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Praying in the garden

I knelt and prayed in my vegetable garden this morning. It wasn’t a theologically profound exercise in which I invoked the Almighty to intercede in the affairs of man, ecce homo.

No, it wasn’t a grand, pompous affair. I simply asked God to help me with my day and to represent him well in everything I did. My hands rested face down in the dirt, a reminder of Abraham’s declaration to God that he was “but dust and ashes.” (Gen 18:27 NASB) My prematurely wrinkled hands looked oddly beautiful in the soft dirt, inches away from my incoming crop of zucchini and green beans.

I couldn’t overcome the temptation to pray for my minuscule patch of land, that the assortment of heirloom tomatoes, carrots, chili and bell peppers, zucchini and green beans would somehow be a blessing to everyone who comes to our home. As corny as it seems, I’ve become personally involved with these plants. When my bell peppers didn’t take off — and still haven’t — I scratch my head and go over everything I’ve done to give them a good start. When my impatiens and violas I planted from seed didn’t germinate, I went online for answers.

I’m sure God must feel this way about us: watching, nourishing protecting and then wondering why his initiatives don’t take as he expected them to. It must be frustrating to see us make a mess of things continually and having to rescue us. I’m so grateful he does.

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I had a dream

Most of you who know me through this site or in person know that I’m a lighthearted, funny fellow who would be more serious, if only I weren’t so clumsy and didn’t have my father’s sense of humor. One of the man’s favorite movies is Blazing Saddles. Take it from there.

That said, I’m deadly serious when God talks to me in a dream. It has only happened a few times and when it does, I wake up disturbed. There is indeed a biblical precedent for this, starting with Abraham in Gen. 15:12-16. It is in this dream encounter with Yahweh that Abraham learns his descendants will be in captivity for 400 years. Continue reading

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Careful what you wish for

My wife was talking with a very good friend of ours last night and she recounted the following true story:

Her husband was talking to God one day, in one of those busy conversations we all have. He was lamenting over the distance he felt from God recently. By his own admission, he likes to watch a lot of television. (I’m an addict myself, that’s why we don’t own one.) He asked God to show him what he should do.

The very next moment, his television begins to spark and dies.


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