Speed Bumps? No Problem!

You come to me with sword, spear and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord Almighty. -1 Samuel 17:45

I wake up this morning with the greatest memory in my head--a memory including speed bumps. A few friends and I, away for a God-filled weekend, found ourselves in a parking lot, waiting, giggling and excited for the weekend. Excited to be together, and excited to spend the weekend with the Lord Almighty, we waited in that parking lot for a friend, driving in circles. It had speed bumps to slow or even stop cars. As we cruised around, we found ourselves flying over those speed bumps over and over, shouting silly things as we laughed for joy, shouting, “Again! AGAIN!”

Normally, I hate speed bumps. They slow me down and shake me up as I stumble over them. But we flew over those speed bumps. Our waiting for that long time seemed like minutes. Our waiting was so much fun! We flew over those speed bumps time and time again with joy and triumph!

In chapter 17 Goliath was a huge giant of a speed bump for the Israelites to have to cross over. He had stopped them in their tracks. The nine-foot giant in his fancy armor, with sword, spear, and javelin, seemed like too much for anyone. Then came David, the smallest and youngest, with no armor, no sword, and no real plan. Ah, but he had a defense, the Lord Almighty! He flew over that speed bump, in the Name of the Lord Almighty!

This seriously gives me goosebumps! You see, there are going to be speed bumps in life. Speed bumps of all sizes, sometimes just one, sometimes one after another after another. They can be exhausting, slow you down, or even stop you dead in your tracks. You may be so exhausted, unable to take another step or another bump. You are not alone. Go! In the name of and with the Lord Almighty! You will not only fly over that speed bump, You will have joy while doing so! The battle is not ours but the victory is, because we are children of the King!

Again, I find myself resting in Isaiah 40:31. Those who wait on the Lord will find NEW strength (strength they didn't even realize they had) They will fly high on wings like eagles. (Soaring over that speed bump or mountain or through that storm) They will run and not grow weary (even if they normally are not a runner) They will walk and not faint. -Isaiah 40:31 (emphasis by Lisa)

You are victorious! Not because you're 9 feet tall, or have the top-of-the-line armor or weapons. You are victorious as you go with the Lord Almighty! Go over that speed bump with joy shouting "Again, again!" For you are a child of the King!

Thank you Lord! Thank you Lord! Thank you Lord!

In the name of the Lord Almighty!

Lisa Foster
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Come Follow Me

Immediately they left their nets and followed him. -Matthew 4:20

Recently, I have been obsessed with this verse.  I constantly wonder where God is calling me.  Is it Africa?  Mexico? Is it adopting Asian babies?  Is it writing?  Is he calling me to be a missionary in marriage ministry, women’s ministry, to feed the homeless, Haiti?  Suddenly, God told me!  He is calling me to follow Him.

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Peter and Andrew.  They were casting their net into the sea, as they were fishermen. “Come follow me…” Jesus said…At once they left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:18-20)

He is calling me to follow Him. He will make my paths straight. He is leading me by still waters to simply follow Him!  “Duh!  Of course, He is calling me to follow Him.” Honestly, this is so profound for me. This was such an A-HA moment, as well as another moment of surrender. I want to drop my nets and follow Him.  I shared my A-HA/God moment with my sister.  Her insight was also profound and eye opening…I am like a dog.

This was her response, when I shared my story with her:

“I feel like you are Ralph (my nephew’s dog).” When my nephew says 'sit' and just leaves him, Ralph just stands at attention. Occasionally, he’ll lay down before my nephew even says lay down or he’ll start to do another trick thinking that’s what he wants him to do.  He whines a little, just eager and waiting. Sometimes my nephew makes him sit and stay extra-long because Ralph is behaving that way.  Then when my nephew says, “Come'” you can just see Ralph totally relax when he finally realizes what he is supposed to do and he is so happy to just walk with him.”

I am Ralph the dog.  Eager to please my Master, jumping ahead, sitting before He calls me to, chasing my tail in distraction, running when He says stay…and then somehow, He adjusts my focus and says, “Come.”

The amazing thing is, Christ loves me as I walk with Him.  He loves me despite my clumsy and distracted self.  He still calls me to Himself.  “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” –Psalm 23:1. I lack absolutely nothing. He loves me more than I could ever dream or imagine. I am not sure if you too are a dog (or clumsy, distracted, or a mess) like me.  Wherever you are, you are loved.  You are loved more than you could ever dream or imagine.

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. -Ephesians 3:18

Lisa Foster
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