23 June, 2005

1 Peter 1:1-12
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God's elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

So Krista and I started this Bible study last night on 1 and 2 Peter. It was great because we haven’t seen each other in over two weeks and this study hit us both where we were. I have been so blessed by her that I can’t even articulate it, all to say, God answers our prayers when we are faithful in them. This study just smacked both of us where we were and by the end I was crying.

I came to realize that pure faith comes through trials, and trials refine us, making us better than gold that is destroyed in the flames. And while we do not understand why we can trust and cling to Him. I also realized how important desire is, not lust, but desire… I desire D.C. to go well and for it to be a growing experience full of happiness and challenge. I desire to finish CCU well, without just letting myself getting bogged down in all the crap that exists. I desire to live with Meg and Mikki in Colorado Springs next year ;-). See desire leads to hope, and hope is so vital to our survival. How can I get through this time of darkness and unknown? Hope! I have hope that one day He will return, but until then he is in control. I hope in things unseen and to one day have a pure faith worthy of honor, glory and praise. But without hope we cannot truly endure the trials because what do we have to look forward to?

This morning I awoke and realized the obstacle that has been blinding/crushing me for almost a month now is gone. I am free, happy, and can look at the sky without feeling hopeless. I woke up this morning, the words of 1 Peter and wisdom of my mom (don’t trust in the dark what you’re sure of in the light)leading me to the answer I wanted all along. I am made for D.C. I am going – I am not looking back, not second guessing, not allowing fear to take me again. I am ready and willing to face D.C., whatever happens there. I cannot let fear or the idea of something “better” hinder me here. My mind is made up: I am going to D.C.

God is really cool.

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