until we get there

I’ve started writing a book.  It is the chronicling of some of the amazing things God has done in my life, my husband’s life, and our relationship over the last 10 or so years.  Recent turmoil has brought my heart closer to God and reminded me of how much He has done for us – how He has always provided for us, given us wisdom and guidance, and just generally taken care of us.

It has been a long-time dream of mine to write stories of how God moves in the lives of His people.  Our testimonies begin with salvation, but that’s just the opening act.  It’s all the amazing stuff God does between here and eternity that make up the story of His goodness and realness in our lives.

I’m finally doing it – writing our story.  It is wonderful to remember the lessons God has taught us, the places of fear and doubt where He took us by the hand and showed us His better way.  The seasons of change vs. constancy.  The seasons of ease vs. struggle.  The opening of our eyes to the hand of God in our lives.  He really does have an amazing plan – what a privilege to see it unfolding!

But I can’t decide what to call it.  The phrase “intersection of faith and life” has been floating around in my brain the last few weeks, but so has “life lessons…so far.”  Both seem a little cliched at this point and I keep returning to Exodus 10:26 ~ “Until we get there, we will not know what we are to use to worship the Lord.”

That’s been the ‘theme verse’ of our lives for years now.  It comes from the story of Moses trying to get Pharaoh to let the Israelites go and worship their Lord.  It’s in the middle of all the plagues and Pharaoh’s wishy-washiness.  He gives in and tells Moses they can go, but without any livestock or possessions.  But they need the livestock as part of the sacrificial ceremonies for cleansing, so Moses says they need everything because until they get to the place of worship, they won’t know what they will need in worship.

As our lives unfold and we do things and experience things and face trials and triumphs, we just never know what God is going to put in our lives next so that we can worship Him with that new thing.  Seeming defeat often opens the door for a greater victory.

So, until we get “there” – wherever there may be – we just don’t know what God is going to do in our lives that we’ll get to use to worship Him with.

What’s your vote for my book name?

 

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