Posts Categorized: Thinking Out Loud

D.U.I. of…

DSN9158-2-LIt was a radio conversation with two people talking about the law of driving under the influence. Their debate was concerned with what people might be driving under the influence of. The discussion concerned itself with various drugs and differing amounts of alcohol.

When anyone gets behind the wheel of a car they are driving under the influence of something. It may not be a drug or alcohol, but we’re all under some influence; that which we submit ourselves to; knowingly or unknowingly.

I have witnessed many drivers under differing influences. Some are under the influence of time, risking their own safety and the safety of others because they are in a hurry. I have witnessed those under the influence of anger as they interact with others whom they believe are driving wrong. I have seen people driving under the influence of conversation displaying gestures and mouths rapidly moving in expression. I have seen people driving under the influence of music moving with a beat and rocking to the rhythm. I have noticed some who seem to be under the influence of dreaming as they navigate the roadways with little attention given to anything around them; as if they’re in a daze. I suppose I have driven under the influence of others as I look around to see the behavior of those drivers around me.

Ephesians 5 says we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit. As I submit to God and the Holy Spirit indwells me, how does that effect my driving? Is it possible someone could pull up alongside me, look over and say, “Wow, he’s driving under the influence of the Holy Spirit.” Could a police officer pull me over for this? Perhaps behind the wheel is a good place to let your light so shine that men may see your good works and give glory to our Heavenly Father (Matthew 5:16).

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Disoriented Joy

DSN9118-2-MI woke up and the first thing I saw was a digital clock. I thought, “Don’t be afraid, there’s a good reason why you’re where you are. It will come to you.”

I had opened my eyes after a restless night’s sleep but didn’t recognize my surroundings. It seemed like quite a while, but the experiences only lasted a few seconds.

Traveling a lot I’ve had this experience a few times. It isn’t really scary, but startling. The feeling is quickly gone and orientation comes quickly, but those first few moments…

I wonder how Jesus felt that morning when he awoke in a place he had no recollection of? He had been carried and placed there unknowingly, after all he was dead. Unconscious of the passage of time he wakes around sunrise in a little room of which he was not familiar. Then joy came.

If the Lord lingers, those of us in Christ will have a similar experience. I wonder how long between the times our eyes open and insurmountable joy begins?

Please know Jesus and have the best resurrection weekend possible.

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Still the Enemy

0321151242bShe’d look out across the water, in her own little world. Then she’d look down at her feet and watch the cold water running over her flip-flops; across her toes. It’s mid-march and the water is still very cold, but it didn’t seem to bother her.

For several minutes she stood seemingly mesmerized by the view across the lake and the feel and movement of water across her bare toes. How I wish I could have entered her mind to know what she was thinking. Or, perhaps, to hear what she was hearing.

0321151242I also wish she could have entered mine. To know what an impact her little time of devotion had in encouraging me.

Psalm 8 contains the words, “Out of the mouths of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.”

For a moment I was caught up and away, just as Sarah was. I was encouraged; for at that moment God was near and the enemy was far away. Caught up in the wonder of little things that are in no way insignificant.

To recognize the wonder, to stand in awe…. to be still and know that He is God is to still the enemy.

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Looking Forward to a Birthday

DSN9118-2-MAnother birthday, just another day.

My mind wanders to all those who never made it this far. A sister, a brother, a grand-father, several cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, relatives, friends of friends… Too long a list.

There is a day coming when it will be not another day; but the day. A trumpet will sound, a voice will be heard and a new birthday will begin, the birthday. In Christ, people who are alive will be reborn, changed, completed; perfected. In Christ, those who are dead will be reborn from the womb of their graves, changed, completed; perfected. We’ll never celebrate birthdays after that, for the praise of that day will never cease.

I’m longing for that birthday. To see those whom I have known well, those I would like to have known better, and those I never had a chance to enjoy. Please, I’m begging you – be there.

The gospel of Jesus is the gospel of the coming Kingdom. That birthday can’t come soon enough.

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Heritage Trumps Genealogy

DSN9118-2-MI enjoy looking at family trees. I’ve found interesting stuff in my own, but looking at someone else’s is still entertaining.

I am the result of a Wagganer – Graham union. But my parents were the result of Wagganer – Sikes and Graham – Isbell unions. And my grandparents were the results of… the funnel get larger and larger with each generation. It causes me to wonder about my great grandparents and great great grandparents, and my… all those relatives that went before; and what their traits were. How am I like them; how am I different.

I also enjoy reading the genealogies in the Bible. There is some fascinating stuff we tend to miss if we’re not careful. Tamar, Rahab and Ruth are all fascinating stories that wind up in the lineage of Christ. But we also find Bithia, the daughter of Pharaoh that married a Hebrew and chose to leave with the Israelites exiting Egypt. There’s the story of Jabez. There are lots of discoveries to be made.

When the Israelites are traversing the wilderness and different men are selected to lead the twelve tribes, the leader of Judah is Nahshon. In Matthew and Luke we find him in the lineage of Christ. I wonder what it was about this man that granted him to be the chief of the largest tribe in Israel, and also to be a part in Christ’s genealogy.

I wonder about all the parents in the past of whom I am a descendant. What types of things did I inherit? Are they things I should be thankful for, or otherwise? And what about my own children; grand-children? When the list is completed that includes me somewhere along the line, will anybody care?

Perhaps the greatest genealogical insight comes from the book of Galatians. In chapter 3, verse 29, it says that if I am Christ’s then I’m Abraham’s offspring and an heir according to God’s promise. Maybe it’s not as important what I may have inherited from my past as it is what I am going to inherit in the future.

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