Saturday, December 6, 2008

A Journey Begins

It's hard to know where to begin my current story, God's story, in my life. Suffice it to say that six weeks ago, my world was turned upside down. A crisis arose, and now I am walking a new path that the Lord has asked me to walk. Maybe some of you find yourselves there, too, amidst a major storm. Maybe you are struggling with minor trials or the dreariness of the mundane. Or maybe you are just in need of encouragement.

It's interesting to me that 2 weeks before my crisis came, I asked the Lord for a verse that would show me the way that I should walk. Oddly, I thought, he gave me Mark 16:15, "He (Jesus) said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." What was this to mean?

I had been wanting to start a blog to encourage women, so, I thought, perhaps that was what He meant. Teaching opportunities opened for me in that week span, and I was asked, rather out of the blue, to consider being a co-host on a radio show for women. The verse was now coming in to clearer view. Go out in to the world and spread the good news.

Little did I know, however, that the good news was going to be even more critical for me to believe, and that God would give me opportunities to share the good news of Jesus to a hurting world, amidst my very own trial of magnanimous proportions.

Paul says in his letter to the Corinthians, "Praise be to the God and are Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all of our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) My desire is that you will be experience the comfort of the Lord, as you read and learn about what He is showing me about Himself through my trials.

God is so very faithful. I have walked with the Lord for many years. Times of trial come and go. Isn't it interesting that experiencing pain in our lives does not make us immune to experiencing more pain! But in every time of trial, God gives us great opportunity to trust Him and to learn of Him and to walk hand in hand with Him.

This is what I am learning, again. What I know for sure is that God is faithful to teach us and to show us what we need to know, when we ask Him. Over the last several years, one of my primary prayers has been, "Lord, show me the truth." I want to encourage you that I have seen Him time and time again, do so.

James 1:5-6 says "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind." So, dear reader, whatever you may be dealing with today, ask the Lord to show you the truth in it. Wait. Watch. Believe, and then follow God, as He faithfully leads you. You are unfailingly loved.


Jennie said...

I've been racking my brain trying to figure out how to encourage YOU, and look... you go and encourage ME instead.
Love you, friend.

cblashka said...

You have such a gift Andrea and you continue to step out to explore exactly what God is calling you to do. I feel so blessed to be encouraged by you!

Jen Duey said...

Hi Andrea - I am excited to read your blog and through it "walk with you" through the valley together. I was already encouraged by your first post and know that I will continue find encouragment here. It is true that God has gifted you. Thank you for your honesty and for sharing with us.

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