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Fleas, yes, Fleas…For the Glory of God

That there is a flea. One of those pesky bugs that get on your pets, causing you to have to treat them monthly, sometimes more often, to get ride of them. Well, here is what I think the Bible says about fleas…

   “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, ESV)
   “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, ESV)
So, now you’re probably wondering what those verses have to do with fleas? And, why am I writing about fleas? Well, let me first begin by stating this: I vehemently despise fleas with a burning hot passion. While I have no pets, no dog or cat or any other animal, there are fleas in my home. And they are annoying as can be. They stress out my wife, they bite my children(and my wife and I), and we have no idea how they got here. And no idea of how to get rid of them without bombing the house. (We don’t want to bomb the house because 1. it’s expensive and 2. we would have to find a new place to stay for a brief bit of time, something we cannot do at this moment). 
So, now, back to 1 Thessalonians and Romans 8 and fleas. I must rejoice and be glad that we have fleas, because the Bible commands it. And, whether we realize it or not, fleas serve a purpose. Generally, their purpose is to let a pet owner know that there is something wrong, usually with the immune system of an animal. And with this, I know that there is something wrong. But, beyond the wrongness of having fleas in my home(and no pets!), I do not know what is wrong, so, I am perplexed. 
In the meantime, I am going to trust in God and know that He is going to use this situation for good and to bring Himself Glory. And I am also going to keep asking for wisdom on how to get rid of these pesky home intruders. 
Soli Deo Gloria

Commit Your Work To The LORD

Proverbs 16:1–3 (ESV)
The plans of the heart belong to man,
but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the spirit.
Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.

This is what I read this morning as I opened up God’s word to start my day, a day that I am sure will be long, filled with toil and dreariness, with sadness and gladness. When I go to work each morning, I go with the expectation of learning, and that will last for a while(Especially in the next two weeks, as I am still in my certification training). However, as time goes on at my new job, I will be working alongside those who are broken, hurt, and dying inside, all whom are wanting love and acceptance and a family(literally). As an adoptions case manager, helping kids connect with what we call a “Forever-Family” is part of my job. That is followed up by me making sure I can help the placement families in any way I can to make it a success. 

Upon reading this passage out of Proverbs in my quiet time, I come to realize more so than I have before that this will be completely and utterly impossible without the intervening hand of God. Children who have been in the system, some longer than others, are very hurt inside, holding emotions and feelings and pains and hurts that no one person, especially one as young as they are, should ever have to hold inside. And, much of time time, they feel that there is no one in the world with whom they can share these feelings. But they can with Jesus, our Savior, our Redeemer. And it is my prayer that each and every one of the kids in the system can at least hear about Jesus. I know that not everyone will come to salvation through Jesus, however, those that do, I will rejoice over. I know that I cannot overtly share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the kids I’ll work with, but I will when I can, however subtle I need to be. I pray for good Christian homes to open their doors to the prospect of adoption. “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:27, ESV). To visit the orphans. That is what these kids are that I will be working with. 
As I go to my work today, it will be with a renewed sense of passion and commitment to bringing Glory to God. It will be with remembrance of the fact that I cannot do this alone, but God alone will be planning my steps. I may have my own plan, but, if it’s a plan that is following the will of God, than it is really God’s plan and not mine. And it is in this that I need to use to bring Glory to God through the brokenhearted and hurting and those who feel like ravaged cities inside. 

1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV)
31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  

Soli Deo Gloria

 

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