September 17, 2012
“The issue is closed”
On Monday this week I went up to the grave side to see Mike and chat to God. I needed to say to God and tell Mike “The issue is closed”.
When the paramedics were in with Mike, I stood on the landing outside his room holding the rail, stamping my feet and saying “God I will be pissed off is something eternal does not come out of this”. Who am I to talk like that to God? But in His loving kindness He just likes it when we communicate with Him. I know He understood my emotion and confusion at that time.
Of course we have seen some wonderful evidence of eternal fruit over the past 3 years. There are several stories I could tell, but Mysterious? just blew us all out of the water. Every day we hear of more people who have now started walking with Father God or who are stepping closer to Him. I don’t measure spiritual issues as its impossible to quantify what God does. I like a phrase Eugene Peterson uses in The Message, “arithmetic is not God’s focus”, but the stories numerous.
I needed to draw a line and say “It’s finished”. Not that more fruit will not come over the months and years, but that little rant on August 1st 2009 I had at God is over. He has “kept His end of the bargain”, even though He never entered into it! The issue is over and I am so grateful that Mike’s death has produced “life”.
September 16, 2012
As I was driving Richard to a meeting he was telling Kathy and I a bit of his spiritual journey. He talked about God’s FITness program. What God had done For him, In him and Through him. When it came to the For him part he talked about experiencing God’s Greatness, seeing the power of God’s arm.
Colourful friends, George and Richard at Mysterious?
Since Mike’s death, I have read Job several times and it is becoming one of my favorite books. For 37 chapters we have the depressive dialogue with Job’s three friends. All pontificating about why “bad things happen to good people”. They have all the answers! Then in chapter 38, God steps into the scene and tells Job and his friends all about his creation, in other words we see God’s greatness and he questions how mere mortals can have all the answers.
Richard asked the question to God, ” I know you are great and I know you are good, but when have you been good to me?”. Richard had seen the strong arm of God but he wanted to experience the loving heart of God. What I like about scripture is that it demonstrates God is not afraid of our waffle and babbling! He just like’s honest chat, even if we are wrong! But then we see God’s goodness to Job, its says “God bless Job’s later life more than his earlier life”. Job says, “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you”.
We as a family can say that in the eye of the storm, we have seen both the greatness and goodness of God. Mysterious? was a beautiful example of that. I like Job have been blessed with beautiful daughters. I am a millionaire on a lemonade budget!
May 18, 2012
Whilst walking along Derwent Water with my brother and his wife, I said, “That wind must be at least a force 3”. There were white caps coming up and it was blowing a gale. They both said “no, that has to be a force 6”. Although I have been at sea for many years, I have never had to navigate, that has always been the captains job. In reality I know very little about navigation. Chris and Sal have not only sailed but studied and taken exams, in other words they would be prepared for a storm at sea.
We all sail through life, but are we prepared for a storm in life? Would we survive or would it consume us? How do we prepare for a “storm of life”? In all honesty I don’t know how to come up with an answer. What I experienced when my storm hit was based on relationship. I have for years built a relationship with Father God, family and some good friends. As Chris and Sal had invested in studying and learning about the sea, wind, boats, safety etc, I had invested in friendship with God and man. When the storm hit, I knew where to turn, I would say it was not my doing that got me through the storm, but those relationships. I wonder what others would say from their experience.