Thanks for your prayers. Our flight home was quite eventful. During our connecting flight from Dallas, our plane’s interior lights started blinking uncontrollably. The pilot announced that we’d lost a generator! But explained that the back-up generator would be sufficient, and that they were making adjustments. When he came back on a second time he assured us there was no need to worry – this was something they’d practiced many times – in the SIMULATOR!!!!!!!
We did get home safely, in the wee hours Monday morning. And we’re quite happy to be loving on our families, still on this side of Heaven. The weekend was filled with nothing-but-God moments! One of the sweetest came when a beautiful woman, Caprice, walked up to me and thanked me for leading her to Jesus. She had prayed to receive Christ during the Saturday night message.Then another, Corrine, thanked me as she hugged my neck and cried. It was absolutely precious that they were so excited and came to tell me. Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe the retreat. In addition to our two new sisters in Christ, there are some seriously “living confidently in Christ” California Jesus-girls out west.
Again and again, God showed me how good His heart is and how worthy He is of my life and my trust!!! Oh, what I would have missed if I had kept saying no to God’s calling on my life.
I would have missed seeing Him in ways I never had.
I would have missed seeing Him in places I’ve never been.
I would have missed seeing Him in people I’d never met.I would have missed feeling His love and assurance in ways I’ve never known.
When I finished writing my post Friday morning I went for a quick run. I thought I’d have to run on the streets of the little town where we were staying, but God lead me to a trail that lined the top of an overlook mountain with this view:
In a glorious whisper, I heard God say, “Renee, look what you would have missed!”These pictures don’t even capture the beauty! Oh, what I would have missed if I had kept saying no to God’s calling on my life. It took years to say yes, but I’m so glad I finally did! That day I saw the blessing of obedience in the gift of a gorgeous ocean view that drew me deep into worship. At one point I had to stop running and lift my hands in praise for the gift He’d given me to enjoy a breath-taking view of His creation!
And you know what I realized? That God wants me to see the blessings I would have missed if I had not said yes to following His heart instead of my own each and every day. Not just in ministry but right where I am everyday…
What would I have missed if I had not said yes to Jesus?
I would have missed the confident smile I see in my husband who could have been crippled by criticism early in our marriage.
I would have missed the peace I see in my mother’s eyes when I don’t get defensive about her comments and questions.
I would have missed the closeness of my child’s friendship built from times that I overlooked an offense instead of lecturing him.
The list could go on and on…so what would you have missed?