Whimsical Saturday- Looking Up

14 12 2013

The pursuit of whimsy, the light-hearted, yet serious, adventure.

Love sometimes means looking up…

Looking Up

to find your way in this world.

“Set your mind of the things above, not on the things that are on the earth,
for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God”
Colossians 3:2-3


Making the Path Straight

24 05 2013

After a long tumultuous year, I got the strangest blessing this past weekend. We went to a ministry called House of Expression, a ministry focused on doing life well. The teaching was on Papa God and hearing from Him. To practice from hearing His voice, we all had to create a prophetic drawing. We exchanged our prophetic art by drawing a random piece out of a hat, and we asked Papa for an interpretation of the drawings.

The drawing I received was of a person wandering on a crooked path through the woods who comes out into the sun, receives a whole heart, and is walking on a straight path. After our previous year’s journey and heartache, the drawing spoke to my heart instantly. We had stepped in faith believing God was leading us to serve a ministry in Hawaii. After several months, we weren’t getting work, and our plans didn’t seem to be working out. Eventually, we had to return to our home state, and we had no idea what we were going to do next and were crushed by our experiences.

Since we perplexed by our journey (and more than a little skeptical), we were cautiously returning to our previous life. However, Papa God also allowed to take steps that might allow us to return to Hawaii. As we completed each step, an opportunity also began to crystallize for us to remain on the mainland. This opportunity would have provided for a normal, “comfortable” life, but our dream of returning to Hawaii seemed to hang in the balance.

The art’s relevancy becomes clear because after I interviewed for the mainland job, Papa God presented us a choice. We could follow the opportunity on the mainland where we would need less of Him, or we could follow our dream where we would need Him more. Work would be less certain here, and I would have to be away from my family for indefinite amount of time. However, as we stepped out in faith again, Papa God made the way clear. It was as if Proverbs 3:5-6 was coming true. We chose to follow God and trust Him, and He has begun repairing our hearts and making our path straight.

Day 9 Journal

30 04 2013

The original prayer can be found at prayhawaii.org

Dear Jesus,

I ask You to increase the capacity of people in Hawaii to dream and have  hope in light of Your great love for us.  Remind people of their cultural legacies of hardwork, determination, and goal-setting and achievement.  Papa God remind us our inheritance that we have in You through Jesus.  That we can cry out to Abba Father, and You will answer us.  Give people the courage to overcome doubt and discouragement as they chase their dreams.  Papa, let us sense Your presence with us at all times and be sensitive to Your leading as it You Whom we represent.  Remind of us of the hope of glory that we have in Christ.

In Jesus Name, AMEN!

The Dream within a Dream within a…

20 04 2013

How do dreams die?  Last year, we hosted a church’s young adult group in our home, and we watched a DVD series on financial responsibility.  The speaker appropriately started his talk with this maxim about dreaming, “If you can’t dream it, you can’t have it.”  He goes to explain that dreaming is hope.  And while those thoughts are good, when our dreams take time to materialize, it is hard to continue holding on to the dream.  Discouragement and doubt can become constant companions during the delay between having a dream and seeing it come true.

So what do we do during the delay? I actually think the process of waiting is where we get the strength to hold on to our dreams until they are realized.  The bible says “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Prov 13:12  So while there are delays, we must resist discouragement and doubt.  I like how the Randy Pauch in the Last Lecture puts it:

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

What exactly is “badly enough?” I think several places in scripture define it well, and two, in particular, stand out to me.  The first is in Deuteronomy 4:29, “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.”  This verse occurs in the middle of the Pentateuch, and the author is describing the children of Israel being scattered in the future.  This seeking the LORD doesn’t mean that He’s lost or hard to find, but it has more to do with the things that get in the way.  The second passage comes Matthew 7:7-8, “7 Keep asking, and it will be given to you.  Keep searching, and you will find.  Keep knocking and the door will be opened. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches find, and to the one who knocks the door will be opened.” We won’t have every prayer answered in the affirmative, we won’t find everything we seek, and we have every door opened for us.

Do you have a dream from the LORD? Has it been a while since he gave you that dream? How have you responded?  I pray that God will give you sustainable joy during that delay.