Archive for March, 2015

So many ways

March 6th, 2015

I have been spending a lot of time in Psalm 46 this week and I have found it fascinating how many ways verse 10 is translated.  Look at some of the translations:

Step out of the traffic! Take a long,
    loving look at me, your High God,
    above politics, above everything. MSG

“Calm down,
    and learn that I am God! CEV

Stop your fighting—and know that I am God HCSB

That’s enough! Now know that I am God! CEB

 Let be and be still, AMP

Let go of your concerns!
    Then you will know that I am God. GW

Be in awe and know that I am God. ISV

Be quiet and know that I am God NLV

 Desist, and know that I [am] God YLT

Be still, be calm, see, and understand I am the True God The Voice

and my personal favorite today from the Wycliffe translation  ‘Give ye attention, and see ye, that I am God;’

Lots of different verbs all saying the same thing. Stop it already and let God do what he does.

Being Lazy

March 5th, 2015

I mentioned earlier that I would follow up on the Rebekah Lyons podcast thoughts.   So here we go.  During the interview with the guys at Relevant Magazine, she made this statement that sort of stuck with me,. She was talking about finding your calling and figuring out a purpose in your life.  The interviewer asked her what she would say to people who think they have found their calling but are struggling with it become a reality in their life.  This is how she ended the published interview and I thought it was very interesting.  Especially in a week where I am really focusing on being still, and listening to & for God.

 

We must be always producing, or we must feel like our work is attached to what we do, but God is like ‘Just stop,  We can do this your way or we can do this my way. My way will require some waiting.  It’s going to require some listening.’  There becomes such a dependency on Him moving His hand and far less a dependency on me completing my to-do list.  Because I am kind of like , ‘Lord, maybe I am getting lazy, but I would rather just wait for you to make it painfully clear’.  And when we start to say that in a regular fashion and a regular pattern of prayer, we begin to be blown away at what he really is up to. – Rebekah Lyons

It seems fitting to reshare the same verse from earlier in the week

10 “Stand silent! Know that I am God! Psalm 46:10 (TLB)

Stillness 

March 3rd, 2015

Yesterday while listening to one of my favorite podcasts, I was introduced to Rebekah Lyons, an author and writer.  She said a few things in the podcast that I will probably write about later this week.  Today, however, I wanted to share something she tweeted earlier this year that I thought was very applicable to the thoughts on my mind around ‘eliminating hurry’ and restoring order in my soul.

Stillness of soul. Hm. That’s something to be still and think about.

“Be still, and know that I am God;” Psalm 46:10

 

 

 

Only One

March 2nd, 2015

Last night my small group spent some time talking about the difference between being busy and being hurried.  It’s was a good conversation, but also surprisingly hard as we tried to draw a line between spending time doing lots of things and letting those things spend you.  Eventually, we took a look at the story of Martha and Mary over the Dr. Luke’s narrative. What the Christ says here is so piercing, but yet so freeing.

 

41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, Luke 10 41-42 (NASB)

One thing. That’s it. Him. Think about it. Think about what you are hurrying to, if it’s not that one thing, why?

By the way, if you are in town, feel free to come to one of these small group conversations. They are good and will challenge you in many ways.