I hope you can find a quiet moment of reflection and centeredness in your schedule. Noise is like a layer of clay that keeps your roots from pushing deep to draw from the richness of the soil. Running from one meeting to another, cell phone calls while you drive, the TV always on, and the rush of traffic — it shallows your life and eventually causes malnutrition. Allow your heart to quietly probe the deep rivers that run beneath the surface of your days. Drink from that flow and let its deep richness nourish the deep places of your life. That deep river runs from God. It nourishes you and sustains you. Blessings on your week. Drop me a note if you have prayer requests. Our Prayer Partners are happy to pray for you personally. God be with you, Kevin
You can’t just call somebody at 7:00am without thinking. It’s early. Maybe they’re still in bed – especially if they are in a different time zone. On the east coast, that would make it 4:00am! How inconvenient that would be. Or on the other side of the world, it would be dinner time. We are locked in to the limitations of our time zone. And that causes some big issues when you’re trying to meet deadlines or coordinate schedules. It would be kind of nice if time were not a factor.
When you turn to God through Jesus in prayer, it’s nice to know He’s not limited by any time zone. In fact you may be praying for someone whose crisis was yesterday – and God still hears your prayer. God is always in the present – no time zones. And even though you think you messed up big time last week, or month, God remains willing to help you. What you did back then may have consequences but He can still bring good out of it; because He works with no time zones. What a comfort. What an encouragement – that it’s never too late with God!
A simple request for a favor escalates to a confrontation. At first it was just a question to help out. But the resisting response suddenly infused the dialogue with tension then it escalated to offense and sarcasm. Finally the last exchange is one of disdain and cynical retorts. Wow, that jumped fast. Like going from 0-60 in just a few email or texting exchanges. And both persons feel angry, offended and defensive. So now what? Does the relationship simply break? Hopefully not but it is awkward. Both are now much more defensive. Jesus has a way of cutting through our defenses and our layered motives that seem to escalate beyond what we ever intended. He quietly but effectively returns to basics to remind us who we are and how he loves us. You are a child of God and loved by Him. Suddenly the sarcasm, defensiveness, and offense dissolve. If you have any prayer requests, let me know and I’ll have our Prayer Partners pray for you. Blessings Kevin