is rest directly proptional to trust???

I’ve been thinking about trust alot – trusting God.  if i were to be truthful w myself, i need to get better with trusting God & this is becoming increasingly evident to me as i look at the things & people in which i’ve been trusting.  if you’re like me, we put our trust in things that seem to be normal: mate, parents, friends, abilities, education, experience, . . . .  We also know that all of these things & people will & have disappointed us from time to time.  At various times, if i’m honest, i’ve also been disappointed in God – at least in the short run. 

Here’s something i’m becoming really convinced about:  trust is an essential component for intimacy.  i also think that intimacy & rest are inter-connected.  I’ve been musing on these things, this morning, based on the conversation between Moses & God in Ex 33:13-14, where Moses says, “‘If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”  14 The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

still thinking 🙂

broken

Our house could use some repairs, actually, alot of repairs and it would be FAR from accurate to call either Reece or myself “tool time Tim / Tina.”  We just have things that are broken around our house, or you could say that its well lived in. 

Whatever words you use, things get broken, meaning they stop working for various reasons.  My point in discussing this is in relation to a verse i recently read – ps 147:3, about God fixing the broken hearted.  It seems to me that we most often think of broken hearted in the context of a failed romantic relationship or some kind of heart hurt.  But when i think of broken, i think of something that doesn’t work like its supposed to.  If i take this idea & apply it to being broken hearted, it would mean that my heart is broken & doesn’t function the way its supposed to.  Given this concept, it makes complete sense that God takes our hearts, which do not function as they are supposed to without Him & He repairs them to function with Him as He has intended them to function.  The essential component in heart repair is God.  And if we get down to the essentials, our human relationships are deeply affected by our relationship w The Divine.  Can we truly have long-term healthy & constructive human relationships without healthy interaction & interface w God?  I think this is an important question to ponder.

futile things

Yesterday, I read 1 Sam 12:21,  “”You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile.  NASU

This verse kind of floored me throughout the day & is lingering into today.  Futile things – what are the futile things that i chase after which have no profit or power to deliver?  There are many futile things in our lives – things that are unnecessary, frothy, frivolous, irrelevant & just plain nonsense.  And yet, how much time do we devote to “futile things”?  How much attention & energy do we give to “futile things”?  I wonder (saying this in a tongue & cheek fashion) if there’s a direct correlation to the lack of fulfillment we may experience compared to the quantity of effort / time we spend pursuing “futile things”. 

If you think about it, what are some futile things that you may presently be pursuing & are such things / people mere vapors compared to the fulfillment you could experience in pursuing God?  Just something to consider on this beautiful spring day 😉

we follow strength but fellowship w suffering

I like what Paul says in Philip 3:10 about knowing Christ, the power of His resurrection, fellowship of His suffering, . . . .

I’ve been thinking about this alot & here’s something to consider:  i can find myself following strong people;  people who have vision, strength of personality & character & those who are strong within themselves.  I’ve been around LOTS of strong people – some politicians, Christian leaders, social leaders, etc & they’re very interesting people.

However, when it comes to connecting on a personal level, i find myself drawn to people who are flawed, who share their struggles & vulnerabilities.  I think this is because i can easily relate to someone else’s frailties & failures in some ways better than a person’s strength.  There’s a distinct fellowship & intimacy that can be experienced in hardship, weakness.  Truth be known, i think most of us find it difficult to share our weaknesses.  Our society applaudes strength, power, victory & not weakness, vulnerability & failure.  Nevertheless, we’re invited to share in the fellowship of the sufferings of Jesus – bringing an intimacy w Him that is both distinct & beautiful.

think twice & be nice

Here are some interesting observations:

  • i was flying somewhere & observed some person get really upset w a flight attendant & chew out the attendant.
  • i was at starbux & saw a person blow off the barista making their beverage

In both of these instances, i was perplexed.  Why would you take out the frustrations of your day on the person responsible for your safety & well being while flying on an airplane?  What good would be accomplished by making a flight attendant angry w you?  Furthermore, why would you dismiss or ignore the person making a drink that you will be consuming? 

Why do we let out or frustrations on someone who is serving us?  Even if they get something wrong or make a mistake, why wouldn’t we extend some of the abundant grace that we’ve received?  Aside from what Jesus tells us to be kind & loving, its just good common sense to think twice & be nice, even if you’re feeling a bit stressed out. 🙂