Game On, Still…

We made it. All the way to Texas and all the way back. Only one ER visit, not bad.

Arrived back home just in time to participate in our Game On! VBS for days 2-5. There were over 220 kids ministered to all week. There were over 70 volunteers who were doing the work of loving kids and telling/showing the Love of God. It was fun. It was exhausting. It was fulfilling. All by the Grace of God. Whenever we thought it was too tough, we just needed to remember this year’s theme verse.

“His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3

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How Long?

“Are we there yet?” — The mantra of the summer road trip.

I know I’m guilty of showing my impatience. Wishing the time away for that special moment I’ve been waiting for. But what have I missed? What has passed me by while looking so far ahead?

I’m sure you’ve also heard this motto: “Life’s a journey, not a destination”. Yes, but how do you deal with the potholes and detours and “check engine” light?

Psalm 13 speaks of another kind of waiting, longing. Four times in the first two verses Davids asks, “How long?” Pleading for God’s help. Agonizing over what seems to be abandonment. Then it’s amazing how quickly David gets to verse 5: “But…” He quickly turns to trust, rejoice, and have hope.

He knows his God will answer. He is loved by God with an everlasting love. You are loved. Our soul needs to know we are loved. Matthew Henry says it so well:

“Nothing is more killing to a soul than the want of God’s favor; nothing more reviving than the return of it.”

To be heard by God, and answered, is (should be) very humbling. The creator of all that is, listens. To me, to you. What a cause for great rejoicing! But for how long? The well-known band U2 recorded a song 40, which is loosely based on the following verses:

“I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.” Psalms 40:1–3 NLT

The end of the song repeats the question “how long, to sing this song?” Yes, how long?

“I will sing of the LORD’s unfailing love forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.” Psalms 89:1 NLT

Overloaded?

After the month I just had, I should really read a certain book again: Margin by Richard A. Swenson, M.D. The subtitle states, “restoring emotional, physical, financial, and time reserves to overloaded lives”. Throughout the book, Dr. Swenson proposes that we can, and must, reclaim the margin in our lives that has been stolen by progress. He proposed 5 axioms regarding progress that I found very interesting. Continue reading