DayBreaks for 7/14/17 – A Sight to Behold

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Photo of Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park, 2006. Galen C. Dalrymple

DayBreaks for 7/14/17: A Sight to Behold

From the DayBreaks archive, July 2007:

What is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?  It’s a tough question, isn’t it?  My first reaction would be to reflect on a high mountain meadow in the Sierra Nevada’s that I saw while hiking with my best friend, Ken.  Or, a sunset on evening as we were out in our little boat returning from a fishing trip in the San Joaquin delta when the water was as smooth as glass but as colorful as an artist’s palette.  Possibly, it would be Hidden Lake at the top of the continental divide in Glacier National Park – a spot you can’t see from the road, but you have to hike back to it over about a mile or two of snow, up past the shoulders of towering granite uprisings. 

I hope that I will never forget the beauty of those things.  I remember at the time, thinking that I wanted to remember them forever.  And I still can, but if I’m to be totally honest about it, the memories do fade a bit over time.  The colors in my imagination aren’t quite as bright as they were in reality.  I guess memory is like color film – it fades over time. 

So, those were my first inclinations in regard to the opening question.  However, as I thought about it more, perhaps the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen is my children, or my grandchildren, as they sleep.  It might seem strange to some to say that the most beautiful thing I’ve seen is people.  People who are near and dear to me.  People that I’d gladly give my life for.

Try to imagine the blind man that Jesus healed.  He’s been blind since birth.  He’s never seen a bird, a flower, a sunrise or sunset.  He’s never seen his mother’s face, he can’t understand the concept of color in the sky or reflected off the water.  He has no point of reference, no sense of visual depth perception.  He’s never seen…anything.  And then one day, along comes Jesus of Nazareth, a man who has been reputed to give sight to the blind and to make the lame walk and the deaf hear.  The man’s mind must have been running at full tilt: could this be the day when he, too, would receive sight?

As it turns out, it was his “lucky” day.  And what to his wondering eyes should appear?  No, it wasn’t a sleigh full of toys and small reindeer.  It was Jesus.  Can you imagine the very first thing you ever see being the face of God?  Would anything ever again live up to that moment, to that sight?  This, truly, is a sight to behold.  It is the sight we all long to behold, if we are His. 

We will have to wait until God decides it is time for you and I to see Him.  Waiting…seeing now only by faith, but not by sight…it can be a long and difficult wait.  But it will be worth it ten thousand times over.  And nothing we will ever see again, not even the streets of gold in heaven itself, will equal the moment when we awaken from our dying moment only to see the Savior’s face. It will make the long, dark years of our “blindness” and waiting worth it.

PRAYER:  Lord of creation, we know You are not the creation itself, but the Maker of all.  Yet in the creation, we see glimpses, tiny flashes, of Your beauty and glory.  Thank you that we will someday see You in all Your risen glory, and that we will behold Your face throughout all of eternity.  How we long to see Your glory!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 7/07/17 – Give Me Those Eyes!

DayBreaks for 7/07/17: Give Me Those Eyes

Matthew 17 records the story of the transfiguration of Jesus. It only takes eight verses to give us the details, but also to capture our imaginations. I’ve heard this story a bazillion times, read it not quite that many, but when Michael Card recently share it in his The Card Community email newsletter, something struck me that I’d not noticed before. Here’s what the text says: Matthew 17:7-8 (NLT) – Then Jesus came over and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” And when they looked, they saw only Jesus.

Moments before the disciples (verse 5) were terrified and fell face down to the ground for at least three reasons: 1) Jesus was shining like the sun, 2) they witnessed “dead” men standing and talking (sorta like Sixth Sense) in Moses and Elijah, and 3) they’d heard the voice of God which always (well, more often than not) struck fear into mortals. Is it any wonder they went face down!?!?!

But verse 7 tells us that as soon as that happened, Jesus went over to them, touched them and told them to not be afraid. That’s when the disciples looked up and when they did, what did they see? Only Jesus.

Gone were Elijah and Moses, gone was the terrifying glow and thundering voice. All that was left was Jesus.

Oh, how I hope that every time I look up, every time that I lift my eyes, I will see only Jesus! My eyes are prone to wander and try to take in everything, but only one thing is really important – and that is to see and look constantly and steadfastly at him!

When I’m afraid, I need to see him. When I’m joyful, I need to see him. When I’m confused, let me see him. When I’m tempted, let me fasten my eyes on him. In short, may the only thing we see be Him!

PRAYER: God, give me those eyes that see only Jesus and not the things that frighten or terrify! Let my fears be put to rest as I look up to see my Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

DayBreaks for 8/25/16 – Lazarus’ Unexpected Experience

DayBreaks for 8/25/16 – Lazarus’ Unexpected Experience

In spite of all the “near death experiences” and stories about what happens after you die, we really just don’t know. There are those who say that at least some of these experiences are real…and then there are those who say they are nothing more than the dying embers of the brain firing on whatever cylinders are left. As Christians, we believe in life after death. I know, I certainly do. But do I know precisely what happens when one dies? I’m not talking about the physical process of dying – I think I understand that fairly well. I’m referring to the question of will we be conscious or not?

There are clues scatted around the bible that might cause us to believe we’ll be conscious (like the story of Lazarus and the rich man, etc.), but there are others that tend to imply that we won’t be conscious. I don’t know. I rather suspect we will be conscious, but that’s all beside the point.

In the story of Lazarus’ resurrection in John 11, I would be willing to bet that when Lazarus drew his last breath that he didn’t expect his next experience to be hearing Jesus’ voice call him back to life. But because we have that story in Scripture, I can also know that if I am unconscious after I die that the next voice I may hear will be the voice of Jesus calling me out of my grave, too, or his face greeting me on “the other side”.

Sort of puts a bit more excitement and anticipation into the concept of dying as I see it!  

PRAYER: Jesus, while we don’t know what it will be like to die, it is tremendously comforting to know that your face or your voice will be our next conscious experience! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

 

DayBreaks for 01/16/14 – Close Enough to See His Face

DayBreaks for 01/16/14 – Close Enough to See His Face

NOTE: I am traveling for work this week so I’ll be recycling some DayBreaks from previous years.  New DayBreaks will resume again on 1/20/2014.  Thanks for your understanding!

From the DayBreaks archive, 1/15/2004:

Luke 8:20 (NLT)  – “Someone told Jesus, ‘Your mother and your brothers are outside, and they want to see you.’”

I doubt that there are Christians who don’t look forward to seeing Jesus.  Sure, there may be times when because of our sin, we may not want to see him at that particular moment, but when we think of seeing Jesus, we do have a sense of joyful expectation, don’t we?  Most of the time when we think of seeing Jesus, we picture it either in the context of His second coming, or the setting of our death or resurrection.  Yes, we’ll see Him then.  Every one will see the eyes of Jesus!  When we behold him, in that instant, I’m sure that we’ll learn a great deal about him.

But perhaps there is another time when we would do well to get close enough to him to see his face, so to speak.  In A Deeper Walk, Ben Pasley wrote about the reality of our frustration and anger with God at times because of how life is treating us or someone we love.  At times, when things are bad, we act as if God has offended us, let us down, or is failing to do his duty towards us.  Pasley suggests that at those times that we should “Tell him.  Do you think he can handle it?  Maybe he needs us to pound his chest and slap his face until things begin to make sense again, or at least until we have exhausted our anger.  Most people discover that when they move close enough to see his face, even in the rage of misunderstanding, that there is something to learn.  They discover the unexpected God.  Stereotypes begin to melt from the heat of his compassion and the washing of his tears.  How he reacts to human pain makes a difference.”

The passage from Luke records an instance in the life of Jesus where his mother and brothers sought to see him, but were prevented by the crowd that pressed around him.  What is admirable to me is that they wanted to see Jesus.  When things aren’t going the way I think they should in my life, rather than being angry at God and withdrawing from him in my anger and frustration, I’d be much better off to go to God and get close enough to see his face.  It’s there that I’ll learn something that could change my life.

How long has it been since you’ve been close enough to see his face?

PRAYER: Teach us new truth about You this day and every day until we finally see You face to face, Lord Jesus!  Let us seek Your face always! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/21/13 – Waking Up and Seeing

DayBreaks for 03/21/13 – Waking Up and Seeing            

4764316381_880085e567_zToday I’m sharing a story written in a blog by domesticdiva, MD, a doctor who blogs on WordPress about things she’s seen and learned in her time as a physician.  I think you’ll be touched by this story:

“I was on a consult month at the time, and every day we would round on a particularly sick patient in the ICU (intensive care unit). He was a relatively healthy middle-aged man until a few months before, and then all of a sudden he got more and more sick until he was eventually having muscle spasms so bad that he actually fractured some of his vertebrae into his spinal cord (you need to have REALLY strong spasms in order for this to occur). To protect his body (and skeleton) from any further damage and possibly permanent paralysis, the man was intubated, sedated, and medically paralyzed.

By the time I finally met this patient, he had already been sedated and paralyzed for a few weeks. They had tried lifting the paralytic drugs once, only to have him quickly begin spasming again with concerns for additional fractures. Through it all, his wife was by his side.

“She was a shorter woman, hair pulled back in a ponytail, who sat in his ICU room in a chair wearing his big hunting t-shirts and the exhausted look of a family member with a sick loved one. To be honest, she was the sort of woman who blended into the surroundings, the woman you’d sit next to on the bus or plane and not remember any real features.

“Towards the end of the month, we again decided to lift the man’s medication to see if he could wake up and not spasm. The process starts the night before, with the hopes of enough of the drugs to be out of someone’s system by the next morning to see if they’re okay, and if not the medication can quickly be restarted (which had already happened before).

“That morning, I was getting a cup of coffee before rounds when I had a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and a beautiful woman was standing there. I had no idea who it was until she began speaking.

It was our patient’s wife. “I just wanted to thank you for all of your help. I hope he’s able to wake up today. Just in case, I wanted to look pretty just for him. Even if he only sees me for just a second, I hope he’ll have something to see in his dreams.”

“Our patient woke up that day. While he couldn’t move much since some of the paralytics were still preventing that, he was able to do one thing.

“Right after he opened his eyes, he saw his wife and kissed her.

“There was not a dry eye in his ICU room, especially not mine.”

Galen’s Thoughts: the day will come for God’s children when we awake from what will have seemed more like a nightmare than a coma, and we will see the One who loved us from all eternity, all through our lives, who sat by our bedside when we were sick and who held us together and bound us up when we were broken.  I know that Isaiah said that there was nothing in his appearance that would attract people to him, but that was when he was in the Incarnation.  When we see him, however, he will be in his full heavenly glory.  What a sight it will be to behold him and to see his smile as he welcomes us to life!

1 John 3:2 (NIV) – Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

PRAYER: When we wake from our “sleep”, to see you face to face, Jesus, will be enough for us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/04/13 – They Saw Only Jesus

DayBreaks for 03/04/13 – They Saw Only Jesus               

Transfiguration

Matthew 17:4-8 (NIV) – Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters–one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

There is a common saying among those in love: “I only have eyes for you!”  What does it mean?  Simply this: that compared to anyone or anything else, the beloved makes everything else pale in comparison.

In the account of the transfiguration, however, it seems that Peter, James and John were equally impressed with Moses and Elijah.  Let’s be honest, though: if we were to see Moses and Elijah we’d be pretty doggone impressed and would probably exert a great deal of attention of focus on them.  The problem, however, is that they were giving Moses and Elijah as much attention as they were giving Jesus. 

God, however, had a way to solve that problem.  After the disciples heard the voice of God and fell to the ground terrified, the next thing they saw when they lifted their eyes was… “no one except Jesus.”  God had removed their distractions!

As humans, we are easily distracted and impressed with famous people.  God isn’t.  He could care less about fame.  Moses and Elijah, as great as they were, are nothing compared to the third person on the mountaintop – Jesus. 

Wouldn’t it be great if we only were able to see Jesus and not all the things that distract us?  Even the best things in life – our spouses, children, parents, friends and loved ones – can and often do get in the way of our obedience and commitment to Christ. 

I pray that today we’ll see more of Jesus than the day before until the day we look up and see “no one except Jesus.”

PRAYER: Our focus, vision and hearts wander so easily and we lose sight of the one thing that truly matters – Jesus!  Help us, Spirit, to see him more clearly with each sunrise!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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NOTE: Galen has started work as a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) (medicalambassadors.org).  He needs to raise his own support.  DayBreaks has always been free – and will remain so – but if you wish to help support Galen in his ministry work with MAI, you can make a donation to Medical Ambassadors on his behalf.  One-time donations may be made online at http://www.medicalambassadors.org/donate.html.  Go to that link and look down the left side of the page until you find the SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section and look for the link for Galen Dalrymple.  Click his name and you’ll be taken to PayPal where you can donate to his account.  If you wish to make a recurring donation, contact suzette@med-amb.org or call her at 209-543-7500 ext. 219.  You can also write a check to Medical Ambassadors International (a 501.c.3 non-profit – meaning your donations are deductible) and put S090 in the Memo field.  Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.

Medical Ambassadors International is a 501.c.3 organization that has been serving the needy, sharing the gospel and helping them become self-sufficient in many ways for 32 years.  Check them out!  They are members of ECFA (the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).

Your support is greatly appreciated!!!!  Thank you!