Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
God is in everything
I was at Stephen Ministry and this verse reminds where everything in the universe started thousands of years ago. He holds it all together, even to this day. Encouraging when life is so uncertain these days.
We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.
He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross. (emphasis mine)
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
We're Not Meant To Do It All
Ring around the rosies
Pocket full of posies
Ashes, ashes, we all FALL DOWN!
|Courtesy of Ring around the Rosie on Kidoinfo|
So goes the nursery rhyme children sing as they face each other, hold hands, and walk in a circle before falling together at the end of the song. It happens in our lives today too, even as adults. I went through it literally, a few months ago. I’d been going about my day until suddenly I was dizzy when I stood up. So dizzy that I couldn’t take one step without falling. What in the world is wrong with me? I wondered. I tried to stand again without success. So I crawled on my hands and knees to lie down on the bed, hoping the problem would pass. Even after half an hour, I still couldn’t stand without falling.
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Not one to give up, I determined I would be fine, but after trying to walk five more times, I gave up. I was in trouble, didn’t know why, and couldn’t do a thing about it. I crawled back across the house to the phone. It seemed silly to call 9-1-1 just because I couldn’t walk, so I called a neighbor who drove me to the ER. Tests didn’t reveal what had happened. The doctor diagnosed me with vertigo and gave me some medication to combat it. Nobody knew why it had happened though.
Life can take so many turns and go so fast we’re caught up in a whirlwind without knowing why or how it even started.
In today’s world, especially with modern technology that lets is connect instantly, we often find ourselves with little, or no time for ourselves. We allow people to demand more of us than is humanly possible to fulfill and we handle it without a problem. Until it becomes too much and we collapse under the weight of it all.
So what can we do? We have to admit we have limits to how much we can do, set boundaries that give us time to rest and rejuvenate, and hold fast to what we’ve said we can and will do. Jesus took time to rest during his ministry here on earth. We certainly should too.