You & I have lots of responsibilities & things we have to do. Every day we have the “must do” stuff & even the daily mundane. Sometimes my days don’t seem very divine & yet when I’m attentive, I can see & sense God’s presence. When I ask God to help me in my daily living, I begin to be more aware of God & I see God doing stuff & catch glimmers of God’s influence.
Daily + Divine = Incarnation 🙂
There’s been some interesting news lately about Pablo Picasso & one of his famous paintings, Blue Room. In this painting, Picasso painted a woman, but art experts have found another painting behind the surface painting. The image behind the woman is a portrait of a bearded man & experts are trying to figure out who the man was, along with many other mysterious & important details. It appears that Picasso used his canvass for more than one painting (not an uncommon practice with artists).
Perhaps this is also true with the greatest Artist of all, our Creator. Perhaps God has not only made the external masterpiece that we can all see on the outside of each other & maybe there’s also an internal masterpiece inside of us that God has also created. Let’s be careful that we don’t get stuck in looking at the outside of people, but let’s allow God to show us the masterpiece inside someone & not merely the external painting 🙂
Over the weekend, Sgt Bowe Bergdahl was released to US armed forces after being held in Afghanistan for almost 5 years. I’ve kind of followed this story from a distance & it’s becoming somewhat controversial. There have been concerns raised on many levels including the 5 Taliban leaders who were released from Guantanemo Bay in exchange for Sgt Bergdahl. There are also questions related to how Sgt Bergdahl became a hostage in Afghanistan.
My kids tell me not to believe everything I read on the internet & I think that’s wise advice. But as a follower of Jesus, how do I respond to things that seem shifty in our rapidly changing world? Are there timeless truths and unchanging principles? Absolutely yes. In Jesus’ life, we see that He demonstrated great love and generosity. Even as He hung on the cross He asked the Father to forgive those who were killing Him. Jesus personifies what it means to genuinely love in the middle of deception, intrigue, duplicity and betrayal. Let’s pray for the Bergdahl family as they have some big challenges in front of them
I was recently in Ethiopia & on a drive into the countryside, we took a pause to get out & stretch our legs. As I was enjoying the nice weather, beautiful surroundings, listening to new bird sounds and taking in some nice fresh air, I quickly became alert that I needed to watch where I was stepping because of some conveniently deposited refuse from nearby wildlife (translation: cow pies). Nimble is a word that comes to mind as I write this 🙂
Sometimes we can get really focused in on our daily living and endeavoring the various “cow pies” that can unexpectedly jump onto our path. Of course we must be careful where & how we walk (making wise & spiritual choices), but let’s also lift up our eyes & look up. It’s really tempting to go through life looking for ways to avoid cow pies, but that’s never as rewarding as going through life with our eyes on Jesus, our Good Shepherd 🙂
Oh the glories of waking up at midnight with complete alertness! I’m currently in Ethiopia & it seems like this is a great opportunity for me to catch up with blogging, since my schedule presently is “unbooked” ,) My internal clock says it’s around 4pm but the external clock here says its about 1am, or something like that.
With that being said, this trip to Ethiopia has really big personal significance for me. It was here in Ethiopia about 5 years ago that God began to stir in my heart Saving Moses, having met twin newborn girls that had been abandoned on a field. It has also been my experience that getting to minister in Ethiopia is an extremely unique privilege for me. There’s something here that is deeply spiritual & personal for me so that whenever I get to visit here, I always seem to come away with greater awareness of God & God’s presence in my life. So far, this trip has been very engaging & deepening for me with God.
I’ll try to keep you posted on what’s happening here, as the time & sleep allows, but in the meantime, as you read this, I pray that you will sense God’s deep and full love for you! 🙂
I really like basketball & the recent racial disgrace with the NBA Clippers & Mr Sterling has been disturbing. Adding more fuel, there’s been some public comments about Magic Johnson & then Magic replying about these comments. The nature of the banter gives us a place to look into ourselves & consider our own actions & words.
Some things to consider:
*If someone verbally attacks you, do you attack back? Magic Johnson replied that he would pray for Mr Sterling after Mr Sterling made some questionable comments.
*If we expect perfection from public figures, we are indeed naive & perhaps our focus is misplaced
*Whats the high ground? It seems to me that all high ground almost universally includes forgiveness.
*If you’re looking for someone after whom to model your behavior & to idolize, pick Jesus 🙂
There are more things that we don’t see & hear than we realize. If you think about it, our eyes & ears are designed to absorb a select range of frequencies. With that being said, we have to understand that there are sights & sounds happening around us of which we are unaware.
So let’s be careful that we don’t put all of our faith only in what we see & hear.
1Cor 2:9 says that there are things that our eyes haven’t seen & our ears haven’t heard, nor has entered into our hearts all the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.
Don’t sink your faith in natural thinking 🙂