Lent 2020 ACC – March 2nd

Hi! It’s Monday, March 2nd, 2020!

Thank you for taking time to read my blog post today! I appreciate your support and I pray that you experience God is a special and unique way today!

Signs is the photo word of the day.

#fastpass #standby

I chuckled as I picked this photo out to use. It is from my trip to Walt Disney World a year ago. As I looked at this photo trying to somehow convince myself it was ok to use it even though it doesn’t really relate to God and Lent. But that’s when God opened my eyes and mind. Let me just say this, my interpretation and insight from God may be difficult for some to grasp and that’s completely ok. I love Disney World for a multitude of reasons and that’s why I picked this particular photo. If you been to WDW during the past decade or so you will most likely be familiar with FP (fast passes), it began with being able to get tickets for specific rides and return at a designated time and not have to stand in long lines. It can now be done online with a special WDW app on your smartphones! *https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/fast-pass-plus/product-description/

Forgive me, my brain went totally WDW, total distraction!

Back to “signs” I re-read the words in the photo, “stand-by” for what exactly? Life is truly about standing in line for all types of things, (grocery store, banks, gas stations, movie tickets, etc). With today’s technology we have found ways to get around these long lines, in a word “fast passes” or something similar. There’s no right or wrong in getting things quicker or easier. People can now escape lines at restaurants and fast food simply by using apps such as doordash or grubhub.

What about your personal relationship with God? Would a fast-pass work for you or would you prefer the stand-by line. I have to say the stand-by line works best for me. I definitely don’t want any short-cuts to salvation. God wants our “whole self” nothing less. Oh don’t misunderstand me, even our wholeness is less than best because we are in fact human. God is pleased by less than perfect when we make the attempt with all we have and fail in the process, rather than us not trying at all and failing. Not trying and failing is worse than failure, it’s prideful and arrogant to say the least.

Matthew 12:38-40

“Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth.”

Signs can be found throughout the Bible. Recognizing God’s Will in our lives can at times be interpreted as signs. When we are in constant relationship with God, the Holy Spirit will help guide us towards God’s will. I’m staying in the stand-by line and listening for God’s Will.

~Matthew 22:37

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

Galatians 5:19-23

“Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.”

ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.