“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.” Isaiah 9:6
As I reflect on this Christmas season I feel compelled to remember that while life seems so chaotic at times, there is order in the middle of the chaos; I tend to forget that sometimes. Flying high one moment and hitting the ground the next. Life seems to be a mishmash of circumstance with a whole lot of shaking going on. But through it all there is an order to it, not because of anything I do per say, but because of God.
From the beginning of time there has been order to the universe, God’s creation created perfectly. The coming of our Lord and Savior was foretold long before it happened, not by happenstance, but by the fulfillment of His word. It was His plan all along and we almost missed it, many people missed it back then and many do today. If it wasn’t for a band of blue collar, perfectly imperfect, uneducated disciples; we all could have missed it. But then again, God is God and he knows what he is doing and he does nothing by mistake.
God doesn’t miss anything, but we sure do. As I live life I am aware there are times that I miss things God has intended for me. Life gets a little crazy and sometimes I wonder what miracles I missed today. I believe his miracles are all around us, but if I live too fast I won’t see them. Sometimes His miracles come to light just as he intended and I know when he wants me to know. Complicated but orderly, my purpose is to be obedient, what will be revealed will be revealed.
In Celebrate Recovery we are taught to slow down; review each day, pray and read his word every day. If you don’t think there are any miracles going on in your life, then I would ask you to do one thing, journal daily. As you review your day, balance out what went well with what went wrong. Look at your part and make amends and offer forgiveness accordingly. Every time a prayer is answered, write about it. Then every 3 months review your journal and I bet you will see the power of Jesus working in your life. God answers prayer, He did not create a mistake, you are not a mistake, you are His masterpiece. Jesus brings order to chaos, hope for the hopeless and love to the unlovable.
“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me.” Psalm 139
Love God, love people, Jesus first!
Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads
Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
December 4-10, 2017
Friday, December 8: Testimony Night
- 6 pm: Our Hospitality Team is preparing a wonderful dinner for you. Please join us for dinner and fellowship.
- 7 pm: Join us for worship and testimonies.
- 8pm: Open Share Groups
- 9pm: Sold Rock Café
- A new Men’s 12-Step Group has started and meets every Monday at 6:30pm in room 146. Enrollment is open.
- Our New Women’s 12-Step Group is full. A new group will form in January 2018.