Monthly Archives: October 2018

The fine brush work of God

I’m on the ground connecting flights now, but earlier I awoke and lifted the blind of my window and the light poured in! That’s the thing about light, darkens flees from it (but that’s another post for another day).

Local time was just after 8am (that’s just after 3am at home). I guess we were at 38,000 feet. I closed the blind so my sleeping neighbors wouldn’t be disturbed. Breakfast was being served to those who were awake. A few moments later the cabin lights had lit up the cabin so I lifted my window blind and here’s what I saw.

As we neared England the clouds changed to a more mixed variety.

A few months ago I began a new hobby, to dabble with drawing, then watercolor painting and recently I’ve tried my hand with acrylic. Because of this, my photography has changed a bit. Because I am learning how to use different brushes, I’m learning how to lay down background, large shapes and details.

Painting detail is accomplished with a small bit of paint on a fine tipped brush using a steady hand.

It’s hard.

It’s crucial.

When I saw the next picture, I marveled at the broad brush and fine painted detail.

Our sovereign God is the painter!

Fine details matter to Him, as time invested in reading Exodus and Numbers will teach us.

God paints the broad brushes and the details of your life. So do not fear.

He’s in charge and He’s not surprised.

When trouble or tragedy strikes, He didn’t see it and go, “Oh no, how did that happen? What do I do now?”

No, those are human responses that we erroneously apply to God.

Trust the broad brush work of God in your life and rejoice in the fine details of His sovereign hand.

Give thanks IN all things and rejoice!

He is shaping you!

(Thank you C. S. Lewis The Problem of Pain)

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When circumstances around us cause anxiety…

Whenever I become anxious about circumstances, I reflect and see that my focus is wrong. This is true for the sick child, the lost employment or, as it seems, our angry and divided people. In every case, let us run to the Lord and, abiding in Him, gain His perspective. Then, with a God trusting perspective, we may…

As a friend recently asked His congregation, “Who’s in charge?”

Perhaps our anxiety shows how we truly answer that question.

Abide in Him.

Further reading for reflection: Psalms 120 & 121.

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Use the Bible carefully…

This text is from the final paragraph of 2 Peter. That last paragraph is incredibly important today as it warns against the misuse of Scripture. Teacher and preacher, use not Scripture to make your point, but take your point from what the Bible says.

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Tired? Rest in God’s strength…

When we’re tired already and having difficulty looking ahead until the afternoon, let alone tomorrow, THAT is the time to decide to take the path of running to God.

A childlike faith is one that chooses the path toward our loving Heavenly Father. He waits for us. A childlike faith is one that trusts in God…

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Pain and suffering…

Suffering and pain are commonplace. We often feel out of control as if we are standing in a strong surf, trying to remain balanced in the undertow.

In The Problem of Pain, C. S. Lewis tells us that God uses pain to shape us. Writing to Christians, probably, from Rome during persecution that was common following Nero blaming Christians for the burning of Rome, Peter taught that our safest course is to trust God.

For you and me, pain and suffering are every day occurrences.

God knows all, he is not surprised.

God is sovereign, all powerful, and He uses pain and suffering to mold and change us. Lewis says that suffering and pain teaches us how to pity, to care for others who struggle.

In the Scripture quoted above, Peter tells us to “entrust” our souls to a “faithful Creator.”

This is a helpful descriptive name.

Our Father is faithful. He is a rock. He is always there for us (even though for His own good reason – and ours – He May seem silent).

He is Creator. As the maker of all there is, He is greater than all.

Thus, He will allow no more upon us than we can handle. This is a hard saying for some, but my experience is that He shows me in suffering that I can handle more, in Him, than I thought. This is because He is continually working on me.

This is why we should “entrust” ourselves to He who gave us life, and sustains us day by day, our “faithful Creator.”

Thanks be to God for His sovereign care.

May He use us in our suffering to give Him glory and help others and “do good.”

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Consider His Reaction

Jesus trusted his Father, shouldn’t we?

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