Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fortune Cookie Faith

Fortune_cookiesBelieve it or not, God definitely has a sense of humor. He knows how bad I am about second guessing myself. I believe he will use whatever he wants to get through my thick skull.

Even a fortune cookie.

In early 1999, my family moved to Europe. The weeks and months before were fraught with doubts. Did God really want us to make such a tremendous change? Had I misunderstood? A couple weeks before as we sat finishing a meal at a Chinese restaurant, I opened my fortune cookie and read "you will soon undertake a great trip." Or something like that. I laughed. Too cute.

Three and half years later, we sat in another Chinese restaurant in Z├╝rich, anticipating our upcoming move back to the States. I opened my cookie and about choked. "You will soon cross great waters to go to a land of sunshine." California, here we come!

Again I laughed but wondered if perhaps God was using such a silly thing to reassure me I was right on track. I mean, why not? He definitely caught my attention.

Now I will be the first to admit fortune cookies are just fun, silly little things that most of the time make no sense whatsoever. But how often do we live our faith, depending on those little messages from God to bring us from one place to another?

Granted, I love these messages from God. They remind me of how much he really loves me, and that he's always there. There's nothing wrong with that. The danger here is when we become like monkeys swinging from vine to vine, dependent upon the next to get us where we need to be or go in God's will.

Look at these love messages as the extra benefits to keeping a daily discipline of feasting on God's Word, praying and spending time with him. Knowing God is the best way to be sure you're going the right direction.

Then these little messages, or fortunes if you will, remain what they were intended to be. Dessert.


WinterRose said...

Thank you so much! This encouraged me a LOT! I saw your blog listed on this website that lists authors' and writers' blogs (I forgot what it was called!) and I was randomly clicking on blog links. Well, yours caught my eye, so I bookmarked it...

Then just today I read this entry and WOW! It's exactly what I needed! This really helped restore my faith and reminded me not to worry so much, as well as a reminder to keep spending time with God, as well as spend time in His word.

Thanks again! :3 I'm always fretting that I'm getting off track, lol...

~ Esther

Dineen A. Miller said...

Hi Esther,
I'm so glad this helped. And that you stopped by. Your comment blessed me so much. God's blessings to you!

Shauna said...

I am new here! What a great blog! Hope you are having a great weekend! ♥ Hugs!

Dineen A. Miller said...

Hi Shauna! Thank you! You have a great weekend too! :-)