It would be easier, wouldn’t it, if God just gave each of us a little face time here on earth? If He came down to each of us and gave us a little map of our lives and told us just to follow it. Would we, though? The Bible is supposed to be our road map. But even if we read it, can we follow it, can we know with certainty that the path we are on is going the right direction? Are we paying attention, discerning God’s voice in daily life, or are we just careening about like balls in a pinball machine?
Well, today God spoke to me, via the Purpose Driven Life daily devotional. Sometimes I wait until the end of the day to read these, many of which come in late in the day due to the time difference; sometimes I want a bit of peace and don’t want to mix the secular with the sacred internet emails, some days I am just not in the mood, truth be told. It’s much more fun to check my blog comments than check in on the Lord. But today I checked it first. Go to www. purposedrivenlife.com to read the whole devotional if you are interested and click on the archives for March 3, 2009. This is the part that spoke to me:
“God deliberately shaped and formed you to serve him in a way that makes your ministry unique. He carefully mixed the DNA recipe that created you. David praised God for this incredible personal attention to detail God gave in designing each of us: “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous” (Psalm 139:13-14 NLT).”
So do I think it coincidence Teddy Bear was officially diagnosed with brittle bone disease the same day? No. It was the right message at the perfect time for me and his mother, a powerful reminder of what we already knew but need to have repeated. The photo is of Teddy Bear, last summer. He got a walking boot today – no cast for him this time, a cause of joy for the parent of a potty training child.
Thank you, Rick Warren. I was paying attention in the class of life today.
Question of the day: can you name all of your elementary school teachers?
Mine are, in order: Nancy Davis (K), Sally Tomlinson, Barbara Patterson, Dorothy Osborne, Betty Hosterman, Gary Tonini, and Joe Paita. I liked most of them.