When You Can Do Nothing Else But Stand

Some days you are caught in a whirlwind. You spin and twirl and sometimes find your feet leaving the ground and you are looking for something, anything, to grab onto that could anchor you back to some sort of relative stability.countrysides,fences,fields,funnel clouds,landscapes,nature,storms,tornados,weather,winds

Then, somehow the word gets out, or more acurately, the word gets into you.

The Word. The Him that is the Word.

The Word that is the He Who Was and Is with God.

That He gets into you and says, invites, really, for you to come along for the ride.

What do you do then?

What do you do when you have no idea what will happen when you choose to leave your old life behind?

What do you do when the things you banked on are no longer there…like retirement, or health insurance?

You do the only thing you can do.

You walk over and stand with the priests.

The priests whose inheritance was neither land, or gold, but the Lord Himself.Americans,autumn,fall,Grand Teton National Park,landscapes,mountains,nature,parks,plants,rivers,rocks,seasons,sites,trees,USA,waterways,Wyoming

You find words that say this:

When you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan. Then Joshua said to the sons of Israel, “Come here, and hear the words of the Lord your God.”

You stand with the priests who had to step into the river before anyone else. You stand with the priests, while carrying the Presence, not knowing if the waters will really part so you can move forward.

You have to stand still. You have to wait for God to do what only God can do.

It is here that you truly hear.

Yet, what do you do when your life suddenly flashes before you and you see the stained, ragged places?

What do you do when you wonder if your stumblings will come back to haunt you?

You do the only thing you can do.

You walk over and stand with kings.

A shepherd king, more precisely. A shepherd king whose trust in God was honed by running for his life through the ragged hills and mountains, the very places where his Help was to come.amphitheaters,bridges,Bryce Canyon,canyons,Fotolia,geology,landmarks,mountains,Photographs,rocks,sands,sceneries,scenes,snows,terrain,tourism,Utah,views,vistas,winter

You stand with a king whose stained stumblings became songs of repentance turned praise.

You stand with a shepherd king who asked that God not remember the sins of his youth, but because of His lovingkindness to just. remember. him.

You find words that say this:

Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to Your love, remember me, for you Lord, are good.

What do you do after all this and you still find empty places?

What do you do when you find empty pockets, empty couch cushions?United States penny

You do the only thing you can do.

You walk over and stand with the widows. The poor ones.

You give what ever you have and trust that the God of heaven whose eye never leaves the sparrow is watching over your every move.

You give when you think no one else is looking and you let Jesus do the bragging.

You find words like this:

As Jesus looked up he saw the rich putting their gifts in the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly, I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

And so I find myself, like many of you, having to decide. To respond to the invitation.

The preacher man said to me the other day, “If Jesus is who He says He is, then there is no in between. We either believe it or we don’t.”

Another friend refers to it as being “All in”.

The priests, the shepherd king, the widow. They were all in. They did not live in the in-between.

Their lives had no fences upon which to sit.

So my preacher man husband and I close a chapter of our lives that has lasted the better part of our years here on earth. Today is the last of day of working a regular job for the preacher man.It is the last day of being bi-vocational, of trying to straddle a fence. Not a fence of compromise, but a fence that left little time to do all things well. We step into a new place of full-time pastoring and we are thrilled and scared.  We have less time in front of us than what lies behind and we have said yes to an invitation for as long as the Lord has for us.  In this new chapter know our feet will get wet, they will have callouses from running through the jagged hills of life and we will be tested to give it all no matter what. In this chapter we find words like this:

…but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. I do not consider myself yet to have to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.


We stand with many of you, who also find yourselves in the company of priests and kings and lowly widows.

A great company indeed.


8 thoughts on “When You Can Do Nothing Else But Stand

  1. Personally, I am thrilled for you. I know the faithfulness of our God, and I know He will be with you and walk with you. I count it a pure joy to call you and your family friends. To walk this life with you in serving our King, in laying down ourselves and loving the body of Christ and all He puts in our path. You and Tim are both a treasure and I am excited for you and will continue to pray for you both.
    – Craig

  2. Amen! Praying for you. You can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens you. You have EVERYTHING you need for life and godliness. There is nothing lacking in you. Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen (in Christ) practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. So excited for you, and for your church, and for your community. Love you guys. Karen

  3. So proud of you both! I pray and anticipate blessing upon blessing (with a few challenges thrown in for good growth and measure, I’m sure). May HE hold you and guide you and give you “ears to hear” even His quietest whisper. He is able to do MORE than we could ever ask or imagine. I am excited to see what adventures He has already prepared for you. xoxoxo

  4. The Lord says “well done!”. You guys are being obedient and will be provided for in all things that are needed. I also believe you will be blessed with many other gifts. We love you and are praying for you guys.

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