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Peace (no prize required)

Mostly keeping my head down and nose to the grindstone of late—we're in the throes of event season at work, which is exciting but takes lots of attention and effort. Pushed a few things back a couple of weeks because, while I could fit the meetings in to my schedule, there's no way I could really be present at anything beyond an operational level. The biggest of the events is this Sunday (our annual vision dinner), and though next week is full, they're all "objects in motion," so I'm hopeful that momentum can help.

Got lots of simple odds and ends done around the house today, which left me feeling settled enough to take in the last few moments of dusk on the Seattle skyline. The quiet is peaceful and centering. I'm spending so much of my days doing things (many self-imposed), and when I'm not, I'm strongly bent to let God have none of the rest of my time, often actively running from Him. Part of me believes He's the one who takes rather than the one who gives (and surely both are true, yet surely not as simply as my insecurities lead me to believe), so I hoard whatever of my time and energy I can claim for myself. It's childish and selfish, telling me so much about what I really believe and where I need to be transformed.

That all melts away with the sunset, not because I feel better, but because He is trustworthy. It's a gift to be able to see it, and I write it down because I'll forget again, all too soon. It's true regardless of my memory, but oh, how much better I can rest when I remember. The breeze rustles through the leaves just for me, a gentle shushing that reminds me of my place and my Father. My grasp of the truth is a tiny, tiny seed, but He can work with that.


When God Takes, He Gives...

If God takes something from you, something you love dearly, something that you can’t seem to let go of, are you willing to surrender it for His sake?
He is a God who gives and takes away… He is the Maker of all things. Without Him, there could possibly be nothing on this earth, and that includes you and me.
If God takes something away, does it mean He is unjust? Does it mean He doesn’t love you? Does it mean that He is a depriving God?
If God takes something away, how would you respond? Would you hate Him? Would you curse?

“God is not unjust…” Hebrews 6:10

He is the Maker of everything which means HE OWNS EVERYTHING. If He owns every single thing in the vast universe, don’t you think He has all the right to do what He wills to His property, or rather, His creation?
Since when did it become all about you? Is He not generous enough to let you experience love and life? How come you curse? How come that you are unthankful?
Isn’t it you who is unfair? Isn’t it you who carry out selfishness?

According to some research papers - God is One who’s full of wisdom. If He takes something away, it’s because of a reason. You might ask and wonder why. You might not find the answers now. Understand that God’s timetable is not the same as yours. He has His own time. He sets the seasons perfectly. It’s just that you are too impatient. You are too demanding. If you are willing to wait on Him, you’ll see the beauty in everything.

“He makes everything beautiful in His time…” Ecclesiastes 3:11

If He takes something away, it’s because He wants you to trust Him, to believe in Him that He could give you something far better than what you’ve been wanting. He wants you to appreciate other things that you’ve disregarded all these time. He is a God who knows and gives the best. He is your Maker, therefore, He knows you more than you know yourself.

“Delight yourselves in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

Now, if God takes something away from you…

Would you surrender?