This is a pretty important one..if one can actually say that one "what if" is more important than another.... they are all significant parts of our individual journeys into God. Wrestling with all these thoughts...asking our questions...is the way we come to know Him...the way we begin to hear Him way down deep inside of us...
Have you ever noticed the obsession we have with our bodies? Consider for a moment all the health programs, wellness stuff, diets of every size, shape and variety....they will be with us forever and ever (all because of our bodies of every size, shape and variety)... :) Look at all the perfect exercise products and/or programs to get my body fit..... fashions constantly changing to adorn this marvelous body I am so obsessed with to make it beautiful..... etc....etc........
I am going to pursue the "what if" thing for a bit.... hopefully it will stir you the same way it has been stirring me....it is making me think about things...talk to God about things....question the preconceived ideas I had and all the things we have been told to believe.... how much more fun to believe what the Lord Himself shows us than what somebody else tells us we have to believe.... :)
So with that to kick us off this morning.....
What if...... we really understood.......
I love what this stuff does to my head.... where it sends me.... the feelings....the emotions...the crush of God's presence. I only read a couple paragraphs this morning and I have so much to muse about my brain feels like it is swimming in the oceans and the waves are really up!
Try this first of a few what ifs I would like to throw out there. What does a simple thought like this do for you?
"What if the guy who sold everything he had to buy the incomparable pearl, was God and you were the incomparable pearl?"
As mentioned yesterday... it really doesn't take a whole lot to get me going..... yesterday it was Eldredge's musings on page 102 .... This morning it was while reading my own Daily Prayer and the part about being His co-worker leaped out at me....and off I went.... That was part of what I was trying to communicate yesterday.... If I am Mr. Make It Happen then God becomes my little co-worker... which is both upside down and backwards! We are supposed to stop doing and let Him do all the work! :)
I finally made it past page 100 in John Eldredge's book...Walking with God....yessss....seems like it has taken me forever....each little journal entry gets me musing away... then again.... lots of things get me going so it keeps my thought processor pretty busy...... :) But....there it was on page 102.... the phrase "make it happen".... kind of the story of John's life.......his life? Give me a break....Philip here is the make it happen maestro! This guy is writing about me... not about himself! :)
So....what ever happened to the idea that business is about serving the customer? With all the doom and gloom in the wonderful world of the U.S. economy right now, I have been reflecting a lot lately about what I see as the problem. Business has stopped serving the customer and is serving itself. It is all about making as much as you can and do as little as you can. Instead of being givers, we have become the takers. The customer is now always wrong and I am always right.
No matter where I turn...what I read....who I talk to.....it's all about how much God loves me...how He rejoices over me....well...I mean He does that over you too but there is nothing in the world quite like Him making that very personal to me. I am loving it.
I experienced something this morning that I never experienced before in the 73 years I've been banging around this old earth. We had an early breakfast scheduled. Since I usually handle the early breakfasts and Ellen handles the late arrivals... I expected her to sleep in a little. I had everything ready and with a half hour left before the guests would come down I was spending a little time with the Lord.
Just started off the day dumping a glass of water into my keyboard! So... this will be short because my space bar is being a total pain andthiisishardtoread!
Then my nose started bleeding...fortunately not into the keyboard..... or on my shirt ... because I needed to get breakfast going for the guests and there wasn't time to get dressed again!