Pause and Reflect 2009-01-06 21:21:00

Finally Landed

In the last three months I've been in: Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hamphshire, Maine, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, and Vermont.

If you add in the summer, I've also been in Georgia, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Minnesota, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

23 states and two provinces. Almost as many as Barack Obama. He was in 57 States.

And now it's beginning to calm down. We have landed in Maine after New Year's. We had a great time seeing family. My brother has joined the Navy and left for San Antonio the same day we returned to Maine.

We have been so stretched by God in this season. We never know what we're capable of until we are stretched.

I play Candy Land. I do. Don't judge me.

When my four-year-old and I play I usually let her win. I used to let her win every time until the break-down. I had just pulled ahead of her as we ran out of cards. I intentionally stacked the deck so that I would get the Candy Cane for my third card. For those of you not in the know on the Candy Land, the candy cane sends you almost back to the beginning. She was guaranteed to win, but to her eyes, it looked like she would lose.

As I got closer and closer to the end you could see the fear welling up inside her. One card away from the candy cane, she started screaming. "I don't wanna play anymore, I don't want you to win". I don't mean shouting, I don't mean yelling...I mean SCREAMING.

She would not finish the game. Just one card away from her victory she quit. Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you".

Your Father has the deck stacked in your favor. Don't quit just before your faith becomes sight.