Flying blind?

777Come fly with me.  I have a clip below called “This is why we fly” – featuring the song “Paradise” by Coldplay. 

It shows the view from the cockpit of a plane flying over the Southern Alps, coming into Queenstown NZ.

Above the clouds, the Morning Star can be seen.  The Morning Star reminds me of Jesus, who said of Himself;
“I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the Bright Morning Star.” Revelation 22:16

The Maori name for New Zealand is ‘Aotearoa’, meaning “land of the long white cloud”.

Winter view over Queenstown from Bob's Peak

Queenstown, NZ

Feeling under a cloud? 
The plane dives into the long white cloud on it’s approach to Queenstown.  Now all we can see is dense cloud.  Surrounded by unseen mountains, it’s time for faith.

Flying blind?
Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God. 
Isaiah 50:10

Jesus is like the pilot, and God is like the control tower.

When you can’t see where you are going it’s best to respect the terrain and hand yourself over to the Lord’s guidance.  Respect Him, trust Him and do what He says.

Above the clouds, the morning star shines its light as the sun touches the mountain peaks.  It hasn’t gone away.

In the midst of the clouds, contact is established with air traffic control.

Flying heavy?

‘Life goes on It gets so heavy
The wheel breaks the butterfly
Every tear, a waterfall
In the night, the stormy night
She closed her eyes
In the night, the stormy night
Away she’d fly’
– Paradise, by Coldplay.

The term Heavy is applied to all radio transmissions with air traffic control from aircraft capable of take-off weights of 300,000 pounds or more.

God knows the weight you are carrying.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 
Proverbs 3:5-6

Here's the clip "This is why we fly". Enjoy.

Paradise

New Zealand is like Paradise, but pales in comparison to Heaven.  Do you know that Paradise is still there, with the tree of life?  Jesus has made the way home to God for all lost children of Adam who believe Him.  Do you know the way to Paradise?  If you trust Jesus for your eternal life He will get you there.  Jesus promised the thief that put his faith in Him; “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Luke 23:43. 

To the overcomer Jesus says;
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.”
Revelation 2:7.

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Big promises, small beginnings

Zechariah4_10I once made God a big promise;  that if He lifted me out of my circumstances, I would put no restrictions on Him – the sky would be the limit.  I hadn’t factored in what He’d want to do with me. 

When I made this extravagant promise I was living in small town New Zealand, after having lived in Sydney.  After Sydney, I despised the town I was living in.  All I wanted to do was get back to Australia.  For a few months my dream was realised.  I lived in Canberra, Australia’s capital.

But like a boomerang I ended up back in New Zealand, again.  I asked God how can the sky be the limit back in a small town of a small country?

He told me not to despise the day of small things.

I have learned since then that what matters is its not where we live but what we live.

Did I overcome the small town limitations that I chafed against?  My book tells the story.

Out of the storm

Job 38-1Have you ever asked, “Where is God?” 

Lt. Dan in the movie Forrest Gump certainly did, asking Forrest “where’s this God of yours then?” Forrest remarked, “Its really funny that Lt. Dan said that, because right then, God showed up.”  I like the scene because this puny man is having a big fight with God.

“You lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride; And You dissolve me in a storm.”  Job 30:22

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 God must have answered Lt. Dan in the storm because when it ended, he was at peace, a changed man.

Sometimes, God’s answer is in the storm.  There is a scripture that says “Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm.  Job 38:1″  

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That’s how it happened for me.   I wasn’t as defiant as Lt. Dan, but emotionally I felt just as amputated.

The question “where was God?” caused friction with one of my friends, but its a question I had to ask.  It is okay to question and ask God where He was.  We’ve got to be real.

Some years ago, I had my own storm.  I wasn’t able to call God “Father”, just Lord.   I believe the word “Father” has a lot more trust in it than “Lord”.  Finally, I asked God “Where were you when my only brother died?”

His answer is in my book.

After God answered, I had peace, just like Lt. Dan.  Now I am able to call Him Father.

Sometimes the Lord calms the storm. Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms the soul.

Do you want it more than you are afraid of it?

I’d been working ever since I was seventeen and decided on a change of career after my children were born.  I spent their early years studying part time for a career in IT, while working part time as a teller at a Credit Union and part time as a Science Technician at a College . 

I was a part time this and a part time that, and a full-time Mum.  In the year after I qualified, a job came up for a Systems Engineer.  After two interviews I found I also had to sit an IQ test.

I nearly talked myself out of the job there and then.  I’d sat a similar test at the same place, the only programming shop in town, 15 years before and failed.  I didn’t want to go there again, but the Lord reminded me of what I had read in a book called ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ by Norman Vincent Peale.

“Whatever you’re doing, give it all you’ve got.  Give every bit of yourself.  Hold nothing back.  Life cannot deny itself to the person who gives life his all.  Throw your heart over your difficulty, throw your affirmation over every barrier, throw your visualization over your obstacles.  Throw your heart over the bar and your body will follow.

I’d never get another opportunity like it, so I ran at it with all my might.  This time I passed the test ahead of all the other applicants and won the job.

That was the first hurdle over.  I overcame my fear of failure.

My advice for the first hurdle is don’t let life say no to you.  Have another go.

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure,  – Bill Cosby.

The next hurdle was starting the job and finding I’d been given the workplace bully as a mentor.  I wish I could say I sailed over that hurdle too, and put her in her place.  I didn’t.  I didn’t confront her because abuse was familiar to me, and I needed whatever scraps of knowledge she would grudgingly give.  I did not overcome my fear of man (Chapter 30 starts this part of the story).

We ran into each other recently, which was quite a surprise as we live in different cities and haven’t seen each other in years.  I’ve moved on.  With God’s help and a big push from Him, I gained a Diploma of Business, and now have my own business which has been running for seven years.

Still weighing and assessing me, she could see I am happy, secure and confident.  She’s still in the same big company, worried about redundancy and her mortgage, and can’t imagine working for herself.  I’d say I’ve got a lot further in life without scorning people or throwing them under the bus at work.

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  Proverbs 3:34

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So for the second hurdle – workplace bullying, keep calm, and believe in yourself.  Its not about you, the bully is the one who is insecure.  Nothing they say about you is true.  If you’re stuck with the bully, stand your ground and confront them.  If you can.  If you can’t, learn how to assert yourself or leave them behind, because they’re never going to stop.  Is your desire for success greater than your fear?

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it. – Bill Cosby.

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Testing times

In my last posts I talked about how I don’t like waiting.  I also don’t like being tested.  My mentor told me that the Lord is more interested in our character than our comfort.

Job is a man from the oldest book in the Bible who underwent severe trials.  His wife wanted him to curse God and die, but he wouldn’t.  He said “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” Job 23:10

Footsteps

What in the Kingdom is of greater worth than gold?  Faith.

For now you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:6-7

In the third year of my journey with the King I chose a hard yet interesting path, where everything the Lord gave me would be tested.

Rebuilding my life, I dug deep and laid a new foundation with the words

“Justice will be the measuring line for the foundation, And honesty will be its plumb line.”  Isaiah 28:16

No sooner had I laid that foundation than it was tested.  My book tells the story.

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Never give up

A friend of mine said “No one gets out of life unscathed.”  Isn’t that the truth!  My book touches on suffering in different chapters, and what I’d learned from those who’d gone before me.  I have learned the most from people who have lost the most.  They suffered.   They have overcome giants.

Why does an all powerful, all loving God, permit suffering?  Its a question we all ask, because we all hurt.  Its a question we can ask God.  He may not give a reason, but He will give comfort.

What I have learned from my walk with the King is that he does not dismiss or diminish suffering, even though the reasons for it are not offered.  He will bring meaning out of it, if we trust Him, if we permit Him.  He will use suffering to fashion something above human reason that is of immense value, something that has dignity, beauty, and honour.

The King did not get out of life unscathed either.  He has the scars to prove it.  He, the Great I AM, got down into this suffering world with us.  What my Grandfather got told, when he most needed to hear it, was “Christ suffered too”.

What I needed to learn, was never give up.

Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere. Hebrews 10:35

The King even tells what the reward is; “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12

Keep the faith.

A vision, and the promise

Every promise

When I was still in an abusive relationship, the Lord told me that I would be married again and He would choose my future husband.  I wondered whether it was just me reading Isaiah 62 and indulging in too much wishful thinking.  It seemed a very Eastern concept, but I went with it because I would never have dreamed that up, and it gave me hope for the vacuum I would soon find myself in after leaving my abuser.

Months later, I had a conversation with the Lord about it while in a quiet moment writing my Kingdom story.  I had been reading my Bible and praying for guidance.

The King asked me to list the attributes of the husband he was choosing for me.  I was in the Kingdom at the time and thought I was just writing a story.  So I wrote stuff about a prince who had slayed dragons, could make me laugh, and was good with my children.  I left it to one paragraph.

If you are a believer, and the King gets you involved in a choice He is making – then be specific, be really, really specific, because I can tell you now that He is a God who keeps his promises.  If you get an opportunity like that, cross every t and dot every i!

You may have to wait a while for the promise to be realised because God’s timing is not our timing.  For Him, a thousand years is as a day.  So if He says “wait a minute”, it’s hardly reassuring, but be patient and endure temptation.  God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.  James 1:12

I met the man who was to become my husband shortly after this chapter but had to wait seven years before we were brought together.  He had been very specific about what He wanted in a wife.  The wishes that He gave to the Lord covered both sides of a foolscap page of paper.

I matched everything except height.  He wanted a woman who was the same height, and I wanted to fit under his chin, although I hadn’t written that down.  So I told him I should have won on that point, because he got two pages while I only got one paragraph.  I’m happy about the Lord’s choice and it really doesn’t matter about what I didn’t get to write.  He matched on everything I did write.

My only grumble would be in the romance department.  On Feb 14th I jokingly said “Its Valentine’s day, what will I be getting?”  We celebrate our anniversary a week later so it’s no big deal.  He’s got a goofy American guy who has been in NZ since he was thirteen, and his reply was “my dinner”.  Yes, he makes me laugh.