DayBreaks for 4/16/18 – Can’t You See?

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DayBreaks for 4/16/18: Can’t You See?       

From the Perimeter worship bulletin (this forms an introduction to a series of sermons and DayBreaks from the book of Habakkuk that I’ll share in the coming weeks):

“Can’t you see, oh can’t you see, what that woman, she been doing’ to me? Can’t you see, can’t you see, what that woman, Lord, been doing’ to me?” – lyric from the Marshall Tucker band

It was a question the Marshall Tucker band asked in the 1970’s. Waylon Jennings asked the same question. More recently, the Zac Brown band asked it. The writer is upset because his woman left him, and did not say goodbye. He is at the point of despair. He is “…gonna take a freight train, or find a hole to craw in” because he has no relief. He is asking why the Lord can’t see his misery, or that he’s been “done wrong.”

Have you ever felt that way or asked the question, “Can’t you see, God?” I have asked the Lord that on numerous occasions. It seems funny as I write it, that I would actually ask the omniscient God if he can see. The gentle but firm reality is that he can see. I am the one who cannot see. He may not be telling me what he does see. Be assured that he sees. Sometimes in our frustration at life’s situations, we want to be all knowing and all seeing. Something has not been granted to us, and so we ask, “Can’t you see?” Underneath that question we add a corollary, “Won’t you deal with what I see?”

There is a problem with doing that. Because we don’t fully see, we may not know how to tell him the right thing to do. A word picture may help. Sit with your back to a window, then try to recall everything that is outside the window. You may be a few things correct, but birds are flying, leaves are falling, and the sun is rising. Things change and often they are in your blind spot, where you cannot notice them. God sees all, all of the time. One pastor put it this way, “We may have a point of view, but God has view!”

So, this week…we wonder if you can praise the Lord for having view, resting in the fact that he has it, he sees it, and he knows just want needs to be done. Yes, he knows “what that woman (or man) been doin’ to you”, so there is no need to take a freight train!

PRAYER: God, sometimes we think we see and understand better than you do. Keep us from this foolish way of thinking and help us learn to trust you and your vision above our own! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 03/29/12 – Five Seconds Is All

DayBreaks for 03/29/12 – Five Seconds Is All

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From a sermon by Leonard Sweet: “A few years ago, just before Thanksgiving, Tom Lind, a salesman from Montana, was making his rounds, traveling his regular route along the southern Oregon coast. As usual he was in his older model pickup, piggybacked with his small camper. Looking to continue his route south and east, Lind made a fateful spur-of-the-moment decision. He opted to take the scenic route. Only a few miles on this blue highway, however, the elevation rose rapidly and good ol’ Oregon drizzle transformed into swirling snowflakes. Tom was in his big pickup, so he kept going. But the snow kept coming. Soon Tom found himself in the middle of a blizzard whiteout.

“Forced to pull over, Tom stopped for the rest of the day. By nightfall his pickup was a slightly discernible lump of white in a vast landscape of snow. Still Tom wasn’t terribly worried. He was in his big pickup Soon the road-clearing crews would be along and would help him escape the cold clutches that held him and his truck captive.

“What Tom didn’t realize was that the scenic route he had chosen was closed after the first winter snowfalls. The Forest Service didn’t maintain that road in any way. They would not be coming up that way until spring thaw.

“But Tom didn’t know that. Convinced that someone would be along as soon as there was a break in the weather, Tom determined to do the smart thing: stay in his big truck. Avoid the risks of exposure or getting hopelessly lost in a snow drift by hunkering down in his big truck.

“As soon as he failed to arrive at his next sales appointment, family and friends, state and local police forces began searching for Tom. No one thought to venture up the little used, completely snow-blocked back track Tom had chosen. When the weather cleared and blue skies and sun shone down on Tom’s trapped vehicle, the salesman opted to continue being smart and safe: he stayed with his big truck.

“It seems impossible to understand now, but Tom stayed with that big truck for over eight weeks. He kept a journal of his thoughts, his hopes, his fears, his considered options. But still he sat in that big truck. Eventually he grew too weak to have any real options anymore. By Christmas he couldn’t have walked out if he had wanted.

“At the end of January a group of back-country skiers inadvertently came across Tom and his safe haven big pickup truck. Tom’s journal revealed he had finally died sometime around January 15. His emaciated, dehydrated body was still in his truck. In trying to minimize his risks, Tom thought he was opting to stay safe. It turned out Tom was opting out of life.

“Like Tom and his big pickup truck, we may believe that seat belts, FDA regulations, security alerts, and smoke detectors can keep us safe. But the truth is we’re fragile, fallible, fractured creatures whose lives are always hanging in the balance. Every one of us is only one breath away from eternity. Five seconds is all that separates us from forever.”

PRAYER: Our fears often paralyze us, Lord, into inactivity.  Remind us that You have not called us to sit back and see what will happen, but to walk where You lead us and to do what You have given us to do!  Give us the wisdom to know when to wait on You, and to hears to hear Your voice when You call us to move!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 11/23/11 – We Stand and Watch

DayBreaks for 11/23/11 – We Stand and Watch

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3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. 4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” – Psalm 82:3-4

If you have been a Christian for a while, you’ve heard the story of the gospel over and over.  You know the entire story, you have all the information.  You’d think that it would be easy for us to see and recognize Christ at the King.  But do we?  How do you recognize Jesus as the King?  Or do you?  We American’s are an “independent, stand on our two feet, nobody tells us what to do, rugged” kind of people.  Because of that we may have trouble recognizing Jesus at times.

In Luke’s story of the crucifixion it seems that there is nobody on the scene who recognizes Jesus as the king.  As Luke weaves the story about those of his time, he has taken the liberty of painting us into the story as well.  He describes people who were there that day but who did nothing except to stand there and watch: And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” – Luke 23:35

Did you see yourself there?  “And the people stood by, watching.” That’s us, isn’t it?  All around us grinding poverty and immorality is slowly destroying our youth and we just stand by and watch, preferably from a safe distance, preferably from inside a gated community. We watch the world turn secular and get busier and busier – all while we know that there is a spiritual side to life but we just can’t seem to find a crack our tightly wound schedules to grow spiritually.  We think about a Bible study but just can’t tolerate the idea of one more thing to attend. We won’t even pull off the road to watch a sunset for fear that we will be late to the next appointment. In trying to do everything, we are doing nothing of lasting value for our souls. When a king passes by in your life, you don’t just stand and watch. You respond.

Have you seen the King?  Do you recognize Him?  Or do you just stand and watch, letting opportunities and life pass you by?

PRAYER: Lord, when we see you, help us recognize you and not be counted among those who “stand and watch!”  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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