One of the nastiest tasks that I volunteered to undertake at the church we pastored was to bring the aluminum cans home for recycling. You might ask how that could be nasty. All that’s necessary is to toss them in a recycling bin somewhere, right?
Well, that would work, IF…
Everyone would read and heed the signs!
We had two trash cans in that particular area. One is clearly labeled, “ALUMINUM CANS ONLY.” However, what I brought home was a conglomeration of icky trash amidst the cans!
Partly because I’m a little particular (okay, a LOT particular) about some things, the task required more than just recycling. To keep the bees away from the recycling bin, I would rinse all the sweet stickiness from the inside and outside of each can. A wiser, older person once informed me that crushing the cans gives you more “bang for your buck!” So, I used the crusher on them. And, the tabs were torn off & saved to donate to Ronald McDonald House.
In other words, this voluntary task became quite a chore!
The worst part was the host of unidentifiable things that shared the sack with the cans! Sweetener packets, sucker sticks, ‘used’ gum, and coffee grounds are but a few of those things.
All because not everyone will read and heed the signs.
Even though the signs are clearly marked, they’re missed by some. So, their oversight affects others.
When we fail to read and heed the signs that are clearly marked for us, we may cause others undue hardship. We may make their journey a little more difficult because of our neglect.
Take time to read the signs that God has clearly marked for you. PAUSE. He wants you to pay attention to specific instructions He has given. Heed the signs that point to His return. Don’t be distracted and toss trash in the same place that something redeemable is located.
The Him-Possible are those precious, redeemable souls who need to hear Truth and be cleaned & converted. Our responsibility is to Pause & read the signs. God’s obligation, then, is to redeem the Him-Possible!
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
Most of us know that Faith is an important component of seeing a miracle performed. But, sometimes, God asks us to step back and wait — PAUSE — for a specific purpose, in order to see our miracle come to fruition. The Pause for the Him-Possible is an innovative approach to a 30-day devotional with a daily call to action. In this book, Susan Hohman gives us pause to consider an avenue of faith and believing that we may not have considered before.
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