Joy, contentment, faith, and trust. These words come to mind when we think of the mindset Christians are called to. Many times we struggle to see them in our lives.
Tonight i got tested on these things. I was riding my motorcycle home after filling the gas tank. Going up a hill it lost all power. I reached down to spin the petcock over to reserve. As i reached down i felt more heat than was normal. So i looked and flames where shooting out from under the seat. I quickly pulled over and laid the bike down along the side of the road. Near by was an old carpet. Thinking I would be slick i grabbed the carpet and tossed it over the motorcycle. Within 15 seconds the smoke stopped and i thought it was over. I lifted the carpet and the flames exploded out again. At this point it was clear I was no longer going to have a motorcycle.
I was at a crossroad. How am i going to respond? Will I let my frustration get the best of me or will i trust that even in this God had a plan?
I decided to try to look for the best. Almost right then one of my co-workers appear. His name is Harry. He had a fire extinguisher he grabbed from his home and tried to spray down the bike. Turns out I just happened to stop right across the street from his house. As we talked he said “They are going to want to tow the bike. If you want to save the money we can drag it into my drive with my tractor and once it cools down you can come back for it.”
I had another coworker offer to come pick it up and take it back to the shop and my boss is taking going scrap run tomorrow so that will get included in the trip.
So far we have one hard situation but 3 quick blessings from God. But they do not stop there. Stef and I had a busy night planned. When i called her to come get me she was cooking dinner. By the time we left Harry’s we realized there was no time to eat. We had to meet people at the church by 5:45. We where running just about on time when the first meeting called to push back their time (another blessing from God). As we walk into the building there was a meeting that dinner was served at. They had finished eating and offered Stef and I their leftovers (another blessing from God). As we where eating we met with someone and had a really good conversation. Then right as that wrapped up the next set of people walked in. They where way quicker then i expected. By 8:pm we had 3 different meetings, eat dinner, and came home.
I could have gone thought the night upset about what happened but instead am amazed by how many details God worked out.
So I like having themes to go with sermon series. Now does this look? Does it fit the series?
Last night I was at an elder’s dinner meeting. While we were just chitchatting Pastor Bill (my lead pastor) leaned over and said he had some instructions for next time I preach. We have just started studying the book of Daniel so I will be preaching from Daniel Chapter 2. I think Pastor Bill is getting a little nervous about what I am going to say. See last time I preached I used the term “drop a deuce”. I thought it would help get people’s attention and drive home a point. In retrospect we can stamp that with a FAIL. What happened was everyone got so focused on the fact I said “Drop a deuce” that no one heard the point. I love shock factor and using it to get people’s attention but I am also learning it can be a huge distraction. Continue reading “Next time I preach other people will be nervous”
This evening Stef (my wife) wanted some time to sleep. She asked me to try to hold Ava (our 7 week daughter) off from eating for a little while longer. As I am trying to keep her quiet she just kept crying louder and louder. I noticed a tear running down her cheek and as I wiped it away the verse “he will wipe every tear from their eye (Rev 21:4)” popped into my head. From here my mind went to how someday we will live with God for eternity. He will be our God, but he is also our heavenly father. As I pondered over this I realized that I have not even started to understand what it means to cry out to God or the idea of the heavenly father.
Ava, this little baby is helpless. She can’t do anything on her own. We feed her, we change her, we put her to bed, and we take her places. She can’t even role over yet. When she wants or needs something all she can do is cry, grunt, make noises and squirm. We have to figure out what they all mean.
We on the other hand think we are able to take care of ourselves. We try to but we forget that every breath we breathe is a gift from God. I think the biggest difference between Ava and I is that she knows how helpless she is. I try to think I am not. She cries out when she is in need, I try to solve the problem on my own. As I was thinking about this it made me appreciate the Lord’s Prayer, “give us this day our daily bread…”
I need to work on crying out to God. Calling on Him and begging Him to move.