Big G and Little me

apostles-creed

Recently, our church has been participating in a study of the Apostles creed… in the process, I was challenged to reconsider some basic assumptions behind the Christian faith again.

The Apostles creed has been widely recognized and revered since the 4th century. Considered to contain the basic building blocks of our Christian world view it has been studied and respected as a key cornerstone of essential Christian theology for almost 2000 years. A solid foundation for believers to refer to in times of confusion and doubt, the Apostles Creed has endured since 390 AD.

“I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth. (opening line of the Creed)

These words, carefully discerned and recorded have guided countless millions of Christians over the millennia and provides us a rich context from which to contemplate.

In the church study, we were asked to read and explore the passage of  Isaiah 40:21-32. It’s a beautiful and poetic expression of the magnitude and grandeur of God. When you read the words and phrases… you can’t help but sense the awesome size and strength of God contrasted with the infinitesimal smallness of mankind.

It reminded me of how infrequently I pause to consider the nature of God. To remember just how big “HE” truly is and how small I really am. 

Why is this helpful?

Who has the time to jump off our merry-go-round of modern- spastic -life… who has the space in their schedule to slow down enough to just ‘think’ ? It would have to be pretty important to grab my attention. A life crisis, tragic loss, or a career change might make me…but it takes a lot to get me to slow.

Abstract stuff is hard for me to value. I tend to major on things tangibly observed and assessed. If it’s theoretical or contemplative… I’m not making it a priority.

But for this study… I was forced to break the pattern.

When I did stop to consider, something vital resurfaced in my soul. Long dormant feelings of reverence, awe, and mystery slowly emerged as I remembered basic truths that had faded over the months and years. Faith became simple again. Simple, but profound. 

God really is the “BIG G” in life, and I’m the infinitesimally small little ‘b’.

Why does that matter? It matters because without this basic truth front and center again in my over-stimulated brain… I won’t slow down. I won’t find rest for my weary soul. I’ll rush headlong into the ‘obvious’ until I re-align my beliefs to fit the truth of scripture and to concentrate on things like the Apostles Creed.

It helps to re-focus on how I think about God, about myself.

When I do, I gain perspective. If God is the “BIG G”… then I surrender my plans for his.  I stop running ahead of him, insisting he hurry up! With perspective I stop forcing myself to do more, to work harder… to sacrifice more painfully in my futile attempt to get God to back my latest ‘scheme’.

Instead… when I see God as the “BIG G” again and I’m the little ‘b’, He immediately takes charge. I choose in an instant of clarity to let him ‘pick’ for me and I simply ‘follow’. Life becomes so much less exhausting.

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God needs to be the “BIG G” if you and I ever want to live at Peace with each other and with Him. Nothing else will do for the Christian. Isaiah 40:21-32 is a powerful reminder to choose to ‘wait’ on God in all the places of life where we have ‘run-ahead’ and in doing so… live exhausted and barely alive.

There is a better way.

Pastor B.

Zest for Life… a tribute to my mom on her birthday!

Motherhood is oft celebrated, bemoaned and otherwise dramatically described, an essential part of any life… the very beginning of every story.

For some… it’s the journey in between that becomes so remarkable, the memories of life and family that creates an “EPIC” tapestry for all to see. Those of us who do take a moment to slow down and consider… to stop and look a bit deeper, you will note the amazing tapestry of a mothers life! You will see the remarkable thread design…a marvel of intricate detail, the sweeping beauty contained in it’s lines and a grace in which such a life is displayed.

Mimi and her family! Circa 2010

Mimi and her family! Circa 2010

For those few fortunate enough to know and be raised by such a great lady, the larger tale becomes interwoven with our own.

A blessing that cannot be counted…as the threads of a mothers life blend and wind their way through our own, reaching out to spark us with life and warm love and in my case… signature Chardonnay. 🙂

The significance though is this… as most lives wind down at the end of their story, my mom’s has been ramping up! Instead of slowing down and getting stiff and sore at the entire miserable world of modern technology and accelerated living, my mom ‘jumps-right-in’ smiling as she fires off another text or Facebook post to one of her seven grand-kids!

Mimi and Colleen - Canada 2010

Mimi !

 

The joy her life radiates is supernatural. Seriously. 

My mom never met a stranger, loves any and all who wander by or through her life and is always doing ‘something’ to help someone! The witness of her life is staggering… I’ve tried to just figure up all of the men, women and children (that I know of ) she has invested a piece of herself into and it’s beyond my calculation. Thousands of people are significantly ‘better’ for having known “Mimi”!

She has demonstrated to me… and countless others what it means to love Jesus and live for Christ, and I do mean LIVE !

This isn’t a church lady in a pew. My mom wears leather pants and African animal print blouses, colors her hair blonde, loves bling and has an iPhone 6. She goes out with the girls and serves in church, takes care of her husband and family and then serves a home cooked meal to a shut-in. She loves Monday Night Football, Peyton Manning and Brie. Mom shares fashion tips with her granddaughters and cherishes the life-long memories made with her husband of over fifty years, she is a true lady, a loyal friend and a confidant to be trusted!

She seems to be getting younger every year…. how could that be ? It’s a remarkable thing to observe… The book of Isaiah in the bible ( chapter 40)  tells us the secret to her youthful vigor.

28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
    and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
    and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint.” (ESV) 

If you ever met my mom you would know this is only a small fraction of the truth of her life, but it’s my simple tribute to celebrate how amazing she really is !

Happy Birthday Mimi, I LOVE you and all you are becoming – you’re a legitimate legend in your own time and an amazing lady 🙂

If you readers get a chance, take a minute to wish her a special happy birthday – !

Peace out,

“Buford Earl”  aka Pastor B.