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Dec 19

Scorpions In Her Bed

Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

Friday I met with one of my favorite people. For more than a decade Erica Wilson and I worked together at TreeHouse. While Erica is disinclined to gamble with her money, recently she gambled with her life. Erica left behind her job, friends and family and moved to Belize for three months.

While it was not a permanent departure from her life in Minnesota, it was a significant life transition.

I asked her, “How do you gamble losing all that?

Erica smiled with a slight shrug, “The only thing that comes to mind is that I trusted God with it completely.”

Knowing her as well as I do I had an idea what she meant, but I pressed for more details. “I think it came out of so many years of God asking me to do things that were challenging. I’m amazed at God’s faithfulness. I had already known and trusted God with my life this was just another (decision to trust God with).”

This week millions will celebrate Christmas. Most of us will exchange presents, but it’s the notion of the presence of God that is most compelling when I think about Christmas.

Historical documents explain that God became incarnate and came to the Earth.

Erica is gambling that God still interacts with people. While biographers quote Jesus Christ’s conversations with family, friends, and enemies, Erica believes that God still speaks today.

She gambles. She believes.
– She believes God still speaks.
– She believes that you and I could hear from God.
– She believes that you and I could discern what God was in and what God was not in.

While it’s a gamble to leave everything behind Erica found that God met her needs.
– Even when she got ill.
– Even when she was too sick to get out of bed.
– Even when she found scorpions in her room.
– Even when she found a scorpion IN her bed

Humbly Erica adds, “I know God gifted me. I know God anointed me. I knew God would give me what I need each day.”

For Erica her faith in an unseen God who does not speak with a spoken voice is not a gamble, it’s a way of life.

How About You?

What gamble have you been talked out of and you wish that you had done?
What gamble might you be willing to take?

Bring on the comments

  1. For over 30 years I have suffered, yet never lost faith. Thirty years, 10 medications, countless visits to the emergency room. Now all of a sudden, a proposal for significant change, possibly a total change in the quality of my life.

    A few weeks ago, within 10 days I had 2 operations opening up my skull. Possibly as soon as February they will go in again for a much longer procedure, possibly correcting the problem and dependence on medications nearly all of my life. Why I am not afraid is hard to explain. The medications all have had their damaging effects, the seizures slowly cause damage. I guess I see it as possibly a permanent solution to something that has been a problem for almost all of my life. To me, it’s a lot better than going from medications A B and C to A B and D, or whatever the next possible pharmaceutical may be. Over a decade of trying to regain control has had it’s toll on me.

    So that’s the gamble on my calendar. If it will go forward or not I’ll be finding out shortly. I’m just enjoying (NOT!) the stitches and the need to keep half my head totally dry when I wash the hair.

  2. I’m not jealous of the challenges you have faced Travis, but I do admire your resilience!
    Like many meaningful character traits resilience can only be developed through faith and courage express throughout trials.
    I will be praying the surgery yields positive life-changing results.
    Please keep us updated.

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  5. John B. Gough: “What is a minority The chosen heroes of this earth have been in a minority. There is not a social, political, or religious privilege that you enjoy today that was not bought for you by the blood and tears and patient suffering of the minority. It is the minority that have stood in the van of every moral conflict, and achieved all that is noble in the history of the world.”

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