Ignoring God’s Divine Intervention..

Sometimes God “interupts” our lives by putting a call in our lives to preach, to teach, to pray more, to love that homeless guy you drove past, to reach out to an old friend… Although, I have most recently learned these are not interruptions they are what Priscilla Shirer describes as a “Divine Intervention”.

I felt like I needed to share a current situation in my life right now to maybe open your eyes to how often we ignore God’s Divine Intervention because we just don’t see it for exactly what it is.  A divine call from the God who created you, the world, and Everything Inside of it.  

When someone hits a point in their life where the end is near we find ourselves filled with a tornado of emotions.  We get the phone call or the text and we instantly get that lump in our throats as we start to feel an overwhelming sadness that can be quickly followed by guilt IF we haven’t spent enough time with that person.  I experienced that late last night when I discovered my aunt Linda was put into Hospice. 

 I remember when my nana passed away it was the hardest death I’ve ever faced in my 23 years of life & at the funeral I promised my aunt Linda I would spend more time.. I would make it a point to see her, to talk with her, to just be with her the way I wish I would have before I lost my nana. As the months passed I found myself “busier” and “busier”.. I can’t help but think “wow I fell short of that promise”.. Today, I dove into the book of Jonah and the way he ran from God and I think to myself “isn’t that sometimes what we do”? In my situation God had clearly put it on my heart to spend time with my aunt Linda but I decided to ignore that.

You see, sometimes, we don’t realize that God can call us to do many things.  Sometimes we have it in our heads that if God is going to speak it’s going to be just like Jonah.  He is going to speak and tell us to go save a city.  I have to wonder, what if when God speaks it isn’t to move mountains but it’s to go spend time with your aunt?  To go see your little brother?  To carry a kit in your car you hand to homeless people you see?  What if when God speaks to us it isn’t always about reviving a broken city, what if it’s to revive our own relationships?

Today, I challenge you to stop what you are doing and talk to God.  Of course I mean prayer, but I mean deeper than the “Dear God I love you Amen” prayer I mean, “Lord, I promise to be obedient when you speak to me please speak to me.”  Then, listen.  After you have listened I challenge you to go one step deeper and ACT.  I challenge you to take what the Lord has placed upon your heart and run there.  

On the day of my Nanas funeral I heard and listened to God’s words he spoke to me but I failed to act on his Divine Intervention.  My prayer for you today is that you know to ACT once your hear him even if you aren’t required to change a city.  

“But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish.  He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port.  After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.” – Jonah 1:3

  
Do not flee from the Lord, listen to his divine intervention in your life BIG or small.  Take action to be a “Doer” to the things he places on your heart.  May God be with my beautiful Aunt Linda in these final moments and please allow my Nana to be standing there with open arms next to the Lord as they welcome her into the kingdom. 

Two years, eternity to go.. ❤️

“Um excuse me do I know you?” – Chelsea Rogers

“oh, sorry I thought you were someone else.” – Tyler MacAdam

  Two Facebook messages that would change two lives forever.  Rewind five years ago.. It was a day in December right around Christmas and I had received a Facebook message from a guy I didn’t know and that led to the happiest fairy tale any girl could dream of.  He said he added the wrong person, but God knew that was entirely not true.  

  A Facebook message turned into 1 date.. 1 date turned into 5 dates.. And 5 dates turned into a relationship.  That relationship lasted 8 months before we decided we wanted to run to the alter and get married!  However, after much consideration we got engaged then waited a few years before actually having our wedding.  Two years ago we stood at The Little White Chapel in Las Vegas and got married.  BUT let’s back up.  We got the Vegas for a huge Herbalife (our company) event & decided 3 days before to get married.  You see, we had always talked about getting married in Vegas but were worried about our families making the drive.  Finally, we decided we were so ready and it was our time & we were going to do it!  My beautiful mom took me to get a wedding dress, I packed it in my suitcase, and before 24 hours had came we were flying to Vegas.

  I remember unpacking.. Hanging my wedding dress in the closet.. Unpacking my wedding shoes.. I remember the anxiety.. What if I don’t look perfect enough?  What if the shoes aren’t right? What if I get something on my dress?  What if there is something in my teeth?  Maybe I was just so scared he would realize the crazy girl he was marrying and run.. LOL!  Really though, I was so nervous.  Then, the day came .. & went .. Just like that it was gone.

  The first year was the hardest.  We fought all the time, & threatened divorce constantly.. Until we found God.  About 3 months into our marriage we accepted God as our savior & got baptized only 4 months after that and our marriage changed like night and day.  We were saved & so was our marriage.  With God in the center we moved forward.. Then we experienced 

“The firsts”..

  The first time we opened a business.. The first time we went to church together.. The first time we decided ministry was a call on my life & we were taking that call.. The first time we decided kids were something we wanted.. The first time we found out it wasn’t as easy as they say.. The first time we moved.. And the 3 times after that.. The first time we experienced loss in our families, together.. The first time we opened a second business together.. The first time we hit rock bottom.. The first time we truly made it.. The first time we realized we had the most beautiful, happy, incredible marriage in the world with God right in the center.. Yes, that was a first too!

  
The last year has brought so many “firsts” for us as husband and wife and every single day it feels so new. Every day that I wake up, roll over, & see him it feels like the very first day I called him my husband. I can’t find the words I need to thank God for this beautiful gift, but I just wanted the world to know there is someone God created JUST for YOU. There is someone out there just waiting to help you achieve your wildest dreams.  I promise you, there is a man for you who will blow your mind every single day.

Thank you Tyler MacAdam, for asking me to be your wife and for saying “I Do” at that small chapel in Vegas.  Thank you for every memory we’ve created since that day, two years ago that seem like yesterday ❤️ I love you. Happy two year anniversary. 

“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Mark 10:9

God, are you there?

“Chelsea.. I think I want to end it all.” 

“Chelsea.. My grandma is dying & I can’t imagine life without her.”

“Chelsea.. I hate my mom.”

“Chelsea.. How am I supposed to tell people about Jesus when I don’t know if I believe?”

These are very real text messages I have received in the last 4 weeks or so.  At one point three of them very similar to these were on the same day, the above texts are only a few of the many.  The point?  This is real.  These are teenagers. These are their very real battles that very few people see or hear.  These are the true battles of being a teenager.  The hardest part? These are real struggles of the youth ministry.

God,

Are you there?  Today I feel a sense of overwhelming fear that I can’t be the woman you need me to be.  Father, I am so afraid that I will fall short of who these teens need me to be.. Of who YOU need me to be.  I feel like I’m in the ocean, the waves are tumbling over me and I can’t get a breath.  I feel afraid that I won’t make a difference in their lives.  I am scared I won’t be the one person they need to understand.  Lord, I am just a sinner who didn’t believe in you for 22 years.. What value could I ever bring to these teens?  How could I make a difference?  Be with me Lord because I am afraid. 

-A 24 year old new in the youth ministry.

Cue God.. 

“Chelsea, I have to write about a hero at school.. Will you be my hero?”

“Chelsea.. Thank you for being there for me, your the only person who understands me.”

“Chelsea, I don’t know what I would do without you.”

*DISCLAIMER: Please realize this blog is not to realize how good I am, it’s to realize how big God is*

  A few hours after I prayed the prayer you read above, these texts started flooding my notifications list.  You see, I was asking God why me? I was asking him to rescue me & I was telling him how overwhelmed I was feeling.  God explained to me that I was overwhelmed because I was hearing from him.

  Priscilla Shirer best described it in her bible study “The Interupted Life” when she called it “The Privilaged Life”.  It was in doing this study I realized what a blessing my crazy, stressful, overwhelming life is.  The problem wasn’t my God, it was my ability to realize what exactly my work was, his.  God never promised his work was easy. No where in the Bible does it explain how simple the ministry will be but what a blessing it is and what a privilege to know exactly what the Lord has called you to be and do. 

God, are you there? Quickly erased from my mind when I realized every single time a teen dialed my number is was because God believed in me.  Every time a teen needed me it was because God was calling me.  Every time a student feels broken & texts me it reminds me how there my God truly is.  Everyday I fall short of God, but everyday when I start to feel overwhelmed it hits my heart because it reminds me the devil is losing & my God is talking to me.  The 24 year old broken, sometimes afraid woman has the privilage of hearing him.

Let moments of chaos, stress, & fear be the moments you are reminded how mighty our Lord is & how beautiful it is he has called you to be that person for someone in this broken world.  What a privileged life. 

“Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure”     

-Psalm 147:5