I met my friend Elizabeth when I travelled for ZTA as a Leadership Consultant. Since then, every moment of our friendship has been marked by what I call “God things,” instances that can only by credited to His power and will. Each of these “God things” gives me a reason to delight fully and completely in Him.
This past spring, Elizabeth was given the opportunity to speak to a group of middle school girls. The Lord pulled her to Deuteronomy 30:19-20 , which reads:
“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”
With Elizabeth’s permission, I’m sharing a recording of God’s word spoken through her. This podcast is only a partial recording, so start by reading the introduction below. And turn the volume up. The recording was taken in an outside setting with a phone, so you may experience a bit of “white noise.” 🙂
Take an afternoon walk, swing on the front-porch swing, tan by pool, dust, etc. while you enjoy God’s word spoken through Elizabeth. May this podcast bring you great delight.
“When I was in elementary school, going to my grandparents’ house was a feast for my imagination. This was the home my mom had lived in from the day she was born until the day she left to go to college. There were endless treasures to discover, and each treasure had a rich history that gave my siblings and I a glimpse into my mom’s childhood.
My grandparents also had a great backyard, complete with a wooden seesaw that my Papa Jack built for us one summer. Time at my grandparents’ house was rarely dull. There was always something to do, something to make, or something to discover.
One of my all-time favorite activities took place every fall. Trees surrounded Mam Maw and Papa Jack’s backyard, and in the fall the yard would be covered with fresh pine straw. My siblings and I would spend hours raking this straw into neat rows, creating outlines of an imaginary house. This house was not just any simple one-room cabin; this was our dream house. We would have bedrooms, play rooms, a kitchen, a dining room, etc., and the lawn furniture we found in the garage provided the finishing touch. We had everything a little girl or boy needed to dream up hours worth of play time.
This straw house set the stage for our imaginations to run wild. But this straw house was simply that…a straw house. What would happen if we had tried to actually LIVE in this straw house? We would quickly notice that there were several key components missing that made our straw house quite unsuitable. We had no real roof to keep out the rain. No real walls to block the wind. No real place to sleep at night. Imagine there was a sudden thunderstorm. How foolish would we be if our parent’s came outside offering to give us shelter inside their real house with a real roof and real walls and real beds, and we had refused, demanding that our straw house was good enough?
This is exactly what happens when God looks to us, in the midst of our sin and stubbornness, offering us something more, but we look at our life and say “no thanks, God. This straw house is good enough.”
To listen, click “play” below or download from iTunes using this link: Delight