Tropical Storms?


So today was interesting.  I woke up to find out that there was a tropical storm threatening our city.  It’s funny, since I’ve cancelled my cable television I have no clue when storms are on their way.  I don’t read newspapers and I don’t ever go to online news sites except to read specific stories.  I thought to myself, if this were a dangerous hurricane, I wouldn’t even know it was coming.

Christianity is absolutely obsessed with storms.  We always talk about them… the only thing we talk about more is the harvest LOL.  Every church has a picture of grain somewhere on their website (except ours cough cough http://www.trinitywest.org – because I designed it and didn’t want grain!).  I will say this though, our lives are full of “storms”.  The key is to know that they are coming.  Always be prepared for them.  Know that your God is bigger than the storm.  There’s a cheesy Christianese saying, “Don’t tell God how big the storm is.  Tell the storm how big your God is.”  Cheesy?  Yes.  True?  Also yes.  God doesn’t need to know how big your problem is… He just needs to hear you say “Help!”  That’s all our awesome God is waiting for.  The last thing He wants is for you to come to Him and go on and on about how big the problem is.  Here’s a quick example.

Say you are a parent… some of you may be.  Your child comes running to you with their favorite toy.  It just happens to be Optimus Prime, the Transformer.  The boy is crying hysterically because he “broke” Optimus.  You see the toy in his hands and observe that the toy isn’t broken, it is just merely, mid-transformation.  The young child is just frantic.  Telling you how upset he is and how his life will never be the same (you know how dramatic kids are).  He wants his toy back.  Now, imagine that he just hightails it and runs back to his room.  You know you could fix that transformer without even a thought.  But he never asks for help.

This is how God feels.  He just wants to be petitioned to lend a hand.  But we are so wrapped up in how horrible our lives are, and how huge the obstacles we face are, that we don’t realize how simple it would be for God to fix our problems.  He looks at our financial problems and then turns around to the streets made of gold and the cattle on a thousand hills.  He has ALL the money, we just need a little.  He looks at our relationships and then remembers when he created the first man and woman in the garden and thought up the idea of marriage.  The most difficult of marriages can be restored by the One who invented the idea.

So, when the storm clouds roll and the rain comes down… take a drink. =)  Practice asking God for help instead of telling him every detail of what needs to be fixed.  If you knew how to fix it, you wouldn’t be going to him.  Let God be God and you just relax!

Proverbs 30

Sayings of Agur

1 The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an oracle
This man declared to Ithiel,
to Ithiel and to Ucal:

2 “I am the most ignorant of men;
I do not have a man’s understanding.

3 I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.

4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands?
Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and the name of his son?
Tell me if you know!

5 “Every word of God is flawless;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

6 Do not add to his words,
or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

7 “Two things I ask of you, O LORD;
do not refuse me before I die:

8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.

9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the LORD ?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.

10 “Do not slander a servant to his master,
or he will curse you, and you will pay for it.

11 “There are those who curse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers;

12 those who are pure in their own eyes
and yet are not cleansed of their filth;

13 those whose eyes are ever so haughty,
whose glances are so disdainful;

14 those whose teeth are swords
and whose jaws are set with knives
to devour the poor from the earth,
the needy from among mankind.

15 “The leech has two daughters.
‘Give! Give!’ they cry.
“There are three things that are never satisfied,
four that never say, ‘Enough!’:

16 the grave,  the barren womb,
land, which is never satisfied with water,
and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’

17 “The eye that mocks a father,
that scorns obedience to a mother,
will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley,
will be eaten by the vultures.

18 “There are three things that are too amazing for me,
four that I do not understand:

19 the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a man with a maiden.

20 “This is the way of an adulteress:
She eats and wipes her mouth
and says, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.’

21 “Under three things the earth trembles,
under four it cannot bear up:

22 a servant who becomes king,
a fool who is full of food,

23 an unloved woman who is married,
and a maidservant who displaces her mistress.

24 “Four things on earth are small,
yet they are extremely wise:

25 Ants are creatures of little strength,
yet they store up their food in the summer;

26 coneys are creatures of little power,
yet they make their home in the crags;

27 locusts have no king,
yet they advance together in ranks;

28 a lizard can be caught with the hand,
yet it is found in kings’ palaces.

29 “There are three things that are stately in their stride,
four that move with stately bearing:

30 a lion, mighty among beasts,
who retreats before nothing;

31 a strutting rooster, a he-goat,
and a king with his army around him.

32 “If you have played the fool and exalted yourself,
or if you have planned evil,
clap your hand over your mouth!

33 For as churning the milk produces butter,
and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife.”

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