Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Welcome to Wednesday Wonderings.  I’ve got one word for you – three little letters – as I sit in my chair or on the couch or lie down somewhere with this broken leg.  Those three little letters pop into my mind – WHY?  Why a broken leg?  Why now?  Why after all the hard work I’ve put in over the last year? Why now when the weather gets nice? Why at all?  Why? Why? Why?  I think we all ask that quite often. 

And yet when you think about it, think about Job.  Imagine – you’ve lost your livestock, they’ve been stolen. Your sheep and camels were also destroyed. Your employees murdered, your children crushed – all of them, all ten!  And then, you’re going to get a horrible disease.  I mean, did Job say, “Why?”  I know his wife did.  His wife advised: “Curse God and die!” But Job quickly responded wisely, “Shall we accept only good from God and never adversity?”

I wish I didn’t break my leg.  I wish bad things didn’t happen to people.  But it does.  And we quickly get stuck in the “Why?”  It says in Romans, (11:33) “Oh, the depth… of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!”  Maybe we just need to trust more and believe in the hope of Easter. 

 

 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Welcome to Wednesday Wonderings on this Wednesday of Holy Week.  By now you’ve either heard or maybe you’ve seen that I’m on crutches.  And of course, the question is, what happened?  Well, I’m just going to give you the simple version, and that is, I stumbled.  None of us like to stumble.  But the truth is we all do. 

In the book of James chapter 3 verse 2 it says, “For we all stumble in many ways.” We all slip and fall physically and spiritually.  The question is whether or not we’re willing to get up.  Or as one person said it, “God wants to use us – stumbling and all – but He won’t use us if we refuse to get up.” 

It’s Holy Week.  It’s time for us to admit that we’ve fallen and that we can get up and that God wants us to get up in our brokenness to create us new and to let us share the good news of a risen Lord and Savior.  So this week, let’s just admit we stumble, we fall, but let’s scratch and claw and stand up and share the good news of Christ every day. Have a blessed Holy Week.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday Wonderings.  Spring is in the air!  And pretty soon we’ll be going to the beach.  What amazes me is looking at how, over the last few years, Lake Michigan has eaten away at the beach – seeing those images of houses and buildings falling into Lake Michigan because of all of the erosion.  Again, the lake taking back that land and undermining the stability of the buildings. 

I’m wondering, over the last year, have you experienced erosion?  Has your foundation been eaten away?  I know the quick answer is, “Oh no! No way, I am still solid.”  But the truth is, erosion is sneaky and slowly pulls away that soil and pretty soon things crumble.

Just look at King Solomon.  Again, probably the wisest of the wise, richest of the richest, and yet he crumbled and fell.  I just want you to think about erosion and make sure that your foundation isn’t being eaten away.  Have a GREAT week!  Have a GREAT day!  Have a GREAT spring!  Just check out that foundation. 

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday Wonderings. How about it? Never ever let them see you sweat. Or even more so, don’t EVER let them see you cry. Again, those are things we were raised with, especially men. Don’t ever let people see you cry. Yet in Psalm 56 it says that God puts our tears in a bottle and enters them into the record He keeps on our lives. Or David says, “The Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.” Or we look at the prophet Jeremiah, who couldn’t even preach without tears because he was so passionate, and he became known as the “weeping prophet.”

When is the last time that you had a good cry? When was the last time you let your feelings come out and show them to someone – about how much you cared, about how concerned you were? Who knows what the tears were for? But you were willing to be vulnerable and share your innermost passion.

So, just think about it. Tears are part of who we are, part of who God created within us. Don’t be afraid to show them. Have a great day and thanks again for Wednesday wondering… or weeping! God bless.

 
 
 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

 
Good morning and welcome to Wednesday Wonderings! Over the last couple of Sundays, we’ve been looking at the idea of being blessed in order to be a blessing to other people. And then I came across a devotional that posed that question or that idea in a different way. Simply put, the author says, “Are we friendly inside and out?” Are we friendly to the world in which we live? It says in Proverbs, “A man/a woman that hath friends must show themselves friendly.”

But they take it a step further. They don’t only look at it externally, but they look at it internally. Are we friendly to ourselves? Or are we a blessing to ourselves? God created us fearfully and wonderfully. Do we believe that? Do we believe how special we are? Because we need to believe how amazing we are in order to be amazing to others.

And so, I’m wondering, are you friendly to yourself? Do you bless yourself? Because in order to love others, in order to bless others, we’ve got to believe that God created us for special things. I’m wondering how friendly you are to others and to yourself. Have a wonderful day and keep on wondering.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday… oh, wait a minute, it’s Wednesday Wonderings. But it’s my birthday too. You know, throughout my life I’ve struggled to really believe that my life has mattered, that I am important.

But then I’m reminded that God created me with a purpose. That Psalm 139 reminds me that He made me, He knit me together in my mother’s womb. He had a plan before I even knew. Or I am reminded of others in Scripture, like Amos: “… I was neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the LORD took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’”

You know, YOU ARE IMPORTANT! God has got a plan. Even in these challenging times, each of us has a purpose and God doesn’t make junk. So, Happy Birthday to me. But more importantly, Happy Birthday to each of us. Because God loves you, you’re a child of God, and you have an amazing purpose in life. Have a GREAT day! Happy Birthday!

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