well done...

which is not how i like my steak. but it is what i hope to hear one day...

"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' (matthew 25:23)

in my case i think i may hear the Lord say something more like

"WHADDUP GIRL! WELCOME TO THE PARTY!!! THANK ME FOR GETTING YOU HERE!!!"

but either way, i will take it. from His Holy Face...

though sometimes along the road before the finish line you get to hear His voice singing over you... you get to catch a glimpse of the beauty that is yet to be revealed. you get to see through a glass a tad bit less darkly... 

and today was one of those times. 

i listened to this lesson on the life of david. my college roommate teaches every other week in her "women in the word" Bible study at all saints church (WHAT IS SHE DOING THERE IF THEY ARE ALL SAINTS?!?!??!) in pawleys island, south carolina. and i try to listen to most of the weeks that she teaches. because i love her. and BECAUSE SHE IS A REALLY GREAT BIBLE TEACHER. and i don't want her to tell stories about me without me knowing. 

but i knew about this story. because she is a nicer, kinder, gentler soul than i am and she always asks if she can use my life as an object lesson. and i always say "yes" because my history is just HISstory. and His stories are always good. and i love a good story. 

(i on the other hand use a myriad of stories about her without ever asking permission. and you know that i don't tell a dull story... so some of them may be embellished a bit. a lot. ish.)

anyway if you don't want to listen to the entire lesson AND YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE LESSON IF YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOOD FOR YOU... you can just scroll on to the last five minutes (click right by where the "T" is in "Track #1" and drag along and a little gray stripe will come down the middle and you can drag until there are only 7 minutes left.) the friend in the beginning of the talk isn't my story but it is a hilarious story (she opens with it.) i am the friend at the end of the story. which i love being the friend at the end of the story...

and i am not worthy. of the beautiful way she tells this story. but He is. because He makes all the ugly stories beautiful...

ecclesiastes 3:11 
He has made everything beautiful in its time...

so today i caught a glimpse of that  beauty (not the fullness of it yet, but sometimes a vision is all you need to keep going) when i listened to dina tell my story from what she saw. i saw the beauty when i heard her voice catch. because a friend mourns when you mourn. sorrow is a part of the song. "by God, that is the gospel." and i pray every day that the joyful homecoming celebration will also be a verse in the song. "she will realize that she has had the gospel preached to her day after day..."

and in preaching the gospel in this way to my daughter i have preached it to myself. daily. and in ways i would have not chosen... and for this i am grateful. 

and for the way that dina tells His story as He is telling it through someone so unworthy... i am also grateful.