Every Friday, the youth choir from church gets together to practice. Afterwards, we usually go out to eat somewhere because many of us come to practice directly from work or school. This past Friday, we went out for sushi. Like always, we came, reserved our spots, waited, were seated, and ordered our food. A few minutes later, the waitress brought to us our meal. After sorting out which plate belongs to who, we noticed one of the orders was wrong. Seeing this, we let the waitress know. In result, she apologized and assured us that the right order will be made and brought over in a couple minutes.
Having been saved by Jesus Christ who came and rescued us, we now have a spot reserved in Heaven. There, He is waiting for us just as we here should be longing with all our hearts to see Him. “Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You.”-Psalm 73:25
Many times we pray for something and seem to receive no answer. When the prayer is finally answered in a way we least expect or want, we often ask God, “Why can’t it be the way I thought and wanted?” I just imagine Him shaking His head at me and sayin’ “O you of so little faith.” He knows exactly what He is doing. He brings us what He believes is best for us as we run the roadway. He won’t say sorry as the waitress did when she accidentally brought the wrong order, because God has NEVER made a mistake. His order for our life is so much better than we could ever imagine. “As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him.”-Psalm 18:30
God speaks to us through many different things, events, and people. Today I had the opportunity to visit my Grandpa Fedor through whom God spoke to me clearly opening my heart up to be sweetly broken. Grandpa was born in the year 1932 in Siberia. Growing up, Grandpa didn’t have much. Seems like a cliche thing that you hear coming from the older generation, but it really is true. He lost his father at the age of five, leaving him with his mother. Shoes were made from the skins of animals, and honestly, the way Grandpa described them, these days we would mistaken them for socks. All clothes was hand made by his mom so in reality, he barely had any clothing. The clothes he did have were thin and made literally from whatever products they could grow outside such as cotton. Hearing this, my heart began to break and I realized I need to be more thankful for what I have and for the many blessings in my life. But, it wasn’t until Grandpa began to speak about food that my heart completely broke. He spoke of the freezing cold winters during which potatoes were the main and pretty much only food element. Yet, it’s not the poorness of the potatoes that got me, it’s the way they found the potatoes. Grandpa would go outside and in negative degree weather, with his sock like shoes on his feet, and dig through six feet of snow just to find a couple potatoes. Just think, I feel like I’m frozen and can’t move when it’s only 32 degrees F while I’m wearing five or so layers of clothing and warm fuzzy boots. The process people went through those days to get just enough food to survive seems crazy! Once spring time came along, grass became the main meal for the people. Grandpa said he knew every single lil’ green thing that grew in his village, what was okay to eat and what was deadly. Grandpa said they dreamed of finding some kind of nice grass just as now days I dream of ice cream in the middle of winter, go figure. Bread was never ever a part of Grandpa’s diet and meat came in very little amounts. Actually, the only meat Grandpa ate during this time came from horses, cows, and dogs that were dead before they were even considered for food, meaning, they were found dead. That just seems ridiculously scary and sad now a days.
Food is an essential part of living on this earth for every human being. To this day, there are places on this planet people go above and beyond trying to find just the amount of food to get them to survive yet another day. Grandpa is just one example of many others. As believers, we often refer to the Bible as our “Daily Bread” in our Spiritual food category. But do we actually read (eat) it daily? When being tempted by the Devil in the desert Jesus said, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” -Matthew 4:4 In this verse, one can see that we can go without earthly food for a bit, but the Word of God is needed in our lives to keep us Spiritually healthy everyday. Yet, do we go above and beyond to make that happen? We often choose to skip a “Bible Meal” and go do something else. As Christians, we were created to NEED Jesus everyday. “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life.’ ” – John 6:35a Just as we were created to eat food to keep our earthly bodies functioning, we were created to crave Jesus. We need to go above and beyond in putting Him first in our lives. We need Him as we need food every day. It’s that simple. So, how far will you go this day to place a “Bible Meal” as first priority in your life?
Back in Elementary School, I remember having to run half a mile during P.E. Boy Oh boy that sure seemed like a lot back than. Yet, nobody walked, we all ran as fast as our lil’ feet could go. Why? Well, because we all knew once you finish your laps the teacher would give you a little charm to represent your completion of the task. Every kid wanted to have more and more as the year went on. So even when the last days of the year approached, when summer was only a couple days away, we all ran, no one walked.
On my roadway, God saved me with His love and mercy. He displayed before me the turns to take to change my destination, because without Him I was headed straight for hell. Before running the laps in P.E. every student had to make sure they were wearing tennis shoes and clothing that was comfortable for running. All things that would get in the way were taken off and put aside. Just like that, we are called to let go of all the things which slow us down on our run during this journey. “…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame…” -Hebrews 12:1b-2a.
The saying is “Don’t talk the talk, but walk the walk.” Well, I say, don’t just talk, but RUN. Just as kids in a P.E. class get excited about receiving a charm for completing their laps, we as God’s children, loved and truly cherished by Him, should find extensive joy in not walking, but running towards Jesus on our roadway. He is the prize which we will get to see once we reach our destination. “Oh I’m running to Your arms, I’m running to Your arms.” So Run. Don’t Walk.
Let’s start with the obvious. This is post #1. What am I going to be writing about? Honestly, God alone knows. I want Him to speak through me in these posts. My goal is to encourage you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, and to allow God to change my heart along with yours on this roadway. With that said, PLEASE feel free to ask me questions or leave comments about things I say. This way, we can build each other up through His Word as we are called to do. So, where are you headed? I know for a fact that my destination now is Heaven. Join me as I share my thoughts about running the roadway because thanks to Him, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 3:14