Ice Storm

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1

Breakfast with a Stranger

Breakfast with a Stranger

“Are you Christians?”

I stopped talking to my friend and looked over to see a young man looking at us as if waiting for an answer.

“Are you talking to us?” I said.

“Yes… are you Christians?” he asked again.

“Yes we are,” I replied.

“I knew it,” he said and then he began telling us that he had lived his whole life for God and that even though he had done that, a whole lot of bad stuff had still happened to him.

It was very obvious that he was very upset with God, the church, and Christians.

Before speaking to us he had already spoken to other people in the room and they had all told him to go away. Now even though he didn’t know us he kept rambling on and on, telling us what seemed to be his whole life story. Most of what he was saying was really uncomfortable to take and no matter what we said to try to make him feel better he still kept rambling.

The man was also very strange and he was loud. To be honest he made me feel extremely uncomfortable and also embarrassed because he was drawing the attention of others in the room. Also, I really didn’t have a clue as to what I could have to say that would have been of any help to him.  After about 10 minutes of his rambling, like the others who had sent him away, I too was wishing this guy would go away.

His stuff was hard, WAY too hard…. and the truth is this wasn’t the conversation I had envisioned myself having this morning over breakfast.

Today I was having breakfast with my best friend who had moved away last year. She had been back in town for a couple of days for family business and we had planned to get together this morning for breakfast before she went back home. I had been really looking forward to this visit with my best friend.

The plan had been girl talk over breakfast but now instead of my friend and I chit chatting about our lives there was a complete stranger telling us about his life!

A lot of what he said was uncomfortable and also very disturbing to me.  He told us that he had been to several churches in our area seeking help and answers about God. From what he told us, it looked as if instead of them sharing God’s love with him he was looked down on and given a bunch of rules of which he had been unable to follow. And now it was pretty obvious that he was coming down pretty hard on himself for his inability to be the ‘perfect’ person that he believed God expected him to be.

This all made me feel sad.

This man was hurting and when he had turned to the church for help he had been pushed away and made to believe that he was not good enough for God.

Our whole breakfast was spent talking to him, and though we tried our best to help him. unfortunately a lot of what he said we really had no answers for.

Eventually, it was time for us to leave. so we told him goodbye and went on our way, but when I got in my car to go to work suddenly this feeling came over me that I should have prayed with the man.  A few seconds later my friend called me and we began talking about our experience with the man and we both admitted that we had wanted to hang out with each other instead of talking to him  I  then mentioned to my friend how the feeling that I should have prayed with him had come over me. She said if I felt that way maybe I should go back.

When she said that suddenly I knew I had to go back.

But I didn’t want to go back! Uggh it would be so uncomfortable and what would I say??

“Just go back”  kept running through my head.

Reluctantly, I made a quick turnaround and as I did the giant tea that I had just bought tipped over and dumped all over the floor of my car.  I pulled into a parking spot wanting to clean up the mess but I knew the mess had to wait because I had a strong urgency going through me that I needed to get back inside the restaurant right then.

I know this sounds crazy but its true.

As I started walking back into the restaurant I could see him sitting by himself in the back with his head down. I felt nervous, with a feeling of how embarrassing this could be… what if he said no?… I don’t pray out loud well…what will I pray about?? Tons of things were going through my head but then suddenly a feeling of boldness came over me so kept going. As I walked through the restaurant I could hear a hush come over the room as every person around him quit talking. These were the same people who had told him to go away and now I could feel every eye on me as I walked back toward him. He still wasn’t looking up and as I began to speak it was so quiet that you could have heard a pin drop.  “Hi … um  Z__,” he looked up at me as I said, “would you mind if I prayed with you?”

He seemed a little stunned but said, “Well… I guess you could do that.”  So I reached out and took his hands and prayed.

When we were finished I opened my eyes and saw that his eyes were filled with tears and then he said this to me… “God told me to come here today and he told me you were going to be here. Thank you for coming.” 

God told him I was going to be here today???!

I really didn’t know what to say but I heard the words “your welcome” come out of my mouth.

Even though I left the man in the restaurant this morning, I somehow feel as if he has stayed with me all day.

God told the man I was going to be there today and I had almost missed it!

After I got back to my car I remembered the dumped tea.  I had thought the carpet would be ruined for sure by that time but for some strange reason, all I had to do was shake off the floor mat. The tea didn’t sink into the carpet at all but hopefully, the lesson I learned today will sink deeply into my brain.

Since today is Music Monday I want to share a song with you that I feel goes really well with this story and is also one of my favorites right now.

I hope you enjoy — Christ in Me by Jeremy Camp.

Have a great week!

Terri Siebert

A Time to Rest

A Tme to Rest

As she was blow drying her hair she happened to catch a glimpse of herself in the mirror.

Suddenly she stopped drying her hair and took a closer look.

She didn’t like what she saw in her reflection today.

Instead of the young joyful person she used to be, today her reflection showed a worn out and tired looking old woman.

She suddenly realized what she saw in her reflection was for real… this was really her and YES she was truly exhausted!

How did she get to this place? When did she become so exhausted? And why did she look so old and worn out?? Not to long ago she was doing great. She even had pictures of herself that proved it. Not too long ago her outside appearance had shown a reflection of the joy she had felt on the inside.  But now as she looked in the mirror today her outside reflection was showing a totally different person.

When had it happened? Could it really be possible that in such a short amount of time her life had changed so drastically? The answer to that question was yes.  In the blink of an eye the way she saw her world had changed.  She used to think she was ready for this sort of thing, but from the way she was feeling inside and now  in looking at her reflection in the mirror she didn’t like what she was seeing.

Looking at her reflection she realized her outward appearance reflected the downward spiral she was on. When had she given up? This wasn’t the sort of person she was. She had never been a quitter but today she realized that’s exactly what she had done.

She had quit.

Somewhere along the line she unconsciously had made the decision to give up, but today she knew it was time to stand back up.

It was time to make a change but to change she had a new choice to make…

She could continue to be a victim to her circumstances and continue on this downward spiral, or she could make the decision to grab on to the hand that had been reaching out to help her.

Today she decided it was time to stop fighting alone, because fighting alone wasn’t doing anything at all except exhausting her.

Today she realized it was time for her to rest in the arms of the one who would help her fight this fight or better yet fight this fight for her.

It was time to stop worrying about what may or may not happen and instead live in this moment right here right now.

This moment may still be hard and yes it may still be painful, but she didn’t have to live in it alone.

Today she was tired but she finally knew it was time…

Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.

Today it was time for her to REST in the arms of her Savior.

Are you going through a hard time right now? Is life making you tired? Or maybe you have already given up? You don’t have to go through any of this alone.  Jesus is waiting for you. You can take his hand or if you want to you can dive into His arms.  Both are open wide and He is ready to help you, all you have to do is come….  Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

Terri Siebert

Breaking Through the Clouds

Breaking through the Clouds

For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6

I recently went on a trip and on my way home I had a short layover in Atlanta. As the plane taxied down the runway for the last leg of the journey back to St. Louis I noticed it was a drizzley dark day.

As the plane began lifting off the ground rain drops slide across the window. The clouds were so thick that you couldn’t see anything outside at all.

Within only a matter of a just a few minutes the clouds surrounding the plane started becoming a little brighter and soon the plane was breaking through and was soon on top of the clouds as sunshine streamed through the windows.

What had been dark just moments ago was now magnificently bright!

This reminds me of how it is when Jesus saves a life.

Without Jesus life can be a pretty dark place, but once you let Him in immediately that darkness begins to change. His light starts filtering through the darkness making things become brighter and brighter until suddenly you see yourself beginning to break through the clouds that surround you. Eventually finding yourself reaching the place on top where his great light shines magnificently bright and the darkness is now left far far behind!

What a great place to be!

If you don’t know Jesus and would like more information you can contact me via email at tluvs2trvl@gmail.com.  No pressure at all just the information you request.

Thanks for reading and have a blessed day!

Terri Siebert

 

 

 

 

 

We are God’s Handiwork

 

We are God's HandiworkWe see the work of God’s hands in the world around us each and every day. From the beauty of a field of flowers, to the waves of the ocean lapping at the edges of white powdered sand beaches, to the beautiful colors that lavish the sky each day as the sunrises and sets. All of which are masterpieces created by the master creator of all. As you begin your day, don’t forget who you are and that YOU also are the work of his hands which means YOU my friend are a masterpiece created by God.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

Have a wonderful day,

Terri Siebert