Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Chasing or Being Dragged

    The name of my blog is Chasing God's Heart. Today a question entered my brain. Am I chasing God's heart or is He dragging me toward Him? Am I running toward Him or away? Or am I standing still and hoping He's here with me?     
    God chases some and He waits for others. He chased Adam. He came to the Garden even after He knew about the fruit. He asked the first rhetorical question ever asked. Adam, where are you? He knew. He's God, of course He knew. Adam was hiding but maybe Adam didn't know he was lost. But God chased after him. The relationship had been broken. Not only Adam's relationship with God but humanity's relationship with God was forever broken. But God didn't give up on Adam or on us. He pursued Adam and He continues to pursue us.
    In the story of the Prodigal Son, we see that sometimes God waits. The father in this parable represents God the Father. Was He a good father or a negligent father? I mean He gave the younger son what he asked for. Basically the younger son said I can't wait for you to die, I want what's mine now. The father could have said no, but he didn't. We don't know anything about the conversation other than the son asked and the father gave. The father let the son go. Was it a good idea? Was it best for the son? Was dad simply a pushover? We don't know. All we know is the son got what he wanted. 
    Do we sometimes get what we want? Yes. Is it always best. No. But we think it is. We enjoy the freedom it gives. We enjoy the power we have. We simply like it. 
    Just as God didn't give up on Adam and chased after him, God the Father doesn't give up on the Prodigal. He waits for us to come to our senses. He doesn't become embarrassed by our wanderings. The father didn't ridicule the younger son when he returned home. He welcomed him with open arms full of unconditional love.
    So whether I'm chasing or being chased or if God's just waiting, I know He loves me. He is for me and best of all He is with me. 

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will never leave or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8

Monday, April 16, 2018

Who Has Control?

    The weather here for SPRING has been interesting to say the least. We've had snow on 3 Sundays in a row. There have been a day or two of Spring-like temperatures but Winter seems to be holding on for dear life. Did you know that the calendar does not control the weather? Although Spring began almost a month ago, it didn't mean that Spring would automatically begin. We want to blame the weatherman for not knowing what he's talking about. But, they are only human. They do their best to read maps and atmospheric patterns. But the only one who has total control on the weather is the One who made it in the first place. 
    We live under the same illusion that we can control our lives. Yes, there are some things we can control like what we'll wear today or eat today. But there are so many things that are out of our control. We want to be in control. Many want ultimate control over everything that happens to us, i.e. the term control freak. But even the most die-hard control freak can't control it all. The unforeseen illness, or accident, or bill, or conversation. But, again, there is One who IS in control. He is the Creator and Sustain-er of life. Nothing catches Him by surprise. Nothing catches Him off guard. So...why don't we just surrender our control to Him? It's because of this grand illusion we've accepted as truth. We control our destiny, we control the outcome of things. But...we don't. Hear the Father say once again, trust Me...with everything, not just the big things, or the things you don't want to handle. Let the One who holds the world in His hand hold your life. There's room, He has huge hands. Remember trust falls? I don't particularly like them but they do build trust. Why not fall back into the loving arms of God? He'll catch you. He never misses. 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don't lean on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Happy Birthday

Today is Jeromy's 16th birthday. 16...how can that be? Time flies. He is an amazing young man. This is the place where a dad can brag. 

Jeromy is the most imaginative person I know. His brain must go 90 to nothing. He loves music and theater and reading and legos and so many other things I can hardly keep up. 

He is such a great person. He is concerned for his friends. He is concerned for others. His care for them is genuine. 

I don't know what all God has in store for him but I know that whatever it is, this dad will always be proud of him. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JEROMY!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#YOLO

     I heard one of those ministry devotional minutes on the radio this morning. Actually, I didn't hear all of it but just a part. But that part got my attention. The lady said something along the lines of...if this was our only life then maybe we would have a reason to be hopeless. But this isn't our only life or maybe it is our only life but it doesn't end with our final breath. We are unique creations of God. Unlike plants and animals, we have life after life. As a Christian, I have this hope that this isn't the end. 
     YOLO (You Only Live Once) is a popular acronym today. So you should live it to the fullest. Anything goes because...YOLO. Maybe it should be YOLF (You Only Live Forever), so make the decision to follow Christ so that your eternity is at its fullest. Christ said, "I've come that you may have life and life to the fullest."  Just before that He said, "The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy..." Maybe YOLO is a ploy to concentrate solely on this life and ignore the eternity that awaits all of us.
    The lady who shared the radio spot reminded me that even on my worse days, this is not the end. I have a hope, a joy, a love, a Savior waiting for me. Not only waiting but I have all of this now...today. It's all part of the 'I've come that you may have life.' Life to the fullest here and hereafter. 
    Thank you, Father, for breathing your breath of life into my lungs and giving me more than just an existence but truly giving me LIFE!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

What If...

Blogging 2 days in a row. I must be crazy...

What if...everyone's opinion is more important than ours.

What if...truth is truth whether everyone believes it or not.

What if...all people matter even if we don't like them.

What if... "love one another" is a command and not an option.

What if...we start thinking before we speak or act or react.

What if...we stop pointing fingers and start looking in the mirror.

What if...God does love the world, not just the USA.

What if...making disciples is our mandate, not our choice.

What if...God chooses to bless the church across town because of their faithfulness, not their worship style.

What if...God uses a donkey instead of a polished orator.

What if...our ladder of success we're climbing is just us climbing out of a hole to level ground.

What if...our humility is honestly pride in disguise.

What if...we live what we believe.

What if...we love as we are loved.

What if...we major on the major things.

What if...we exercise our faith instead of our rights.

What if...black and white are distinct colors and not just a shade of gray.

What if...warming the bench isn't enough.

What if...God is serious about loving our enemies and praying for them.

What if...God is answering our prayers but we don't know it.

Just some thoughts to chew on.