Was That Really a Distraction?

“I neglect God and his angels for the noise of a fly, for  the rattling of a coach, for the whining of a door.”
John Donne

When I woke up this morning the thought that was racing through my head, and actually the same thought was racing yesterday as well, was “all the world is ablaze” with His glory. Yet I could not find that phrase in the Bible, in any translation. I found some that were close, when I searched for the phrase “His Glory” in the NIV –

and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory.
Ezekiel 43:2

Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen.
Psalm 72:19

The LORD our God has shown us his glory and his majesty, and we have heard his voice from the fire.
Deuteronomy 5:24

BUT, the one that struck me the most were the words from Isaiah 6:3 –
“And they were calling to one another:“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

It is easy for me, as Donne says, to be distracted by other things. While those distractions can take me away from time with God, many times it has been “distractions” that have brought me nearer to Him. Sometimes I think the distractions can actually be God refocusing me.

Today may you find the whole earth, or at least your little corner of it, is full of His glory.

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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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