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God Is Up To Something

Posted in life with tags , , , , , , on January 20, 2010 by David

Have you ever had one of those seasons of life where you just can’t help but know that God is up to something? Events fit  together, people are in the right place at the right time a fire has been lit within you and you are excited to see how God is going to fan that little fire into a blazing inferno.

A little over four years ago when hurricane Katrina struck the gulf coast this happened to me. I was captivated by the event. It consumed my thoughts and  my life was changed through opportunities to be a part of the relief efforts. In fact it was that event that truly launched me into ministry.

As I watch the coverage of the devastation in Haiti I can’t help but feel many of the same  emotions I felt four years ago. The weird juxtaposition of wealth and poverty does something to your spirit.

It makes you feel blessed and guilty all at the same time.

It leaves you grateful and heartbroken.

And I think it’s those mixed emotions that create what Bill Hybel’s refers to as a person’s “holy discontent.” It’s that thing that keeps you up at night. The topic that consumes your mental capacity, despite your best efforts to disconnect it from your train of thoughts.

It’s the thing that leaves you feeling icky.

The thing that you want to avoid so desperately and yet the thing you know you need to push into the hardest.

I find that it’s in those times that God is up to something in my life. He’s challenging me to step up to the plate. It’s no longer time to take practice cuts in the on deck circle.  I need to dig in my cleats and take a big fatty swing at the pitch He’s throwing me.

I don’t want to strike out, but if I don’t get in the game, I will never hit the ball over the fence and that’s what I want to do.

I want to take the passion that is coursing through my veins like adrenaline and channel it towards whatever pitch God is winding up to throw me.

God is up to something and I’m ready to swing away.

An Afternoon At "The Safe"

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , on April 13, 2008 by David

I love people’s generosity.

Today before our second service a father and daughter came up to me and asked what I was doing this afternoon. Not having any plans until this evening I told them “nothing.” Good thing. They proceeded to give me two third baseline box seat tickets to the Mariners game today. My wife Monika and I went.

I love baseball. I always have. In a lot of ways it is my first love when it comes to sports.

In 1990 I started collecting baseball cards, Topps, Donrus, Fleer, Score, Bowman; I collected them all. I started collecting on the tail end of bubble gum wax packs. I collected during Ken Griffey Jr.’s prime (thus I have dozens of his cards), I bought Beckett Baseball Card Monthly magazines when Michael Jordan was on the cover because of his stint in baseball.

I have loved the sport for years. I have spent hundreds of hours sorting baseball cards, playing baseball and imagining myself hitting a walk off home run in the world series.

So going to Safeco Field is truly a treat.

We managed to find $6.00 parking instead of $25 in the stadium garage so we could splurge on overpriced food. It was a great afternoon despite the loss.

There is nothing like an afternoon at “The Safe.”