“Two things you need to carry with you all your life: God is, and God loves you. No matter where you are or what you are doing, these two things will always remain true.” This was advice I gave my oldest two weeks ago in some precious one-on-one time. He repeated it back to me today without prompt, and told me he was trying to work to remember it.
I share this to remind us all that there are things that will never change. Over the history of the universe the one constant is God.
The great psalm of the law-giver speaks of God’s never changing nature: Continue reading “Never changing, forever changed”
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV).
A major U.S. bus line advertised for many years with the slogan, “Leave the driving to us.” I have found that to be a comforting motto when on Nepal’s mountain roads. The local drivers who deal regularly with the narrow, rough, twisting, precipitous roads through the Himalayas and their foothills are far more capable of dealing with dangers than I. I do my best to “cast my anxieties” on them and just let them handle it. I’m not always completely successful (I do worry sometimes about certain stretches) but for the most part I have been much more relaxed and able to enjoy the scenery since adopting that attitude. Continue reading “Who’s driving?”
“And the Lord did so. Thick swarms of flies came into the house of Pharaoh, into his servants’ houses, and into all the land of Egypt. The land was corrupted because of the swarms of flies” (Exodus 8:24 NKJV).
I was standing recently under the shade of a mango tree in an Asian country and noticed several flies swarming around. When I looked more closely I saw many large flies sitting on the leaves and fruit. Other insects were also flying about, but the flies were especially numerous. Almost without thinking I moved back several feet to get away from them. Continue reading “Little things”
You are a unique person. No one else is like you. God made you an individual with characteristics, personality, and tastes that distinguish you from every other human being who lives or has ever lived.
“Identical” twins aren’t. People who know such twins can usually tell them apart from their manner of being. Continue reading “Use your gift”
As we read through the accounts of Jesus’ life, it stands out that he took time for those that most people would not spend time with. We find him having meals with tax collectors and prostitutes, people who were rejected by Jewish society for being considered traitors (working for Rome) or sinners. Yet he also spent time with the religious leaders, talking with them and having meals with them. But one group he seems to have always had time for was children.
“Now people were bringing little children to him for him to touch, but the disciples scolded those who brought them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.’ After he took the children in his arms, he placed his hands on them and blessed them” (Mark 10:13-16 NET). Continue reading “Becoming like children”
Eleven new daylilies. That’s what came home with me when I went to a friend’s garden to pick up one or two, maybe three.
In the hurry to put them into the ground in my own garden, quick decisions had to be made before the plants became stressed for lack of water and nourishment.
The prettiest one of them ended up between the garage and a large stand of rather tall cannas and a crape myrtle.
Why would I put them there? Continue reading “Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda – The game our hearts play”
What’s your favorite color? Chances are, if you are like the largest percentage of the population, it’s blue.
If you are a gardener, you are not in luck, if that’s the case. True blue color is not that common in the plant world. The color blue occurs in less than ten percent of the plant world’s 280,000 flowering species, according to a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University in Miami. Continue reading “True Blue”
Trust issues are understandable in a sinful world.
We’re accustomed to being let down. The pain resonates through the years and it can affect our entire perspective on the world. Continue reading “Getting past man’s failures to understand God’s promises”
“Fear Not…” (Matthew 10:28).
Have you ever known someone who seemingly had no fear? We can do two things with fear: we can charge at it like a bull, or recoil from it. We will utilize both of these responses depending on our own inclinations and experiences. We press toward some fears, while we shrink from others. Continue reading “Escaping the prison of fear”
“What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:36, ESV) This is an interesting question for the omniscient Jesus to ask. Once he asked this in response to James and John, who wanted guaranteed positions of authority when Jesus’ kingdom was finally established. Another time, (Matthew 20:29-43; Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43) Jesus asked this of two blind men, who were calling out for him as he passed by. There is quite a contrast between these two incidents, and Jesus’ answers to them. In the first instance, Jesus told James and John they really had no idea what they … Continue reading What do you want?