Short People Allowed

“A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus… He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him” (Luke 19:2-4, NIV). 

“The issue isn’t whether God reaches out to us– it’s whether we choose to respond to him. He will not violate our will– the choice is ours.” – Rebecca Manley Pippert

 

This post is not about short people. But I’m glad I have your attention 🙂

 

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Being a short person myself, I understand how Zacchaeus must have felt, not being able to see the man he wanted to see; I understand his need do anything necessary to accomplish his goal. My man climbed a tree!! It be like that sometimes.

Again, this is not about Zac, or the plight of short people; this is about Jesus and his willingness to accept and dine with  a “sinner”.  We must understand that during this time, Jewish people hated Jewish tax collectors because it was as if they were supporting the enemy– the tax collectors were uncle Tom characters, if you will. Zacchaeus had it rough because he was the chief tax collector, meaning he was really really really hated by the Jewish people, he was marginalized even though he was wealthy; he was the enemy. Yet, our darling Jesus singled him out, no doubt with a smile on His face! Jesus accepted the marginalized, we know this; Zacchaeus was no different. Jesus went to this “sinner’s” house, dined with him, and pronounced salvation into his house! Imagine Jesus walking alongside Zacchaeus! Jesus didn’t allow the mutter and murmur of others to stop Him from accepting another person into His kingdom!

We should follow this example. Let us dare to allow the people who are not meant to be allowed into our circles be in our circles! Let us dare to accept people for who they are, love on them, and watch how natural their response to start living life in accordance to God’s will will be– notice how just the presence of Jesus prompted Zacchaeus to turn from his corrupt ways.

My friends, we are not called to be converters; we have been commissioned to be like Jesus, to go into the world, seek out the lost, preach the Gospel, and love people the way Jesus loves us! The rest will follow naturally. What Jesus did was unacceptable to those who couldn’t see the need for others to experience the love and grace of God as well! I pray we will never get to the point where we start choosing who should or shouldn’t come to Jesus; everyone, EVERY SINGLE PERSON is welcome, even short people like myself who need an extra boost just to see Him!

But remember, being welcomed by Jesus and into His kingdom does not mean remaining the same! He wants us to come as we are, but He doesn’t want us to stay as we were!

New Beginnings

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19, NIV).

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?” (Isaiah 43:19, NLT).

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?” (Isaiah 43:19, KJV).

I love reading certain verses in different versions because each version offers a different meaning, but same message– if that makes sense. Anyway…

Today is a day of newness, not just for me, but for one of my dear friends.

Let me show you a glimpse of my life so far. You see, since I moved back to Amherst, MA (in hopes of being in Collegiate Ministry with The Navigators), I have been looking for a job! Mind you, I have been applying since, pretty much, November 2015. Even after having no job, I moved to my apartment. The entire journey is a story (testimony) for another day. Anyway, I kept applying, at first to places that I was qualified for; then I was advised to apply anywhere, so I started applying to places I was way over-qualified for. The process, I think, was a breaking of my pride and so-called identity. Long-story-short, I got hired as a cashier  last week at a local grocery store ; it’s a part-time position. It is certainly not an ideal situation, but I thank God  because I can pay rent, tithe, give gifts, etc. I even have the opportunity to work another part time job, which I hope will add to my experience and boost my resume (for grad school)!

All that information is to say that I started work today! Day 1 of training! After having been unemployed since May 2015, having something to call a job is pretty nice. Like I said, it’s not ideal, but I want to be worshipful and reveal God to everyone I come in contact with! I want to be a good steward of the time and resource God has given me. It is certainly a new beginning for this baby 🙂 I am actually excited for what God is going to do in (through) me!!

The other new thing God did today was that He granted my friend another year! Today is my friend’s birthday! Her testimony is AWESOME. This time last year, I know what she was going through, but God has been so gracious and kind to her! I am just SUPER-DUPER excited for this new year for her!!!! I know it’ll be great– why? Because she serves a GREAT GOD!

Anyway, that’s it for today. It’s a new day, a new age, a new stage; and it’s all because of God, and for His glory! My prayer is that we (my friend, you, and I) all take and live in this  (daily) newness, knowing that our Father in Heaven is in control, that when He does (starts) something new, the end result is indeed AWESOME!!

Can you tell I’m excited? 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

A God of WHEN

“When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed” (Psalm 126:1, NIV).

I received good news from a very dear friend of mine this morning. As much as there was (is) joy in my heart about what she shared with me, the Word and promise of God in Psalm 126, especially today, has really put me on a whole other level!

Verse 1 really touches my heart. Whoever wrote Psalm 126 didn’t say, “If…”, but “When…”, telling me that my God is a God in charge of time and timing. The problem is we do not know when His “when” is, which means that we have to wait for it, which is a problem for all of us. But, when God promises, He fulfills. When God speaks, it comes to pass. When God saves, it is sure. When God opens a door, it can’t be closed; when He closes a door, it can’t be opened. When God writes your name in the Book of Life, no one can take it away. “When” suggests to me a finality that only God possesses.

It’s not as if I don’t know the character of God; but the thing about the Bible is that the Holy Spirit teaches and re-teaches you things until you fully understand them and transform them into heart knowledge. By the grace of God, I have a different view to my circumstances (Romans 12:1-2). I am convinced now that my God is a God of when, not. As I was reading the chapter I kept telling myself that God will do what He wants to do when He wants to do it. I have accepted my breakthrough by faith!  When God does allow me to be fully funded… when He gives me a husband… when He gives me financial breakthrough… My victory is coming! In fact, it is here! That is the power of my God!

The chapter itself is just very encouraging! I implore you to read it and let it bless you! Apart from that word “When”, the other part that really caught my attention was “we were like men who dreamed” (Psalm 126:1, NIV). What that suggests to me is that perhaps they had lost hope that deliverance will actually come; perhaps they were only dreaming of a freedom they didn’t really believe in. But when it actually happened, I can just imagine them saying “We can’t believe it!” But, I’m here to encourage you today, friends, to believe that your Father in Heaven, when He delivers you and grants your requests, you will be like a dreamer. Hold onto your dreams and the vision you have for your life, marriage, finances, ministry, children, spouse, etc.

Because your God is One who does immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine, the joy and peace you will feel WHEN He shows up and shows off in your life will certainly be immeasurably more than you are even thinking at this moment!