Pop The Popcorn!

 

A recipe to remember.

Pop the popcorn ahead of time…

Stop trying to move it on your own, getting mad when it won’t budge, and trying to throw in the towel.  Determination, grit, fortitude…pick your favorite descriptor.  You can bleed, sweat and cry yourself into a frustration that will cause you to shed your commitment to the very thing you once felt so strongly about if your perspective is out of whack.

And about now you are saying, “Thanks for the encouragement, Brett”.  (With about as much sarcasm as you can muster)

Before you go there, allow me to share the reason I started the way that I did.

The beginning is a reality check we all need to hear.

The next part is the promise we need to cling to and live by.

“…’Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit’ says the Lord Almighty.  What are you, O mighty mountain?  Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground…”

Zechariah 4:6b-7a

One of the most frustrating emotions we process is reconciling that we aren’t in control.  Is it a license to sit on our butts and be lazy?

Absolutely not.  We have to work every angle we’ve been given, with every ounce of every resource we have.

But it’s important to realize that the work of our hands alone, pales in comparison to the power of God’s hand on us.

Here is the recipe to remember.

Keep working with everything you have at the thing God has placed in front of you.  All the while remembering that just because you don’t see a way, doesn’t mean God doesn’t already know how it will come to pass.  Our job is to press in and press on.

Our job is not to focus on what isn’t, but rather WHO is.

WHO is able will always show up on time when our faith remains in Him.

How did Zerubbabel know that he could count on this?

His obedience to the voice of God.  (Haggai 1:12)

The evidence of his commitment to his calling.  (Haggai 1:14)

The reward of his resilience to see it through.  (Haggai 2:20-23)

I know it’s a little bit of reading to dig those out.  But take the 5 minutes to do it.  It will flip your perspective.  It makes Zechariah 4:6b-7a come to life in a way that will provide great encouragement to you today.

Don’t quit now.  Press in harder.

Don’t walk away.  Run towards.

Don’t throw in the towel.  The finish line is in sight.

Don’t despair at what things look like to you.  Call on God and the power of the Holy Spirit to reveal what He sees.

You’ve got this.

But…

“…Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit’ says the Lord Almighty.”

Now it’s not frustrating to see a difficult circumstance.  It’s an opportunity to watch God move in all His glory.

That’s a show I’d pay any ticket price to sit in the front row for.

Pop the popcorn when no one knows why ahead of time, and you’ll be ready for HIM when He show’s up right on time.

That’s a recipe worth remembering!

 

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