I am in beautiful California and have been awake for at least two hours. My body thought it was 6 am instead of 4 am, oh well. The nice thing is that I've been able to do a ton of work, talk to co-workers, set appointments and prepare for my meeting today. In addition, I got to sit and write for a few minutes.
Yesterday, I got totally lost. GPS got confused at the San Francisco Airport and routed me to Redwood instead of Dublin, I went 45 minutes out of my way, luckily I realized something was really wrong. You know when you have that feeling that you aren't going where you're supposed too. That was me yesterday and luckily, I figured it out before I really got lost. Thank goodness for GPS, even when it gets confused.
I will be working today and enjoying a little of what California has to offer. We are going to see some of the sights. I love California, too bad it costs so much. It was fun to fly over the Ocean and to see mountains everywhere. I love to see the beauty but within it is traffic, lots of people and the possibility of wildfires, which I saw yesterday near the side of the highway. So much beauty! It makes me think of the greatness of God's creation and how I'm just a little ant in a big world.
Being this far away from home always makes me anxious. It's times like this that I hope nothing goes wrong, that everyone is safe and that my trip is worth being miles away from my family. Being with people is what sells products but being away from your family gets tough and I've been on a seven week traveling spell, so much for balance.
I'm needed to bring income to my family and therefore, it takes me away from them. You know that's what Jesus asked of the disciples. He asked them to leave everything and follow Him. We may not like to hear it's His life, not ours but in truth, that's exactly what it is. This life goes far beyond what we want to do and really lies in what He is asking us to do for Him.
As I look at the turmoil in government and see the stubborn politicians and leaders, I realize two things, we want what we want and we really don't care what's best for the nation or this world. Men control the direction of peoples lives and a prideful spirit, lack of wisdom and absolutely no common sense is what's leading the world not living for Jesus. The only thing Jesus asked any of us was to be humble, to watch for Him and to follow when called. That's it. Today, we want people to bend to our agendas, to agree in senseless wars and to forsake wisdom for destruction. That's where we are but maybe if we sat down for a minute and prayed, a shift would happen and many would come to be wise.
I'm not hopeful that we will all get there but I know that Jesus is in control and that He is calling disciples to carry the message around the world. I know that He detests pride and loves wisdom and I know that when we seek, we will find Him. He can run the world far better than we can. We just don't let Him.
I hope today finds you well my sisters and that you are looking at the beauty around you. It's great to know we have purpose, that we've been called to a greater adventure than what lies here on earth and that our Lord waits, loves and guides us toward Him. We have a great power in prayer and the death of Jesus. His resurrection means we have eternal life and that one day we will see Him in all His glory. I know from experience that I don't deserve Him but yet, He loves me anyway.
I thought this was fitting considering where I am right now. Pray for your leaders, for your country and for the world. Prayer and Jesus go hand in hand. He hears us, cry out!
Psalm 46:1-2 NIV
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.