I wish I could manage my life better. I wish I could get to a point where I’ve achieved some sort of mastery over it. Things would be so much more automatic and easy. When a child gets upset about something, I would quickly come up with the solution. When my marriage hits a bump, I would intuitively know how to handle it. Even though it may get complicated at times, I could still overcome challenges with work, schedules, and responsibilities. It would be so wonderful to know that whatever happens, It’s okay, I’ve got this.
“Am I a well or a wedding band?“
This was the question the Lord asked me as I dreamt one night. Though seemingly straightforward, this simple question has become infinitely richer upon further contemplation. It has corrected several of my misconceived notions about God and revealed deeper layers of His character and love.
“Are you a well or a wedding band? “
I woke up in the morning after a full night of vivid dreams. Though the events of the dreams were still fresh in my mind and seemed full of significance, this one question stood head and shoulders above it all. I knew the moment I heard the words that it was God Himself speaking to me and as a result of the utmost importance.
Growing up, I loved everything French. I took two years of French in high school, loved French food, and, aside from Italy, France was THE place any artist should visit. However, I had never actually been to France. So when the opportunity came to visit Paris last fall, I knew I couldn’t pass it up.
David and Goliath.
Moses and the Red Sea.
Joshua and Jericho.
The Bible contains some of the greatest stories ever told. Even non-Christians know these stories and have been impressed by the drama and characters. It’s easy to think of the people in the stories as heroic, larger than life -- even super-human. Their stories can become fairytales without recognizing how human each person in the Bible actually was.
We are told that the great prophet Elijah was a man just like us (James 5:17), but do we really believe that? Wasn’t there just something special about him that allowed him to do all the great and astonishing things he did? Something that we don’t have?
God’s plan seemed clear and simple: if Abraham left everyone and everything he knew and went where God directed, then He would bless him with a “nation” of descendants (Gen. 12:1-2 NIV). Without much delay, Abraham quickly went “as the Lord told him” (v. 4). Perhaps too quickly. For with just as little consideration,“…Lot went with him” (v. 4).