Saturday, March 24, 2012

Weekly Devotions - 03/23/2012

Free the Heel, Free the Mind - PURE PLEASURE

In the wilderness I’m not accustomed to notice broken things. As I trek up a snow covered mountain to reach the summit I’m conditioned to focus on the beauty and majesty of the scenery even through darkness. My mind drifts off in prayer; my body rather routinely trudges on: glide, pole, breathe; glide, pole, breathe. Certainly, broken things surround me: dead trees, weathering rocks, predators eating prey. I simply choose to place my gaze on the lovely things, the pure things, the noble things.

Once I moved to the city, I neglected the art of seeing God’s workmanship in His creation. To find God in the city is to find Him among the chaos. It requires a practiced behavior to intentionally look past the vast concrete amalgamation to see beauty.


Coat of Many Feathers

As I venture in to the “backcountry” quite often, the down coat makes for a strong image of how I’m prone to “wear” the garments of comfort and security far beyond when I should. Life is dynamic–it has seasons, and change is unavoidable. Outdoor recreation in the wilderness parallel is this: you have to know when to use certain gear, and when to move on and reach for another piece of gear that fits the changing terrain or climate. Here are some examples of the ways I resist change and stubbornly cling to my gear even when the climate changes and I need to let go and move on:

Originally Posted by Christian Outdoor Leadership


Hand and Eye Coordination

Eye to hand coordination is essential to hit a ball whether with a golf club, tennis racket, or bat. I get this - you probably do too. This is not to say hitting a tiny ball with a golf club is easy. 

But, tension occurs in my life and probably yours too when, as a member of the body, there is no useful purpose -- short of working in the parking lot or kitchen serving coffee and bagels. And this is good, if it is your calling.


Slow Cooker

But the slow cooker does not belong in the peacemaker toolbox. It represents the way we murmur and build a case against people and groups of people.


Cucumber Trellis

The long, gangly vines however make it difficult to find the fruit. Critters have a place to hide. Movement in the garden is restricted. This season I am going to build trellis structures to organize the vine.

If we represent the branch of the vine then what is the trellis? The church. The church is to support the work Christ is doing in and through us. The work of the trellis is not the focus -- it is an ancillary structure to train and prepare disciples to become disciple makers.


Singing in the Reign

I sure have come to love the rain. Living in the sonoran desert for over five years, I understand the importance of rain. Pollen and dust collect on and in everything. My body reacts with sneezing, runny nose, and itchy watery eyes, throat, and nose. Spiritually speaking, what is the dust and pollen collecting on and in our lives?