Whimsical Sunday- The Path

8 12 2013

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

Love sometimes means staying on the path…

Greg Poppy Maui

Even when the outcome is unknown.

Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path
Psalm 119:105


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.

Rend(ered) Useful

9 01 2012

Today’s word is rend, and it means to tear or be torn violently.  The word comes from the Old English rendon “to tear, cut” which is itself comes from the Western Germanic randijanan which means to cut, break, anything broken Yesterday, our pastor taught on Joel 2, specifically verses 12-13 and 28.  Of particular interest to me was verse 13, “and rend your hearts, not your garments.”  In this verse, I see Jesus’ heart as He talked about the religious leaders and their hypocrisy.  Specifically, during the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6), Jesus teaches us not to practice our righteousness (charity, prayer, and fasting) before others or we will not receive the reward from our Father.  Jesus tells us to give in secret, to pray in our inner room, and to fast but not look like we are fasting.  When our Father sees what we do in secret, He will reward us.  This begins in rending our hearts before the LORD.

Clean Cut Media Torn Heart

Going back to Joel 2:13, what does it mean to rend our hearts? I think part of the answer comes from the previous verse (Joel 2:12) because when we are fasting, weeping, and mourning our hearts are softened.  Our hearts must be torn, broken of pride.  Through brokeness, we become receptive to God’s work.  We learn to confess our sins.  We can accept His grace.  Then He responds.

Which leads to the next passage in Joel 2 (18-27), the LORD’s response.  The LORD says He will be zealous for His land, have pity  on us, His people, and remove our reproach.  He promises provision and restoration.  As in verse 25, He will “repay you for the years the locusts have eaten.” He also tells us that never again we will be shamed.

I believe Jesus is the ultimate fulfilment of these promises.  In Him we have new life, and through Him we receive the Spirit.  Joel also prophesied about the Spirit.   In Joel 2:28, “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.  Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”  The Spirit brings revelation, dreams, and visions.  Revelation can bring freedom to the enslaved and the hurting, speaking admonishment, life,  and blessing.  Dreams and visions can give direction and purpose to those who are wandering, looking for a reason to live.  By His grace, we can have hope on the “great and dreadful day of the LORD.”

This is what it means to be rend(ered) useful.  Are you struggling? Do you feel lost, without vision, revelation, or dreams? Are the locusts eating the years of your life? Will you rend your heart before the LORD? Turning from what you think is right and surrending to His ways. (For more read James 4:6-10)

Monday’s Shorts: Unknown

21 11 2011

Today’s word is unknown.  The word means not within the range of one’s knowledge, experience, or understanding.  Un- comes from the Proto-Germanic un which means not, and known comes from Old English cnawan which comes from the Greek gno.  I believe experience is important when it comes to discovering the unknown, or at least, that which seems unknowable.

  The unknown can be scary, but God want us to trust Him with it.  I was reading Dueteronomy 29 when I realized this truth.  Moses says in verse 29, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.”  The secret, or unknown, things are God’s therefore we don’t need to worry about them.  Conversely, what God has revealed to us, we must obey those things.  I take this to mean that whatever God has given us to obey that is what we must do.  A pastor once told my wife that we should obey God to the end of what he has told us, and we when reach that point, He will give us the next step.  In that way, the unknown becomes ours through the experience of obedience.

What has God given you to obey? Are you scared because of the unknowns? Will you trust Him with the results and stop delaying obedience?