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Silent Watch, Public Praise

Do you believe in angels?  Seriously, do you believe that they exist TODAY?  I do.

Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”  The angel answered, “I am Gabriel.  I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and tell you good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you will not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time.”  —Luke 1:18-20

The year before I enrolled into law school, I attended a summer law program at the University of Richmond.  While there, I met a woman who identified herself as a Dean at another law school.  She told me that if I delayed attending law school by one year, I would receive a full scholarship.

“Really,” I thought.  How could I be sure that this would really happen?  I did not know this lady and she did not know me (or so I thought).  I had only met her that day.  Needless to say, I delayed my plans to attend law school.  After finishing the law program in Virginia, I returned home and got a job at a non-profit organization.  Only one or two family members knew why I was delaying attending law school.  It was not something I talked about, probably because I was skeptical of this good news.  Have you ever received news that seemed so miraculously good and you did not believe it?  Why would we ever struggle like this?  Should not we live knowing that all things are possible through Christ?  Believing impossibilities should not be our obstacle.  THIS should be our expectation!

Rest 

After returning home, I continued to prepare to go to law school while spending time with family.  Being home ended up being a greater blessing in hindsight because one of my grandfathers died during my first year in law school.  (God knew.)

While I was home, I spoke to the Dean only one time.  Interestingly, I had a certain peace about the situation.  Then, several months later it happened.

Immediately his [Zechariah’s] mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God.  The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things.  —Luke 1:64-65

Via mail, I received notification that I had indeed received a full scholarship, inclusive of a stipend, to attend law school.  What a HUGE blessing!  I still praise God for this manifested promise.

A strange thing happened, however.  When I called the home phone number I had used one time prior to thank the Dean, I was told I had the wrong number.  Likewise, when I called the law school where she said she worked I was told there was not, nor had there ever been, anyone who worked there by her name.  I thank God for sending me an angel who delivered His message.  I thank Him for being patient with me as I silently watched His promise manifest.  I thank Him for allowing me that experience to remember regarding other promises He has made.  I thank God that this experience will encourage and bless someone else.  Yes, I am still singing His praises!  People are still in awe!  After all, if He did it for me, He can do it for you!

Idol Worship

The time has come for me to again search for a place to worship. I began to feel this way a few months ago, but have been hesitant because…well…. Two months ago, I asked a fellow Christian to pray with me about finding a Bible Study class to attend. She said she would pray that I find a church to attend to which I repeated, “A Bible Study class”. To this day, I am not sure if her words were a message from God or if she simply ignored my request. Oh well.

Woman Praying

Shortly after, I began to get invites to visit different church activities. I attended them with an open spirit as I had only an idea of the type of environment for which I was searching. Those who know me know that I cannot sit under anybody’s Christian teaching simply because they identify themselves as a pastor. I am not looking for an idol to worship. My ears are sensitive. I am particular.

The idols speak deceit,
diviners see visions that lie;
they tell dreams that are false,
they give comfort in vain.
Therefore the people wander like sheep
oppressed for lack of a shepherd.
—Zechariah 10:2

As I enter into the new year, I do so with a greater awareness to what I give my attention. There is a cultural message that such things like money, power, fame, and success bring us security and happiness. Often in churches, many attendees consciously or subconsciously add pastors and church buildings to their lists. Trusting God and His promise for my future is where my happiness and security are found. I can see His works in my life. The beauty of this is, I am just now awakening to a deeper level of recognition. It brings great joy. This recognition, however, is a motivator in my search for a place to worship regularly. ….My God answers prayers. (Oh yeah, I may have found a place.)

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