A Dog Barking

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  Ecclesiastes 3:11

This verse sums up our Bible study session in Woman of Worth Mentoring Ministries last night.

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God has planted eternity in our hearts.  We long for something more than this world can give.  When we think of our day-to-day activities it seems insignificant in light of eternity; yet, God holds our every moment.  Every moment counts.

Which one is it?  It matters, or it doesn’t matter?

David Jeremiah provided a historical fiction occurrence in the story of Joseph.  Imagine when Joseph was thrown in jail and falsely accused if a way was made for him to escape.  After all, he was unjustly sold into slavery and falsely accused.  All of a sudden, a dog barks, and a soldier’s attention is captured, and Joseph is apprehended.  Joseph ponders and grapples with the fact that “If only that dog would not have barked….I’d be free!”  There is nothing Biblical about that scenario other than the fact that moments matter to God.  Imagine if Joseph had run, or escaped.  All of Egypt, including his family, would have died from the famine that occurred years later.  The prison experience seemed insane; yet, God used it for eternity.

God just might have used a dog barking.

When we change our mindset to believe that moments–good, bad, indifferent–matter to God, we can use each moment for eternity.

That irritating teacher, conflict with customer service, traffic jam, or that unruly neighbor just might be a dog barking that is leading you to a higher purpose or a changed attitude, and preparing you for eternity.

Invite the Holy Spirit into your day, and ask Him to reveal God moments.  I love the closing of verse 11.  Our human hearts and minds can’t fathom all that God has planned.  It becomes a trust.  We learned last night that our life is a test, and our life is a trust.  If God holds our moments, we must trust Him.

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.  Isaiah 30:18

My dear friend Melinda shared this verse with me.  God LONGS ( I love that word) to be gracious to you…….

God does not have His thumb on you awaiting your next mess up in a moment.  He longs to be gracious to you.  He will rise up to show you compassion.  And, sometimes, this compassion and grace may show up in the most unusual places and ways.

Look for them….

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