Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Opus 2021-313: Bubble Me This

I was praying for a family and was asking God to put a bubble of safety around them.  It came to me that maybe a bubble wasn’t the right term.  Bubbles are not known for their strength and stability.  Then I dropped into eternity mode and reminded myself that a bubble God created to protect part of His family would not be easily broken.  He can also make them selectively breakable.  I remember a time when I was a counselor at Junior High camp.  One afternoon the live wires decided that I looked too dry to be comfortable so they surrounded me with arm loads of water balloons.  The attack began and if you had been there you would have observed a miracle.  The balloons would bounce off of me.  Some would break when they hit the ground.  Some would not and those I would pick up and fire back.  When I threw them they responded to physics.  At the end of the episode we had one dry counselor and a circle of very wet young people.  I don’t know why it went that way but it did.

Life is going to throw things at us.  Some may even hit.  The Bible is full of references to times when godly people were under attack.  King David, the man after God’s own heart, repeatedly lamented that people were out to get him.  One of my favorite phrases that David used was, “How long, O Lord?”  At the same time the book of Psalms overflows with statements of God’s protection and providing.  

Sometimes it helps to apply the gaze/glance principle.  I learned this at a prayer seminar led by Elton Gillum.  He told us that we get things mixed up.  We tend to gaze at the world and occasionally glance at God.  Because of that we are always focused on the problems and not paying attention to the promises.  He said we should be gazing at God and only glancing at the world.  That keeps things in perspective.  I have mentioned it in my writing somewhere else but there is a fun song on Veggie Tales called “God Is Bigger Than the Boogie Man”.  I think this You Tube link will take you there if you have never heard it.

So enjoy your bubble and keep you gaze on God.  It will make the adventure more enjoyable.

homo unius libri

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