Hey there–I hope you had a chance to look at my post on http://kerrielpalmer.com/ and that you have decided to take the first fifteen challenge. In fact, if you have a chance take a look at the book of Habakkuk. The verses explain how to live with the healthy vision of the God of more, a huge part of taking the challenge. There’s just too many people willing to live out a boring faith.
Our family has had a great example of how to live in expectation of God doing more than expected. I bought some flower-pots and seeds for Madelyn and Sydney to experience amateur gardening a few weeks ago. I seriously doubted anything would grow after the planting. They poured their seeds into the flowerpots with haphazard excitement and watered with over-the-top enthusiasm.
Afterwards, I called Gregg and told him that I was pretty sure we would need to plant some grown zinnias to give the girls a vision of what can happened when seeds are planted. It was unnecessary. I seriously don’t know how it happened but the flowers popped out of the soil and grew like none other. I’m amazed. How could it be? I thought the seeds had disappeared when the streams of water poured out and over the sides of the flowerpots at the initial planting. I’ve been watching the flowers grow at a ridiculous speed, looking like professionals had done the work.
This process has reminded me of how my grandmother said she developed her faith as a gardener.
In the first years after planting seeds my grandma would say, “I hope they will grow.”
As she matured as a gardener, Grandma would say, “I know they will grow.”
Finally as a master gardener, Grandma planted the seeds and immediately said, “It is finished.”
Her statements align with the challenge God gave when the ancient prophet, Habakkuk, called out in distress over the vision he had of the future: Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days–you would not believe if you were told.”(Habakkuk 1:5, NLT).
Habakkuk could not see anything but devastation with his vision of the Babylonians striking the people down with brutal force and evil. Even so, God called him to attention, challenging him to look and observe and accordingly to be astonished and to be in wonder of the interceding divine work.
It’s a divine challenge for daily life. Accept the challenge in the first fifteen minutes of the day through worship, reading the Word, and praying.
Look. Observe. Live in a state of astonishment and wonder of God.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)