The Big Question…Why?

     The question comes up about the question why. Why? Because we humans are inquisitive and hungry for information. We’re like gluttons when it comes to information now. Seems we can’t get enough and frankly, so many of us feel entitled to any information and as much information as we want, when we want. And why not? Information is knowledge and knowledge is power and power gives us advantage over lesser naves in our midst. It builds our pride when we’re successful and makes us feel good about ourselves (even at the expense of others). Besides, via internet, so much information is at our finger tips, we’ve grown to expect our demand for information be met without question or hesitation.

This blog is about the question why. Ever stop to think how many times we ask this question with the expectation the answer will come immediately from the queried source? No, me either. But I’ve been thinking about it some lately.

What got me thinking about this was a conversation I had with a colleague at work. We were talking about the difficult times in life when it seems either continuous obstacles block your goal or persistent failure keep you from achieving your desired goal and out of frustration, you really want to ask the question;” why?” The problem in asking this question is “who” are we asking it too? And why won’t “they” just tell us the answer so we can go on our way enlightened. Well the only “who” is God himself and he generally is not into answering the question why. (He’s not? I wonder why?)

In my colleague’s situation, they had to pass a difficult teachers exam and failed it more than three times. Each test cost over $150.00 and failing the test was more than a financial hurdle, their very job was in jeopardy. They couldn’t teach without passing this test. Even if they didn’t ask the question, the thought was prevalent in their thinking. “What’s going on here… I’ve never failed any test in this subject, it was my minor in college.”

So they took another test, this time in “Special Education” and passed right away; first time. This was good news in that at least they could keep their job, and it turns out, there was a special education teacher retiring soon, so a slot was available. After a year with “special students”, my friend went back to take the first exam again. These exams are timed and you have 3 hours to complete the exam with one hundred questions. Well, they got almost to the end of the exam and had 4 questions to answer with only 30 seconds of the allotted time left. Quickly with a hail Mary prayer from anxious lips, they looked at the questions and quickly picked what they thought could be the right answer.

As they waited in anxious tears for the results, the proctor called them in to tell them they had passed…by four questions! Now, what is going on here? This was their comments: “God for some reason wanted me to be with those special needs kids”. “I grew to love each of them and watched them grow into part of my extended family”. “That time with those kids enriched my life and theirs more than I would ever have imagined”. “I was a better teacher for it and a better human being, and God used the whole experience to grow my faith, to bring Glory to himself and to enrich his kingdom”

Maybe you’ve experienced similar events in your life and you wanted to shout out “WHY?” to God. Do we stop to realize God is in control of everything; including the nitty gritty details of our lives? Now, think about this for a moment. Is it necessary that every tid bit of information be given in order for the mission in our life to go forward and be successful? Maybe this is where the faith muscle is exercised and developed. If God is the one orchestrating the mission (of our lives) he will always provide all the information needed, when it’s needed. If you want more, you’re going to have to wait in the Lord and walk by faith that God is in control and he has reasons and purpose for your situation and the timed release or unreleased information. In the military we used the term; “on a need to know basis”. If it was your job to turn a wrench on a tank or aircraft, you really didn’t need to know where it was going and what it was going to do. Just turn the proverbial wrench and be happy.

Sometimes, it’s not for us to know the details or the “why” in a given situation. In those times, simply trust that “his ways are higher than ours” and “Father knows best”. Perhaps it will be revealed in Glory, perhaps not. Determine what actions you’ll take in absence of the information you want. Did he tell you to do something? Just DO IT! Did he ask you to say or tell someone something? Just DO IT! Consider obedience. Consider our lives are not our own, we’ve been brought with a price and there’s a new owner of our time, our efforts, our lives. Galatians 2:20(ESV) states: “ I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” There is a place where I end and the new owner takes over.

Here’s another thought. What if you’ve had no instruction, no information, no revelation from God concerning what he is doing on, in around or with your life? Does God have to ask you for permission if he chooses to do something good in your life? I ask that knowing your life may be hurting, look like a living hell, falling apart at the seams, or failing at every attempt. Remember the word says…” all” And we know for those who love God ALL things work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (ESV). Job did not have the opportunity to voice his opinion in the conversation between God and Satan. It was God who brought up Job as a topic and said:” have you considered my servant Job?” God never asked Job if he minded Satan “jacking” with his life. No, God trusted Job. Job never had a say in the dialog; yet God had great faith in Job and trusted him to choose well in the battle. Did Job ever ask why? I’m sure he must have wondered. He had so called “friends” telling him why he was going through, even the woman who supposedly loved him gave him ungodly council to “curse God and die”.

We don’t have to receive ungodly council either, but it’s good to recognize it for what it’s worth and go on down the road trusting Jesus is in control of every event in your life and in the lives of those who know and trust him for salvation.

Here’s a closing thought. If you’re really being tried and tested and going through a difficult time in your life, hold on. Find yourself “tied” to Christ. Cling to him, talk it over with him, tell him all about your problems and challenges. Know he hears, he is listening to every word. He knows every thought and is deeply concerned about you. He came to make a way for you to be in right standing with God. He is waiting for us to come to him. When we do, we will learn we don’t need to know the why as much as we think we do. When we know him we can trust him. Why?  Why not?


New Beginnings

I love the new year, don’t you? It’s almost as if we get another chance to get something right that we didn’t get right from last year.  It’s kind of like a “do over” if you will.  I don’t know about you, but I love getting second chances.  Life is so full of “exactness” and everything has to be so right in so many ways, almost perfect. Yet, i am so imperfect and is need of space to “do over” or try again.

New beginnings are an encouraging concept for me. It’s like starting a trek into fresh snow, you get to walk where no other tracks  have been laid. First one. Maybe that’s how the first man to walk on the moon felt. He faced new beginnings, and knew he was writing history. are not we doing the same even if it’s not in the same magnitude for all human kind. Aren’t  we writing and experiencing our own history for all to see and enjoy?


What would life be like if we only had one chance to achieve and be all that we were purposed to become with no second chances? I suspect it wouldn’t be near as much fun or forgiving.  Or what if we eternally stayed in the same groove and never experienced exposure to new things, concepts or ideas? Wouldn’t we go absolutely mad after a brief time of this dribble of an existence?

Anyway, I love the new year and new beginnings.  It’s a good time to look into my life and home and remove the clutter of what is not positively “adding” to my life, or adding to my goals for this life. Perhaps this writing will encourage you to do the same and streamline things in your own life that have become cumbersome and not “user friendly”.  At any rate, you can start a day over any time you want, Just say “New beginning” or “Do Over” and there you go.

Christian Meditation

The Psalms especially are filled with information that one might label as Christian Meditation Techniques. In fact, the reality is that meditation is of God. We see in Holy scripture several different Hebrew and Greek words that are translated meditate or meditation. The spiritual discipline of meditation as God intended it has been corrupted by various world systems – especially eastern mysticism, new age philosophy and the ever popular practice of yoga. All of these philosophies emphasize forms of meditation techniques. However, to develop a Christian practice of meditation we must look to our Creator God – Elohim as He was known by the ancient Hebrews.

In examining the Psalms we are given much guidance concerning this ancient mind exercise we call meditation. Let’s explore the concept of Christian meditation techniques or simply stated Biblical meditative principles…

The Fruit of Meditation on God’s Word

Psalm 1 reveals the wisdom of one who meditates on God’s word. That person …

  • Does not take counsel from wicked or sinful people
  • Does not associate and make alliances with unrighteous people
  • Delights in God’s law
  • Is prosperous in all he does
  • Lives righteously

Christian meditation is a spiritual discipline that yields blessings in the lives of believers.

The Purpose of Christian Meditation

Joshua 1:8 states a direct command from God to His people Israel to “hagah” in the Hebrew – to meditate on the Torah (the first 5 books of the Bible) day and night. Hagah means to meditate however the emphasis of this form of meditation appears to be vocal as it also can mean to mutter, utter, muse, growl, speak or groan. This passage documents a critical juncture in the lives of the children of Israel – they are getting ready to take possession of the promised land for which they have been waiting for 40 long years – and which was promised to Abraham 430 years previously. And as God is getting ready to send them forth into the land of promise we see Him telling them to not forget to verbally and vocally meditate on His law. The purpose for this mental and verbal exercise is so the Israelites…

  • Don’t let the Torah depart from their mouths
  • Will be careful to do everything written in the Torah
  • Will be prosperous and successful

Christian meditation is for the purpose of strengthening the inner man, understanding God’s ways and learning to walk in them.

The Blessings of Meditation Emanate from a Right Heart

As Joshua 1 indicates God loves His people and desires them to receive all the blessings He has in store for those who walk in obedience. These blessings come through meditating on God’s word and putting it into practice. Meditation is very different from rote memorization – which anyone can do. The fruit of meditation on God’s word begins with the kind of heart attitude King David displays in Psalm 19. King David’s heart revels in the preciousness of God’s word…

  • The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul
  • The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy making wise the simple
  • The precepts of the LORD are right giving joy to the heart
  • The commands of the LORD are radiant giving light to the eyes
  • The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous
  • They are more precious than gold
  • They are sweeter than honey
  • They keep your servant warned
  • In keeping them is great reward

The one who will benefit from meditating is the one who is desires to cultivate a humble attitude and seeks to yield his will and his ways to the LORD. They mediate because they want to grow more deeply and intimately acquainted with God and they desire His promised blessings.

The Focus of Meditation

The focus of all true, safe, godly and beneficial meditation is on the God who created the human mind, gave it the ability to meditate and then exhorted His people to put this spiritual discipline into practice. Colossians says that Jesus Christ created all things for Himself in order that He might have the supremacy in all things. Paul exhorted us to meditate on whatever was good, noble, true, beautiful and righteous…ultimately Christian meditation techniques are concerned with fixing our thoughts on the Creator…in the Psalms we are taught to meditate on….

  • God’s law (Psalm 1:2)
  • God’s unfailing love (Psalm 48:9)
  • God’s work and mighty deeds (Psalm 77:12)
  • God’s precepts and ways (Psalm 119:15)
  • God’s promises (Psalm 119:148)
  • God’s wonderful works (Psalm 145:5)

Christian Meditation Techniques will always serve to bring our minds back to a right perception of God. These techniques will aid us in worshiping Him in Spirit and in truth. The art of mediation is to soak in the word, the wonders, the love, the ways and the promises of Almighty God for His glory and our good.


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Live to Love

Live to love

A Holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said,
‘Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.’
The Lord led the holy man to two doors.

He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in.

In the middle of the room was a large round table..
In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew.
which smelled delicious and made the holy
man’s mouth water.

The people sitting around the table were thin
and sickly. They appeared to be famished.

They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful.

But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.
The holy man shuddered at the sight of
their misery and suffering.

The Lord said, ‘You have seen Hell… They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one.

There was the large round table with
the large pot of stew which made the holy man’s mouth water.

The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The holy man said, I don’t understand.

‘It is simple,’ said the Lord. ‘It requires but one skill.

You see, they have learned to feed each other.
The greedy think only of themselves.’

When Jesus died on the cross, he was thinking of you.

Remember, I will  always share my spoon with you

Direction of Travel

What do you do when late summer beckons you with open two lane roads? Gently urging,tugging at your spirit to come away, what do you do? Why, relent of course. One answers the call with a surging sense of excitement and adventurous expectation, especially if one is a motorcycle nut like me. I love the open road.

Even if it’s a place you’ve been a million times, there’s always the possibility you’ll discover something new, something fresh, a discovery or experience.

It’s fun exploring. It’s fun doing extraordinary things. Whats around the bend? Whats around the next curve in the road? Where will this road take us? We love exploring. I love the city and the country equally. Today we’re in the country. God’s country.

Since we’re new to Spokane we thought we’d take a Sunday drive. It was perfect weather for it, partly sunny with an air temp of around seventy degrees. The sky was filled with clumps of cumulus clouds that looked like someone placed each one with a huge eye dropper. They were all flat on the bottom like pancakes, surrounded by the most pristine, heavenly blue imaginable.

We follow the signs to Riverside State Park in the North West part of the city, but, it’s all country to get there.
“Look”! “There’s a sign for swinging bridge”! “Let’s go see it”!

We stop to talk to a fisherman on the way to the bridge. Fly rod in hand, fishing vest and “floppy” fisherman’s hat, he looks the part. He informs us of the rainbow trout readily available but warns of the high PCB and Mercury content in the fish. I’m reminded of how poor we’ve done as stewards of this earth.

The beautiful meandering Spokane river is surrounded by pine forests. The bridge it turns out is just a gateway into what could imaginatively be a new world.

There are miles and miles of trails that seemingly lead in every direction.
The trails are well marked and easy to navigate. Off we go, marching through some of the most amazing rock formations I’ve ever seen. Reminded me a bit of Cappadocia in central Turkey. Volcanic and Glacier rock formations give a sense of being on another planet. For the first time, passers by tell us of the “great flood” eons ago when ice formations blocked narrow gorges. After huge water build up and backlogs of Ice, the dam broke and millions of tons of water flooded the area leaving this marvelous geological wonder exposed for all to see and enjoy. I ask Kat, ” Is that the “Great Flood” where that guy built a boat and put all the animals on it”? We all laugh and continue on our way with a wave and departing smiles.

Further down the path, I give my wife a sharp “shove”. She’s unaware she’s just about to step on a rattle snake stretched across the path. He’s young, but no less dangerous. I get a nice hug after that and kinda feel like I might be her hero again.

We get down to a nice lookout over the river and cascading falls. I see a bird of prey circling high above the river. I’m thinking it must be a red tail hawk. As he circles toward us I see his head is white and body black. “Ahh”! “It’s an Bald Eagle”! He looks young too. not so big, but still hungry. Glad to see them replenishing in North America again. I’ve seen them as far south as North West Florida.

On the way back, just before we approach the “swinging bridge” I look up to see another bird of prey rising out of the river with a good size trout in it’s razor like talons. WOW! I’ve never seen that before. how fun? I feel so alive.

Kat loves nature so much. She experiences God through nature, especially if a river is involved.she recognizes His handiwork in creation and marvels in the contrast between simplicity and complexity. She just enjoys the beauty and finds it easy to “enter in” to the quiet place where God awaits her. My wife loves finding God in nature. Did I mention she loves rivers?

How about you? Where and how do you experience God? Do you find him in your daily commute, or in relationships with other people? Maybe you find him in religious Icons or in the complexity of a math problem. Because having a personal relationship with God is …well, “Personal”, There are as many avenues to seek him as there are people.

Nice thing about finding God is, it doesn’t matter where you are in your life journey, you can find God anywhere. I guess what matters most is what direction you are traveling in as you seek him. Are you traveling TOWARD God or AWAY from him?

You could be sitting in church and moving away from God or be the world’s worst sinner and headed right toward him. It’s all about your direction of travel with traveling toward God being the preferred direction.

Jesus had these words about “seeking” him. “Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you”. Mathew 7:7
He goes on: “For everyone that asks, receives and he that seeks finds; to him that knocks it shall be opened.

In Proverbs he reminds us: I love them that love me and those that seek me early shall find me. Prov 8:17

To me, that’s encouraging because it tells me my “seeking” won’t be in vain. It will achieve mission accomplishment. If I’m “seeking” God, I’m gonna find Him ( or he’s gonna find me)

Where are you? guess it doesn’t really matter where you are. God will and does meet you right where you are. More importantly, which direction are you traveling in in your life journey? Are you headed toward Him or away from him? Toward Him brings life and union; away from him brings separation and death.

If you seek God you will find him. Often in the most unusual places and unexpected times. Pay attention to the small details of your every day existence. You’ll find you may be experiencing “God Moments” right where you are…right now. Is this God’s way of telling you how important you are to him and how much you matter? Is he whispering in your ear today…” I love you”?

Cast your care upon you for he cares for you.

What’s more important, a relationship with God or a relationship with a building?