DayBreaks for 2/11/19 – I AM #1: The Way

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DayBreaks for 2/11/2019: I AM #1: The Way

John 14:3-6 (ESV) – And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…”

One can’t blame Thomas. Jesus had just said he was going away without saying where he was going. Bless his heart, Thomas wanted to find Jesus again once he’d gone away, so what Thomas was really asking was, “How will we find you? What path to what place must we follow?”

Jesus’ reply wasn’t what Thomas expected, I’m sure. Where was Jesus going? To death, to the tomb…and then ultimately back to pre-incarnation glory. If we want to find Jesus again after his going away, not only is he the destination, but also the way to get there.

What is a “way”? A path – like a path through the jungle or dense forest. Without pathways through such places we’d get lost and die. The irony here is that not only is Jesus the destination, and the path, but as long as we stay on the path we will not be lost for in addition to being the path, he has promised to never leave us – he walks the path with us.

Stay on the path with him and you will  find him…walking beside you all the way.

PRAYER: Lord, in our search for meaning and happiness and fulfillment we take so many detours off the path to the left and right, thinking “This time it’ll work!”, only to find that the only pathway to that which we hunger for is you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

DayBreaks for 8/12/18 – Find the Right Road

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DayBreaks for 10/12/18: Find the Right Road

From the DayBreaks archive, October 2008:

I really have mixed feelings about backpacking. I love the unmatched scenery and being able to get away from the crowds. I love the serenity of a remote mountain location. I hate the sweat and backache, though. But sometimes backpacking can be a real adventure. This last June we hiked (well, actually crawled through broken-down trees and branches) through an area where some avalanches had wiped out the trail. We weren’t sure where it was, but knew the general direction that we had to go. Needless to say, with our excellent navigational skills, we got there (guys never get lost, right?)

Joshua 3:4a tells us Joshua’s instructions to the children of Israel as to how they would know where to go when they were about to go into the Promised Land. Joshua said that they were to follow the ark of the covenant because: Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before…

Taking a wrong turn in the woods or in an unknown city at night can be scary. Wasn’t getting lost one of our greatest fears as a child? One of my boys used to sleepwalk. One night while backpacking, he and his older brother were sharing a tent. Well, Tim went for a sleepwalk that night in the Little Yosemite area of Yosemite National Park, only to wake up in the darkest middle of the night and realize that he had no idea where he was or where the campground was. Fortunately, he was clever enough to begin walking in an expanding circle until he came upon the campground.

Taking the wrong road can be scary or frustrating – but it can also be fatal. What if Tim had sleepwalked right off of one of the several thousand foot cliffs in Yosemite? (When we spent the night on top of Half Dome, I tied him to me to prevent just this!!!) It can happen spiritually, too. We can take the wrong road and wind up “lost” in the wilderness of sin. A wrong decision can destroy marriages, wreak havoc with children, destroy relationships and reputations, and they can steal our hope.  And those things can start with just a single wrong decision – if it is the “right” wrong decision.

Maybe you are on the wrong road right now. What will you do about it? Charley Reese of the Orlando Sentinel, in an article about taking the right road, said: “I agree with C. S. Lewis that when you find you’ve taken the wrong road, going ahead isn’t progress. Progress is going back until you find the right road that takes you where you want to go.” Sometimes progress is made by going back to what you know is right rather than trying to cover up the wrong decision. Remember Peter’s words in John 6:68: Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

As with the Israelites, we have “never been this way before”. If you’ve gone down the wrong road – don’t just plow ahead. Go back to the Lord and get on the right road again!

PRAYER: Lord, let us trust the navigation that is found in your Word and the guidance of the Spirit. Let us not fear going “backward” in order to go forward! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

DayBreaks for 4/08/14 – His Hand On the Rose

DayBreaks for 4/08/14 – His Hand on the Rose

“A new young pastor was walking with an older, more seasoned pastor in the garden one day. Feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do, he was asking the older pastor for some advice.

“The older pastor walked up to a rosebush and handed the young preacher a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals.

“The young preacher looked in disbelief at the older pastor and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the will of God for his life and ministry.

“But because of his great respect for the older pastor, he proceeded to try to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact.

“It wasn’t long before he realized how impossible this was to do.

“Noticing the younger preacher’s inability to unfold the rosebud without tearing it, the older pastor began to recite the following poem…

“It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God’s design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.”

“The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so easily,
But in my hands they die.”

“If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God’s design,
Then how can I have the wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?”

“So I’ll trust in God for leading
Each moment of my day.
I will look to God for guidance
In each step of the way.”

“The path that lies before me,
Only my Lord knows.
I’ll trust God to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.” – Author Unknown

We struggle to let God’s plan for our life unfold and in our efforts to unfold it ourselves, we can cause pain and loss.  God knows we are not wise enough to direct the pathway to the future and He only asks that we trust Him to show us the pathway at the right time…and then have the wisdom to choose the right path.

Psalm 59:9 (KJV)  Because of His strength will I wait upon Thee: for God is my defense.

PRAYER: I thank you for your gentle hand in opening the rose and in directing the future for my life!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 4/28/11 – A Step Beyond the Range of Light

DayBreaks for 04/28/11 – A Step Beyond the Range of Light

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Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105 

In the 14th century, a French monk told an allegory about a donkey who was confronted with two equally desirable, attractive and delicious bales of hay.  The animal stares, hesitates, stares some more…and eventually starves because it couldn’t come up with any logical justification for eating one bale of hay instead of the other.

On the surface the story is entertaining, but it holds very real meaning for believers.  For faith to even exists, there must be an element of risk.  If something is certain, no faith is required.  For example, if you are certain that when you jump up off the ground you will not drift off into the deep freeze of space, you can jump in full faith/certainty that you’ll come down again.  But if it were a 50/50 proposition, would anyone ever jump up?  We have faith in the law of gravity.

Some things in life are nowhere near as certain (at least on the surface) as the Law of Gravity.  There are those who struggle with making a decision about whether to believe or not.  It becomes much like the dilemma faced by the donkey – they just don’t have enough certainty to move towards faith, or away from it.  That middle ground is the most dangerous place to be because there is no passion in the relationship with God…it has become an intellectual dilemma and nothing more.  Faith that is seen as a puzzle to be solved is not biblical faith.

Philip Yancey suggests that “Faith means striking out, with no clear end in sight and perhaps even no clear view of the next step.  It means following, trusting, holding out a hand to an invisible Guide.  …faith is reason gone courageous – not the opposite of reason, to be sure, but something more than reason and never satisfied by reason alone.  A step always remains beyond the range of light.”

Are you venturing beyond the range of light?  If you wait for certainty, you will never have it.  Those who come to Him must believe He is the rewarder of those who seek Him…a premise accepted on faith, for there is little in this world to prove the nature of the reward.  That proof remains to be seen…but today can be glimpsed only through seeing beyond the range of light visible to human eye.

PRAYER: Let us leap into Your arms in faith and not hesitate simply because we are not certain of things we cannot see!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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