Our Wonder Room

Adventures in Finding God

New Cover Soon for More Than This

Well, in preparation for my speaking at the 2013 Faith and Writing Conference in Portland, OR on April 6 it seems an updated cover to There Has To Be More Than This is in order.

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Experiencing the Impossible

“Stop saying ‘no’ for other people.”
— Jeff Goins

Recently I started reading the blog of another writer, Jeff Goins. In one of his recent posts he had the above sentence, which is a great inspiration for other writers. But I’m not sharing it for other writers. I’m sharing it because it is great for disciples of God.

How rich would my reward in heaven be if I stop saying “no” for other people?

– “Excuse me, do you need help with that?”
– “Do you have time to help me with this?”
– “What do you think, will this work?”
– “Do you want to pray about that?”

Why is it so easy for me to say “no” for other people, and even God. To keep from them the opportunity to say yes. So easy to make an assumption on their behalf based on my thoughts, my feelings, or what I would do or say? Or maybe I want them to say no so that I can stay in my comfort zone. I don’t have to take any action or risk. Or any responsibility.

So, I just looked at my Facebook cover image that I created yesterday, and it has these words…
“Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.” — M. C. Escher

God wants for each of us a life of abundance. We can go a long way towards experiencing that abundance, experiencing the impossible, when we stop saying “no” for people.

What if God had said “no” for me?

In His service,
Keith

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What Do Those Scars Mean?

“There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.”
–Harry Crews

Scars With a PurposeSomething about these words resonated with me this morning. I guess while they were poetic on one hand, they also reminded that some times scars remind me of a painful event. Which some times is not something that I want to be reminded of. But who am I to question the way God made the world. He could just have easily have made it is such that once the healing was done there were no scars at all. So He must have a reason for scars. Hmm.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.”

–Psalm 139:14

So, In writing this email I was thinking almost immediately of the scars I see on trees, not necessarily scars on my own body. And so I wanted to include an image of a tree in my email. But in looking for that image I came across something very, very interesting. Something I had not given thought to about scars. Listen to this tidbit about the aspen tree scars. Changed my perspective a bit.

“Aspen Scars – The dark scars on the aspen tree’s white bark are caused by elk, deer and other foraging animals that nibble on the soft inner bark when deep snows bury grasses and shrubs. Besides chewing on aspen bark for food, elk and mule deer rub their antlers against the trunks to shed velvet in autumn. Other aspen scars are made by black bears marking their territory, and woodpeckers creating holes to search for insects or make nests. If injured or grazed on too severely, some of these aspen trees will die. Healthy aspens without scars thrive where there are fewer impacts from wildlife.”

Wow! God is so good when He causes me to think on these things a little more.

In His service,
Keith

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Something of God Flows Into Us

“Something of God flows into us from the blue of the sky, the taste of honey, the delicious embrace of water whether cold or hot, and even from sleep itself.”
–C. S. Lewis

Those words have been sitting in my email for over 24 hours now. Not sure why I didn’t just hit the send button yesterday. Still not sure why, as I listen to the rain bounce against the window of my room…no blue sky in sight. Hmm. Even in the pitter patter of rain against my window something of God flows in to me and if I was to go without that pitter patter something would be lost.

Perhaps Lewis’ words are there for me today, and yesterday, to remind me that God is in all things. But more than that, God can reveal His glory through all things…be it a blue sky, or rain. Joy or sorrow. Times of want, or times of abundance. Wherever I am, I need to ask God to bless me through that moment, in that moment.

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