Do you ever wish you were someone else or lived another life? Faith dares us to be who God made us to be, right where we are.
Last weekend, I arranged a special surprise date for Hubby. It was his 40th birthday and I wanted to make it especially memorable.
Since we became parents five years ago, we hadn’t seen the Golden Gate Bridge by night. I made reservations, table for two with a view. I originally made our reservations for seven o’clock. We’d finish early and walk out for a nice stroll.
Aahh… It would have been perfect.
Two days before the day, I called the restaurant, just to confirm.
There was no reservation for the Grays. At all.
My perfect plan for the evening — foiled.
There was only one reservation left.
By my best guestimate, food would probably arrive at the table around nine o’clock.
Great. We’ll both be comatose by then.
What I Had Forgotten
To kill time, I ended up switching gears, renting bikes to pedal across the bridge as a pre-dinner excursion. It turned out hilariously unforgettable. I crashed a few times skidding downhill and almost ran some pedestrians off the sidewalk taking video of Hubby riding in front of the Marina. We snacked on some Cliff bars and bananas. We made it without incident by the time we were seated. But, we were ready to eat a cow.
As we settled into our spot, I looked out into the San Francisco horizon. The sky was slowly melting into a soothing pool of pastels.
The sun was setting.
It had been so long since I had been out at night in the city, I had forgotten the skyline was most beautiful then. I had forgotten that in the summer, the sun sets later.
The Point of Decision
The evening canvas began to dim and the bridge lit up in the darkness until dots of color burned into the sky, like Lite Bright pegs all aglow.
The room we sat in nestled a fireplace, quietly crackling, flames washing the room with a warm, amber glow.
As I breathed in the beauty, I remembered how I once believed I was lost in the night of my soul.
How when I searched for answers and direction, I didn’t understand why God left me in the dark for so long…
How I was only left with my faith…
In that moment of nothingness, I realized I was already in possession of the most beautiful gift from God.
Would I willingly surrender and offer Him the gift of faith?
You and I come to this point of decision each and every day.
Where Beauty Glows
When the proverbial sun sets and it seems too late —
When we bump into the darkness of the unknown…
When our feelings don’t match the truth we know in our heads…
When our fears about what others think of us weigh heavier than we’d like…
When we stand at the crossroads of our circumstances, our dreams and our today…
Beauty glows there.
In the darkness, when we reach for God’s hand, let us remember we are not begging for our lives or our story. We have a Savior who is the Author and Perfecter of our faith.
Jesus will not abandon His own story. In You.
Jesus invites us to look for the light He has placed in each of us.
His light is in you.
As I prayed that one whitespace weekend, asking God to show me the way ahead, a passage of Scripture I had known long ago surfaced in my thoughts —
“For this reason I remind you
to kindle afresh the gift of God
which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity,
but of power and love and discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:6,7
The original word for kindle afresh in Greek is translated —
Pur means FIRE
Ana means UP
Zoe means LIFE
Jesus is the Life Giver.
He has given you and me life-giving gifts.
No matter how things appear, God’s gift of light in you cannot be extinguished.
In fact, it is said of Jesus: A flickering wick, He will not snuff out.
What are the gifts God has put in you since the beginning?
Think back to your childhood — or when you first came to know Jesus — what is it that makes your heart sing and your face shine?
Spiritual gifting is not evidenced by size or external results. His gifts in us are exercised by faith.
Dare to be who God made you. Embrace the story God has allowed to take shape in your life.
What is it that breathes beauty for you?
What brings you joy?
Rekindle His light within you.
Fire up His gift in you.
Find a way to nurture it. Don’t neglect it.
Whatever is beautiful, move towards it. Even in darkness. Jesus is with you there.
If you dared — by faith —
* What gift is God calling you to “kindle afresh”?
* What is it that breathes beauty or joy for you?
As I brainstormed ways to rekindle God’s life in me that whitespace weekend, the idea for Faith Barista was born. Next week, we celebrate Faith Barista Blog’s Birthday! I’m so grateful for you, faith friends to share the journey. Thank you for the generosity of your time, comments, blog posts and your unspoken stories of faith. You’ve strengthened and encouraged my heart more than you know!
*** NOW, IT’S YOUR TURN — FAITH BARISTA JAM! ***
Faith Barista Jam Thursdays – I serve up a topic of faith, you write the post. Let’s encourage each other. Add your voice. Swap our stories.
This Thursday’s Topic 7/28:
How are you finding beauty in everyday life?
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Whitespace topic: Share a moment you felt close to God recently.
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