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My God is an interactive God. Even in the little affairs of man.

Sometimes God will show us his involvement in our lives and use something so small and seemingly god pointing to earth insignificant, but it has a lasting impact. Today was my turn.

This morning my bride and I went into Omaha to pick up a few things from Lowes and Walmart. On this morning my bride’s car was the vehicle in back of the driveway, so we took it. The two big box retail stores are about 25 miles from our home, and we try to minimize our trips based on the current price of gas. As we were on our journey back home we approached one of the few highway stops along the way. This stop is the junction of two highways. I was driving, and as I accelerated to cruising speed, we heard a knock against the right side of our car near the bottom of the passenger door at the instant I was shifting into 5th gear. (mental note for later) We thought it must have been a rock or stick and drove on without much more thought. We’ve all done this. We might make a mental note to look at the car when we get home. But, normally we don’t stop along a busy highway to check out the car.

When we returned home and got out of the car to unload our purchases my wife noticed that the whole turn signal assembly on the front passenger side was completely gone. The wiring harness was still in place, but the whole turn signal housing was gone. It was if someone had removed it. We immediately knew that this must have been the sound we heard knocking against the bottom of the door on the way home. Gwai-gwai long duh dong!! (Firefly exclamation)

We just kind of shrugged our shoulders and shook our heads and unloaded the groceries. My bride was kind of rushed to get ready for work and eat some lunch so we kind of halfheartedly discussed the possibility of me returning to the scene to see if I could find the turn signal. My wife took our other car to work because the turn signal did not work properly and I proceeded to eat some lunch. But the turn signal would not leave my mind.

I really didn’t want to make the 20 mile or so trip back to where I suspected the turn signal escaped the car. I had other things to do today. If I did find it, it would probably be smashed, or, was I really sure about where the turn signal let loose, it was probably laying in a ditch somewhere out of sight and I’d never have a hope in finding it. These were the thoughts going ’round my brain. But it was totally nagging me. Was it God nagging me?

The scriptures tell us that God is involved even in the casting of lots. What most people call chance.

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord. (Proverbs 16:33 ESV)

This is where God shows me, once again, his involvement in my daily life.

Needless to say, I drove back to the suspected spot. Along the way I spoke to God, asking him to show me his will in this minor thing. If I couldn’t find it, then it was his will. If I did find it, then it was his will. This comes from knowing a sovereign God. I drove past the suspected spot. Turned around and stopped at the same highway junction. I accelerated and shifted just like I normally do, but this time I stopped short of 5th gear, pulled over to the break down lane, and put my emergency flashers on. I waited for the traffic to clear so I could get out out of the car without fear of becoming a bug in the grille. I walked to the rear of the car just so I could back track a little bit and spotted it. A turn signal, laying in the grass, just off the break down lane. It wasn’t ten feet from where I had stopped. I bent down and picked it up. It looked like the right one. I carried it to the front of the car (doubt was basically gone by this point) and sure enough, it was the turn signal for my bride’s car. Now my skills of observation are pretty good. But I didn’t even have to walk more than out of harms way to find this little turn signal. I’m not that good. I could NOT have missed it. God was making it perfectly clear that it was him. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

The turn signal was intact and I was able to re-install it. It works perfectly.

Thank you God! Not only are you the awesome and mighty creator of the universe, but you are also the God who is involved in the little affairs of my life. I praise you for the divine reminders.

Soli Deo Gloria!

 

First come smiles, then comes lies. Last is gunfire.

For the past several weeks during my commute to work I’ve been reading through “The Dark Tower“, a series of DarkTowerComicbooks by Stephen King. Obviously this is a series on audio book. I save the reading for my text messages. 🙂

The Dark Tower” books incorporate themes from multiple genres, including fantasy, science fiction, western, and horror. The books follow the life of a gunslinger and his quest toward a dark tower, which is both physical,and metaphorical.

Since the series is created under multiple genres, it lends itself to many a memorable quote from its many cast of characters. I want to mention a couple of them here. They come from the main character “Roland Deschain” the gunslinger himself. When asked what chance he thinks he and his companions have against a certain foe, he quietly says:

We don’t deal in chance. We deal in lead.

Ah, visions of Clint Eastwood as the “man with no name”.

The other quote comes at a time when Roland is reminiscing with his progeny. He is telling about his past dealings with some seemingly friendly folks who end up shedding the facade for their true devious, and malicious nature. He ends the tale with:

First come smiles, then comes lies. Last is gunfire.

This quote reminds me of something out of the book of Proverbs in the bible. The majority of this biblical book is in the context of an older man writing instruction to his son. The section of verses that I am reminded of are found in Proverbs 6:12-15.

A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.

Like the gunslinger above, the author of the proverb is teaching a warning to his pupil about those who flatter with their smiles, and talk. But in the end only evil and warring come from it. The verses that follow this passage above begin with “There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him:..” This is serious business.

Look for my book review of “The Dark Tower” book series coming to this blog in the near future.

 
 

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Where are those encouraging words?

I love this comic strip. If you don’t read it, it is a syndicated comic strip called “Baby Blues. Their son Hammie is such a riot. I have another strip featuring him coming up in a few days. I really had to Laugh Out Loud when I read this but it also prompted another thought

He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin. (Proverbs 13:3)

My beautiful wife, of sixteens years now, has been doing the Proverbs on her blog. After seeing the comic strip above I was reminded of the Proverbs. For years my wife and I have tried to instill in our children the habit of saying encouraging words to each other. Now I will admit that on more than a few occasions those exhorting words of “Now how encouraging was that?” have come back to haunt us when we have expressed our dislike of their activities. But for the most part all we have to do is clear our throat and they know exactly what should happen. Not saying it always happens, but they do know. Try to create those habits in your children as well. Also preach it to yourself. Guard those lips!