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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.


3 Years Ago

Posted in life with tags , , , on September 1, 2008 by David

Three years ago, I was volunteering with Hurricane Katrina aid…

Three years ago, God got a hold of my will through a natural disaster and broke it…

Three years ago, my professional direction changed…

Three years ago, I began pursuing full time ministry….

Three years ago, a foundation was laid for where I am today…

Hurricane Gustav has brought all of that back to my mind.

I am where I am today because of a horrific hurricane that brought destruction, devastation and death.

Three years ago, God worked in a mysterious way, knowing full well that Three years later there would be young adults in Renton WA, in need of a place to connect with each other and with God. Thus The Crossing.

It’s amazing what can happen in 3 years.