Thursday, December 16, 2010
Eat such things as are set before you
When Jesus sent out the seventy, he told them to "eat such things as are set before you." (Luke 10) Jesus knew that there would be people out there who maybe didn't adhere to the dietary laws super strictly. Maybe the occasional shrimp cocktail or slab of bacon made it's way into their kitchens. Then later in 1 Corinthians 10 Paul discusses how all food is clean now in the sight of the Lord, but don't ask any questions lest you find out it was sacrificed unto idols (1 Cor 10:27)
I had hoped to be on the road before Christmas. I know all about the pagan roots of Christmas, and I don't want to participate in anything with pagan roots. I've been waiting on the Lord and saying, "If it be Your Will let me be elsewhere over the holidays." The Lord has been very clear that I'm to continue at my parents house, and He provided some spending money for me to buy Christmas presents for everyone. So in alot of ways, I just can't avoid it. Maybe you understand what I mean, maybe you don't.
My father has no sons. So I'm the one that fills in the position as 'first-born son' doing the stuff a son would do like move furniture and cart the Christmas tree up several flights of stairs. I don't mind, I'm used to it - thank the Lord it says that the proverbs 31 woman strengtheneth her arms. I got one thing right anyway.
It is very strange this year, because this may be the last Christmas we have in this house. I grew up in this house. My parents have lived in this house for 35 years. This house is home in so many ways. I think the idea of moving is hard on my parents as well, although we went to go see some one level houses and my parents are starting to get excited about the prospect of moving. They may have found a house that they are willing to put in an offer on, so that is what I have been busy doing the last couple days.
The hardest part is going through the accumulation of 35 years worth of STUFF! That is what I am helping my parents to do - to help them to let go of things. Some things are harder to let go of than others. My parents have a huge dining room table and I hated the idea they would have to get rid of it because it would be too big for the new place. All our family fits around that table! But maybe the new place will be big enough and they can take it.
And all the while - I feel the prescense of the Holy Spirit in all of this. It is no accident that I am here to help. We have not gotten the results of my fathers bi-opsy yet, but I think he is in alot more pain than he is letting on and going up and down all those stairs is killing him. It's not available to wait, they have to move to a one level. The Lord is opening doors for them to get into another place - and it may even be faster than we thought. Strangely I helped another family move last year at this time. I miss them.
So I'm not sure how regularly I will be able to post for the next couple weeks. I will try to post when I can. I am planning on doing the fast for the Omega Ministries from Dec 29-Jan 1, and then for the Jentezen Franklin corporate fast from Jan 9-30, which is the very first time I have done such a long fast. But I highly recommend you look into these fasts for yourself. They are a way to get closer to the Lord and to have answers to prayer.
May the Lord pour down blessings on you during this holiday season!~