Wednesday, January 16, 2008

thoughts on comfort

I'm for it. Comfort I mean. I'm WAY too much in favor of it!

I've been reading Goforth of China. It's a biography, written by his wife, of a missionary in China during the time of the Boxer rebellion.

They went through so much for God, and were eager to do it. And He blessed them with such a wonderful ministry there. The underground church in China is thriving, and the fact that they've been strong through so many years of persecution is in large part due to missionaries like these, who gave them a solid foundation to grow on.

I was reading last night in 2 Samuel 11. It's the story of David's sin with Bathsheba, and his attempt to cover it up by murdering her husband.

But it starts so innocently ... at the time when kings went forth to battle, David sent Joab.

Instead of going out to war himself, he sent someone else.

So instead of seeing God use him to win a great victory, David had a great personal defeat.

I love my job, and my life, and so it's easy to say that "this is where God wants me."

But am I willing to have the apple-cart upset, if He chooses another path? I'm so fond of my situation, but I want to have my eyes open if becomes "the time when kings go forth to battle." I don't want to miss out on the life God wants for me.

No exercise today - I ended up taking my car to the Saturn dealer after work, and just now got home. An annoying little "thunk" turned out to be a need for sway bars & miscellaneous other stuff I don't understand.

But what I DO understand is that I'm thankful I bought the warrantee. I've had it for about a month, and I've already had $380 worth of work done. I do believe that piece of paper is going to pay for itself.


Deborah said...

Nice to hear you're reading Goforth of China! And glad to hear your ponderings on it.

Anonymous said...

"It's a biography, written by his wife, of a missionary in China during the time of the Boxer rebellion."
English speak you much?

Kristen said...

I just wanted to say that I thought it was a good post even if anonymous disagreed! =)