Saving the Butter Bucket
by Kristen Schiffman
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I love to read. Even as I sit here and write my mind is wandering to a captivating book that took me to places of covered wagons and colonists. The Lord and I have often spoken about this place. You see not too long ago I was certain that the Lord has accidentally dropped me into the wrong century. You may be thinking that seems like a bit of a stretch - considering God does not make mistakes- but at the moment of my reading about this woman settling her own frontier, I was rather hurt that I had not been chosen for the job myself.
I questioned the Lord on a few things: did he not think I could too churn butter? Yes, I realize I am culinary handicapped but I think I could have mastered butter churning. Did he think that without makeup I would have scared people? I am sure fellow townspeople could have adapted to my face! Was he unsure of my river-washing clothes skills? Was he nervous I would get lost in the wilderness and certainly be lost to the colony forever?
These were the questions bouncing around my crazy brain! Why, oh Lord, was I not a prairie person? Why had I been overlooked for that era? And let me tell you, in my Job-like questioning state, I was starting to get insulted!
And the Lord simply reeled my mind back in - as he has to do all too often- and reminded me, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…" (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
You see God has a purpose for me here. Now. At this time. Not back in the time of log cabin homes and outhouses- but in the time of computers and pre-packaged butter. He has a purpose for you as well. Right now. At this moment. Are we tuning in to his instruction? Are we placing our set-apart selves in his hands?
Acts 17:26 speaks to me on such a personal level, "From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands."
According to this scripture - You have been placed perfectly. Your birthday and your current location are no accident. The God of heaven has ordained your life to fall into place in such a way that even where you live at this moment is for a very purposed reason.
What reason? Check out Acts 17:27, "God did this so that they (we) would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us." What intimate involvement the Creator of everything you see has with your own heart.
I wonder today how many of us are looking for something more? Something bigger than ourselves. If we are honest something inside of us speaks aloud that there has got to be more than this. More than this ‘everyday America’ we experience. I challenge you today to consider that Christ has placed you right in the midst of this 9-5 work focused country to get your heart wondering…to get it seeking. And to perhaps reach our for Him and find Him. I promise, just as His word says, He is not far off from any of us.
(As a side note I would like to add by the time I had stopped reading my prairie life series, while drinking a French Vanilla Latte, it came to mind that I would have surely died in the wilderness while cleaning clothes in the river… probably after dropping a bucket of butter. He sure does know what He is doing. I am so glad I remember to place my life in his hands!)
Scripture used from New International Version Bible
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