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Adventures in Finding God

Losing My Astonishing

“The most critical issue facing Christians is not abortion, pornography, the disintegration of the family, moral absolutes, MTV, drugs, racism, sexuality, or school prayer. The critical issue today is dullness. We have lost our astonishment. The good News is no longer good news, it is okay news. Christianity is no longer life changing, it is life enhancing. Jesus doesn’t change people into wild-eyed radicals anymore. He changes them into “nice people”.
… Mike Yaconelli

These words caught my eye this morning. I particularly like “we have lost our astonishment”. Hello! Sounds like these words were meant for me. That’s what I’ll be on the lookout for. It’s like an Easter egg hunt but even better. God has put “astonishing” all around me, but I just need to get back to looking for it. It’s out there, I’ve seen it.

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Moments of Amazement

“Life is truly measured not by the number of breaths taken, but by the number not taken, the occasions when breath is stopped in amazement.”
–Halford Luccock

As I finished those words I reflected on yesterday in the life of Keith Turley and I realized I missed the occasions that took my breath away. Several moments that caught my attention…but breathtaking? The type of breathtaking that makes me stop dead in my tracks and “praise God through whom all blessings flow”? With that came the realization that it was not God’s fault but my very own.

We worship an amazing God. He is amazing because in reality there isn’t a word to describe His awesomeness. That said, any day where I can look back and not see something INCREDIBLY amazing is my fault not His. I think I was just so focused on things I wanted to see that I did not see Him. No, I know I was too focused.

When was the last time you were so in awe of God that someone or something had to snap back from the “thin place”? Where God was so incredibly close that you’re saying to yourself, “someone pinch me”? May you find those times today where God is so near, so incredible, so breathtaking. So amazing. He is nothing less.

“When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.”
–Exodus 33:22, NIV

In His grace,
Keith

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Rewards

“A certain man had been a faithful builder for an employer for many years. His employer decided to take a world cruise. Before leaving he left with his builder plans for an ideal house. ‘Build it according to specification, spare no necessary expense. I want this house to be a good house for a special reason.’ But the builder thought of the many years he had worked for small wages and decided to make a profit for himself, so he substituted cheap materials wherever it would not show. On his return his employer observed the house with satisfaction and said, ‘You have served me well these many years. In reward I have planned this house for you. It is yours, to own, and to live in.'”
–Walter Cowen

That little story I came across some time ago is another way to asking myself if I am treating others the way I would want to be treated? In all things am I conducting myself as if I am dealing with Him? I might actually cut corners at times for myself, but I’d do only my best for Him. I need to make sure I am doing only the best for others.

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Trust in the Lord

“Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides for ever.”
–Psalm 125:1, The Revised Standard Version

Some days those are the only words that I need to hear, so why not start the day off by hearing them. As today unfolds it will bring untold challenges and opportunities, just as yesterday did and the day before. What is different about today is that I have the opportunity to trust in God in new ways.

In my sometimes narrow view, one of the key things God desires of me is that I will seek Him out. Actually, that has to be the number one thing. If I am not seeking Him out then I will not find Him no matter how hard I look. I will not see His face in the face of strangers. I will not see His hands reaching for me. If I am not seeking Him out then how can I share Him with others? How can I be the hands and face they need? How can I provide the words they need? In order to go and make disciples I must BE a disciple that trust Him, that seeks after Him. That hungers for Him as He hungers for me.

Out of curiosity I looked to see how many times the word or forms of the word “trust” appear in the NIV New Testament. “Only” 30 times. As I read through them my heart resonated with these words from Paul –

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
–Romans 15:13

Trust isn’t for its own sake, trust is a way of living that leads to joy and peace. I want some of that.

Today may you grown in your trust in the Lord.

And thanks to my friend Beth for sharing these words –
“Because God’s resources are endless there will never be a time when He cannot meet your needs.”
–Roy Lessin

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