Thursday, December 03, 2009

The Faithfulness of God over a Plate of Wimpy Spinach

Earlier tonight, I wrote this post over at the Food Blog. Pretty depressing I know.
But, thankful to my Community Group from my church, I got to hear a replay of the OT - and I started writing.
Sojourn has been going through the OT on Sundays - and we are quickly coming to an end. It has been great to see and hear every week what God has been up to and see how it all points to Christ and the Gospel!
Today, I was listening to a sermon by David Michael, who is one of the pastors at Bethlehem in Minneapolis - he said they want to point children to God, not morality that is found, not the bravery and courage of Esther, or the strength of David - but the God who led them, who made them, etc.
Tonight, as I heard people go around and talk about each book of the OT - I was reminded of the faithfulness of God. Whenever I am:
- depressed because it is cold and dark outside
- sinful and not faithful to living out the Word
- listening to my emotions and not trusting in the unchanging Word of God
- focusing on other things other than Christ for my identity
- lonely
- focusing on what I don't have rather than all the abundant things I do have
- eating just to eat
- not preaching the Gospel to myself - yet I am listening to myself
- doing so many other things and not reading the Word
- tired and all I want to do is curl up in a ball and go to sleep...

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,“therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

As one of the dudes in my CG prayed right before hand: "Thank you for your patience and your work in me." And for that - it makes up for a lonely dinner. God is so much bigger than a wimpy plate of spinach topped with ketchup!


camyers252 said...

Well, I read both. The food blog first, then this one. I'm glad the Lord was able to work on your heart and help you through some struggle. Amazing how we forget sometimes the faithfulness and goodness of the Lord. (I'm so guilty of that!!!) We so need to make plans for you to come over for dinner one of these days. I know December is already packed for you...but maybe after the New Year. I'll start thinking of something good to make. :) So thankful for you as a friend and coworker. :)

Barry v. said...

Kim, it's posts like this one (coupled with the one on the food blog) that remind me why I'm glad to have you as a friend. Christ is so amazingly much better than we could ever realize, and His Word is the only thing we can hold to in those lonely "wimpy plate of spinach" moments. Thanks for being transparent and thanks for being my friend and such a great special sister in Christ!

Stacey W said...

Such wise words! How many times have we listened to ourselves instead of preaching to ourselves? Oh what trouble that brings. I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum here though. We're so busy and so crowded into this tiny little house that I feel almost at risk of losing myself. Not in a bad way-there just isn't much time to be Stacey when I'm mom, homeschooler, cook, etc. Two ends of the spectrum, both very blessed and both very much in need of God's grace! Praying for you today! :)