A Matter of Life or Death

Hi all, sorry for the delay in getting the blog out today.  Yes, I can rationalize that it’s still Monday, but I still don’t feel good about it being so late.

So, are you ready to step into my head today?  Scary thought huh?  Yep, I find it weird at times too… but it can be a bit entertaining on a good day.

For some reason I have had a really tough time with this blog entry today.  I had it half written before today and I continue to find myself in a complete mental log jam.

Those of you who have hung out with me know that I am not a writer.  Words do not flow easily and writing this blog is very difficult for me… in fact, it’s grueling today.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining at all.  I mention it to make a point about the topic at hand.  This blog was the result of a deep stir.  It is a step on a journey… it is not the purpose or the destination.

But, when you are stirred on the deepest of levels and you believe you are to do something specific in regards to the stirring… then you know you must do it or lose out on something momentous.

Like many of you, I have started lots of things that caught my fancy and promptly stopped when I got bored or it required too much work.  These are generally the things in life that one takes on to fill voids or to tickle us when we are feeling down.

I know this stirring of mine is something special because I have not and will not casually toss it aside because things get difficult.

When we become aware and accept the fact that we live far below what God desires and provides for us, something occurs.  That awareness is like moisture to a dormant seed.  It becomes a catalyst that sparks life (remember, all life comes from God).

With the initial spark of life there is nothing of any shape or real substance, but only a microscopic seed that begins to germinate.  You have no idea what this seed is, what it means, or what fruit it will bear.

As the seed grows a quiet movement begins to push from the deep.  It builds and stirs and eventually surfaces to consciousness.

Once we are aware all we must do is to nurse it, feed it and be patient.  To do any more hinders the fullness available.  You must not try to force it or tamper with it.

We tamper with it by trying to figure it out or define what it is and what we want it to be.  In reality, we try to grasp or control it.

KEY LEARNING: We cannot create or spark life but we can kill or maim something.

I believe some sparks of life are to things you may have considered to be long dead.  For me this spark of life from the stirring has lead me into things that I had NO idea I would pursue… this blog for example.  I never in my life considered that writing would the path.

“We long for more but dare not believe that more is possible.”

– Penelope Stokes

So the natural question is why do we not take advantage of the possibilities God has provided?

I think there are several reasons.

  1. We don’t have any idea that they are there (Now that I have told you, number one is out as an excuse)
  2. You don’t believe me
  3. You don’t think they are for you
  4. You don’t think you can do it, that you will fail
  5. It feels beyond your grasp

I understand all of these.  But a specific comment on number five.  Yes it is beyond our grasp.  God always takes us beyond our grasp.  If it were within our grasp there would be no stretch.  No faith would be required.

Some of you may have already recognized some deep stirring, great.  Or this blog has validated something that you have sensed but didn’t know what it was.

Others of you may not feel any stirring what-so-ever.  That’s okay too.  Why, because you can be assured that God wants to gift you the joy of going beyond where they are now.   How do I know that?  God in His great love has created things for all (Christian and non-Christian alike) to enjoy.

I believe that if you aren’t sensing any stirring at this time it is because of one of two things.  Either the timing isn’t right or you may be a bit hardened and can’t detect any stirring.  But if you remain open… you’ll learn the stir.

All I can say is that it’s an amazing journey.  Fun, mysterious, and rewarding.

See you Thursday morning… early.

P.S.  I say early because this is my way of creating forced discipline for myself.

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