call of the wild, call of the deep

Its interesting to take a step away & look “objectively” at our desires.  I think that we often get so wrapped up in achieving our desires that we neglect to consider what is motivating the desires that we have.  Sometimes, you can tell alot about a person by the things they like & desire.  For example, when I look at myself lately, I find that I’m very interested in deeper conversations & things that feel shallow to me at the present are very unappealing.  In fact, I had a very superficial & short conversation today w someone that I’ve known for a really long time.  When I got off the phone, almost the entire conversation felt like a slap in the face, I guess because I had been hoping for a discussion at greater depths.

So my take away is this: I think my desire for greater depths could possibly be a beckoning from God to move away from the shallows & into the depths w Him.  Maybe the call of the wild seems wild to my soul because it is God beckoning to the depths in my heart to embark on deeper adventures with Him.  I think that we need to be careful not to mistranslate our desires into shallow soul pursuits that distract us from genuinely spiritual destinations.

Probably one of my favorite verses in the Bible is Ps 42:7 – deep calls to deep & Your waves have swept over me (sarah paraphrase).

anticipation :)

Looking forward to something is lots of fun!  I like to look forward to lots of things:  picking up my kids from school, having a family meal together, snowboarding, a good cup of coffee, deep conversations, hanging out with friends, getting to express Jesus’ extravagant & opulent love, dreaming about Jesus, making a pecan pie, reading a good book, . . . .   We all have things that we look forward to – maybe your list is similar to my list 🙂

Here’s something I think that God looks forward to:  I think He waits with huge & eager anticipation for when we discover Jesus.  The reason I think this is because of the whole shepherd experience in announcing Jesus’ birth.  If you read through this in Luke 2:8-17, you can see some pretty cool things.  First of all, the shepherds were hanging w their sheep in the field at night, generally a dark & quiet time, when they could have all been sleeping.  Then there are a couple of “suddenly”s – an angel appearing to the shepherds with glory all around the angel & then heavenly hosts breaking out in praise.  These activities certainly interrupted the normal night “quiet & still” – no silent night with these angels!  They stirred up the shepherds so much that we read that the shepherds hurried to find out what the angels were all wound up about – why they had busted into their normal routine to make such a grandiose & noisy announcement. 

I think God was TOTALLY pumped to interrupt the shepherd’s routine, based on the way the angels were behaving!!  Furthermore because God’s character is consistent every day, I think God gets UBER EXCITED to introduce us to Jesus – maybe not even just for the first time.  In this season, I’d encourage you to get some still & quiet to give God the opportunity to break into your life – to get you stirred up about Jesus being part of your life & not just a religious introduction or a traditional song about one of holiday’s of the year.  Anticipation:  God looks forward to getting to be with you 🙂

hold on a second!!

When I was growing up, my dad would collect antique furniture & he filled our garage with his collections.  Over time, he added a shelf to the front of the garage so he could fill it it antiques, then he put in some suspended shelving from the ceiling of the garage so he could store more antiques.  Pretty soon, the paths that we used to get to the garbage cans were getting squeezed in w antiques.  And here’s the feeling I would always get when I went into the garage – suffocation.  Sometimes, I’d imagine for a brief second when I went into the garage that all of it might teeter from the little perches, strings & balanced corners to come collapsing down on me & that I’d get buried only to be possibly found by a curious parent after a few hours, if I was lucky.  After one such imaginative nightmare, I decided to only open the garage from the outside door & not try to ever go through the garage – for fear of an antique avalanche.

Now when I think about this, its kind of funny, but it wasn’t when I was living w my parents.  I taught myself avalanche avoidance techniques.  As an adult, I wish I would apply these lessons to managing my life better.  You see, sometimes I fill up my life with so much stuff (activities, responsibilities, achievements, pressures, deadlines, expectations, etc) that I feel like its just a matter of time until I become an avalanche victim.  This week is one of those times.

Here are some possible avalanche avoidance techniques:

Maybe God watches from the sidelines in amused disgust as I try to juggle everything without much success.

Maybe God waits for me to stop trying to be super woman & ask for His help.

Maybe God watches for the opportunity to teach me to say “yes” to His directives and not almost everything that passes my way.

Maybe God wants me to learn that He is the only eye in the hurricane

Maybe God wants to teach me more about living out the truth of Sabbath.

Maybe God wants me to wait on Him – to be still and know that He is God

Maybe all this flurry of activity lessens the keenness of my ear to hear His still small voice.

Maybe, just maybe, you & I can learn together & with His help, not continue to make the same kinds of mistakes.

I’m just saying, maybe we don’t have to be avalanche victims.