Shattered Glass

You are standing against the glass with your child, the one who holds your heart.  On the other side of the glass is the most terrifying creature.  If you were to imagine the most horrifying, starving, murderous animal that would haunt your nightmares, what would it be?   Now imagine the glass shattering.  What would your first instincts be?   To blame the faulty glass?  To run? To sacrifice yourself by throwing yourself in front of your child?  To freeze unable to move?  To trust, no matter the circumstance, no matter the heartbreak, no matter the potential loss?

A strange thought, I know.  But what if I told you to pray for the glass to be shattered in your life?  What if I told you to risk everything and everyone you hold dear?  Crazy.  Madness.  Foolish.

Okay, an explanation is due.  This is my challenge for us both.  Think of the one thing, person, idea, possibility that matters most to you.  Go ahead, give it a shot.  Now offer it to the Lord.  Let him shatter the glass wall of perfection and safety that you have neatly placed in front of the danger of the unseen.  And trust.

Do you know that even if the evil in this world attacks the thing you love most, the Lord is still good?  I feel a fool to say that the thing I hold most dear to myself right now is the idea of having a family.  I want to get married.  I want to have children.  More than anything else.  But I have to trust the Lord.  My Isaac is a possibility, a hope, a desire.

What happens if I let go?  If I let the glass shatter, completely ruining my protection that I have placed around that one person, that one relationship, that one thing, that one dream, that one desire, that one hope?  Then maybe my eyes would be open to the Lord’s angels armies surrounding me and all I hold dear.

The more I risk, the more I trust, the more I can see in the world of the unseen. 

So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide.  And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”  Genesis 22:14



One Month of Time

Time is a funny thing.  It is constant.  No matter how fast or slow a period of life feels, it is still confined to the barricade of a manmade timeline.  I have been in the United States of America for one month today.  Whether that time has been fast or slow is irrelevant.  A month is a month.  During this month I began a new journey of processing this past year…a journey that will probably take the rest of my life to complete.  I spent eleven months in eleven equatorial countries serving as a missionary around the world.

While processing this past year the concept and purpose of this blog was born.  I desire to seek after God and obey Him wherever He calls me.  God provides.  God gave Habakkuk hinds feet to climb mountains, He gave Elisha the power to make the dry bones breathe and in the wilderness God fed Elijah by the ravens.  In other words, God provides.  May this blog be a testament to God’s provision as I live a life with an eternal prospective.  I am putting my timeline aside and seeking after God with all I have to offer, my life as a sacrifice to the One True Living God, Jehovah.

What an interesting journey this shall be.  Eternal in the finite.  I will hold on to the promise of hinds feet when God calls me to the mountains, the power to make the dead bones breathe when God calls me to bring life to the dead, and physical needs being met by the ravens when God calls me to a time in the wilderness.

I hope you enjoy this blog as I write stories, thoughts, lessons and devotions.  Who knows, maybe God will teach us something along the way.