Nothing but a wisp of fog

And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.”

As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. In fact, if you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil.

James 4:13-17 (the Message version)

I decided to put this out there because we are often asked what we will be doing next.  And honestly, we have some ideas, but really nothing more than that.  Our hearts desire is to be available and to be in the habit of saying “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.”  There are times when this is easy to do and then there are many times where we have had our grandiose plans.  But as we have traveled, God has taught us a lot and shown us that He really DOES care about details, our purpose, etc.  He has arranged things for us so many times, it is laughable when we start to think ahead even months down the road.

Being available doesn’t mean being flaky, it means being ready. We are always getting ready, but are we really ready?

Am I ready to do another loop around the country?  Am I ready to settle back down in Hubbard, OR?  Am I ready to start something totally new?  Am I ready to talk to the lady with a sad face standing next to me in the checkout counter and ask her if I can pray for her?

These should be a questions we are constantly asking ourselves because we are such creatures of habit.  We like our routines, we like our boxes that keep us safe.  God is not safe (quoted by Beaver in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) but He is good and He is King.  That should be our safety.  He is worthy of our availability and readiness, isn’t He?

God is asking us to be ready and waiting on him to shoot the gun at the starting line.  He wants us standing, in position.  Are you ready with your wisp of fog?

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2 Responses

  1. You guys are wiser than a whole lot of other folks I know your age, and some even older. I hope good stuff is still coming in and going out of the Jubilee Diner. You are FAT Christians: F-aithful, A-vailable, T-eachable. And that we are sure is what the Lord wills of you five… So, jubilate on!

  2. Hi Andy and Serenity,

    Great use of the text in James. Being ready requires humility, submission and obedience. These things don’t just happen, we have to be intentional about them. Jesus stayed in the presence of God 24/ 7 so that He could be ready when God was at work somewhere. When He found out where and what God was doing, He was ready and moved with intentionality. I think most Americans have lost sight of this. But find yourself in a ministry that truly DEPENDS on God and you pay attention to HIS PRESENCE and DIRECTION. Know what I mean? Of course you guys do.

    God’s BLESSINGS to you and your family,
    Jim…….{:@)

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