Personal Musing: 9-11-2001 to 9-11-2011: Thoughts on ten years of change and choices

Today, 9/11/2011 is the ten-year anniversary of the collapse of the twin towers after airplanes ran into them. Tributes, memories, and stories have been playing on television on varied stations. It is also a time where can reflect on where at on that day emotionally and where are today. God showed both the illusion of perceived peace of the world as well as His sovereignty. Each person in the United States had to face how he or she perceived safety and some took time to examine relationship with God. God also showed that pride does come before a fall. People thought nothing could ever happen; pride was strong. Then towers fell. Things have changed. Ten years have brought a world more insecurity. There have been wars, financial struggles, and everything shaken. There were cries for change and disillusionment. In addition, whether we like it or not, change happened. Ten years ago the world is not the same as it was, this country and the world is a far different place than it was ten years ago.

For me and my wife, we had been married for just over a year. There were lots of hopes and dreams as we were working on growing together and getting started. It was a strange thing waking up and then learning what happened on the internet. The action shattered the perception of “safety” and awareness of pervading darkness was strong, particularly for my wife. Fears were pervasive. In the midst of that, as we sought God, He gave us a lesson and a promise. The story is found at this previous article https://peacebringer7.wordpress.com/2009/09/13/reflections-8-years-after-9-11-2001/. Quickly the lesson was twofold. People are bound in darkness, listening to lies and need the truth. The second is that God is aware of the encroaching darkness and is always simply a request away. He will provide safety in the darkest times if one turns to Him in surrender and calls on Him. The promise was personal to the desires of me and my wife with the promise of two children.

Looking back ten years, the promise still stands awaiting fulfillment. In the past ten years, the calling on God in need at times missed; succumbing to the darkness happens easily. Yet, we have changed and grown. We live each day aware of the fragility of this life. The things that have transpired have worked in our lives to shape and change us. We both have areas of needed growth and moving toward overcoming the own things that bind us. We are free in Jesus but He has us work out the healing and growth. It is easy to lose focus and at times, we certainly have; yet God brings us reminders, draws us back, and urges forward on His path. We know that as we walk through life in this dark world there is joy and pain. We can choose to focus on self, and on pain, or walk the path God sets before us. When we follow God’s way, ultimately there is fruit. When we go our own way, we struggle. It is easy to fall into the path of pride. It is easy to embrace unbelief. It is easy to be selfish. Honestly, there have been moments of each. There also was been moments of great change and repentance. Today, we face a challenge to move forward on God’s path. A challenge to trust in God and move forward on the path with what God puts before us. A challenge to spend more time calling on him and be filled with the light of His love. Each day needs to be a day to move forward. He will renew and uplift but there needs to be responsible forward movement while depending on Him. The choice is ours as it has been each day since that fateful day. Either shrink back and be overwhelmed in the encroaching darkness, or to walk in faith taking the steps as God leads. And these choices are not just for me and my wife but for each us. For tomorrow everything can change in a moment.

Every day each of us need to remember the He who promised is faithful. We live in days of encroaching darkness. Things will continue to change. A time is coming when right is called wrong and wrong right, even more than what is in evidence today. People will lose sight of God’s path and walk their own. People will embrace promises of safety that will crash. Some people will embrace illusion and lies. Other will see and speak truth. As much as things have changed, more change is to come. People will either embrace the darkness of find God’s light. As for me and my household, we are seeking and serving the Lord and His way. Take time and reflect where you have been, where you are, and where going. Are you seeking God or seeking self. Walking in God’s light, or lost in the dark. So here is the challenge, seek, examine, and pray. Ask God to show you where may be bound and what you need to turn over to Him. Seek him and move forward in your relationship with God and touching those in the world around you. Each day is a new day and new choice. Move forward or shrink back. Faith or fear. God’s light or chains of darkness. Truth or lies. God’s love or despair. Resistance or surrender. Self-determined path or God’s way. What do you choose?

 

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Blog Anniversary 6/10/2009: One year and still ticking.

Wow, this blog has been up and running for a year now.  It is amazing to look back at when I started writing for the blog and where things have gone since.  I think some important articles have been written. Some mistake were made as well but over all the blog is meeting the vision for the blog.  I wanted to make some comments about things happening in the world, do movie commentaries as led, shine light to ways people are deceived, and hopefully shine a light of truth on how really to be in true peace. 

This blog still has room to grow and develop. At some point the blog will migrate over to being hosted at www.peacebringer.netbut in the meantime I am still writing here.  Besides the blog, God lead me to start the forum and domain.  The forum is up and active and has further shaped the vision of looking to shine the light of truth, expose darkness, and build each other up.  I feel blessed by each person God has led to participate in the discussion and find myself challenged as well as hopefully challenge others to grow and evaluate themselves before God.

Now, I know this blog has plenty of growth to do. I realize there are some pretty consistent weaknesses.  One weakness is the inconsistency of posting.  I apologize for making those that follow the blog wonder when I next will post.  I have too often given in to my energy levels and let other things get in the way of writing.  Such a fact is part of the reason I missed making this post on the actual anniversary date. 

I also know I need to better define and organize my categories and broaden them out.  Currently the categories do not make for narrowed down selection to find particular types of posts.  So this is on my ever extensive to do list.   I also plan to reorganize and update my links and blogroll.

In terms of articles you can expect to see in the future there is a good “to do list.” : Ongoing Foundations of Strong Delusion Series, Barriers to the Gospel Series, A series on what we are taught by our culture through entertainment, a Christian approach to conspiracy,  an article or small series on examing morality perspectives, and other series or articles that are not at the top of my mind at the moment.

In the next year I also do hope to have the web portal actually have productive, useful, and interesting content.  Hopefully those of you who follow the blog consistently will continue to have patience as the blog, my writing, and the other services grow and mature.  I look forward to seeing what things God leads me to write on in the year to come. 

If there is anything you would like to see in the blog, portal, or forum please feel free to make a comment. If any content on the blog has touched you within the past year, I love to hear and read testimonies.  You can either post a comment here or drop me an email at peacebringer@peacebringer.net

Above all things I want to wish the readers blessing and may God draw you into deeper awareness of His love, truth, peace, and joy.  May God draw you into true deeper intimacy with Him and may the things the hinder, blind, bind, or get in the way become evident and released.  May God grant all the readers eyes to see, ears to hear, and an open heart to the things of God the Father, Jesus the Messiah, and the Holy Spirit.

So with that I bless you all in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, let us together see what God will do.

Life reflections: On memories

 This weekend was a reflective one. The reflecting occured initially while on a boat with my Dad on Lake Minnetonka.  During the time places of memory were passed by. One was the property that once held my Grandparent’s home. They really were blessed to live of the lake, because they couldn’t do so today. Today all the houses are big. Some are moderate sized, like the house where my early childhood was spent.  There are good and bad memories of both. 

     Also went by the city of Excelsior, Minnesota  where there used to be an amusement part in the early 1970’s.  I used to pass out tracks, invite people to a smelt fry, and other ways of outreach.  There was an outreach house there, rented by the Church and overseen by a man by the name of George Gospel, I remember we called him brother George.  I don’t recall many details, but the memories I have are good.

    In thinking about memories, it is interesting to think how a child who had no fear in approaching others, who approached others without second thought progressed to the man I am today.  Perhaps coming to Jesus like a little child is more then just simple faith, but also a fearlessness, and unfettered approach. 

     Thing is as we go on life there are wounds created. I thought of some past wounds as well. Wounds from my family, wounds from other children as I grew up.  We all have wounds.  The wounds I thought about I thought had been healed, but perhaps still are parts open.  Dealing with past wounds is never easy. It is hard to let go and forgive.  However, I have seen the ravage holding on to wounds and anger and bitterness do to a person.  Holding on to wounds can lead to bitterness and rage, to sitting by passively, to not stepping out and doing all.  Sometimes fresh wounds open up parts of old wounds that hadn’t fully healed.  Whatever is open, if we hold on to it damage is done psychologically and spiritually. It also impacts our relationships and ability to relate.

    Here is a good thing though, as long as we surrender to God, and move and act as He does, he will be faithful to heal those wounds. It is often neither fast or pretty, but God heals.  God even moves in our lives to move us toward healing, even when we are far away. The dark points of my life, God was always there calling me back.  An old paster used to say, “God sends his sheepdogs after you when you stray off the path.”  I find this to be true.  Here is the amazing thing about God.  God being beyond time knows all aspects of our lives.  He knows all of the past, present, and future. He is not bound by the limits of time.  And he meets with us in the moment and while meeting with us in this moment, he meets with us at all moments. 

     Now I don’t have clear scripture to back this up, I do know that God is I AM, at all tenses. Somewhere I read that YWHW in Hebrew contains a conglomeration of all tenses of I AM in Hebrew.  I also know God created time.  There are some that believe that God is not really omniscient, omnipresent, or any of the other omnis. I find that it is very possible for God to be some because He transcends our understanding.  So in my memories, good and bad, the verse that stands to mind right now is: Romans 8:28 (NIV): And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

    So take some time, reflect on your memories good or bad. Ask God to show you what he wants you to know or steps he wants you to take regarding your memories.  Reflect on any lessons learned from the past, examine how it impacts you today and even how it impacts your thoughts about the future.  Above all, submit all of time to Him.  The past, the present, the future. Good memories, bad memories, and even lost memories are best laid at His throne. A step to true peace is found in this, surrendering all of our time on this earth to Him.