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Divine Intervention

Mark, my buddy in seminary, was a big fan of Major League Baseball. He loved his Texas Rangers, and would often attend weekend games by himself.

One such Saturday night, sitting near the third base line, Mark began to feel wonky. He was sweating through his shirt, despite the pleasant September temps.

Light-headed and disoriented, my friend recognized what was happening. A type 1 diabetic since childhood, Mark knew his blood sugar was dangerously low.

He struggled to his feet and began to stagger up the steps toward the concessions, catching the notice of a nearby police officer.


At first, the cop thought Mark was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but my buddy instinctively reached for the medical alert he wore around his neck.

The officer caught on fast. “Hey, give me a Coke!” he yelled to a nearby vendor. There they stood together, for the next five minutes or so: Mark drinking as quickly as he could, with the cop holding on to his other arm.

Soon, my buddy felt well enough to make it to the concessions. A medical emergency was everted.

For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3:17 (KJV)

Kind reader, there are spiritual “Marks” in this world–staggering up the steps to an uncertain future. And, like the kind cop, our job is to look beyond justice to mercy. A single cup of living water, from the ultimate vendor–Jesus Christ–will save their souls.

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️

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Wakey Wake, Cupcake

It used to annoy me when my laptop kept telling me it needed a software update or virus scan or some other preventative maintenance. Ask me later, I clicked on the screen: “Can’t you see I’m busy?”

But then, the inevitable happened. I got a computer virus that wiped out my entire hard drive. Important documents and hundreds of pictures, which I’d failed to back up, vanished in an instant.

Needless to say, I now keep my computer healthy with regular updates and scans.

The unexamined life is not worth living.

Socrates

Our wise friend from ancient Greece challenges us to scan our lives for purpose and meaning, or risk losing everything. But King David of ancient Israel has a better idea: ask God to do it.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)

After all, heart surgery is best left to the professional.

Kind reader, like me, are you sometimes too busy for a life scan? Well, let’s not do that anymore. Agreed?

A closing haiku:

Do not say, “I can’t”

When you really mean, “I won’t”

Wakey wake, cupcake.

Regular David (me)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️


This post first appeared here on June 5, 2019.

Photo by Andras Vas on Unsplash

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Hunger Stone

Confession: one of my favorite pass times is checking what’s trending on Wikipedia. Last night I found a captivating article about hunger stones. These are large rocks set into river banks during times of extreme drought. Meant to serve as cautionary signs for those in the future, when such markers become visible it means hard times have returned.

The hunger stone pictured above sits on a bank of the Elbe river in the Czech Republic. There are low-water dates chiseled into the rock, the oldest readable one being from 1616! Long ago, someone also carved a message into this particular stone: “Wenn du mich Siehst, dann weine.” (lit. “If you see me, weep.”)

When I read the translation, my first thought was, “How sad it would be to read this and decide the situation was hopeless.” Just because some folks back in the 17th century had a hard time, is it guaranteed to happen again?

Confession #2: as a person of faith, I find it unproductive to be negative about the future. As long as God is in charge, there will be a lot more that’s right with the world than wrong. But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s the prophet Joel:

To you, O Lord, I call, for fire has devoured the open pastures and flames have burned up all the trees of the field. Even the wild animals pant for you; the streams of water have dried up and fire has devoured the open pastures.

Joel 1:19-20 (NIV)

Ok, that’s a bit of a downer. But hone in on the first six words, “To you, O Lord, I call…”

Kind reader, the hope of heaven will be readily available–no matter how low the river goes. The prophet Joel believed it, and so should we.

Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity.

Joel 2:13 (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.


Photo by Dr. Bernd Gross, Wikipedia