DayBreaks for 6/26/15 – Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

DayBreaks for 6/26/15: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are

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I remember playing hide and seek when I was a kid.  No, we didn’t have video games then, so we had to play boring old games where you had to run around and actually expend some energy!  I can’t say that I remember being very good at hide and seek.  Seems that I seldom got found.  Perhaps they just didn’t want to find ME!  But I remember I wasn’t all that great at finding others, either.  And of course, when you couldn’t find someone and you were ready to give up, you’d yell out “Come out, come out, wherever you are!”, and then all those who’d not been found would come out of their hiding places. 

I’m not sure, but I think that perhaps as we get older, we get better at hiding.  We start to hide our feelings (something that little kids can’t do very well), we hide our flaws and quirks, we work very hard at hiding our mistakes in the business world – and if caught – are quick to pass the blame along to someone else, which is really nothing more than another way of hiding. 

The very first game we ever play is usually “peek-a-boo”.  I’ve got to tell you that when I see grown ups acting like crazy folks playing peek-a-boo with their babies, I have to chuckle.  Don’t they know how silly they look?  (Hey – that’s not fair now, I used to play it with my kids – and now my grandkids – but somehow I’m sure I’ve managed to maintain a dignified look when I do it!)  It seems like a simple enough game, doesn’t it?  But it is a very important one, too, if you think about it.

What do babies learn from this simple game?  They learn things that we as adults need to remember rather than forget:

FIRST: we can try to hide ourselves, but we really can’t.  Just because we can’t see someone else (when we cover our eyes), it doesn’t mean that they’re not there.  It just means that our vision is blocked.  We can cover our eyes, but the parents know that we’re still there.  They can still see us with our eyes covered.  God sees us even when we try to blind ourselves to pretend that He’s not there and watching.  We are so foolish!

SECOND: we learn the joy of being “found” again.  The baby that removes their hands from their eyes and again sees mom or dad squeals with delight to be in contact again with the parent.  Their little faces crinkle all up with joy and excitement.  We need to remember the joy of being “found”.  We don’t want to be hidden, isolated, cut off from others.  Most of all, we shouldn’t want to be cut off from God.  But we tend to forget the joyfulness of being “found”.  Oh, that our faces should be like babes faces again and we would squeal with delight at knowing we’ve been found by God, and that we are in His tender care!

It’s been a long time since I’ve played hide-and-seek, but I think I’m about ready again.  How about you?

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PRAYER: Jesus, help us to stop playing games and let us rejoice that we have been found!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 04/30/15 – Choosing Hiddenness

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DayBreaks for 4/30/15: Choosing Hiddenness

From the DayBreaks archive, 2005:

John 3:18-21 – There is no judgment awaiting those who trust him. But those who do not trust him have already been judged for not believing in the only Son of God.  19 Their judgment is based on this fact: The light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.  20 They hate the light because they want to sin in the darkness. They stay away from the light for fear their sins will be exposed and they will be punished.  21 But those who do what is right come to the light gladly, so everyone can see that they are doing what God wants.

In his book, God Is Closer Than You Think, John Ortberg relayed a story told by Dallas Willard about a little two-and-one-half year old girl named Larissa who discovered how to make mud pies in her back yard (in typical childhood fashion, she called it “warm chocolate.”)  Her grandmother was with her, but had been reading and didn’t notice that the little girl was literally covered in mud.  After cleaning up the mess, grandma instructed the little girl to made no more warm chocolate.  She even turned her chair around so that she could keep an eye on the little one.  It didn’t matter to the little girl, who simply said: “Don’t look at me, Nana.  Okay?”  Ortberg continued: “Nana (being a little codependent) of course agreed.  Larissa continued to manufacture warm chocolate.  Three times she said, as she continued her work, ‘Don’t look at me, Nana.  Okay?”  Willard writes, “Thus the tender soul of a little child shows us how necessary it is to us that we be unobserved in our wrong.”  Any time we chose to do wrong or to withhold doing right, we choose hiddenness as well.  It may be that out of all the prayers that are ever spoken, the most common one – the quietest one, the one that we least acknowledge making – is simply this: Don’t look at me, God.”

John says that this tendency to wish, even ask, that God not look at us is a sure indication that we are involved in sin.  Isn’t it silly how we try to convince ourselves that we can hide what we do from His eyes?  Yet we all do it, have done it, and will almost certainly do it again. 

It is quite a different story when we do what is right.  When we do something good, we’re all hoping that God is watching and that He hasn’t missed a moment of the good things we’ve been doing.  We want Him to see us then.  Just as we tried to hide from our folks when we were misbehaving as small children, we continue to repeat the pattern. 

It’s a tragic thing when we ask God to not look at us.  But there is one thing that is even worse.  It was experienced by Samson, one of the judges of Israel.  He had great opportunity and blessing by God, but his impulses got the better of him over and over again, and he broke the vows he’d made to God.  Near the end of Samson’s life is a terrifying statement: “But he did not know that the Lord had left him.”  Here’s what’s so frightening: the Lord had been with Samson on many occasions, but Samson had gotten so far away from God by pretending that God couldn’t see him, that the time came when Samson didn’t recognize that God had indeed left him.

What is your modus operandi?  So you spend more time hiding from the light of God, or running to the light so that your works, words and attitudes can be seen?

PRAYER: Give us confidence in Your character so we will never fear running to the Light! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 4/03/15 – Are We Still Running?

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DayBreaks for 4/03/15: Are We Still Running?

Matthew 26:56b (NIV) – Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

Holy Week is such a conundrum.  It drags us through the entire gamut of human emotions: from the great celebration of Palm Sunday, through conflicts in the city and temple, to a cherished feast with disciples, an agonizing night in a garden of olive trees, a contrived trial, a grisly and gruesome death – to the greatest celebration of all time as death was defeated by the Risen Christ!  All of that in just a matter of seven days!  Yet many resist this week.  Why?  Maybe it is because we don’t need that much emotional angst in our lives.  After all, what would be so wrong with just jumping from one parade to the next and skipping all the bloody whipping, crucifixion and death stuff?  Why not just get on to the good part – the joy of Easter, with its white bonnets, Easter eggs, family, friends, big ham dinner, oh, and of course – the empty tomb!

Jeffery London suggests the following: “Well, I think we know the answer to that. For starters, an empty tomb, at face value, is a lot easier to deal with than a dying, bleeding Savior on a cross. Add to that all the pain and suffering that comes with Holy Week, is it any wonder that the human tendency is to try and ignore the events of the week and simply move on to the Easter celebration? But as much as we’d like to skip Holy Week we know that the only way to Easter is through the cross. We know where the parade of Palm Sunday leads and we also know that we’re part of that parade. That is to say, we know this intellectually. Our hearts are another story. Our hearts may be more in sync with the disciples and the fear and disbelief that led them to run away. It would seem that 2000 years later Jesus’ disciples are still running away.”

You know, it was nearly 2000 years ago last night that Jesus’ disciples made their fear-filled sprint through the darkness of the olive grove in Gethsemane and went into hiding.  When I try to put myself in their sandals, I am ashamed to admit that I would probably have been among those running.  Why should I think that my faith would be stronger than that of Peter, James or John?  They’d spend three years watching him heal the sick, give sight to the blind, make the lame walk and dumb to speak.  They’d watched him raise not just one, but several people from the dead, for Pete’s sake!  And yet they ran.  They ran like scared rabbits.  I, God knows, I would have, too. 

Maundy Thursday is a reminder to me of how I would have run and left Jesus standing alone amid the throng of soldiers and others.  And I suspect I would have ran all the way to Tarshish (like Jonah).  I suspect you would have, too.

Right now the Lord is calling for disciples who won’t run, who won’t shrink back in fear into the shadows, who won’t compromise, but for those who will stand, even if it means they lose their life for His sake.  Will I be that kind of disciple?  Will you?  If you think you would have held firm, be careful, for those who think they stand will fall.  Just ask Peter and the rest of the disciples.

Ephesians 6:13 (NIV) – Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

The day of evil has come.

PRAYER: For your loneliness in the garden, I am ashamed.  For my running, I am ashamed.  For the times I still run, I am ashamed.  Have mercy, O Lord!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 02/17/14 – Snow and Sin

DayBreaks for 2/17/14 – Snow and Sin

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Isaiah 1:18 (NLT) – “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.

Unless you were on Mars the past few weeks, you know that the weather down here in the Atlanta area has been anything but “southern.” In fact, it was more like the north with polar vortices, rain, sleet, freezing rain, hail, snow and moisture from the gulf that collided with a cold front from Canada in the most recent storm, Pax.

We often think of snow as beautiful. And, I must say, it is. There is something special about the way it covers everything and makes it look beautiful. One of the most amazing things about snow, however, is how silently it falls. Yet, you’d loudly proclaim that you could hear it…when you hear nothing.

I was musing on snow this week. We often use phrases like “pure as the driven snow” or “being as white as snow” in complementary ways. Scripture speaks of snow as a sign of purity and righteousness, of having our sin removed and our souls cleansed. Who am I to disagree?

Yet, my reflections on snow were a bit different this week. I thought about how beautiful it is, yet how deadly. I thought about how it covers up things that need to be seen. I thought about how snow can cause all sorts of calamities and disasters. I also thought about how it starts out looking so beautiful, but sooner or later is gets dirty and the beauty vanishes.

That’s a lot like sin, isn’t it? It appears lovely to the eye, but it is deadly. It convinces us that things either aren’t seen or aren’t seen for what they really are. Sin, like snow, causes disasters and calamities in families, churches, communities and nations. And it looks oh so innocent and alluring to start with, but once it wraps its chilly fingers around us, it is never so pretty and it gets ugly fast. It is, in a word, deceitful.

I still love snow. I love the thought that my sin has been removed and that Jesus has made me “white as snow”. That alone is what will save any of us.

PRAYER: Keep us from yielding to the apparent beauty of things that are truly sinful. Keep us from being deceived by quick glances and appearances. Thank you for making us white as snow!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 04/10/13 – There Should Be No Hiding

DayBreaks for 04/10/13 – There Should Be No Hiding

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Luke 8:47 – “Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.

Much has been said and much has been written about this story of the healing of the bleeding woman.  I’ve taught about it, written about it and preached about it.  And as with all things from God’s great Word, we can always gain a new and fresh insight.  Such is the case now.

I’d never really focused on the second phrase of this story: “…seeing that she could not go unnoticed…”.  I’d imagined that this woman, like anyone who has purposely and literally reached out and touched someone famous, she wished she hadn’t, or at the very least, that she’d been much more careful so that her touch hadn’t been noticed.

But now, she could forget about that.  Jesus had noticed.  No matter how hard she wanted to blend into the throngs surrounding Christ, she couldn’t.  She realized that she had been noticed, and that she couldn’t hide.

Here’s the lesson, as noted by Calvin Miller: “When God begins to touch our lives there should be no hiding.  Open confession, and not anonymity, is the business of the church.  Who are we to declare ourselves anonymous in lieu of Jesus’ great benediction, ‘Blessed are you when men hate you and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil.”  (Luke 6:22)  Miller continues: “We never see any evidence of the church being a place to be comfortable while those who go there remain unchanged.  Nor are we anywhere commanded to major on church growth at the expense of truth and commitment and confession.

As a believer in Jesus, not only have you reached out to touch God, but God touched your life first.  What is your reaction?  Do you, knowing you have been in contact with the Almighty God, shrink back, wishing you could be unnoticed – wishing that your life could go back into anonymity and you could become a wall flower in the middle of a corrupt and sinful world?  It is not an option that is acceptable to God.  It is not a position that we should seek.

It is time to step forward.  There should be no more hiding of Christians and their Christianity.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 04/11/12 – There Should Be No Hiding

DayBreaks for 04/11/12 – There Should Be No Hiding

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 4/9/02:

Luke 8:47 – “Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.

Much has been said and much has been written about this story of the healing of the bleeding woman.  I’ve taught about it, written about it and preached about it.  And as with all things from God’s great Word, we can always gain a new and fresh insight.  Such is the case now.

I’d never really focused on the second phrase of this story: “…seeing that she could not go unnoticed…”.  I’d imagined that this woman, like anyone who has purposely and literally reached out and touched someone famous, she wished she hadn’t, or at the very least, that she’d been much more careful so that her touch hadn’t been noticed.

But now, she could forget about that.  Jesus had noticed.  No matter how hard she wanted to blend into the throngs surrounding Christ, she couldn’t.  She realized that she had been noticed, and that she couldn’t hide.

Here’s the lesson, as noted by Calvin Miller: “When God begins to touch our lives there should be no hiding.  Open confession, and not anonymity, is the business of the church.  Who are we to declare ourselves anonymous in lieu of Jesus’ great benediction, ‘Blessed are you when men hate you and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil.”  (Luke 6:22)  Miller continues: “We never see any evidence of the church being a place to be comfortable while those who go there remain unchanged.  Nor are we anywhere commanded to major on church growth at the expense of truth and commitment and confession.

As a believer in Jesus, not only have you reached out to touch God, but God touched your life first.  What is your reaction?  Do you, knowing you have been in contact with the Almighty God, shrink back, wishing you could be unnoticed – wishing that your life could go back into anonymity and you could become a wall flower in the middle of a corrupt and sinful world?  It is not an option that is acceptable to God.  It is not a position that we should seek.

It is time to step forward.  There should be no more hiding of Christians and their Christianity.

PRAYER: Let us step boldly into Your Presence and then step boldly into Your world to be Your message and likeness bearers!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 04/09/12 – Playing Hide and Seek With God

DayBreaks for 04/09/12 – Playing Hide and Seek With God

From the DayBreaks archive, 04/02/02:

When I was a kid, I remember that I really enjoyed playing hide and seek.  It was a challenge of creativity to come up with the hiding place where no one would think to look, and to race back to the base and call out “Free!”.

Somehow, as I got older, my attitude about playing hide and seek changed.  It seems to have happened when I had my own kids, and we would play hide and seek.  When one of the kids was “it” and I’d be one of the ones who was supposed to be hiding, I really didn’t try very hard to hide.  Why?  Because I delighted in the squeal of laughter from my kids when they would find me…sometimes “hidden” in plain sight.

God plays hide and seek with us.  According to scripture, He does it much like I did with my kids.  Jeremiah 29:14 says – “I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, “and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the LORD, “and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.”

God wants to be found!  He wants us to find Him!  And He delights when we do.  At the same time, we would do well to remember that, try as we might, we cannot hide from Him.  It didn’t work for Adam and Eve, Cain, Moses, Jonah or David.  It won’t work for us, either.

Are you seeking God?  He will be found…don’t give up the search!  He’s dying for you to find Him!

PRAYER: We were so lost, Lord, that we didn’t realize we were lost!  Thank You for finding us, and for delighting in our finding of You!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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