  1 Corinthians 1:20,21

“…no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.  What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.” 1 Corinthians 2:11,12

If you find someone who believes they understand God and have all the ways of God figured out, run! Think of the knowledge that has increased over time, the minds that have made incredible discoveries in the fields of science, medicine and technology and to put them all together; God considers them foolishness in comparison to who He is.

If we understood the ways or God, we would be God and we are not, so we don’t! When I look at what God does,  even what God allows, I sometimes say, “if I were God, I wouldn’t do it that way!” Which is why it is good that I am not God.

One of the consistent things that we see in scripture from the beginning of time to today, is that God chooses and uses whom He desires to further His work. Even when Christ came to this earth as God in the flesh to reveal God the Father to us, He was born in a stable to a blue collar dad and a teen mother. When He chose those who would change the world, He ended up with a mix matched dozen of fishermen, tax collectors, zealots, brothers and betrayers.

In the life of any organization the question is asked, “What will happened when the leader is gone?” Good question. However, it seems God has always had a succession plan. One that isn’t revealed, but develops and emerges as He calls and works in lives.

Paul shares why God calls the “unlikely” to fulfill His plans: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7

When God works in a person’s life that person and those around can see that what takes place is not based on individual personality, gifts or charisma, but it is God working through an individual, then God is glorified.

When Peter and John stood and boldly proclaimed the gospel in front of the religious leaders of their day scripture records, “…they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled.”  (Acts 4:13)  Jesus had promised His disciples that He would be with them to give them power and the words to speak. As this took place not only what was said and how it was said had an impact but the messengers grabbed attention of the hearers and further testified to God’s power and reality.

Bottom line, anyone can be used by God in special ways, in supernatural ways, in natural ways to make His love and good news known to others. Trust Him to help you today, trust Him to use you today to be His light and life to others.