Ridiculous ADVENTure Blog Day 2 and Thankful Thursday

The “ridiculous” YouVersion Rediscovering the Christmas Season reading and comments stood out to me today:

Matthew 1:18-25 “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.”

Joseph and Mary’s situation sure seemed like “ridiculous” faith!

One of the comments asked:  “Have you had an experience where God asked you to do something that seemed ridiculous?” YES!

I’m currently living in a “ridiculous” step of faith! My son, Zach, and I signed up for a trip to Zambia through Family Legacy Missions to serve in a week long day camp in the summer of 2011 for orphaned and vulnerable children. Looking back, it seemed like an easy, exciting step of faith and now I feel like Peter when he walked on water.  The Bible says in Matthew 14:30, “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!'”

I’m looking at the total amount for out trip of $7400 with $2000 due on January 15th!  We have about $1700 of the $2000. But in looking at the remaining $5700, the winds of doubt begin to blow and I become afraid that we won’t raise the money. I cry out, “Lord save us! Did you really ask us to do this?!”

The scripture goes on to say in verse 31 “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith, he said, why did you doubt?’ And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.'”

Did you get that last portion? I think when God asks us to have “ridiculous” faith like Joseph and Mary, Peter, and countless others in scripture, He wants to do something greater than just bolster our faith, but as the underlined portion says above, He wants that faith to cause others to worship Him and recognize that He is the Son of God. I’ve never noticed that outcome in this story until a recent sermon pointing it out. We often look at the negative aspect of Peter sinking but the positive aspect is that it caused worship and recognition in others. I want that kind of “ridiculous” faith!

What will our “ridiculous” trip to Zambia cause others to do? We’re taking the “ridiculous” step of faith to find out!

Mary and Joseph’s “ridiculous” faith caused Magi, shepherds, angels, and people for 2000 years to worship and recognize that Jesus is the Son of God.

Make a plan this Christmas season to do something “ridiculous” that you know God wants you to do.

In the meantime, I’m selling Building Blocks for Orphans to raise funds for our trip.  These are perfect teacher gifts! I’ll be posting pictures of block ornaments soon!

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And let’s not forget Thankful Thursday which has stretched to Friday at this late hour.

54) Thankful for a blessed Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends.

55) Laughter.

56) Although flooring restoration is at a stand still, I’m thankful in advance that the work will be completed.

57) Church family and how it ministers to us and us to them.

58) A morning of solitude.

59) Marriage restoration for friends.

60) Exercise with an expert in her field.

61) Progress toward healthier living.

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