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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.

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What Is Causing You To Anguish?!

Posted in life, Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 18, 2010 by David

Do you just go through the motions…?

Does anything truly break your heart…?

Are you allowing yourself to be used by God…?

…………………………………Do you anguish…………………………………..?

Finding God In “Desperate Housewives”

Posted in Connecting with God with tags , , , , on January 4, 2010 by David

It’s not usual viewing fare for me, but this evening as I flipped through the TV channels I came across the show Desperate Housewives. Not exactly the most Godly show in the world but tonight I caught a glimpse of what it must be like for God to watch us struggle through the trials and hardships of our lives.

In this particular episode, one of the “housewives” is pregnant and in the hospital. As she sleeps in her hospital bed she dreams about what it would be like to have a son with a disability.

How difficult it would be to raise him.

How painful it would be to watch him struggle.

At one point in the dream her son walks into the kitchen as she is doing the dishes and asks her to make him a sandwich,  and for a moment she plans on doing it. But there is something inside of her that knows the value in allowing him struggle through making it on his own. Value in allowing him to limp to the refrigerator with his cane. Value in struggling to open the bag of bread with his crippled hands.

Would it be much simpler for her to make the sandwich for him? Without a doubt.

Does she want to do it for him? Of course, she loves him.

But despite her love and her ability to immediately meet her son’s need, she allows him to struggle. She allows him to get angry.

She allows her own heart to be broken.

At the kitchen sink she stands, hands shaking with the desire to come to the rescue of her child because she loves him.

She loves him.

She allows her son to struggle and make a mess, because she loves him.

It is easy for all of us to view our struggles as an indication that God doesn’t love us. And yet, this desperate housewife so clearly shows how a loving parent at times needs to allow their children to struggle. To make a mess and get angry.

God doesn’t allow me to go through trials because He doesn’t love me. He allows me to go through trials because He needs me to learn and grow.

He loves me so much that He is willing to have His heart broken as He watches me, His child, endure pain and suffering.

I suppose you could say He’s desperate for you and me and is willing to do anything and everything to make sure that we  grow into the people He wants us to be.

…Who knew Desperate Housewives had so much spiritual depth?

Broken

Posted in Thoughts on God with tags , , , on December 24, 2009 by David

I’ve had the privileged the last couple days to spend some time with a great guy who has been humbled and broken. He’s lost just about everything…literally. He’s lost his job, his car, bank account, and is on the verge of being kicked out of his home. He mentioned today that if it “weren’t for his bad luck he’s have no luck at all.”

Talk about broken.

And to be going through all of this at this time of year is even more difficult.

While we’ve had some set times for us to get together he told me that he didn’t expect me to actually uphold those commitments because with the way things are going for him, it would be fitting for me not to show up or be available.

I wonder how often we have this perspective towards God when we are in the midst of a trial? Things seem to be going so horribly that it would be right in line for God not to show up when we really need Him.

…And yet he promises to never leave us.

Trials come in all shapes and sizes and yet it is my hope and prayer that no matter the size of the trial I will always expect God to show up.

Who Are You Striving To Please?

Posted in Connecting with God with tags , , , , on August 27, 2009 by David

I had a great conversation this morning with one of my mentors, Kevin Geer. Kevin is truly a brilliant man and I value his opinion more than most. He has that perfect balance of tact and honesty and the things he says are right on the money. Everyone needs a “Kevin Geer” in their life.

Well our conversation this morning ended up landing on the topic of pleasing people; something that I desperately strive to do.

“Hello, my name is David and I’m a people pleaser.”

I love success, I love working towards excellence and I love it when people are pleased with the work I have done.

If you are familiar with the “Five Love Languages” mine is words of affirmation, meaning that I feel good about myself when people pat me on the back and tell me “good job.”

As my conversation with Kevin progressed he essentially asked me the question “who are you striving to please?”

Who am I looking to pat me on the back and tell me that I have done well?

My wife?

My boss?

My family?

Friends perhaps?

God?

The answer ultimately to all of those questions is a resounding “YES!”

My problem lies in how I prioritize who I am aiming to please. All too often, I put them in a hierarchy similar to what I just listed with loved ones, co-workers and friends floating around the top and there at the bottom is God.

Now, I can easily say that I want to please God, I want to live my life for Him, I want to serve Him…but how often do I worry about what everyone else will think rather than what God thinks?

………….

……..

Too often.

I like words of affirmation. I like being encouraged. I like hearing that people respect me. That they value my work. It’s a lot easier to actually hear those words from family, co-workers and friends than God.

But I know that in the end, the most incredible words of affirmation will come if I move God to the top of the list.

It will feel so good to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Sloppy Wet Kiss

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on August 24, 2009 by David

I’ve been listening to the song How He Loves Us all day. Powerful song. It’s one of those songs where you start air drumming so hard that you break your air drum sticks on the side of your air snare because you’re just going nuts.

It’s a pretty deep and fairly “wordy” song as well. Definitely not a song full of fluff. However, in the second verse there is a line that at first listen sounds kind of ridiculous.

The line is this… “So Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss…”

Awkward…(my friend Rita would probably say “awkward turtle” and move her hands in a turtle motion)

Anyway, the first time you hear the line you’re kind of turned off by it. But at least for me, the more I hear it the more deeply it resonates with me.

It’s the type of line that is just so raw and messy, but the type of line that conjures up beautiful images of a father swooping down to pick up his child and plant the biggest wettest, most loving kiss on their cheek.

As big and powerful as God is, He’s also that loving and compassionate and willing to swoop down and plant a “sloppy wet kiss” on his children.

Incredible.

Here are the lyrics to the song as well as some links to various renditions of the song.

Verse 1:
He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realise just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

Pre-Chorus:
And oh, how He loves us so,
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us all

Chorus 1:
Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.

Verse 2:
We are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
So Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about, the way…

Chorus 2:
He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.

Verse 3:
Well, I thought about You the day Stephen died,
And You met me between my breaking.
I know that I still love You, God, despite the agony.
…They want to tell me You’re cruel,
But if Stephen could sing, he’d say it’s not true, cause…

Chorus 3:
Cause He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us.
Whoa! how He loves us.
Whoa! how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.

Kim Walker sings “How He Loves Us”

John Mark McMillan sings “How He Loves Us”

David Crowder sings “How He Loves Us”

Engaging Creation

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 22, 2009 by David

Tomorrow Monika and I head to the gorge in George, Wa with The Crossing for creation fest. It’s essentially a Christian Woodstock.

I haven’t been there for ten years so I’m looking forward experiencing everything again. The sun, the gorge, the concerts, the speakers – it’s going to be great.

You’ve gotta love trips like this! I’ll keep you posted…as long as my phone doesn’t die…