Last night, I had a rather harrowing & long drive home in a snowstorm. It was no bueno. I almost slipped off the road several times & had a super difficult time seeing where I was driving. By the time I got home, I decided that in the future, I’d pull over & get a hotel room for the night – cheaper than a car wreck
This morning, I read about how God created the world in 6 days, speaking & creating – super powerful & very amazing! What always rattles me to the core is when I read about how God created man. This upends me because with everything that God created, only with man did God shape & mold man according to the image of God. With the rest of what God created, God spoke & it was done.
So friends, I posted on Facebook this morning about gossip being bad & I think we’d all readily agree that it’s not healthy.
Have you ever had a season where it seems like more is going wrong than what’s going right? Job had this experience. In a short amount of time: he lost all of his kids, all his wealth evaporated, his health took a plunge & his wife went rogue & didn’t encourage him. Job totally went through an awful season & you can read his book in the Old Testament to hear his thoughts & emotions in the thick of all these difficulties. Going through hardships & difficulties isn’t something new in our human experience but here are some ideas that might be helpful:
When Jesus rose from the dead, there were all kinds of speculations as to what happened to Him. Indeed, the first person to see Him after His resurrection thought He was a common gardener. When Jesus appeared to His disciples, initially they thought He was a scary ghost. On the road to Emmaus, some of His followers thought He was a fellow traveler. It seems to me that we often try to fit Jesus into our known paradigms rather than change our thinking to fit Who Jesus is.
When I think about Who Jesus is & what He did, I’m reminded that He defied the religious conventions of His day:
- He purposely healed on the Sabbath in front of the religious leaders, creating havoc & chaos in their doctrinal dogma
- He upended the daily temple traffic, displaying anger & hostility at the distorted expression worship had become
- He challenged Nicodemus’ thinking about God’s kingdom and sprung on him the crazy idea about being born again
- He condemned the religious to forgive the broken and defeated: the woman caught in adultery who was brought to Jesus by the religious leaders whom He forgave
Let’s be careful that our ideas of Jesus conform to the Gospels and not merely man’s religious dogma
People are interesting without a doubt. Sit in a Starbux, visit an airpot, watch in Walmart, socialize in church, etc & its high grade entertainment value to see what people do & how they behave. Sometimes I just like to stop what I’m doing, adjust my attention & look at what the people are doing around me – so MUCH FUN!!!!
Here are some reasons why I like people:
- diversity: no two people are the same in any way, no matter how much effort they make to imitate & blend
- creative: everyone seems to see things from unique & often highly creative perspectives, causing them to behave in very creative ways & do creative things
- beautiful: each person has a distinct beauty (in their visage, mannerisms, interactions, clothing, makeup, etc)
- surprises: just when you think you have a handle on human behavior someone does something entirely unexpected, rogue & outlier-ish
- community: it’s always fun to watch the ways in which we interact with each other, endeavoring to honor, connect, communicate & engage
Today, let’s celebrate people, God’s highest & most valuable creation
I’ve been enjoying the adventure of physical therapy in recovering from a recent Shuler surgery & part of the adventure is exploring the limits of my range of motion – not so bueno. It seems like the muscles in my shoulder haven’t appreciated the recent intrusion & so they tend to get cranky & resistant, imagine that ,)