DayBreaks for 4/19/17 – The Cave and the Sun

DayBreaks for 4/19/17: The Cave and the Sun

From the DayBreaks archive, April 2007:

“There was once a dark cave, deep down in the ground, underneath the earth and hidden away from view.  Because it was so deep in the earth, the light had never been there.  The cave had never seen light.  The word ‘light’ meant nothing to the cave, who couldn’t imagine what ‘light’ might be.

“Then one day, the sun sent an invitation to the cave, inviting it to come up and visit.

“When the cave came up to visit the sun it was amazed and delighted because the cave had never seen light before, and it was dazzled by the wonder of the experience.

“Feeling so grateful to the sun for inviting it to visit, the cave wanted to return the kindness and so it invited the sun to come down to visit it sometime because the sun had never seen darkness.

“So the day came, and the sun came down and was courteously shown into the cave.

“As the sun entered the cave, it looked around with great interest, wondering what ‘darkness’ would be like.  Then it became puzzled, and asked the cave, “Where is the darkness?” – Source Unknown

I sometimes get overwhelmed with a sense of the darkness in the world.  How silly of me!  If Christ lives within me, how can I be in darkness?  John 8:12 says as much: When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.  All who follow Him WILL NEVER WALK IN DARKNESS, but will have the LIGHT OF LIFE!  Wherever I go, Jesus goes, and like the sun, there can be no darkness when He is present!

John 12:46 (NLT) – I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the darkness.

PRAYER: Father, forgive me for being so focused on the darkness that I forget that I am in the light and that I will never walk in darkness!  Help us this day to follow Jesus and to always be aware of the light He brings with him no matter where we go!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.

DayBreaks for 11/05/14 – Where God Resurrects Dead Things

DayBreaks for 11/05/14 – Where God Resurrects Dead Things

From the DayBreaks archive, 2004:

Once again, confession time.  But first, a caveat: I’m going to tell you about something I’ve not done for a long, long time.  Are you ready?  I used to read Stephen King’s books.  I was a fan of his writing.  I loved the suspense and strange twists that he’d bring into play.  I also loved the cartoon strip, “The Far Side” and “Calvin and Hobbs”, and I still love “Dilbert”.  They are all a bit off the wall, and helped to take me to unexpected places – some of which were healthier than others.  But one of my all-time favorite Stephen King books was “Pet Sematary” (yes, that’s how it was spelled).  It was about a strange place out in a twisted wood behind a farm where dead things would come back to life once they were buried there – in a little pet cemetery.  I very seldom read any book more than once – but I did that one.  Of course, in true Stephen King style, the pets that came back weren’t quite like they had been previously – they were changed, and not for the better.  I won’t tell you the rest of the story…let your imagination work on it, if you wish.

But the concept was intriguing.  As many of you know, it’s been just over 10 months since my dog, Ramses, died.  How I wish that there were a real pet cemetery where we could have taken him and gotten him back in a few hours – breathing, twisting, wagging and playing as he had before.  But I don’t know of a pet cemetery like that.  Just last night as I was on a retreat, I told a fellow pastor about my father’s passing over 6 years ago – and I cried.  I miss him.

It is interesting that many times in scripture, we find things that were dead coming back to life.  It may have been hope that died, faith that died, trust that died, or it may have been someone that died.  Several times in the Bible, when something dies and it is going to be brought back to life, a cave is involved.  Elijah, after his trust and faith died, ran to the cave on Mt. Horeb where his hope was reborn.  David, running from Saul in fear, feeling like a failure after having been anointed, only to be chased for years by Saul who still sat on the throne, spent years in a cave regaining his hope and having God grow his trust.  Lazarus went into the cave.  Jesus went into the cave.  But none of them stayed there.  Why?  Because caves are the place where God resurrects dead things.

Not every cave is made out of rock.  Some are made out of the shambles of our hollowed out spirits, marriages, families and collapsed dreams.  Some are made of the demons of guilt, shame or abuse.  Sometimes it seems as if the entry to the cave through which we entered has been sealed off by all the debris of our lives, and that we will die – alone and cold – in the hard, rocky darkness.  But then something happens.  A voice from the other side of the cave or the other side of the collapsed tangle of trees and rush calls out to us, “Galen!  Come forth!”  And that which was dead breathes again by the grace and miraculous power of God.

Life can, and is, a very, very long, hard, cold cave.  I know people who have lived in a cave of some kind of suffering and despair virtually every minute of their lives.  I don’t know how they do it.  But I do know that God spoke to Elijah in a cave, He led David out of the cave to the throne of Israel, He called Lazarus out of the clammy darkness, and He brought Jesus forth gloriously – never to die again. 

If you’re in a cave right now, rejoice.  You’re about to see and hear God speak life into you again.  And you’re in VERY good company.

John 11:38-44 – Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”  So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”  When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’”

PRAYER: I am so grateful that you are a God who does amazing, impossible things – even in the darkest of times in our lives!  Glory to You now and forever! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 07/01/13 – What Are You Doing Here?

DayBreaks for 07/01/13 – What Are You Doing Here?

17_Elija___The_Cave1 Kings 19:11-13 (NLT) – “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.  And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?

Have you ever entered a room or gone to a store and forgotten why you were there?  Why you’d gone there?  Hopefully, it soon comes back to you but as we get older, sometimes that recollection takes longer!

Elijah was hiding in a cave on Mt. Sinai (Horeb).  He’d run for his life from the wrath of queen Jezebel, who was undoubtedly a genuine terror.  There is no indication that he’d sought God’s will before running, and in fact, if you were to read the entire nineteenth chapter of 1 Kings, you’d see that God asks him the same question not once, but twice: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

I don’t know for sure, but I think that the emphasis in God’s question was probably on the word, “here”.  God was asking, “Elijah, why are you here instead of back where you belong?”  Why do I think that?  Because right after this question and Elijah’s response, God sends him back to the place he’d fled shortly before. 

It is easy for us to wind up in the wrong place when we don’t ask God’s direction to start with.  We, like Elijah, conclude that it obviously makes sense to flee or to go to this place or that.  The problem is that while it may make sense to us, God’s ways DON’T make sense to us because His thoughts and ways are different than ours.  God had some other plan for Elijah, and by running to the cave and hiding, Elijah was working against God’s plan, much like Jonah’s running from God did. 

But here’s what I love.  God could have shouted the question at Him, but He whispered it.  God is so tender towards us, so gentle with us! 

We all need re-direction from time to time.  Are you where God wants you to be right now?  If you aren’t sure, ask Him…and then listen very silently and very carefully.  But know this: if you are not where He wants you and He makes that clear to you, you must act on that knowledge and go where He directs you!

PRAYER:  Search our hearts, reveal to us Your desires for where we should be, what we should do, where You want us to go, Lord.  Keep us from self-deception, fear and the comfort of complacency that would keep us in the same place forever rather than following Your lead!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 05/02/13 – The Cave of Temptation

DayBreaks for 05/02/13 – The Cave of Temptation

inside-the-caveNOTE: I am on a missions trip/internship to Africa and will be gone until 5/25.  Please pray for God’s work to go forth mightily, for protection for myself and those with whom I will be working, and for my wife in my absence!  Thank you…I cherish your prayers!  You will be receiving DayBreaks as usual (from the archive) until I’ve returned.

Picture temptation like a cave, with an opening and then a tunnel that stretches out into darkness for who knows what distance.   You and I often trip and fall at the very gate of the passageway.  Some, men of valor, might breach the forbidding portal and venture in a few yards with “fear and trembling.”  They might wrestle the “strong man”, fight the good fight, and die every step of the way – perhaps succumbing, perhaps prevailing in the end.

“But only Jesus has ever been down that cave the whole distance and wrestled temptation to the ground.  Only He knows what unspeakable terrors lurk that far into the hellish maze, where a man will sweat blood.  No other son of Adam knows, for none has traversed that terrain.

“Shall we not try to follow Him deep into the cave, and face whatever terrors there be…Shall we not find His help even there, since He promises, ‘Where shall I go from your Spirit?…If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there!”  (Ps. 139:7-8)  Shall we not renounce sloppy living and go for the “silver and gold” rather than settling for “wood, hay, and straw” (I Cor. 3:12)?  Shall we not – must we not – follow the one we received not only as Savior but as Lord, the one of whom Tolkein wrote in figure, “He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone”?  Let us pursue courage, little children.  By His grace to be sure.  But by a grace that wasn’t cheap.”  – Andree Seu, World Magazine, 3/20/02

Have you been to the cave of temptation recently?  (Like in the last 30 minutes?!?!)  How did you fare?  Did you fail as soon as you entered the cave of temptation?  Or did you keep the Master in sight and walk deep into the cave?

It is true that Jesus died to erase the stain of sin from our lives.  But that doesn’t mean it’s OK to presume upon His forgiveness.  His struggle in the cave of temptation was horrific – but he was victorious.  That’s His desire for you and for me, too.  Fight the battle in the tunnel, and follow our Leader!

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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