OurAmazingPlanet has posted an article today about a study that suggests that the Red Sea could have been parted by natural phenomenon in the Bible. This goes back to the story of Moses, being led by God, taking the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 13) by the parting of the seas. The article goes in to some detail explaining that a continuous 65 MPH wind could have forced the sea back, just as the Bible describes, allowing Moses and the Israelites to pass, then as the wind stops-the waters would come rushing back in upon the soldiers making chase.
Here is my problem. This is a HUGE moment in the Bible. The Bible, to the believer, is 100% correct. Did we really need a study to take place that would suggest that this could actually happen?? I didn’t. Their theories are interesting, yet, they are basing all of this on a scientific formula without suggesting that maybe God had a hand in this. Does God not control the land and the seas? Yes. It could of happened, because it DID happen!
What is Faith? That was the question that I threw out to my Facebook friends this week. I had a few interesting answers. Two were for an 80’s pop hit from George Michael–that is what they thought it was. One was wondering why I was asking for her daughter..that was her name. and two more came close and got my attention:
#1 Faith is a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny.
#2 A happy connection to the ALMIGHTY!!!
How would you describe “Faith”, and what other things besides religion do we have Faith in?
Life List. Cassie has been working towards getting her Professional Photography business off the ground. We have both been praying for this. She has wanted to be a photographer for a very long time. I told her to just get out there and do it. I designed her a website as a present, helped her pick out a professional photo lab, purchased her some business cards and got her going on one of her life’s dreams. We have all the tools in place to give her a go at this dream. Now she just needs some prayers and opportunity to open up to her. We concentrated on those. Two things happened this week. She booked her first PAID photo shoot and also volunteered to be the ‘Go-To’ photographer at church. The church had put a small piece in their weekly bulletin about how they needed a photographer. It took me a total of 5 minutes to hunt down the preacher and offer our services. To my knowledge, this is not a paid job, but it is a job of Christ. Something she can give back to the church that has come to mean so much to us. She is volunteering. My first sentence was ‘Life List’. This refers to my list of things that I would like to do or accomplish during my lifetime. We hear a lot about how church members should be giving back to their churches. How God says that everyone has a gift and it should be used for God’s Will. Cassie is doing that starting within the next couple of weeks. Likewise, I would like to be able to volunteer my own services for a church function. That is going on my lifelist, as well as volunteering at an outside source (United Way or some other organization). This past Sunday, Cassie made me proud. Not only did she stand up and take on this special duty with the church, but she is also excited about the opportunity to be able to do something that she loves. She is definitely some inspiration to me and continues to push me to be the better person I envision.
Orange Juice. How do you know that God has been working in you? I know those first two sentences probably have you totally lost. Let me explain. Sunday morning at church, before Sunday School begins, the church provides donuts (or bagels) and milk (or orange juice). This Sunday, like every Sunday, we got there early so that we can share in the fellowship that comes during this Sunday ritual. The girls were sitting around eating their donuts. One of them reached over and slid my cup of orange juice to move it out of the way. The cup tipped over and the juice landed all over the table and right in to my lap. That is not a good way to start Church. The crotch of my pants was soaked. I jumped out of my seat and just started laughing. To me, it was funny. Where else would it have went, but in my lap?? Before I know it, church members were scrounging for napkins to help me clean up the mess. Why does this story matter to me?
Just a few short months ago I would have been angered to the point of stomping off and possibly yelling at the kids. God has been working on my anger. He throws little obstacles at me–like this juice, to see how I will react. Subconsciously I don’t see the test. It is after the fact that I can rejoice and know that my God is changing me from the inside out. My reaction was so unlike me that when I looked up at Cassie and the girls, they were quite. Just quiet and staring. The girls were scared. I understand that it was a complete accident and that the juice, once dumped, had a 99% chance of hitting the crotch of my pants. That is just the way things work. Luckily this time God had my back and revealed himself to me in a new and profound way. Thank-you Lord!!
Church is starting to become a real blessing to my family. Every Sunday we come home discussing what church was about and how we can use that in our coming week. The girls absolutely love Sunday School and Children’s Church and we are so lucky to have such a great children’s program in place. We are getting to know people and everyone has accepted us in to their family.
Most of you have probably already heard about the preacher down in Florida that wants to burn the Koran on September 11th. This story is all over The Drudge Report, and since-all over the news. I listened to this preacher stutter and mutter his way through an interview on Good Morning America the other day. He has vowed that no matter who says what-even condemnation by the President of the United States and our generals in Afghanistan-that this burning will go on. He says that we have to protect our Freedoms and that once Muslim society takes seed, that it expands and tries to eat everything, including the government.
Brief Moment #64 touched on the AuburnCordDuesenberg Parade that I visited this past Saturday. This parade gave me three more items to add to my Lifelist of things that I would like to do before I die. I have decided that I will probably never own one of these classic automobiles, but that might not stop me from being able to hitch a ride in one of these classic million dollar works of art. Some things are just not meant for me to own, but my close proximity to this fantastic festival has me thinking that I might be able to catch a short ride in one. So I have vowed to ride in an Auburn, A Cord, and a Duesenberg before I die. How will I make this happen? I am not sure yet, but I did just learn that one of my coworkers has an old ’30’s Auburn…the wheels are already spinning for next year.
Cassie, Katelynn, and I enjoyed our second Auburn, Cord, Duesenburg Parade this past Saturday. This is an historical parade of the classic cars made and built in Auburn, Indiana. The Duesenbergs hold the world record for most expensive vehicles ever sold. A few of them have been sold for $20-$30 million each. Last year, Katelynn was still in mommy’s belly but she was right there at the parade with us. This year she actually got to see the cars. It was funny. Most of the people in the parade were smiling, laughing, and waving at seeing baby Katelynn watching them go by. She is only 5 months old, but she was having fun. I couple of the cars revved up and scared her a tiny bit, but even with all the loud noises and new sights, she never cried once. I think this will be a yearly tradition for myself and my family. We are even talking about making this an annual family get-together and going all out with a cookout, games, etc. I think it would be a blast.
This year’s parade set a world record for most Duesenburgs in one place. Auburn had 71 of the classics show up for this year’s activities. It was just awesome watching them parade downtown, then just seeing them out driving around. It made a person feel like it was 70 years in the past. I wonder what my grandparents would have thought about these cars..
My quest to read the entire Bible is going rather well. I have now read Genesis, Mathew, Mark, Philemon, and half of Luke in under a week. It is odd. The more I read, the more I want to read. I am finding the little details of Mathew, Mark, and Luke to be intriguing. All the Gospels pretty much tell the same story-that of Christ and his life, but each of them add to the story.
I finished the book of Genesis today. The one book of the Bible that I always get stuck and quit reading. I finally finished and never got bored! It was actually a great read. The stories of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Joseph were truly amazing. It was interesting to learn and see how God worked to prove to each of them that he was the one true God. Each of these guys proved that they had an incredible Faith and commitment to God. Noah worked for 125 years building the Ark. That is commitment.
Noah and his family committed themselves to building the ark for 125 years. People would come by and laugh at him and his family. He was ridiculed for being crazy. Every waking hour of every day, for 125 years, Noah built the ark. God granted Noah and his family life through faith. They believed what the Lord said was true. They also feared the Lord and knew that he could do what he said to Noah. Those living in the area had no Faith.
Faith and Commitment.
I think sometimes we need to step back and question our own Faith and Commitment. Have we committed ourselves enough to allow God the freedom to work in us? Do we actually believe that God will use us for his will? Immediate results may not come, but if we stay strong in Faith, Committed to the overall plan, then great things will be born. Through Abraham, Isaac, and Joseph-these great things took more than a lifetime. Enough came true during their days to keep them faithful and committed to the overall plan. Each of them planted their own seeds and each of their seeds became fruitful and multiplied in the ways that God desired. I think we need to keep planting these seeds and see where they grow…