Playing with purpose

Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.


Every day of my life GOD speaks. I don’t always hear, I am human and easily distracted. This morning I am hearing clearly something I think has been trying to push through all week. Maybe longer.

As clear as I can understand, it involves the courage to be disconnected. Or unmoored. It involves living beyond good words. It involves living the reality of our songs and reading the road markers that are defined by GOD.

When we declare. When I declare JESUS is all the World to me. I may not get beyond the benefit of the soothing tones and comforting thought. “Jesus is all the world to me, my life, my joy, my all; He is my strength from day to day, Without Him I would fall. When I am sad, to Him I go. No other one can cheer me so; When I am sad, He makes me glad, He’s my Friend.” Will L. Thompson 1904.

How can these words be my reality? Can JESUS be all the World to me? I believe it requires that I pull free from the dock. Minus qualified crew and sail away. It means I understand that the entire earth is landscape on GOD’s easel. Where I go, there GOD is. The comfort and promises of GOD are always there. Always available for me.

That GOD inhabits that song of prayer and promise is obvious. What is not obvious is whether I trust Him. Because my ability to trust GOD is where the hiccup hides.

I find that is essentially addressed when I allow GOD to define my joy, my success, my peace. That’s not easily employed. We have those definitions as defined by our society. So, we just know that we know when we have the “bling, bling!” We know when we have good marriages. We know when we are good parents. Those parameters are well established. We know when we are successful. Our society has told us so. We, therefore, know what if not always how, when something should be fixed.

In the limitations of being human, we are single-minded in our thinking and behavior. We identify the problem, lay out our plan of attack. Then by the grace of GOD we charge! But the imbalance reappears in a different place. So, by the grace of the Lord, we identify, prepare our battle plan, and charge!

To be unmoored is to understand that both comfortable or uncomfortable situations or people have no impact upon our ability to be victorious. When we sail under the wind of GOD’s intent for us, every bit of life is the gift that prepares our heart for more. When we can trust Him despite what our eyes see, our body feels, our ears hear. When we can trust Him ignoring how our lives are interpreted by others. When we trust Him, we can unmoore our boats and sail out into the unknown that is known by GOD.

So, as the sea raged, JESUS took a nap. This perplexed and disturbed His disciples. Wake up Lord, don’t you care that we might perish? I mean was He kidding? Boats about to capsize and dude is fast asleep. But the storm was not a disruption for JESUS. It did not represent separation from safety. The Earth is landscape on GOD’s canvas. There is no place that exists outside of GOD’s awareness.

To prove that, JESUS came to the front of the boat, talked to the sea and said, “Peace be still!” And just that quickly the sea settled. Mark 4:35-39. You know what JESUS asked next? Not, wow boys was that scary? I can’t believe I slept through that storm!” But rather, “Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” Mark 4:40.

I suspect I will live out this life learning to take naps in the storms. Learning to be comfortable floating ‘unmoored’ from the social dock. But I want to live in preparation for what’s next! In this world and the life to come. I want to trust GOD without agenda.

Till then I am happy to know that as I grow, GOD is not disappointed by my humanness. “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.” Psalms 103:13-18.


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