Monday, February 22, 2010

the chronicles: sunrise, stale chips and running

I have so much to blog about that I don't even know where to start...
This past weekend was filled with God moments. The details of my life are of little worth if God is not involved one way or another.

This Saturday the college group met at South Beach very early, 6am. Once there a group of 30+ gathered to worship Father, Son & Spirit. Scriptures were shared and an awesome word of encouragment was sent forth by one of the best friends God could have placed in my life. I am excited beyond words to witness my generation call on the name of the Lord out of a pure heart. Sunrises are one of my favorite life experiences. Hosea reminds us that He will respond to us as surely as the rising of the sun (Hosea 6:3). In Lamentations we read that His promises are made new every morning (3:22). So yea, I love sunrises especially when seasoned with live worship and great friends.

On our way home I experienced God's hand of protection and His sovereign power as I was involved in a car accident. It was bad, when I say bad I mean it, bad. The hit was hard and the injuries could have been fatal but God placed a hedge of protection around the passengers of both vehicles. I believe it was a divine appointment (and I say divine when I look at it through a "godly" perspective) because we were able to invite the other driver to church. It somehow made everything ok. The pain and soreness kind of disappeared when the thought of this kid coming to life came to mind.

Sunday morning I had breakfast with one of the youth girls. I treasure those moments so much. It was a sweet time. We did our morning devo together at Starbucks. We had some good laughs reading my King James Version, like this verse:  The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words (Proverbs 23:8) oh and this one: Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh (Proverbs 23:20). I don't know why we thought it was so funny, I guess the winebibbers word is funny.

I also got to spend some quality time with my cousin and her son at my Aunt's house as the men watched a movie. It is so nice to catch up with her. Seeing how God is working in her was a special time.

Now, to blog about the highlight of my weekend!!! A big chunk of the college group got together as a last minute to fellowship at a local shopping center for coffee and food. I am still in awe of how many divine appointments God had set up for us there. It was one after the other. He even used a bag of stale chips to open a door of opportunity to invite a retaurant manager to church. I later got to share the Gospel with him and another employee. I am so humbled to serve alongside young men and woman who are about the Lord's business. This is my generation, a generation of stale chips. It's awesome to know that God will use anyone, even a stale chip like me to do His marvelous work.

I press on toward the goal, running my race with joy. I am so blessed to have amazing people running the with me. I look to the right I find I am not running alone. I turn to the left and I find more stale chips running with me. LOL

Thank You Jesus!

My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. Proverbs 23:26


Chris said...

In hind sight, those stale chips tasted amazing!

melissa said...

Praise God for his protection around you! A few months ago, I wrote in my journal "Every victory I have in Christ is an opportunity for the enemy to try to destroy it." At that time, my husband and I were going through hard times and we never understimated the fact Jesus says our war isn't against flesh...God is moving in your life and He is preparing you for mighty things. As you minister and lead people to Jesus, you will be in a battlefield. But as God told Joshua, "Be strong and courageous..."

I'm loving the sweet fellowship you are having in all areas of your life. May God continue to use you!!!

I am now putting on my list of life things to do - worship at sunrise!

Claire said...

I love this post. You are so encouraging. South Beach. Do you live in Miami/Boca/Ft. Lauderdale area??!

Raquel said...

Claire- I live in Miami. Are you in Fl?

Amber Noella said...

Wow, its amazing what God can do. I'm so glad you are learning and experiencing the works of the Lord!

Alice said...

You did have a eventful weekend. I am glad that God kept you safely in His hands wherever you went.

I pray that God will continue to use you as you live to please Him.

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