Drag Racing Motorcycle

So picture this.  You’re driving home on a Friday night.  The moon is shining above, the freeway is quiet, almost empty, just a few cars within sight.  You’re enjoying the silence when all of a sudden, out of nowhere, a motorcycle flies past you.  He’s going at least 100mph.  Then a car flies past you, right on the tail of the motorcyclist.  Your first instinct is to stop and pray because you instantly know the motorcyclist is going to end up dead.  There is no way a highspeed chase on a freeway at night is going to end well for anyone.

Now reflect on your life.  How many times today did you stop and talk to God before making a decision?  When was the last time you looked at scripture to give you direction in your life?  Is God in the driver seat of your life or are you driving?  If you aren’t running to God and letting Him lead you in your daily life, big stuff and small stuff, then you are losing the race.

If God isn’t the focal point of every moment of every day then you are on the freeway of life with You as the driver and not God.  You are the motorcycle driver who is on the freeway heading towards certain death.  Your only way of being saved, your only way of avoiding death, is to let go of the wheel and let God take the lead.  Lean on Him for everything.  He will never leave you, never forsake you.  He will never let you go anywhere where He won’t be right there with you to walk you through it.

You can rest in the comfort of knowing that you can trust your life to the best driver there ever was, the only true and trustworthy driver there ever will be, your Lord and Savior who loves you and has died for you.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Psalm 25:4-5 – Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.  Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Proverbs 16:9 – In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps

Psalm 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Isaiah 58:11 – The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.  You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Isaiah 30:21 – Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it.”

 

But It’s Kid Safe

“But it’s kid safe mom” said my 9 year old emphatically.  She has been begging to have her own YouTube channel for the last year.  Why a 9 year old wants to be on the internet making funny videos is mind blowing to me.  What happened to going outside and playing flubberball (kickball but the ball is deflated and you’re making due with what you’ve got) until dark and your mom hollers for you to come  home?

As adults we set loving boundaries up for our kids.  Anything from teaching them not to run in the street, to teaching them responsibility through doing chores, to restricting their internet access.  Our goal is to provide them a loving and safe environment in which they can learn how to make choices and suffer the consequences (good or bad).

Our heavenly father is the same.  He sets up loving boundaries in which we can operate.  We are safe in His arms and in His provision.  We can mess up, make bad choices, suffer our consequences and he still loves us the same.  He lovingly says “no” even when we want something super badly if he knows it is ultimately not the best thing for us.

Rest today knowing that God our father loves you.  He loves you so much he will say no.  He loves you so much he has something better for you.  We don’t have to have all the answers, we just have to follow in faith and trust that he is our good good father.

 

Tiny Ant Feet

This evening at bible study (you need to come join us!) we were talking about the Exodus, wandering for 40 years, Jericho, Rahab, Ruth and Moab.  We covered a LOT of ground this evening!  If half of those words didn’t make any sense you aren’t alone!  Our ladies bible study group is on a journey to understanding the bible and how all the people and stories are interrelated.  We took an entire year to work our way through the book of John and are now studying Seamless by Angie Smith.  Phenomenal.  All of the random pieces of the Bible puzzle are starting to fall into place.  People are actually becoming interrelated and stories are being woven into a timeline of the bigger picture.  I can’t highly recommend it enough.  No matter where you are at in your walk, from a brand new believer to a life long believer, you will learn from her study.

You might know the story of Jericho.  The Israelites had been wandering for 40 years, came to Jericho, marched around the walls for 7 days then the walls of the city came tumbling down.  Yes, there’s way more to it than that, but that’s the nuts and bolts of what we remember most of the time.  Just don’t forget about the prostitute Rahab who lived in the city wall who actually let the Israelites into the city to start the whole thing.  Now don’t lose me here, stick with me.  There’s so many reasons why we can’t forget Rahab, but largely because she was the mother of Boaz who married Ruth, who had a son named Obed, who had a son named Jesse, who had a son named David.  Yes, the same “David and Goliath” David, the same “King David” David.  And Jesus was born from the lineage of David.

Do you think Rahab, the prostitute who allowed the enemy Israelites into her city, ever thought that she would be of direct lineage to the savior of the world?  That her choices that day would have a direct impact of the salvation of every person who would ever live?   She was a prostitute, an outcast by society, who was faithful in her belief that the Israelite’s God was bigger than all other God’s, bigger than anything she had ever experienced.

We are so small in the scheme of the big picture, yet small choices make such big impacts.  It is so easy to get wound up in our problems each day.  How are we going to make ends meet?  Who is going to pick the kids up from school?  Why am I burdened like this?  These daily problems are smaller than ant’s feet when you zoom out and look at the big picture.  Yet our choice to follow Christ, in the big decisions and small, make massive ripple effects in the big picture.

I encourage you to follow Christ, even when it seems impossible or unimaginable.  Your faithfulness to Him will have greater ripple effects than you can ever know.  The problems of today are but tiny ant feet in the greatness of His work through all time.

Joshua 2 – Rahab and the Spies

Joshua 6 – Walls of Jericho

Matthew 1:5-6 – and Salmon begat Boaz of Rahab; and Boaz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; and Jesse begat David the king.

 

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