God is Bigger Than... a Help Desk

Have you ever sat at your computer going nuts because the machine is not working right? I have. Well if you click on that little help button you’ll probably get your problem solved. It’s true! The button brings answers to questions, videos with demonstrations and maybe a community of people to solve your problem. It’s called the Help Desk. Until recently, I have avoided the Help Desk. Why? Because I hate to ask for help. It’s ridiculous really. On one hand I need the problem fixed and on the other hand I cannot fix it. What’s missing? The moment when I admit that I cannot fix it correctly by myself. I may try to solve it “my way” but that usually results in a mess. Fortunately, I am not the only person to struggle with admitting they need help. Take Abram. Woven between the stories of Abram becoming the Father of Many Nations and a friend of God (James 2:23) is a story of Abram’s limited problem solving skills creating a HUGE mess. One time when Abram and his beautiful wife Sarai were on their way to Egypt, Abram asked Sarai to tell everyone that she was his sister. (Genesis 12) He was afraid that when everyone saw her beauty, they would kill him so they could make her their wife. (You will notice that Abram has not asked God for help. He came up with this lame plan all on his own.) Sarai does as she was told and Pharaoh takes her to the palace. Result? Abram gets treated great by Pharaoh and Pharaoh’s household comes down with a terrible disease. So Pharaoh gives Sarai back to Abram and tells them to leave. What a mess. Do you think if Abraham had sought God’s help the Lord would have come up with a better plan? Oh yeah. I think so. Well, a while later God personally tells him in Genesis 15:1 “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” Then God forms a covenant with him and changes his name to Abraham and Sarai’s to Sarah. How great is that? Surely now Abraham knows he can count on God. What’s the rest of the story? Abraham makes the same mess AGAIN. He and Sarah take a trip to Gerar and he tells her to say she’s his sister. (Genesis 20)You know how this goes: King takes her to the palace, whole household becomes sick, and Abraham is kicked out of Gerar. Yuck. The part of this that affects me the most is not that Abraham did the same idiotic thing twice but that between the two incidents Abraham develops a deep personal relationship with God. And yet his fear drove him to find his own solution, therefore not admitting to God he needed help. This time, Abraham was not willing to let God be in charge. Knowing God personally does not remove every fear but it does give you a precious place to find help. Find the fears that you are afraid to turn over to the Lord, admit you need help and seek the best Help Desk in the universe- the Lord.

Song of the week: Francesca Battestelli "You're Here"

I bought Francesca Battestelli's new CD yesterday called Christmas and now it's all I listened to. Yes, getting family a little nuts.:) Francesca has a magical voice but her true gift is in her song writing. She co-wrote three songs for this Christmas album- Heaven Everywhere, Christmas is and You're Here. All destined to be classics but You're Here absolutely steals my heart. I can not help but stop and soak up the splendor that is the gift of Christ. And this video of her singing with her infant daughter in her lap? The best. Makes me tear just thinking of it. Take a minute to listen and feel the true meaning of Christmas breathe into your soul.


God is Bigger Than Dad's Whistle

Long summer days would find my brother, sister and I deep in the woods behind my childhood home. Whether building forts, catching tadpoles or partaking in some magical game of make-believe, we were entirely engrossed in our adventure in the woods. That is until we heard my dad’s whistle. We would stop playing, gather whatever toys, tools or shoes might have found their way into the woods with us and head home. All along the way home we would yell “coming” until a last we’d see our Dad in the backyard telling us to wash up for dinner. Our father called us and we came. If only it was as easy with our Heavenly Father to figure out what the Lord is asking of you and then doing it. Neither of these are easy but I have to say that for me the hardest part of following a calling of the Lord is believing. There were times the Lord wanted something done but I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that I was supposed to do it. Instead my brain wallowed in disbelief. “Someone should do something.” Or “I would do it but I can’t sacrifice my time, talents or money.” Or “If the Lord called me, He would have made it easy” There is a part of responding to the Lord’s calling that’s more than hearing and doing… it’s believing. This leads me to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Imagine an angel tells you that you are going to have a baby who will be God’s son and He’ll reign on His throne forever. Mary’s just a poor teenage girl from the sticks. There’s no thrones, no kings just Mary. And yet she believed. Luke 1:45 says of Mary “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.” How could Mary believe she was truly called to do this most amazing thing? The key to believing you should do the things the Lord wants done is believing He will be with you through it. It’s one thing to be called. It’s another thing to know the person calling you is there with you. Let’s go back to those three kids in the woods. Did they want to stop playing and go home? No. But the whistle was not just a sound to tell them to come. It was acknowledgement that their father was waiting for them. Mary knew that her heavenly father was there for her too. Luke 1:48 Mary proclaims how God sees her “for He has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.” The creator of the universe has asked her to do something for Him but God does not leave Mary to figure it out alone. God is mindful of her just as his mindful of you. This Christmas BELIEVE. Believe that there are things the Lord has called you to do but just as important, believe that He is with you. Remember they called Mary’s son Immanuel which means God is with us. The true gift of Christmas is allowing your self to believe it: God is with you. Amen

SONG OF THE WEEK: Like Jesus Does by Eric Church

I suppose it comes from my passion for cheese grits but I do love a good country love song. Eric Church sings about the kind of lovin' that's worth having and let's face it- it's the kind of love that's really worth giving. Yep, that's loving someone like Jesus does.

Of course someone else's loving won't keep Satan away but this song certainly speaks to that amazing love of someone staying by your side through your own ugliness. Like Jesus.

Even if country is not your speed, give a listen.

I'm a long gone Waylon song gone by,
I'm a backroads sinner at a tent revival,
She believes in me like she believes her bible,
And loves me like Jesus does.

I'm a left foot leaning on a suped up Chevy,
I'm a good ol' boy, drinking whiskey and rye on the levee,
But she carries me, when my sings make me heavy,
And she loves me like Jesus does.

All the crazy in my dreams,
Both my broken wings,
Every single piece of everything I am,
Yeah, she knows the man I ain't,
She forgives me when I can't,
And the devil man, he don't stand a chance,
Cause she loves me like Jesus does.

Always thought she'd give up on me one day,
Wash her hands of me, leave me staring down some runway,
Yeah, I thank God each night, and twice on Sunday,
That she loves me like Jesus does.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer  

" The Bible is the inevitable outcome of God's continuous speech. ... I think a new world will arise out of the religious mists when we approach our Bible with the idea that it is not only a book which was once spoken, but a book which is now speaking."