Saturday, January 28, 2006

What an incredible opportunity! Anytime you gather together believers for the express purpose of growing in discipleship, fellowship, and worshipship (no, it's not a word, but it's fun to use in this sentence), it blesses the heart of God. To see His children, hungry and open before Him, ready to receive all He has to give is a move of His Spirit. That is what is happening at Highland Lakes this weekend.

Somtimes we don't see things for what they are. We have 20/20 vision for our own needs and desires, and are farsighted for what He wants or needs from us.

Over the last year and a half that we have lived and worked at Highland Lakes, many were the times that BJ would come over to see me while I was working. The thing is, the camp is on a very winding, wooded road, which has yielded many accidents. I feared he would be one of them, as there are no direct routes from our home to camp, except down the highway. He generally chose a hike beside the highway, over indirect trails through the woods.

It makes sense I guess, but it always made me uneasy. I was sharing with a friend yesterday, that it feels unusual to think back and remember that I was more concerned about him making that quarter of a mile trek down the highway, than I was making a multi-thousand mile trip to a foreign country. I guess the difference is he was called to one, and just using common sense in the other.

How many times does using common sense lead us to danger's doorstep? When we are operating under our own good judgment we can make really bad desicions. Imagine seeing a gathering of policmen, and walking into their midst and bringing up something extremely controversial. Most of us would never do this. We would use "good judgment" and decide that doing so might land us in significant trouble.

How few of us would even do so if we felt God's Spirit directing us to. It's too risky, it doesn't make sense. To learn the kind of obedience that with each heartbeat you follow through and do whatever the Lord directs is a concept that we like to believe we are available for, but the reality is that most of us are too busy, or too distracted to see or hear that direction in the first place.

BJ was born with a hereditary vision problem. One that was incorrectable. One that most people did not realize he had. He learned to compensate, and he got by. How ironic that though he could not see well with his own eyes, his vision when it came to the Spirit of God leading him, was very close to 20/20.

He did march into the midst of policemen in a foreign counrty, one more dangerous than his own. He did share a controversial subject, at risk to himself and his team. But he knew that he was being obedient to the call of God in his life, so he went, and those policemen found salvation in Jesus Christ!!!

When was the last time I took a risk for my Lord? When will be the next time? Your physical vision does not matter. It is not what determines Christ-like obedience. Spiritual vision is. I am reminded that perhaps I need to have my spiritual eyes checked. While I'm at it Lord, will you take a look at my hearing?

dad

11 Comments:

At 10:34 AM, Blogger Nic and Jen said...

Dear Brent and Deanna,
I think its been a few days since I have posted. I just want to tell you that I am in awe of all your posts and I am learning so much through reading them. I have learned so much about my own spiritual walk with Christ. I have felt inspired, and I have felt my heart break for you. Please know I am lifting your family up in prayer, and I pray you continue to feel the body of Christ surrounding you in prayer. Sometimes I don't have the words to say. Please know that I am still praying.
Love,
Jennifer WA

 
At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait to meet this precious son of yours in heaven someday. In the mean time, I am so thankful for all that I have learned from his life and walk with our Lord and Savior. Thanks to all of you in the Higgins family for sharing this journey with me. You will never know how deeply God has worked in my heart through your life.

Until we see Him face to face,
Lori Gellerson
Washington

 
At 6:05 PM, Blogger Praying in Pink said...

The center of His will is always a very safe place. Brent and Deanna, your trust in God's sovereignty allowed BJ to go and do exactly as God called him. I am convinced that if we as parents ask the Father to teach us to trust Him more, we will also be more willing to allow our children to respond with a heartbeat of obedience.

BJ did obey his Father--and he had a great example in his earthly mother and father. Lord, make each parent among us adequate for this great task, and continue perfecting Your power in our weakness.

Blessings, love, and many prayers in pink as the revolution continues at camp and in the services (AM and PM) where various Higgins share tomorrow!

Marti

 
At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thankful

 
At 8:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i was at the winter youth retreat this weekend. your talk was awesome, i cried my eyes out. the world needs more people like bj~!!!THANK YOU!!!~

 
At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey! I was at the winter youth retreat this weekend itwas soo much fun. you talking to us about your son was AWESOME, i balled my eyes out. the world needs more people like bj~!!!THANK YOU!!!~

 
At 1:24 AM, Anonymous kristin dutt said...

Parents--

Risks for Christ.. thats a tough one. I like to think i do.. but i know i'm still here, comfortable in my own little box.

I have a website for the family i've been telling you about..
www.teamexpansion.org/caring4mark

i love you guys! i know you know i'm still praying.. but really.. i am!

~kristin

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

So, I got accepted to go to Chile this summer!! I'm so excited! I'll be seeing you guys at training and it's going to be awesome!! ;) Love you guys!

Ashley Dawn

 
At 10:33 PM, Blogger Amanda Andrews said...

hey brent...at the end of saturdays posting you wanted mark a to email you...did you mean mark andrews?? let us know. his cell is 402-4020 if ya did! =)
-amanda

 
At 4:26 AM, Anonymous C.H. Spurgeon said...

A Heavenly Escort

And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest. (Genesis 28:15)

Do we need journeying mercies? Here are choice ones--God's presence and preservation. In all places we need both of these, and in all places we shall have them if we go at the call of duty, and not merely according to our own fancy.

In all lands the believer is equally a pilgrim and a stranger; and yet in every region the Lord is His dwelling place, even as He has been to His saints in all generations.

When God says, "I will keep thee," we are in no real danger. This is a blessed passport for a traveler and a heavenly escort for an emigrant.

Jacob had never left his father's room before; he had been a mother's boy and not an adventurer like his brother, yet he went abroad, and God went with him. He had little luggage and no attendants; yet no prince ever journeyed with a nobler bodyguard. Even while he slept in the open field, angels watched over him, and the Lord God spoke to him. If the Lord bids us go, let us say with our Lord Jesus, "Arise, let us go hence."

Faith's Checkbook by C.H. Spurgeon
Monday January 30, 2006

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger answer-man said...

ps I'm having a little trouble sending comments so if I do it twice please excuse me and I apologize.

 

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