Thursday, June 21, 2007

ask, knock, seek and the answer may be at the post office

searching for answers... at the post office
Not too long ago I went to the post office here to mail a much awaited package to Brookie in Thailand. I kept putting it off cause I was not looking forward to standing in a long line....

On the inside, it was a season where I kept asking God for answers for my life right now...please

Do you know how long the post office lines are here? I gave up and dragged my feet all the way there. Walked in and sure enough there were 27 people in line on this particular Saturday...oh no. Look at this line. So, I plugged my Ipod into my ears for my hour wait if everyone took 3 minutes each...of course, there was only one person behind the counter! So, I am settling in to Chris Tomlin which is absolutely awesome anyway and there is a hand waving in front of my face...it's an older gentleman who is two people ahead of me. Wonder why he's trying to talk to ME...so I unplugged my Ipod ears. Here goes the conversation around a Catholic lady in front of me (now how did I know that). Well listen to this:


Italia Baseball Hat Guy: "Do you know that this world is in a mess?"


Bev: "Well, yes. Are you from Italy like your hat says?"


Italia Baseball Hat Guy: "No, I bought this for 25 cents at a garage sale."


Bev: "Oh"


Italia Baseball Hat Guy: "These people ahead of us are trying to get passports to go out of this country and this world is a mess."


Bev: "Oh"


Italia Baseball Hat Guy: "God wants me to tell you something."


Bev: "Oh, okay." - now the Italia baseball hat guy really has my attention as I wonder why he wasn't talking to the Catholic lady directly behind him (directly in front of me) and picked the lady totally absorbed in her Ipod---ME. He also got the attention of a few surrounding others with his loud cracking-with-age voice...like he was on a microphone.


Italia Baseball Hat Guy: "God wants you to know that the Catholics and the Southern Baptists don't have the answer. Only the great I AM. He is the only One Who has answers for you.


Bev: "Sir....you are so right and I am so touched you would say that to me." (did i say touched????---i am literally overwhelmed with that statement). You see, I have been a Catholic and a Southern Baptist (those are only 2 religions I have ever been "in") I fumbled as I teared up to say: "I am searching for answers right now in the midst of a hard time. Thank you, sir."

Italia Baseball Hat Guy: "Yeah. The world is a mess but the great I AM is coming back for us. I've been a Christian for many years and seen a lot. Remember, He is the great I AM."

Lady in Front of Me: "I am a Catholic." (she was visibly shaking)


Italia Baseball Hat Guy: "Have a good day and remember He is the great I AM..."


Bev: Tears began to roll down flooding my face spilling on to Brookie's wrapped bundle as I was next and with a little tremble, a little stutter, I presented my package to mail to Thailand. I marred the address label washing away a couple of letters with wet tears. This gentleman exposed my desperation for "answers." This was from Him. “The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God, not of the answer.” Oswald Chambers

Open my eyes oh my Lord this day...
I think about that day when God wanted me---- who was looking for answers---- to know that He is our great I AM. I AM everything you need. No man has the answers; no religion is our god. I must attach myself to the Truth not to finding answers; I must attach to my waiting God not to strong stable people who I think have the answers...
I remember Beth Moore saying in her talk on "Trust" at James Robison's Life Today studio that the word for attached in the Hebrew is "trust." What am I attaching to?
I didn't really find answers for my life at the U.S. Post Office. I was reminded by a kind gentleman that life is about finding Truth not answers...
Psalm 51:6 - truth sinks deep into our innermost being.

12 comments:

Connie Barris 6/21/2007  

Isn't it just incredible when we obey and we find out why?

God's plan plays out..

we see God...

He is so there...

So real

For He is the GREAT I AM

AWESOME

Dr. Katie 6/21/2007  

Thanks for your comment... I know, it's still hard for me to think that I'll no longer be in Thailand with Brooke. She made my year amazing and I owe her a lot of thanks.

Hendrick Family 6/21/2007  

Wow!

"I must attach myself to the Truth not to finding answers."

Agenda-free love of the Father.

How often I only come to love on my heavenly Dad when I need something...when I need encouragement...when I need an answer.

Why not just because He's good?

Just because He is truth?

Why do I have such a hard time just seeking the Lord instead of seeking an answer.

I love you! I love that God speaks to you at the post office. I love that God speaks THROUGH you to me.

Heather

Sharon 6/21/2007  

Thank you for stopping by--it was a God stop.
I have been asking for some pretty big things from God lately.
To see Him move in some things in the lives of those around me.
Situations that seem according to this world like they could never be fixed. He is the great I Am.
I pray today that He shows Himself strong in their lives--that they meet today--face to face with the great I Am.
May they find today that they ARE attached to The Great One.

Sarah 6/21/2007  

so cool mrs. bev!
Thanks for sharing Truth with all of us.

Connie Barris 6/22/2007  

I know.. isn't that funny.. I am going to repost that in the morning...
today is my nieces birthday and I didn't want to share a post with hers...
sorry to confuse you....

but thank you for trying to leave a comment and then leaving a comment...

I bet that was too weird...bet you thought the rapture was taking place... SMile

Dr. Katie 6/23/2007  

have you figured out the snapshots thing yet?? if not, I'll try and email you how to do it.

CrownLaidDown 6/23/2007  

It would seem my Friend that God is using many ways to tell you that He loves you! I love how He is working right now in your life (and mine, too). What an awesome God we serve, Who indeed never created denominations. He wanted us to be one...so now we as Christians are either trying to head in different directions on purpose and separating ourselves from other Christians or we go to extremes and water down the gospel to be alike. I love being a part of the family of God! I love that He spoke to you at the Post office!
Praise Him!
Praying for you,
Holly

twinkle 6/24/2007  

That WAS a Godstop.
It's been a good while back that I started using that name, TRUTH, for Jesus. It simplifies things to me. The enemy is all LIES but Jesus is TRUTH!
And you will never find a better description of Him that "I AM."
To me, THAT is the FINAL Answer!
Isn't He just so beautiful??!!?

Pamela Taylor 6/25/2007  

I too am searching for answers in the midst of a hard time. I know in my head and from past experience that He IS and that I need to focus on knowing Him and then the answers won't matter as much, because usually He answers them to the best of MY ability to understand at that time. However, I get easily pulled back by the huge, wide and deep, loud, sucking vacuum of the pit God recently delivered me from. I've been encouraged by your blog (I just found it today as a result of your post on the Living Proof Ministries blog). I'll keep my ears and eyes opened for Truth. Thanks for sharing.

stacitempleton 6/26/2007  

thanks so much! I am loving the idea of living here with Brookie. This month has been crazy with me being on a mission trip and her at her conference and all. I haven't seen her much...but tonight we got to catch up! So good to see her again. Anyways...thanks for the note!

Blair 6/27/2007  

oh mom, i love you...

Praying for Our Friend Joanne Psalm 131:3 Waiting on God. Hope Now. Hope Always.

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