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Day 318 – Life 365

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Drift

Pastor Mel was talking in staff about Wednesday nights where Generation Next Youth were talking about the slow fade. My mind went to this scenario –

You ever been to the beach?  I guess that is the first question.  You might get the same effect from a lake but definitely from the ocean.  You get to the beach early in the day and get a nice spot picked out.  Home base for the day is where the towels,chairs,umbrella,sand toys,lotions etc are located.  The lotions go on, the belly gets sucked in and out to the water you go with something large in tow to float on.  You get through the first set of breakers and sling your slippery lotion-covered body up on some type of blown up floating device that still has you light-headed from inflating it.  It feels so good to just  lay there with your eyes closed and soak up the sun as water spreads a mist on you like a spray wax in a car wash.

This wave action can be troubling for young and old, men and women.  You look towards home base on the beach and what used to be your hot wife is now a whole different family.  It was for only seconds that your eyes were closed and now the family has done packed up and left – or did they?  A closer look further up the beach reveals home base is now 100 yards (or meters) to the left of where it used to be.  Now comes the hard part, paddling.  Paddling against the push of the waves you make it back to where home base is in front of you again.  This time, eyes open, paddling becomes part of the laying back afloat so the natural current and wave action doesn’t take you adrift.  It takes some work but home base is in plain sight and still right there in front of you.

In life, we are out in the water.  We float with home base in sight and in front of us.  Not paying attention and thinking we don’t have to work at it, life begins to take us away from where we should be.  If you don’t keep your eyes open and work at it, you will find that you have drifted.  Home base is no longer right there in front.  You may have drifted so far, that home base is not even in sight.  That may be another reason that Jesus was a fisher of men.

So put your lotion on and pay attention in life to where you are.  It takes work but Jesus is standing at that home base and calling out like a lighthouse lamp on a dark and foggy night that your drifting too far.

-side note:

You may think that the float will always be there to keep you above water.  Possible..

..but I recall a time in a rock quarry near Lee University.  After some rock diving, I set out to float in the middle.  Laying back and soaking up the sun, I hear a KERPLUNK.  After another KERPLUNK, I look back to the cliff where “friends” of mine are hurling rocks in my direction.  About that time, a rock strikes the raft and air shoots from the gaping hole.  My float is now a sink and I am left to swim it in.

Watch for drift – and flying objects being hurled at you.

Day 42 – Life 365

Rain

Rain

In a severe drought, these clouds are welcomed.  They didn’t produce a lot.

New to WordPress

This is the trial run for WordPress.  I have a current blog on Typepad.  So far, the only reason to switch is the price.  Will be evaluating further.

Wrinkled

Well if you don't follow by twitter or facebook, this morning started at break-neck speed.  I, the alarm keeper must have turned the volume down.  A normal day begins at 6am.  Today, 7am caused the family to move like the house was on fire.  With temps in the 40s, I gazed through blurry eyes at my selection of shirts.  Knowing time was short, I grabbed a shirt.  After being stacked in my winter pile at the top of my closet, this selected gem of a shirt was obviously wrinkled.  Sharla having to be out first still needed to get breakfast, so I skipped ironing and went on to stir up the takeawayfromhome sack (Steak n Shake reference) of eggs and strawberries.  Now on a normal day, I would run the iron over the shirt but not gonna happen on this day.  What would the common folk think if they saw me on the street with a wrinkled shirt?  Have I ever had thoughts after seeing someone else with a wrinkled shirt?  Did that person have a story of why a wrinkled shirt was being worn?  Who would look at me today with a judgmental eye but not ever know the story behind the wrinkle.  As we get older, the skin begins to show it's age with wrinkles of time.  What is the story behind the wrinkle?  You may have a wrinkle happen in, your, life, but the story has a good ending as God straightens things out with the hot steam from His iron of love, mercy, grace, forgiveness and more. Wrinkled.

http://twitter.com/lindellaustin

It's the new year and I already find that it is hard to get in here and post.  I did happen to hit the blog and find that everything was not in it's place.  All is well, and if not, hit refresh.  You will find that down on the left under our pics there is an updated little diddy.  To follow my days more closely, sign up for a free Twitter account at Twitter.com.  I go by lindellaustin.  Easier way is to go to http://twitter.com/lindellaustin  and you will be directed to sign up and then you hit the follow button.  You will then be able to receive and see my thoughts and moves and doings on a more frequent basis.  Much easier to tap in on the phone and post.

I Believe In You

Stars and a Rock Pillow

Was on the way in to the church this morning when the text came for me to lead staff devotion.  The first thing that runs through your head is, well, everything.  What would I say and  what style? What would I base it on? What has God been speaking to me?  What books would I like to talk about that I have been or finished reading.  With 10 minutes to go time I looked for the latest book that I read entitled "Jesus Wants to Save Christians" from Rob Bell.  It was no where to be found.  The next was a book from Mark Batterson call "Wild Goose Chase" (Look to my books on the side for links and related).  Scanning through my underlined passages, I settled on chapter 3 on the "Dictatorship of the Ordinary".  Batterson talks of the cage of routine in this chapter.  I, a former science teacher, keyed on some of the facts about the Earth and its rotation and revolution speeds.  A routine that we never think about as being a miracle.  Now that is all you need to jump start a devotion.  We do life all of the time without thinking.  Being in a routine that spins at us and propels past.  When was the last time that we stopped and looked at the stars?  Did you see in the last few weeks that Venus and Jupiter paired up near each other.  It was like the end of a sling shot as the moon would make its way from below, through and past the planets in the night sky.  Each night, as the planet revolves and rotates we a part of a dance in one part of the universe.  Moving in the perfect timing with an elegance that only a classical song could portray, the miracle of the heavens surround us.  We hardly even notice unless a catastrophic movie is made about the music stopping in the middle of the dance.  What are the small things that ooze God that we let slip by everyday.  The routine, the lights, the technology of the day, all and more just stealing those natural, built in moments for worship.  It's like Jacob in the book of Genesis.  In the midst of his family troubles he is laying down to sleep  with a rock pillow in the middle of the wilderness.  It was a fantastic night as Jacob heard from God through his dream.  It was so much that when Jacob awoke he spoke out loud "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it."  Where is God and your daily life that you didn't even know He was there?  Start by looking in the small stuff.

iThanksgiving

With my phone, the road trip is all new. On the road: with the use of maps app. there is a clear path to follow. Traffic can be monitored and alternate routes previously hidden, now exposed. The location of the nearest starbucks is a few taps away. Need gas? Gas bag, with a social network of reporters now gives you a look at where the next gas station is and who has the cheapest ($1.53 at our fill up). The cabin/woods can now be explored and photographed in a whole new way with satellite view from maps. Trails are clear, food is being prepared and thankful for much. Just need to get rid of this infernal cough. No sickness in the Kingdom. Photo with iPhone and all posted from phone. Checking the weather from an app says that our season change trip way up north from Tampa to Atlanta will be perfect.iThanksgiving

People from the past

Do you ever wonder how people are soon? All of those that you came in contact with in the past. What ever happened to kelly from 1st grade? Harold and vantress in 6th grade. Mr. Fowlkes, the first male teacher, first to get a swat from, one of my favorites. He was my 5th grade teacher. Coach Rudanovich another favorite – 7th. Joel my first college roomie. Ricky the painter. My students, my youth group. I believe we shall explore this further in upcoming posts.

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