March 31, 2013

Setting a course for a new path

ave you ever wondered if God was chasing you down? Well... he’s chasing me right now. Right NOW!

I have been told that when God chases you, he’s not finished with you yet. I guess that was supposed to be encouraging.

But... I am left with the reins... and nowhere to steer the carriage.

No... that’s probably exaggerating a bit. But it kind of feels that way.

And so...

God has gotten my attention in the usual way—with a 2x4 upside the head... and I finally recognize it. And so...

I am embarking on a new path... a new course. One that is open to God’s leading. And... as a result, I need to spend more time in his word. I need to study his truths. So, as we speak, I am reinstalling my bible software. I am committing to a new era... an era in which I will post regularly about what God is saying through his word. At least what he’s saying to me.

If you would like to come along on the journey, you are welcome to do so. Let me know your thoughts. I am a firm believer in collaboration. After all... iron sharpens iron. Please sharpen me. And let’s take this trip together.

We travel paths where angels fear to tread... but I am hoping that even the angels will interact as I search for God’s nuggets of truth. After all... they are God’s highest creation.

I know I have not posted here regularly enough to maintain a faithful following. I intend to correct that.

Embark with me... on a journey into God’s truth. Let’s explore his word.

Before I go... just a comment on the new blog header....

Normally I post blog headers of pictures that I have taken. But... part of this new direction is the fact that God reached down and grabbed my attention by obliterating my camera and lens. I’m embarrassed to say that the combination of the two is worth about $5,000. And so... for the first time in about 40 years, I am without a camera. I’m having a bit of trouble adjusting to the fact that my only cameras are my iPhone and my iPad.

Before crushing my camera, God also took my music away. Can you say, "Wake Up Call"? So... I have no music. I have no camera. I have God. He is not finished with me yet. Well... he’s not finished, but he’s obviously quite torqued. And I think I had better listen.

The blog header... I didn’t take it. And... I don’t have a camera anymore, so I can’t even imitate it.

And so I am borrowing it. It seemed to work well for April Fool’s day.

Come with me on our journey toward God’s truth. Let’s do this together.

March 25, 2013

“An early spring for you and me”

he groundhog said we’d have an early spring. Prior to that rodent’s statement, our winter had been relatively mild, but within a week the snow storms began to roll in—seemingly one right after the other. And now it is late March. Spring break is next week. And last night, at around 4:30 PM small, fluffy flakes of frozen water began drifting down from the sky.

4:30 PM

I grabbed my camera to take some pictures to post to Facebook. (Whatever did we do before we were able to share our “Ugh!” moments with a disinterested public?) But then... just a few hours later, when it should have been dark outside, I noticed that it was quite bright. So I checked outside and found about half an inch of snow covering everything. And the flakes continued to fall.

Approximately 7:30 PM

May I remind you that I live in Virginia—the capitol of the Confederate States of America, otherwise known as “the southern states” (“southron” in CSA/British orthography).

Within minutes, the phone rang. It was the county school system informing us that school was going to be closed the next day due to the wintry weather. This would be the fourth such school closing in the past three weeks. What exactly is going on here?

So I woke up this morning to find this:

Approximately 7:00 AM today
The view from our front porch
Our neighbor’s house across the street
The view from our back porch—facing south
The view from our back porch—facing east
The side of our house—facing east