Between the Vice and the Grip

I received a phone call from KC of Just So You’ll Know fame. He knew of some of the struggles we are going through and wanted to touch base with us. That was a welcomed call. It was good to hear his voice and encouragement. I have never met KC, other than through the blogosphere, but I do count him as a brother in the Lord and I’m grateful for his prayers and concerns. I assured him that we are doing OK.

But truth be told, we do feel caught between the vice and the grip of God. When I stepped down from GPC in mid August, they gave us enough money to last to about December. That was very kind on their part, and we do sincerely appreciate it. But we also feel the pressure of finding another call to our next church. We have been invited to a church in Texas for a week in mid November for an associate position, but alas, I am one-of-four candidates they are looking at. It would be my desire that I would be their number one candidate and receive the call, but only if that is God’s will.

Other than that position, we are still in the early stages of all other opportunities. Given that we are one-of-four in Texas, the earliest we could find a call is January. If that one doesn’t materialize, the probability is that we won’t find a call until April or later. So you can see where our concern materializes. Money to last to December 1, without a call later than that. The numbers do not add up.

The obvious answer: Get a job now to help maintain finances. Problem is, where do I find a job that I can come and go when I need to take trips to Texas or Ohio or wherever?

It is at times like these that we truly see the hand of God in our lives. We are in a situation that we realize everything we have, is from His hand. The Psalmist David wrote: You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

The story goes that the circuit rider had nothing more than a loaf of bread to feed his family. As they gathered around the table, he lifted is eyes to heaven and prayed, “O Lord, all this and Jesus too.”

I’m not sure how all this will play out. Yet He is our portion forever, and that is enough. Yes, our hearts tremble from time to time. That usually happens when our eyes are fixed upon this world, and not on Him. We are in His vice grip. But what a wonderful place to be.

The Power of Forgiveness

Hattip: Carlotta.

This is a powerful video of Peter Loth, giving his testimony of his younger days in a German concentration camp, and the power to forgive those who persecuted him and his people.

It really is hard to forgive. When someone wrongs you, our human nature is such that we want revenge. But if we realize that the sins we’ve committed against Christ, and the forgiveness He gives us, then we realize the obligation we have, and the freedom we have to set aside our desire for vengeance. Doing so will help us truly forgive those who have wronged us.

Making Helicopters?

Andy was working with me in the garage the other day, and he wanted me to help him build a helicopter. What he thought was a helicopter, was actually my Nordic Trac, that he was trying to nail a piece of plywood to, in order to make a helicopter. This was fine, I guess. Except that he kept insisting that I help him do it. Finally, I had to confess to him, that even though I seem to know everything, I did not know how to make a helicopter, especially using a Nordic Trac and a piece of plywood.

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I Am Legend

I finally got a chance to watch Will Smith in I Am Legend on Saturday. It’s been one of those movies that I wanted to see because it is a remake of 1971 movie, The Omega Man, starring, Charlton Heston.

Of course, that movie scarred the living daylights out of me when I was a young teen watching it (I didn’t see it until it came on television). Seeing that it left a lasting impression, I had to see the latest work on the same story line.

I was NOT disappointed. From the opening scenes of New York City being deserted and filled with empty cars, to the last, beautiful glimpse of the Vermont Colony, I was transfixed. It was well done, and Smith’s performance was excellent. His character, Robert Neville, was driven by principle to find a cure to the deadly virus that wiped out billions of people around the planet. All the while, he has to fight off those not killed by the virus, but mutated into hairless, and ravenous killing beings that are called Darkseekers, because of UV light can kill them. In other words, they hide from sunlight, and only come out at night.

This plot is similar to Omega Man, but the Darkseekers in the latest version are far more believable in their ability to wipe out the rest of mankind. In the first movie, the Darkseekers really just looked like people that had been down at Haight Ashbury far too long. The latests ones, were scary looking and powerful. At one point, they even captured Neville, using his own trap upon him.

The movie even mentions God. When Anna and Ethan show up, in timely fashion to rescue Neville, she later tells him that God directed her to come to New York to find him. He claims that with 5 billion dead, there can be no God. Later, he realizes God’s plan in bring Anna and Ethan there, to help get the cure for the disease up to the colony in Vermont, which God also told Anna about.

I don’t make too much of this. But did like the acknowledgment of a Supreme Being. Something we don’t see a lot of in Hollywood movies today.