Deep breathes, I can do this. Wait, what? NO! ummm, I mean yes, I can do this. As long as my focus remains sure on the only one consistent thing my life will ever have… look at God.
No matter what each day puts in place, and sometimes I think we feel a bit like plate spinners here at our home, God is the heartbeat that calms us, the path that we follow, the hands that reach out to encourage, give hope, heal and even push. I cannot imagine facing a day without first facing Him and making sure that my heart is pure in His eyes so that our fellowship can be sweet throughout my whole waking moments.
We were recently watching a PBS documentary on the dissection of a great blue whale. It was disgusting.
PBS did not intend this show to bring glory to this great giant’s creator, or to strengthen our resolve and deepen our faith in Him, but they did… well, that magnificent beast that got taken piece by piece did. Even the lead scientist, who scoffed at the story of Jonah, and told us that that whale was once a wolf that walked on land… yeah, we had a good laugh at that one. She, through her unabashed disbelief showed us how relevant and real our God truly is. It isn’t something I like to watch all the time… dissections that is, but we continued to watch in amazement of God’s creature creation and in curiosity of how extremely different her belief system was. What happened was that by watching that we remembered and were able to share with the children (as they wondered how anyone could believe such things) that each person is created with a desire for a relationship with “someone or something” bigger than themselves. Some fill it with theories of science without God, some with music, some with various addictions, some with careers, and others choose their Creator.
Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
So why would we be surprised and amazed that so many believe the same way this scientist does? In His handbook to us, God already told us that His way is not going to be the way the masses choose.
Our moral of the disection story turned into and encouragement that we indeed are on the narrow path and it is truly a path to life. I bet PBS never thought that show would encourage our faith, but God did.
Psalm 119:105-112 (NIV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.
I have suffered much; preserve my life, O LORD, according to your word.
Accept, O LORD, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws.
Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law.
The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts.
Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.
My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.
If you feel like your going the wrong direction because everyone is saying something different… it may mean you are going in the EXACT direction you should be going.
We can’t listen to “everyone” we need to listen to God and live as this Psalm says, to not forget God’s word (His law), to follow no matter what snares are set (even if the snare is brilliantly edited and hosted by a PhD), our hearts are HIS and they are full of JOY because of Him. 🙂
Have a Joyful day! You are His beautiful creation too!