DayBreaks for 7/26/16 – Laughing All the Way Home

DayBreaks for 7/26/16 – Laughing All the Way Home

From the DayBreaks archive, July 2006:

You probably remember as I do the story of the Five Little Pigs.  Yep that’s right, not the Three Little Pigs, but the game that you played with your children’s toes when they were just wee things.  Do you remember?  “This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home, this little piggy had roast beef, this little piggy had none, but this little piggy, THIS little piggy went “Whee-whee-whee” all the say home!”

I don’t think I’ll ever forget how much my little girl enjoyed that every night at bedtime.  Of course, as I went through the story, I’d grab one of her teensy-weensy little toes between my fingers and begin to recite the tale.  And when I got to the last one, well, I’d shake her foot and talk in funny voices, and be very, very happy and she’d crack up laughing.  Such memories!!! 

The last little piggy had it made.  It wasn’t worried about shopping, it wasn’t agoraphobic, it didn’t worry about whether or not to eat beef, it wasn’t in want – in fact, it celebrated!  “Whee!  Whee!  Whee!”  What’s not to envy?

At a recent conference, Tony Campolo asked a very penetrating question that reminded me a bit of this old game.  It goes like this: “When you were born, you were the only one who cried and everybody else laughed with joy.  But that’s not important.  What’s important is when you die – will you be the only one that’s happy and everyone else crying?”

I suppose that the best alternative of all is that when I die, I’ll be laughing and going “Whee!  Whee!  Whee!” all the way home, just like that little piggy.  And I hope that I will have lived in such a way that those who knew me, and especially my family and dearest friends, will not be crying, but that they, too, will be happy for me.  

The key of course, when we die, is whether we will be happy with the destination towards which we go, or whether we will be crying still – even as we did when we entered into this world.  It seems strange that we celebrate a birth and mourn a death of those who are born again.  I plan to rejoice (by God’s grace and mercy alone!) when I leave this place behind.  I hope and pray that you will leave this world crying “Whee!  Whee!  Whee!  All the way home!”

PRAYER:  What power You have, God, that allows us to laugh in the clenches of death!  The resurrection of Your Son was the laughter that echoed through the vaults of heaven and which escorted Him back to Your right hand – at home.  Help us to live so that not only we, but our loved ones, may rejoice when we go home!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

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DayBreaks for 1/01/16 – From the Day I Was Born

DayBreaks for 1/1/16: From the Moment I Was Born

Galen is out of the country. While he is gone, you will be receiving DayBreaks from the DayBreaks archive from January, 2006.

At what point did God “become” your God?  Was it when you accepted Christ?  How long ago was it?  The Psalmist has a point of view that we would be wise to consider, when he said in Psalm 22:10 (NLT):  “I was thrust upon you at my birth. You have been my God from the moment I was born.

When we were born, we were thrust from a dark womb into a world of noise, chaos, bright lights, cold, love, hate, anger, compassion, war and peace.  Although I cannot remember it, I’m sure it was a shocking and confusing transition.  But, as they say, there’s no turning the clock back, and the womb is one home that we cannot return to.

As frustrating as we may find life to be, the Psalmist says we were thrust upon God at birth.  What does that mean other than that we are dependent on Him from the moment we see the light of day?  I believe it also means that from the moment we are born He takes upon Himself the responsibility for us and because He is all good, loving and resourceful, He cannot abandon His obligation to us.  While it may seem strange that God is obligated to us (certainly we cannot make Him obliged to us in any way), He has bound Himself with that obligation, and that’s far better than if we’d tried to bind it upon Him.  He will not be untrue to Himself!  2 Tim. 2:13 – “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.”

It is God’s job to determine the length of our days.  It is our obligation to acknowledge Him as God with gratefulness and praise.

TODAY’S PRAYER: Father God, we have spent so much of our lives in ignorance of You, sometimes in ignorance before we learned about You, and sometimes intentionally pretending that You aren’t real, that we won’t have to answer to You as our God.  Help us to number our days, to seek Your kingdom and to remember with each passing moment that You are real and that we must reckon with You in due time.  Thank You that we can safely give to You the obligation to keep us, care for us, and ultimately to see us home.  Thank You that we don’t have to carry those burdens or concerns, nor do we have to fear Your failure!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.