Spiritual Musings

the back page God

If the family is too small for a lamb, then share it with a close neighbor. Exodus 12:4

As it is with most things, it’s the sensational side of God that makes the headlines. Like when He parted the Red Sea or when he asked little David to fight Goliath or when he sent down a chariot to whisk Elijah into heaven. It’s not that I don’t like these stories, but sometimes I feel they shroud my God in an awesome, holy glow that make me feel unworthy and hesitant in His presence.

That’s why my favorite stories are the obscure ones, the ones that take just a verse or two to tell, those that make the back page and not the headlines. These brief stories speak to me of a Father God, someone who is sensitive, understanding and extremely reasonable. Such is the story told in the first few verses of Exodus 12–It’s time for the last plague, the death of the first born. The only way to escape death is to sacrifice a lamb and smear its blood on the door post.

I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a single Hebrew family that was going to risk losing a child. Every family is determined to get a lamb, no matter the cost. One lamb per family was not much of God to ask on the eve of their freedom.

They are willing, but God makes a concession–God takes into account that one lamb per family may be too expensive for some, that a whole roasted lamb may result in wasted food. So this mighty awesome God of mine, who is in the middle of delivering an entire nation out of slavery, takes some time out to pay attention to something comparatively insignificant. And He tells the people to share a lamb if needed.

God makes time for the little things. He’s concerned about my food budget, my  dying garden, my bulging waist. I love that my God doesn’t expect me to just suck it up and look forward to the Second Coming. No, He sends me His Holy Spirit to help me in the mundane human activities too.

Spiritual Musings

eyes fixed on Jesus

Take a hard look at Jesus. He’s the centerpiece of everything we believe, faithful in everything. Hebrews 3:1

Bible heroes have one thing in common–faith. So what’s so different from their faith and mine? I’d like to think that my faith is pretty solid.

The difference is probably the same thing that caused the author of Hebrews to forget to tell us who he is. Both in chapters 3 and 12, he says that the faithful LOOK to Jesus. The original Greek word is not just a word that means “open your eyes and see.” It means to have your eyes fixed on what you see, to give Jesus your undivided attention.

It means you must focus so hard on Jesus that you are not distracted by anything–not by the noise of stress, not by the murmurings of disappointment, not even by the guilt inside your heart. When you are that focused, you can’t help but see yourself a genetic heir of God, filled with His potential to do great things, to be exceptionally full of faith.–The writer of Hebrews was probably so focused in communion with Jesus that a byline became irrelevant.

Personal Ramblings, Spiritual Musings

the lost Bible

Psalm 53:2 God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.

Packed and put away for so long, I’d forgotten all about it. But when I came across it during my snowstorm cleaning session yesterday, I remembered.

I remembered finding the Bible years ago. I remembered trying to find the owner . . . notification by mail, google search, announcement in area churches. But I never found the owner and so I kept the Bible . . . not because I needed another King James Version of the Bible (I’m an NIV/Message kinda gal) but because of all the studying and searching revealed in its pages. In pen and pencil, with the steady hand of youth and the growing shakiness of age, that Bible had so obviously and clearly taken the man on his journey to the Kingdom.

That lost Bible tells me that I will see N. W. Dunn, who once lived in Luray, Virginia, in heaven. I’m positive . . . no way can a man know Jesus so well and not get to shake His hand.

Personal Ramblings, Spiritual Musings

knowing God

For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways. Isaiah 58:2

Sky was about four. It was sometime between midnight and when the alarm goes off.

I felt her shake me awake: Mommy wake up, I have a very important question.  Mumbling that we could discuss it in the morning I turned over. But she wouldn’t stop. Persisting that it was important she continued to shake me, poke me, and pull my hair.  I finally sat up.

Does God have a beard? My blank, you-woke-me-up-for-a-ridiculous-question look caused her to repeat her question slower and louder.

Why do you need to know and why do you need to discuss this in the middle of the night? I asked trying to mask my irritation with random stroking of her hair. She replied, Because I don’t like beards and if God has one I need to get used to it. I need to start right now.

If I were half as preoccupied as Sky was to get to know Jesus!

Personal Ramblings, Spiritual Musings

waiting on the side lines

Amos 5:14 You talk about God . . . being your best friend. Well, live like it.
My cousin Melchi left a message wishing me Happy Birthday. He is so dependable and loves me unconditionally. I absolutely love him–and his wife, Jo. But I’ve taken him for granted since I was a teen, He’s there when I need him and when I don’t need him, he sort of stands on the side lines of my life waiting till I call for him. And every time I do, he’s there. And he never asks me where I’ve been or why I have not called in a while.
God loves like Melchi Annan loves and more. I really must make effort to start treating God and Melchi Annan in proportion to how I feel about them.
Spiritual Musings

your radius of responsibility

Gen 1:26 Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible.
I’ve lost count of how many times my children have responded with a “But I can’t, I don’t know how.” I’m the parent and I know they can; if I thought they couldn’t, I wouldn’t bother asking them to!
Similarly, as your creator, God knows your strengths and limitations. It is with this knowledge that he gives us all varying responsibilities. It is with the same knowledge that he anticipates spiritual growth in each of us.
So when faced with what seems like too much to handle, remember that your radius of responsibility in your life is indicative of your spiritual growth and integrity. God’s expectations of you are a compliment to your spirituality.