This week I’m playing with Fashionista Daughter…Please enjoy some Outside of Ordinary insight from BFF:
Guest Blogger: Celeste Jackson
Do you ever feel stuck? You know, comfortably stuck, like Winnie the Pooh got stuck looking for that honey in his comfort zone? Who doesn’t like to be comfortable? I like my life to be steady and controlled. It’s my personal comfort level. My job is a good example. I work for a heating and air conditioning company and I really enjoy each day. Even though there are many aspects of my job, it still comes down to organization, yes and no, black and white. And then there are numbers, like quantities and prices. I like knowing answers and finding solutions. I like to hone in on a topic and my blinders keep me steady on my path. Guess what, with all that “focusing”, I can miss things to the left and right. I can miss the world around me. When I’m so extremely focused, I forget God is ultimately in control. I forget to give Him the glory for giving me the ability to be very good at what I do for a living. I find I have no desire to move beyond my comfort of ordinary, and this is a stumbling block in experiencing the extraordinary blessings God has for me. Have you ever noticed that God is faithful to nudge us out of our “circle of ordinary”? Last month I mailed in my car payment, of course early enough to be on time. Not once have I ever been late on a payment. During the Christmas weekend I was balancing my checkbook and noticed the check hadn’t cleared the bank. With every intention of checking on Tuesday with the payment facility, they called me first with the notice I was late, and had incurred a late fee of $45.00. Trust me, this was a bad thing! There were no extra funds in my budget for late fees. I shook, I cried, and I made a phone call. Explaining that I had indeed sent the payment in, I asked if the late fee could be waived (sobbing), and was put on hold. The very nice customer representative came back on the phone and told me they would, just this once, waive the fee and told me that they would give me until Thursday to see if they’d receive the payment. If the check didn’t clear, I would need to call and make a payment over the phone. Of course, this would mean calling the bank and paying for a stop payment on a check that was lost. More, wasteful expense. Later that evening, I sent a long email about my holiday to my friend, Lori, “queen” of Outside of Ordinary. I asked her to pray for my lost payment to be found and told her the Thursday deadline. Wednesday during the day, there was another late payment message, Wednesday night another call. Truly, I was prepared to “suck it up buttercup” and make the stop payment and call in a phone payment on Thursday morning. My Thursday morning started off busy, and when I had the chance, I checked with my bank and…the payment cleared! Giddy with excitement, out loud I said, “Praise God, hallelujah, amen!” Oops, I wasn’t alone in the office. Explaining to my co-worker what happened, embarrassment was setting in. Silence, crickets, awkward pause. Next was a text to my partner in prayer. I couldn’t wait to tell Lori as I was holding back my tears of joy. Why are we so surprised when God is faithful? It seems like lately God is allowing me to experience uncomfortable situations, despair, and emotional turmoil, and I am learning that running to God in prayer is the best solution. So many Bible verses can apply. Matthew 18:19-20 NKJV: “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.” Psalms 2:12 CEVUS: ” …But he blesses and protects everyone who runs to him.” John 10:10 NKJV: ” The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Outside of Ordinary is where faith stretches and grows. Outside of Ordinary is where you can experience something new and exciting that you’ve never experienced before. Outside of Ordinary is just maybe, one step closer to God.