Thursday, October 25, 2012

at the end of the street

This is a strange week.  I am spending most of my time away from church and not connecting with people.  That is not because I want to.  It is because I am trying to rest and get well.  I love what I do for a living, the people I get to interact with and the things that God is doing in so many lives.

But I have been there.  I’ve been at the end of the street after a long day when it seems like there is nothing else to do or there is no more energy to exert or there are no more resources to share.  It is at that point that we find the best things to share.  That is where God shows up in and through us.  It is when we begin to be Jesus’ hands and feet and love to the people we interact with.

Here is a challenge when you are at the end of the street.

So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.

Take a new grip.  Refresh yourself so that you can see and be ready to help others.  It is God that helps us take a new grip or to strengthen our knees.  No, God doesn’t expect us to go on and on without rest.  He does expect us to allow Him to be our strength and our help.

At the end of the street the only thing left is God.

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

There is so little peace in this world.  Even this week I have been overwhelmed by the pain of life through the death of a loved one, through the hurt of addiction, through the anxiety of mental disorder, through the darkness of families being torn a part and more.  It is at the end of those streets that God shows up and God does miracles.

I believe that God still does miracles.  Do you believe?  Maybe you are at the end of the street right now.  Take another look.  Maybe stop and turn around.  See where you are from a new angle.  Look at people from a new point of view.  Smell the flowers or look at the mountains or listen to the sounds all around.

At the end of the street may be the very place where God renews you so that you can renew others.  Let His peace rule your heart and watch how you will be more and more thankful for all God is doing.

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