The Plead is Challenged 


Desire lay soft upon the sea.  
Desiring life for you and me.  

Joy abundant thrashes about;

Celebrating what’s come to be.  


The joy dispels as the predators come.  

Each back to his business,

To where he is from.  


Still Desire continues unpraised.  


Praise to the fins.  

Praise to the gills.  

Praise to the waves,

Which for now run still.  


Desire desires to hold and protect.  

But hark to the fishes,

“We consider guile best”.  


Down to the bottom,

Scattered about,

Perplexed, disassembled,

They answer the shout.  


The whisper forgotten.  

Their joy turned to gloom.  

“Better living with trouble 

Than to turn to the groom.”

Onward.


The religion of a man comes about because he thinks he has found the extent of God’s requirement for him.  How far the man goes in Christ depends on how much he desires to learn.  Doesn’t our obedience to the Living God’s Holy Son depend on our will?

God has in mind for us great things.  He has in mind for us beautiful, holy, righteous, eternal, and glorifying things.  But far too often man settles for some small routine.  He gathers about himself just enough to say, “I have done the Lord’s will.  He is pleased with me”.  Such religions have a veneer of righteousness.  But consider the following.

God is not my co-pilot.  He is the one at the helm.  He owns the ship.  He owns the Sea and the Wind.  He owns the place we are going to.  He owns the place we have come from. 

The religion of man tends to say, “I have pleased God by coming through that door.  I will then go back through that door and return to the place I am”.  How can that be reasonable?  It is so easy to do the things we have learned to do.  Still, the Lord beckons us unto death; death to self and Life to Him.

Above it all


Twelve disciples, a little fishing boat, a raging sea, and a Lord who is above it all.

No one has ever witnessed such a thing before.  Not only did the Lord walk on top of the sea, he walked on top of a raging sea!  It happily resided in his heart to show his disciples something from heaven.

The disciples of Christ, a boat of grace, a ragng sea of wicked men, and the Lord is above it all.  Who could guess?  Even angels longed to look into these things.

The people of God, tiny piece of wood in the shape of a cross, a raging torrent of holy law, and the Lord Jesus who is above it all! 

How could this be?  He was crucified by those who kept the treasury of law.  Dressed in blood among a murderer and a thief.  The righteousness of God murdered as a law breaker.  For this reason Jesus is above it all.

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”  (Matthew chapter 14)

Yeah but, what about what’s up?


Flock of barncale geese on autumn migration.

Flock of barncale geese on autumn migration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was waxing the car and my little dog was standing near me.  I heard some geese approaching.  I told her to look for the bird.  She got busy lookin.  Problem is, she kept looking straight ahead.  She never did see the geese.

Later, as I was driving, the incident helped me in a rather startling way, to understand something from an entirely different perspective.  She help me understand salvation from a dog’s perspective.

The sea is not teeming with animals.  Neither is the sky.  The teeming happens on the ground.  I have heard there are plenty of times you could be underwater and never see a fish.  And more times than not,  I can look up at the sky and not see a bird.  But the bugs and germs and animals and humans and birds and snakes……..  It just goes on and on, on the ground.

There are evil man who never touch the ground, in a manner of speaking.  They do they’re evil deeds out of the sight of men.  They are more of the demonic than human.

The majority of men however live their life in full sight of one another.    These folks just strive to survive.  They are neither overtly wicked nor coveting holiness.  These are the type that if you told them to look for God they would not look up.  They would look for a miracle.

But like the birds, there are a few who inhabit heaven. The majority of these men get their subsistence from the earth but they are not bound to it.  Their natural habitat is the sky.  They do not own the neck of a dog.  To look up and to go up is more natural for them then to remain on the earth.

As for hope for the others: the Lord Himself has made these people who inhabit the sky. And he is quite able to transform any who ask.  Finally, let us remember that there are such things as flying fish and flying squirrels ( not to mention bats and such.)