I was recently on a flight going from the West Coast to the East. All was smooth as silk when suddenly, without warning, we encountered strong turbulence. I was asleep, but after that, was on guard the rest of the flight. But there isn’t much I could do about it. My life was in the hands of the pilot. Those flights remind me of life itself. All can be smoothe sailing, then suddenly it seems that we are being hit by the turbulent times of job stress, health issues, financial woes, family issues, or life altering crisis. But always remember we worship and serve a God who is firmly in control. He is not just a skilled pilot for our lives, but He shaped us before we were born, and knows every intricate detail of our existence. He is our hope, and He holds our future. So regardless of what comes your way, worship Him in and through the uncertain times.
How big is God’s pinky finger? That’s just one of hundreds of questions I’ve written down over the years that my boy Cooper has asked me. Today is his birthday, and those of you who follow my ministry are well familiar with Cooper’s famous questions. I can honestly say, I rarely have an answer to his questions, so I am thankful for Google! But I always encourage his curiosity. I remember when he asked me this question. I told him I had no idea how big God’s pinky finger is, but I do know that he created the heavens with just his fingers and a spoken word. So even though we don’t know the size of God’s fingers, we do know the power. And here is just one more reason to worship Him today…those same fingers that slung the stars in space and lit the sun…are the same fingers that hold you and me in his hands forever.
I just recently finished a fantastic book about the General George Patton. He was a fascinating man. He was a Bold and brash man, both daring and detested at the same time. Many questions still surround the nature of hIs death with mysteriously came on his last day in Germany. However, in this book is an excerpt from His prayer on the day before the famous Battle of the Bulge. All odds were against the Allied forces in this pivotal battle, and Patton and the Third Army were alone without reinforcements, and facing not just the Nazis, but bad weather, as well. Patton’s prayer was typically bold and brash…He even cursed! But what was so refreshing to me, is that he was simply being his true self before the one who knew him even before he was born. No pretense, just authentic conversation with God. Patton was rough around the edges for sure, but when He prayed, he did so honestly. I want to be more like that!
Have you ever seen cardboard testimonies? I always love seeing these because in just a few words a person tells their story before Christ, then flips the cardboard over, and in a few words tells the story of their life after meeting Christ. These are quick and vivid snippets of the redeeming power of Jesus. And they also remind us of the fact that we are all walking advertisements of this redemption. Do you remember the day Jesus rescued you from your sin? He changed you from the inside out and everything in your life was transformed. This is redemption. He saved you from hopelessness and gave you hope. He found you while you were lost and gave your life direction and purpose. You know, for such a radical change in our lives, its seems weird that we wouldn’t tell more people, doesn’t it? What is your cardboard testimony? Advertise it to the world!
Losing a loved one can be the most painful moments in our lives. But it is much less sorrowful when we know that loved one is in the arms of Jesus for eternity. We find comfort in the words of Paul when He said “we do not sorrow as those who have no hope.” But rather we rejoice that they have a home in heaven and we will see them again. God’s Holy Spirit is the great comforter in our lives even when we don’t know where to turn or what to do. Listen for His still small voice in your heart whispering words of peace. And remember in your sorrow to claim these words from Psalm 34 – “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”So go to the Lord in your sorrow. Bow before him and worship Him. He knows your situation, understands your emotions, and He hears your cries.