Friday, May 16, 2008

Graduation Day - Picture Gallery

This was in the chapel during the awards ceremony. The stained glass windows were beautiful.

This is the president of Mid America Christian University (MACU), President Fozard.

I was surprised by my instructor with an award. MACU presented me with Outstanding Student of the Year for Christian Ministries. This is an award that is given to a student based on the professors and instructors. Some of the kind words spoken were:

Shows passion for her work assignments...constantly thinking of ways to connect her current learning with the practice of ministry. Always prepared...Excellent work...appropriate and stimulating interaction encourager of others. Excellent work...studious and punctual with assignments. Exhibits mature leadership in her interaction with other students.

This was an honor for me. It was also a reminder to me of this weeks lesson. When I looked at myself, I could not see a college graduate. I thought I was dumb. Yet, when I allowed myself to begin to see God's vision for me, he began to lift me from the ground and those things that were holding me down. I was able to take off and begin to soar. I'm not stopping!! I don't plan on landing. I believe I can go as far as he will allow me. I begin in August at Liberty University for my M. Div with a concentration in Pastoral Counseling. After that, whatever the Lord shows me.

Jewel D. Williams, the Graduate!! Isn't God wonderful to his children? It is a blessing to see what God can do, when we let him.

Words of Encouragement

It was a wonder to watch the clouds beneath my plane. I could see the clear blue sky and the clouds looked like white snow covering the ground. It was a sight I could not have seen without help. God helps us to see the beauty of his world, when we come and seek his help.

that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said:“ Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. - Daniel 2:18-20

What can you see? The Revealer of the Vision. Daniel sought God to reveal to him the mystery of a vision that the king Nebuchadnezzar had. The king was going to destroy the wise men of Babylon because they could not tell him the mystery of his vision. Daniel sought God to reveal it to him so that he and his friends would not perish.

God was faithful and revealed to Daniel what the dream meant. Daniel rejoiced because it was the wisdom of God that revealed to him the hidden things. Daniel could not reveal the mystery without the help of the one that reveals the mysteries. God is the revealer of the visions. God is the one that will open to us the hidden things. When we come and seek him, he will open to us that which we request.
He won't always show us the full picture, because if we saw it all, then where would faith come in? Instead he reveals to us what he deems we need to see. We can then rejoice like Daniel at the wonder of those things that God shows us. He shows us to keep us from destruction. The "authority" or the king of this world wants to destroy us because we lack vision. We wants to destroy us because we cannot see clearly.
Yet, when we go and ask God he will give us what we lack. He will open our seeing so that we can be saved. So today, I pray for us that we seek God to show us his plan and his way. When we go to worship this weekend, let us go asking God to reveal himself to us in ways that we have not experienced before. Lord open our eyes so that we can see.