​Rejoicing at the Crossroads

​Rejoicing at the Crossroads

A young nurse was slowly growing in her career when suddenly she got her dream job in London. She did well in all her exams and tests, now all that remained was the visa application and processing. As the date for her interview for the visa processing approached, she found herself getting increasingly nervous. The thought of coming under scrutiny for any flaws or defects grew into a disturbing noise in her head draining her joy.

She spent time praying and reached out to her friends and family and asked for prayers. Yet the thought of coming this far and this close to what she wanted, made her aware of the possibility of getting rejected.

One day she received information that her interview had been further delayed. Her worry turned to anxiety and her doubt turned to fear. The fear of failure and rejection became more animated, growing into a seething dark cloud with tentacles that hung over her future, trying to grab her into its inky bowels.

Everyone faces this cloud of uncertainty at some point in their life. You may be anticipating an important presentation at work or a classroom activity in front of your eighth grade history teacher. You may be someone who applied to 20 different colleges, for 10 different courses because you don’t know if you want to be an engineer, a doctor or draw comic strips but hoping this will help you decide which tool you hold in your hand for the rest of your career. You may be the heavy gambler who applied to the one dream college for the one dream course and a Plan B to mope around for a year if that doesn’t go so well. You may be the five year old with a weak bladder right before his first poetry recital or the 60 year old with weak knees facing retirement.

Anxiety, fear, worry, and doubt affects people from all walks of life without prejudice. The bible is very clear on its stand against it.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-8)

Rejoice! God has set His seal of ownership on us and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. We carry the seal that gets us through the pearly gates of heaven. Then why do we worry about our boarding gates to those dreams we hold so dear? Jesus emptied the cup of God’s wrath, we don’t need to hold on to that empty cup.

The Lord has filled the Bible with a promise for every possible scenario in our life, we don’t need to fear that His goodness won’t extend to us. When faced with great chances or challenges let’s remember to take our eyes off our own imperfections weaknesses and failings and instead get to know Jesus, Christ in us the hope of glory.

No matter what you face, what open door you seek or what outcome you dread, God has one message for you. His grace is sufficient. Come to trust in Him, learn to depend on Him, ask for help each day and start living the fabulous life he dreamed up for you to live.

Child Like – Part 2

Child Like – Part 2

Warning : Jesus is contagious!

A child-like heart gives us a whole new perspective on God. I have seen the way my 2 year old dances to music and, let me tell you, that’s what we called “undignified”. Her steps have no meaning to us but when God sees her dance, he becomes crazy happy. So I decided to use these ” undignified” moves even when in public. And WAW!! It is hard to be shameless or inhibition or self. But when you give yourself into the worship, into dancing without pride and ego the atmosphere around you and in you goes for a shift immediately.

Unless we be like little children we cannot even see the kingdom of God”

Children do not have logic but they do have wisdom! Logic is what we call worldly wisdom. Worldly wisdom and godly wisdom can never be on the same page. For the world, Godly wisdom is foolishness. God chooses the weak to move the strong. God chooses to be glorified through the broken. God chooses to love and accept the messed up ones but the world chooses to reject them all. Godly wisdom does the “unthinkable”, Godly wisdom does the “impossible”. That is the difference between godly wisdom and worldly wisdom. And these little ones are born with godly wisdom. They are born with genetics of love, forgiveness, joy, happiness etc. It is the world that alters the pureness of these children.

In Mathew 21: 15 and 16 we see Jesus’ identity and praises coming out from the mouths of the children and we also see Jesus’ reply to the Pharisees saying ” from the mouth of children and babies, I’ll furnish a place of worship“. The children were not bothered by who is getting offended when they praised Jesus. And these kids were the only ones who praised Jesus openly without fearing the Pharisees. Why? It is because they carry a heart that is sensitive to God. And that is why they are able to move freely and fearlessly. So we need to have a child-like mind and heart ALWAYS. And the only way that can happen is through the renewing of our minds.

Living a God filled life is adventurous because He never fails to surprise. And having a child like heart, allows us to view God’s methods and plans from a beautiful perspective.

For God every dance move we do, every step we take in faith and in belief, every so-called meaningless step we take is huge for God.

So I want to encourage all of you to simply go crazy for God. Be it during any song or worship, be it during your personal time, be it during a public meeting just worship God as a little child.  Because when you know Him and, when you know how He knits you together and moves all that is around you to benefit and grow you to your best form, what else is the sane response rather than being madly in love, madly filled with joy