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So I bought myself a ScanSnap


 

 It’s a new year so I decided to start throwing out the old and scan the new. 

The amount of paper stored of bills, notices, taxes and receipts were weighing heavy on my mind. Not that my mind has worked very well the last year but it sounded good anyway. Limiting the number of trees cut for paper is an ideal excuse. However for 2 people to have so much paperwork is hard to grasp.scanner

As long as I do all the finances here, my husband will allow me to buy anything to aid in this job since he wants nothing to do with it. The ScanSnap IX100 has already changed my life and is somewhat fun to use. Technology is remarkable.

It loads receipts of all kinds and scans them into my computer. The ScanReceipt program that came with it allows me to set up monthly bills, bank statements, and the dreaded taxes I will be doing soon. Once done, the shredder becomes my friend.

The parallel here is how fragile life is. We take a piece of paper and run it through a scanner and then throw it away. We don’t need it anymore because it has done its job. Lately it looks as if many take life for granted or choose those whose life really matters. If one group deems it unnecessary then get rid of them. The devil has people believing they are God.

After this last year of one affliction attack after another I am truly thankful to God for all he has taught me. One main lesson is “humility” of great proportions.  Realizing the importance of how unimportant so much in this life is brought me closer to Jesus than ever before.

In the midst of constant pain and weakness I have encountered the presence of God more closely than any other time in my life. His presence is often silent, but I feel his outstretched hand holding mine wading through the deep dark waters he has allowed me to swim in.  And it has really been dark. And cold. Yet I am more aware he is leading me towards dry land and victory.

Along the tiresome and exhausting swim he has dropped hints; words or aligned my thoughts with a prophecy I read. In fact I had a dream not too long ago that I told to Larry Nevenhoven for an interpretation that may have been different from my own. He texted back with his wife’s interpretation. I read a posting from theelijahlist.com where her interpretation of my dream was practically written in a prophecy from someone I have never met. The thing jumped off the page at me.

Evidently I am not the only servant treading water. Many postings and prophecies I have read over the last year have been along this same line of thinking because so many are sunk in the river of despair of one sort or another. The names may have changed but the miseries are the same.

The prophets are on the same page. The year of 2015 is a “turnaround year” for those of us who have or are experiencing “hell” on earth.  The Gift of “knowing” God has given me has been revealing such a deliverance for quite some time now. It’s as if I know a sudden change is in the next stroke I swim; the treading for breath is a rest in between following the Saviors leading; an underlying jolt of his love sends warm water to surround me.

God allows us to get completely alone; by ourselves absent from the world to see only Him. My life has been absent for a long time from the real world of earth. And what is so awesome is how much of it I don’t miss now. I have learned what is important and what isn’t and I thought I knew all that encompassed.  I have learned what doesn’t get done, can often wait.

I feel drenched in His peace and comfort that he is pulling me through and out to the other side.

The tide is turning; the faithful are moving and God is getting ready to shine.

Now, I have some scanning to do.

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Luke 5:37

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The Usefulness of Uselessness


 

Society doesn’t cater to being of no use. The art of being useless isn’t new. It has been a labor of love throughout the centuries.

Ask Noah. A man who builds a boat for a flood no one else saw coming because his God told him too.  How much wood did he waste? Time? Effort? According to the local environmentalist he was breaking the law; chopping down trees for nothing. (Genesis 6:15)

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Ask Abraham and Sarai. God tells them they will have a child even though she is barren. Did they have any idea 20 years would go by before God kept his promise? What were they doing all that time? (Genesis 17:17)

Joseph. Stuck in an Egyptian prison for 13 years for crimes he never committed. What good could he have possibly done? (Genesis 39:20)

David who would be King chased after by Saul spent months at a time hiding out in mountain caves to stay alive. Wonder what grungy bugs and creatures he had to fight off while living on the run. (1 Samuel 22:1)

The Prophetess Anna lived her entire life awaiting the birth of the Messiah. Her focus was prayer in the Temple daily since she had been given the gift of prophecy. She knew she would live to see the Savior. Luke 2 speaks of her age as 84 before she held Jesus in her arms. (Luke 2:36)

The Apostle Paul spent much time in prisons, starved, wrecked or injured. Yet somehow between each crisis he wrote many books in the New Testament. But how much time did he waste singing in the dungeon or recovering from his Gospel antics? (Philippians 4:13)

Sound familiar?

How long do we wait for God to answer our prayers?

While we wait, how useful are we?

Noah had the last laugh.

Abraham and Sarah learned how to trust God completely.

Joseph may have twiddled his thumbs a lot but his course in prison taught him forgiveness.

David may have been hidden but he learned how to be a “warrior.”

Anna spent most of her time in the Temple and became an example of utter loyalty and faithfulness to God.

Paul was an educated Pharisee who learned the ultimate in humility.

In our modern day what are we doing while we wait?

Are we only useful if we are physically preaching, teaching, collecting for the poor and homeless? Are we only useful if we are busy??????

Isolation is part of the lesson plan. Without it one who follows Jesus can’t get to know him. Granted the Biblical characters mentioned above had no technological communication advances like we do to spread the Gospel from a prison or cave. Forget a signal, David probably just wanted a decent lunch.

If God allowed these men and women to suffer through years or decades of waiting did he consider that time useless?

Since God hasn’t changed his mind about allowing us to wait, does he consider our time of isolation, prison or building a useless boat useless?pity

Maybe it depends on how we spend the time waiting.

Do we complain about the grungy bugs and creatures we have to fight?

Do we lament our plight as a punishment thereby giving us the right to a pity party?

Are the injuries and pains too hard to sustain justifying getting angry and holding a grudge against those who threw rocks and laughed at us for building a boat for a God no one can see?

Or do we observe and learn from their examples of total reliance on God? That God wastes nothing not even our isolated uselessness?

Do we subject ourselves to His word and grace by living in a misery where we learn what we couldn’t have learned elsewhere?

Do we spend time getting to know the God of the universe as the Almighty I am or do we scratch our heads while crying out to Him,

“What in the world are you waiting for God! “