Lazaroo – Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Apr 28, 2009 I Lazaroo.


“But Jonah ran away from the LORD.” 
(Jonah 1:3)

When I read those words I shake my head and wonder, “What was he thinking?”

Until I remember.

I know exactly what Jonah was thinking.  I’ve run away from You more times than I can count.

Why, LORD?  How could I have been so foolish? 

There’s no getting away from You!  Wherever I run, there You are. 

O God.  Maybe I’d better ask: 

Is there any command of Yours I’m running away from now?

I don’t want to repeat Jonah’s mistake and force You to shipwreck my life to get my attention.

Show me where You want me to go, Jesus.

Tell me what You want me to say.

Make it clear to me what You want me to do.

And with Your amazing, miraculous, merciful help…I will obey.
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Matthew 7:26-27; Psalms 139:7-12, 23-24; Psalms 19:8; Job 6:24; Luke 7:40; Matthew 21:28-31; Psalms 40:11; Psalms 119:17, 145

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12 responses so far.

  1. Steve Says:

    You’ve just sparked an interesting thought, Ken: Why is my driving behavior worse with my wife in the front seat – or my children in the back – than when I’m in the car by myself?

    Hmmm. Could it be that when I’m with my family, I’m more focused on them and less on God? Wow. All I know is when I’m alone with God in the car and praying or listening to Scripture on CD – I’m at my calm, considerate best as a driver.

    Although there’s always the possibility that if I’m too deep in prayer, I might accidentally run over someone. At least it would be unintentional! 🙂

  2. Ken Ferry Says:

    And why does the realization that it isn’t of so little help. I’m sure you’ve caught Judy’s wrath from the passenger’s seat over this just as I have Brenda’s.

    Reminds me of the chorus from an old Rich Mullins song:

    We are frail, we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
    Forged in the fires of human passion,
    Choking on the fumes of selfish rage.
    And with these our hells and our heavens so few inches apart,
    We must be awfully small and not as strong as we think we are.

  3. Steve Says:

    If only my sub-Christian behavior on the road WAS anonymous!

  4. Ken Ferry Says:

    How about if we start up a road-rage-aholics anonymous group?

  5. Steve Says:

    You got me there, Ken: keeping a kind, considerate, thoughtful, forgiving, laid-back attitude while driving. One more area where I’ve got a ton more growing to do.

  6. Ken Ferry Says:

    I audibly thanked God this morning for the semi I was following while approaching the construction bottleneck on I-164 at Green River Road. It kept me from seeing the cars staying in the right lane up to the last moment and crowding in front of some nice person letting them in ahead of the long line of traffic they had just passed. My Nineveh! Or, more accurately, one of many.

  7. Steve Says:

    What a powerful story, Jeff. This is exactly the stuff that nails all of us – real, nitty-gritty life. Thank you so much for being willing to share your walk.

  8. Jeff Says:

    I agree, Steve. I have been in two spots recently that made me think that I had a handle on all that. – until God rattled my cage.

    One happened just yesterday. I need to sell a house that I own desperately. I had a person in it who was giving me monthly payments in lieu of a down payment. Without telling me, and owing me money, he moved out and left me with some damage to deal with. If that was not enough, he moved across the street from the house.

    Yesterday, I was cutting the grass at that house and saw him out doing something. I felt the anger building up inside of me – daydreaming of what I would say to him if he came over.

    Then God showed up.

    “You better love that man!”

    It stopped me in my tracks. Just when you believe that you have it figured out – that you have a handle on “the walk”, God reminds you that you are still a work in progress.

    Surrender . . . not easy, but the only way to true peace.

  9. Steve Says:

    Yes, surrender IS hard, Jeff! And just when I think I’ve done all the surrendering to God I need to do…I run headlong into another stronghold of self-will. It’s like my yard after the ice storm several weeks back. Just when I think I’m getting close to completing the cleanup, I suddenly notice a whole ‘nuther section I’m going to have to tackle.

  10. Steve Says:

    Love your humility and transparency, John.

  11. Jeff Says:

    Surrender is the hardest thing for humans to do. Yet, it is the only way to find true peace.

  12. John Tevault Says:

    Just when you think,that my life is unique you can read that they’re others that have stumbled. I too have ran,and it did take a shipwreck to stop running. Thank you oh LORD, for catching me! I will obey!

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