Seeing The Big Picture
Hebrews 11:8 ‘By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.’
Could you imagine waking up one morning and telling your wife that you, her and all you possess would leave the comfort and security of your father’s house to head west on a journey with no location, time table or any understanding of what you would do when you got to this place based only on the promise of a being you could not see. She would look at you like you where a mad man and wonder about your sanity. That’s exactly what the Lord asked Abraham to do.
While our story is not quite that bazaar, it is similar. 16 years ago (it’s hard to believe it’s been that long) He asked us to minister to the world of drag racing. I had no direction, no experience and no real understanding of what I was doing or what the future would hold. I simply knew He wanted me to go and minister and that He would provide…and He has.
The journey has had numerous turns and changes over the years. We went from ministering as chaplains to ministering in the market place. He had us start a business we had no understanding of and He has prospered us. Because we said yes, we have the opportunity to reach His people, all of His people, not just in the racing world, but those we see as we go. Looking back from where we have come, we are amazed at what He has done.
I sense something new from the Lord, something different, perhaps an addition of some sort to our business or ministry. There is no real understanding, just that it is coming and it is from Him. The roller coaster of life with the Lord continues, buckle up, it’s about to get awesome!
Seeing The Big Picture
by Os Hillman
…”Everything is against me!” – Genesis 42:36
Eventually, Benjamin along with Jacob’s other sons learned that their brother Joseph was second in command in Egypt. Joseph revealed his identity, and Jacob was reunited with his son whom he had not seen for more than 13 years. He had thought Joseph to be dead.
So often we believe our dreams are dead. There seems to be nothing left in our world to live for. Everything appears to be against us. During these times, God is doing His deepest behind-the-scenes work. During these times, God is performing a deeper work in each of us — a work that cannot be seen.
When clients began leaving my ad agency and it dried up for no apparent reason, it appeared “everything was against me.” I could not see that God was orchestrating a whole new calling on my life. At the moment, it seemed like the worst thing in the world. It seemed that I had been a failure. But God said, “No.” All the years before had been preparation for what God’s ultimate calling would be. One of God’s methods for directing His children’s steps is through drying up resources: a job loss, a career change, or a disaster. In these times we are willing to listen more intently, and to seek God in ways we would not normally do. C.S. Lewis once wrote, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” [C.S.Lewis, The Problem of Pain (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1962), 93.]