Hide And Seek

19 05 2010

Imagine playing hide and seek and no one came to find you. Life can feel that way at times – and after a while maybe we forget that we are hiding, maybe we even forget the reason that we went to hide in the first place.

Or maybe the reason that we are hiding is still very real to us – fear.  Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of loss.  But whatever those fears that keep you hiding, God is waiting patiently for you to come out.  He has not forgotten you and he cares that you are hiding.

When kids play hide and seek they curl up with their knees to their chest and huddle with arms over their knees and heads down – if they can’t see, then maybe others won’t see them.  If that’s you, look up and you will see the light of God’s love at your feet, lighting the way to Him and leading you out.  You don’t have to hide.


so many changes

27 01 2009

I know that I say this every time I get back to blogging after a hiatus, but I can’t believe it’s been so long! I have thought about doing this for a while now, but I have also been milling over quite a few different things.

First, bringing things up to date.

As of September 1st of 2008, I am now a full time Pastor. This is a rather big change since my last job as a Business Manager for a Honda dealership. I have been involved in this church for nearly 5 years now, so I know the people and they’re great.

I have debated over whether to remove my old posts from this site, as some of them are frivolous. I have decided to keep them on here for now, as they do reflect a part of who I am.

I am presently self-studying Greek as a pre-requisite to get into Tyndale’s Master of Divinity program. I need to knuckle down on that, but self discipline is a struggle for me at times.

I am also continuing on with the youth work at the church. As a natural outflowing of that I had created a site for them, but I will need to start updating that on a regular basis. I have not done that in months.

It has been quite a change from what I have been used to. It’s often pretty quiet around here. That’s good for the most part as I work and plan and read.

It’s great being in town. I just had a couple of the youth stop in and hang out for bit. I’ve thought about having an after school drop-in, but I need to get some more volunteers on board with that idea first.

It’s been a long time coming – me being in the Pastorate. But now that I am here, I can only hope and pray that my life will honour and glorify God.

Keep me in your prayers,

Genesis 1:6-8

25 09 2007

And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.”  So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it.  And it was so.  God called the expanse “sky.”  And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

The second day God takes this wet rock – our planet – and divides the water into two groups: the water above and the water below.  Some say that there was a globe of water that encircled the earth creating a greenhouse like environment.  Perhaps this is true, but if we simplify the story then we have a source of water above and a source of water below. 

In between was sky.  Was this God’s creation of atmosphere, again simplified so that anyone could understand?  Why not?  We know that before the story of Noah and the Ark there had not been rain yet, but by the time Moses wrote these first 5 books of the Bible, people would be familiar with rain and recognize that there was “water above the sky”. 

In the first day God set the Earth in motion, perhaps on the second day He created an atmosphere to support the life He was to create there.

Genesis 1:1-2

25 09 2007

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.   Now the earth was  formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

The beginning.  Such a mind blowing concept. 

The beginning of our universe, the beginning of time as we know it perhaps.  God exists outside of our concepts of space and time – these are concepts that He created.   To try to know God is to seek an unattainable goal in some respects.  Yet He wants us to know Him, and so at the beginning of the universe God creates it all.

I am not sure how this story was originally passed on.  Whether in the days that Moses spent with God, God told him all about it, or whether it was passed down from generation to generation through telling the story.  I will not debate here “days” as we know them, nor aspects of time. 

What is important to me here is that God created it all.  Every natural thing we know and all the laws that govern how it all works.  It was intentional and after God put all the laws, boundaries and plans in place, He came to focus on a small planet.

The place in the universe was central in the eye of God.  God began creating a place for mankind to live with all the wonders on it and around it.  Up to this point there was nothing really to Earth – it was just a wet rock in space. 

The imagery of the Spirit of God hovering over the planet to me is an image of someone who has planned something and is about to get started.  Like a painter holding out a brush before a blank canvas, or a sculpter with a fresh batch of clay, everything is prepared…