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Today’s Scattered Seeds
Have you ever wondered what God was up to? Have you ever felt like the position you’re in just doesn’t make sense? I have. Sometimes we wonder where all the miracles are. We wonder how the same God who led the children out of Egypt and parted the sea could be so quiet at times. If the Lord is with me, why am I struggling so badly?
Does this sound familiar? It should. These are the questions Gideon had when the angel of the Lord approached him at Ophrah where he was hiding by the winepress.
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
He had a lot of questions, but what he didn’t have were a lot of answers.
God simply replied, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
As puzzling as God is some days, we don’t have to be in on the plan. He doesn’t owe us an explanation. And really, we don’t need to know why. We just need to trust.
As I read that passage of scripture from Judges today, with all of the questions that Gideon had, I was reminded of a story from one of my favorite authors, Corrie Ten Boom. In the beautiful way that only Corrie can express, she warmly reminds us of the children we are and the wonderful Father we serve,
And so seated next to my father in the train compartment, I suddenly asked, “Father, what is sexsin?”
He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case off the floor and set it on the floor.
“Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?” he said.
I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with the watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning. “It’s too heavy,” I said.
“Yes,” he said, “and it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It’s the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger, you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.”
Corrie Ten Boom, The Hiding Place
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Tilling the Soil
Read Judges Chapter 6 where we find Gideon speaking to the angel of the Lord.
As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. (Ecclesiastes 11:5, NIV)
Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
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