Thursday, September 17, 2015

We Are Normal

The Lord showed me a couple of  very profound things recently, and I would like to share with you what I learned.  Are you ready?  Here it is....Number 1:  I learned that I am normal!  Now I realize that those of you who know me best are throwing your heads back and howling with laughter!  Sarah.....NORMAL?!?!?  WAH HA HA HA!!!!  I told you I learned something profound.
Yep, I am normal.  I feel hungry, sad, frustrated, worried, tired, happy, and silly just like you.  The only difference between you and me is that I don't live in America.  Other than that, I am the same as you.  I have to go grocery shopping, pay bills, feed My Beloved and My Little Persons who are "dying of starvation"!!!  I homeschool my children.  I now even have a dog! (Her name is Chula, by the way, and she is a lab-boxer puppy.  More on Chula later....)
Lesson Number 2:  I learned that not only am I normal (I hear those stifled snickers of laugher....), but my family is normal too!  My Beloved doesn't work in a factory or office from 9-5.  My Beloved is a Missionary Pastor.  I stand back in amazement at how God works in his life, so he can faithfully deliver God's message to needy sinners - hearing and Deaf.  I am grateful for My Beloved's obedience to the Lord - even when it is the most unpopular thing to do!
My Little Persons are normal.  They struggle - just like any other child.  They play, they fuss with each other, sometimes they disobey.  They surprise me with little notes of love, sweaty hugs and hearty kisses.  They dirty their clothes, they learn to make their beds.  One of my Little Persons delights in putting things in containers - clothes in the laundry basket, toys in the toy box, and trash in the trashcan.  I have to watch out though....sometimes things get scrambled, and the toys & books end up in the trash can - not in the toy box or the book shelf.  Oops!
My Little Persons go to school.  They learn, they struggle, they might even be an average student and not an exceptional student....and that is OKAY.  God made them.  He gave them their own special strengths and weaknesses.  One of my Little Persons struggles to make the words and letters on a page do what they should, but writes beautifully!  One of my Little Persons reads like a pro, but sometimes gets sloppy with handwriting.  As a teacher, I swing between joyous praise over concepts learned, and gloom and despair from wondering if that certain concept will ever penetrate into their minds!  I agonize over how to help them better, how to encourage them, and yes, sometimes how to motivate them!
What am I saying exactly?  I am saying that I am normal.  My Beloved is normal.  My Little Persons are normal.  We make mistakes, but with the Lord's help we get up and go on - striving to do better for Him!  We go through trials and temptations.  The Master is trying to make us more and more like Him, as we allow Him to work in our lives and change us.  We are not "Super-Spiritual Beings" who never struggle or fail.  We are human.  We grow in the Lord, sometimes just one jump ahead of the people we are trying to reach for the Lord, but we keep on trying.  We are normal, and that is okay.  God made us that way.

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