Sunday, September 4, 2011

Grapes, Figs, & Pomegranate

We had our first church service today! It was so great, Johnny ( the principle) and his wife Amber ( kindergarten teacher im working with ) lead the worship. Worship at the ranch and well deaf culture praise worship in general is very different than at a hearing service. We sign the songs with the music still playing and no one is singing. It is awesome...  he signing to songs. It always reminds me of a dance. To show the music and the speed and whatever else you have to sign different. I don't know how to explain it really but its beautiful. I love being able to use my hands to worship and express.  At first it may feel weird and not normal for most but its just feels like you can express more with your hands. I don't know if im making any sense but I love the church service here.

Also Johnny taught the message for the kiddos, some parents that are here with their kids, and us teachers. It was on Numbers 13 when the LORD tells Moses to send men into the land that He has promised. After being in the dry desert land God wanted them to check out the awesome promised land. The men who went  found water, trees, and many fruits... they even brought back grapes to show how wonderful it is. But once they got back from Canaan to their Israelite community and they were describing the land and all that was in it ten of the men said :     
"We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large." They were scared to go into the land because they did not trust God and what he promised. Only two men of the twelve that went into the land Caleb and Joshua said they should go and take possession of the land. Caleb and Joshua believed God was on their side and nothing can stand in His way. 

So they had to walk in the wilderness for 40 years as their punishment for not obeying the LORD.
Are we going to trust in God and have faith for what He has for us now? Or are we going to rebel and think we are right and disobey. Maybe just maybe we should stop and think that the One that created this earth and us knows what he is doing and maybe we are just getting in the way when we do not trust Him with everything. I don't want to doubt Him, if he knows the big picture then why do we question Him so often? And put Him below us like we know everything... 

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