Yesterday, I told you about my visit with the propane repairman. If you are reading this, forgive me for not remembering your name.... kind of goes with this 70 year old brain of mine... :)
It is such fun though, just sharing life like we did and hearing all the stories about how God is so intimately involved in other people's lives...in exactly the same way He is intimately involved in my life. That is serious fun for me.
It really is a great adventure..... I get a little redundant about this, I know.... but so many folks just don't realize that all the stuff that keeps hitting the fans in our lives is what makes it all so exciting. I sit there amazed, talking to God and saying how clueless I am how He is ever going to straighten out the latest mess.... seriously.... when we trust God and not ourselves, there is this awesome sense of breathless expectation as we watch Him turn everything around for good.
Jesus spoke a lot in parables in order to help people see what he was trying to communicate. Remember the little story I told you about Philip the Fish? That was a parable to help you see something I think is very important. Life is not designed as this trouble free journey of wonderfulness where everything goes just exactly the way we plan it to go.
Last time I said some things about don't worry....be happy! Worrying is what Satan wants us to do about everything! That is how he steals our joy.
Remember that one....? Bobby Mcferrin singing.... "don't worry....be happy"
Or how about the song..... "forget you troubles, come on get happy!"
We were talking the other night.... about the things we were thinking. You already know, if you visit here regularly, that I am really big on thinking.... it's equally as important to take time, just to sit quietly, interact with the Lord and then speak what you think.... both to the Lord and to others involved in your life. The things we think, need expression. Our words create. One of the ways I do that is to write down what I am thinking in these Musings. Another way is talk about them with my wife and to the others that the Lord has brought into our lives.
In 1999 at age 64 I was just about ready to throw in the towel.
Back in 1968 at age 32 working on 33, I had a very dramatic religious experience that changed my life. With my new faith, my life changed from being an overweight, alcoholic, totally selfish womanizer, chewing on 3 packs of Camels a day, to someone who really wanted to get his act together and hopefully help others to do that as well.
In the begining, my goal was to see if I could actually write down my thoughts from day to day. Guess that was easier than I thought....
My motivation was the proclamation Jesus made when He stood in the synagogue (Luke 4:16) and explained why He had come to earth. He read the following from the book of Isaiah