DayBreaks for 9/28/16 – Lessons My Dog Taught Me, #37

DayBreaks for 9/28/16 – Lessons My Dog Taught Me, #37           

From the DayBreaks archive, 2006:

Lesson: let the Master scratch your itch.

You’ve heard of obsessive/compulsive disorder, I’m sure.  We call it OCD – the type of behavior that just can’t “let go” of something.  Well, I’m not a dog psychologist, but I think Casper may have OCD.

There are two things he does that make me think this.  First, any time he sees a reflection (from the face of a watch, or off a computer screen or any shiny object), laser pointer or even a flashlight (lit or not!), he is obsessed with it!  He “locks on” to it with every ounce of energy and attention in his taut body and he won’t stop chasing it until it goes away fully.  Even then he looks for it for several more minutes.  It’s bizarre.

But there’s another thing that he’s obsessive about: he LOVES to have his belly scratched.  It doesn’t matter if it’s day or night or something in-between, he wants you to scratch his belly!  He lets you know about it, too, because he’ll come over to where you are sitting or laying or standing, and he’ll raise up one of his paws and “paw” your arm until you get the idea.  So, you scratch his belly until you think your arm will fall off, your fingers have gone into permanent cramp-mode, and you stop.  But what does he think of this?  He doesn’t care if your arm does fall off – he’ll start pawing you again until you start rubbing his tummy again!  He has no shame.

I couldn’t help but think that God wants us to desire His contact as badly as Casper wants mine.  And I should want that touch from Him as desperately as Casper wants my touch.  How good and pleasant it is to lie down in green pastures, to drink the cool waters, to enjoy the table full of blessings that the Lord’s presence provides!  Can there be anything better than that?

Sometimes we just need to slow down and let God scratch our belly so we are filled with delight.  And as Scripture says, His arm never loses strength or grows weary! 

PRAYER:  Thank you, Father, for the ways you bless and comfort us each day.  May we be obsessed with Your Presence and may we take time to revel in Your touch.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

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DayBreaks for 10/22/15 – This Messiah Does!

DayBreaks for 10/22/05: This Messiah Does!

From the DayBreaks archive, 2005:

It is no secret that the religious leaders of Jesus’ day didn’t think that Jesus was the Messiah.  It wasn’t that they didn’t want the Messiah to come – Israel had prayed for the Messiah to appear for 1800 years.  They desperately wanted Him to come!  But what they got wasn’t what they’d expected, and that led to His rejection.  Israel wanted a Messiah who would rule with a rod of iron from David’s throne in Israel, that would free Israel from the Roman domination that irked them so.  They wanted a Messiah that was so clearly the Messiah that there would be no questions.  Perhaps they expected that the Messiah would come throwing thunderbolts at the Samaritans and Gentiles.  After all, some of the Jewish Rabbi’s taught that the reason God had created Gentiles was so that He’d have enough fuel to keeps the fires of hell burning with them!

We often don’t get what we hope or expect.  I can remember the first time when I didn’t get what I’d hoped I’d get for Christmas.  Even today, if there’s something that I really want for Christmas, if I don’t get it, there is a tinge of sadness and disappointment.  Shame on me for that, but it’s true.  It’s not a very comfortable feeling to long for something, and then when you finally get it, it’s not as exciting or fun or fulfilling as you’d dreamt it would be.

And so it was with Jesus.  No, he didn’t come throwing thunderbolts to fry His enemies.  This Messiah came to seek and save – not to destroy with hunderbolts.  The messiah they’d expected would come and put sinners in their place.  But that’s not what Jesus did.  This Messiah came, not to put sinners in their place, but to take them out of their place and give them a home in His Place.  The religious leaders said that no prophet of God would allow themselves to be touched by a leper, to talk to a Samaritan, to hang out with prostitutes and tax collectors, nor to die in the place of His enemies. 

But the truth is that they didn’t know This Messiah.  This Messiah loves with an unfailing love; this Messiah not only touches lepers but also women with issues of blood and dead bodies.  Instead of those contacts making Him unclean, those touches made the leper, the woman and the dead body clean and well and alive.  The Messiah shouldn’t heal on the Sabbath – but This Messiah does.  The Messiah should be a stern authoritarian – but This Messiah is a servant.  The Messiah that showed up spoke about an easy burden, about giving rest and unbearable rules, and He gave love to all those that had for so long been told in word and action that they were not loved, couldn’t not be loved for they were too sinful, and who had given up hope as a result.

Jesus withholds no good thing from us.  Does He love you?  This Messiah does.  Does He weep for you?  This Messiah does.  Will this Messiah come into your broken, bloody and checkered life?  This Messiah will.  This is the kind of Messiah that we long to have, but for which we had no right to dream.  And once again, God has given us something far better than we could ever have dreamt or imagined.  Praise be to His name for THIS Messiah!

PRAYER: Jesus, help us to place our faith fully and completely in you.  Help us not to project our own limitations and small-mindedness onto You and the things You can do.  Help us to remember that our Messiah loves us with a love that will not let us go.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

Copyright by 2015 Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

DayBreaks for 10/03/13 – These Hands

DayBreaks for 10/03/13 – These Hands

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.

“Grandpa, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. He didn’t move, just sat with his head down staring at his hands. When I sat down beside him he didn’t acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat, I wondered if he was OK. 

“Finally, not really wanting to disturb him but wanting to check on him at the same time, I asked him if he was OK.

“He raised his head and looked at me and smiled. “Yes, I’m fine.  Thank you for asking,” he said in a clear strong voice. 

“I didn’t mean to disturb you, Grandpa, but you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK,” I explained to him.

 “Have you ever looked at your hands,” he asked.  “I mean really looked at your hands?”

 “I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them over, palms up and then palms down. No, I guess I had never really looked at my hands as I tried to figure out the point he was making. Grandpa smiled and related this story: “Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have served you well throughout your years. These hands, though wrinkled, shriveled, and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to reach out and grab and embrace life. They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back.  As a child my mother taught me to fold them in prayer.  They tied my shoes and pulled on my boots.  They have been dirty, scraped and raw, swollen and bent.  They were uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son.  Decorated with my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved someone special.  They trembled and shook when I buried my parents and spouse and walked my daughter down the aisle. They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the rest of my body.  They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken, dried and raw.  And to this day, when not much of anything else of me works real well, these hands hold me up, lay me down, and again continue to fold in prayer.

“These hands are the mark of where I’ve been and the ruggedness of my life.  But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach out and take when he leads me home.

“And with my hands He will lift me to His side and there I will use these hands to touch the face of Christ.” – Author Unknown

We often talk about being the hands and feet of Jesus.  We should take that seriously…and let these hands, which will one day touch the face of God, touch others here on earth to be conductors of His blessing!

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for the simple things in life we take for granted, like the hands to hold and be held.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 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

robot_girl_hidingNOTE: 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.

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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