Do you know what I mean when I say that sometimes God calls an audible? For those who aren’t into sports, let me explain.
The kind of audible that I’m talking about is the kind that happens in American football. It’s a change in the offensive play called by the quarterback at the line of scrimmage. This means that the coach and players have laid out a clear plan for their play, but at the last moment, the quarterback switches it up.
When an audible is called, it would be detrimental to the outcome of the game not to go along with the change. If the players aren’t willing to be flexible, things get messy really fast.
I grew up as a missionary kid in Mexico and Guatemala. Life was one big adventure, and we never really knew what was going to happen next. We would set out in a…
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS A JOURNEY along a narrow road. While the road is straight, a lot of the time it’s hard to see very far ahead. We get glimpses and impressions of what lies ahead, but in order to discover what’s really there, we have to keep moving forward.
I regularly hit patches where I realize that everything I’ve been doing up until that point, has simply been preparation for what’s ahead. All of the digging in to learn new things and the relational stretching isn’t really about those things in themselves, it’s about where God is taking you on the journey.
It’s like this: You walk along in faith, doing the next right thing you know to do, then all of a sudden you get a moment of clarity. The mist lifts, and you get a little glimpse into what God is up to.
I was reminded again this weekend of the power found in our story. God is able to take and redeem the most difficult of experiences and situations and bring about something beautiful amidst the pain. If you have experienced pain, loss, disappointment – that experience is not void of purpose. Understanding the journey of pain wont solve your pressure in this moment. It will perhaps reveal something of God’s leading in your life and how God might use you down the road.
There seems to be a process to our pain: Pain – Sadness – Comfort – Redemption. Each of these have a season where they become prominent in our lives. Knowing the process of pain does not make suffering any easier. It simply gives vision for what is to come.
Pain is the first and most obvious stage in the process. Whether it comes in the form of trauma or…
An uplifting post by Cory Lebovitz—worth reading—and he’s right. It’s not about our skills, efforts, relationships, or previous experience. The difference maker is the reality of God’s presence among us.
One person can make all the difference. For instance, a quiet night alone at home can be a boring couple of hours trying to find something to do. However if my wife is there suddenly it is a calm and peaceful night with a person I love. Her presence makes the difference. A solo walk […]
Psalm 3 1 Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” 3 But You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. 4 I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain.
It is believed that David wrote this Psalm when on the run from Absalom, his son.
He begins by sharing with the Lord that the number of enemies he is facing is many. We should certainly relate to this because there have been times that life has pressed in on us and it seems like there is trouble on every hand. The trouble becomes our focus. The enemy comes in many shapes and sizes…if it is not this, it is that or perhaps both…
For those who are talking about the predicted West Coast earthquake—the one that is supposed to wipe out everything on the west side of the I-5 freeway. Yes, yes, I know; experts have been predicting the big one for years. The Bible makes such prophetic predictions as well (see Matthew 24:7, Revelation 8:5). No doubt, it will happen at some point, maybe sooner than we think. Not that we shouldn’t be concerned, even prepared. Still, I thought you might enjoy (is that the right word?) reflecting on this old song from late 1960s and early 1970s. The song charted #7 in Los Angeles in March 1969.
Shango – “Day After Day (It’s Slippin’ Away)”
Inspiration for writing, reflection, or otherwise can come from many genres.