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Archive for April, 2022

God Is Like …

God is like the wind —
You can’t see it but you see and feel its effects.

God is like a wild cat —
Impossible to catch: it comes to you on its own terms.

God is like a faint star —
You get a glimpse of it only if you look at it sideways.

All arts are just shadows;
All words are inadequate.

God and Time

The Bible is a fascinating book. It gives us glimpses of God, if only from the limited human understanding of its authors, who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. So I’m going to take it as a given that the Bible does not lie, but again, the Holy Spirit worked through human instruments in the writing.

If we agree that God: knows all, never changes, has no beginning nor end, and has no deceit in Him, can we attempt to have any inkling of how God relates to time?

I’m including here some ideas that my husband gave me, as we had a good discussion on this theme.

So, God created time; however, He is outside of time. We as humans don’t have a clue how that works, but there it is! Here are some Bible quotes relating to time:

Luke 18:7-8: ‘and will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”’ Comment: What does “quickly” mean for God? So often, don’t we ask God, “How long, O Lord?”

2 Peter 3:8-9: “But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one dayThe Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.” Comment: Ah, here is a clue, perhaps obvious; God has a different concept of time than we do.

Revelation 22:7: ‘“See, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”’ Revelation 22:20: ‘The one who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” Comment: What is “soon” for God? Bible verses can have many layers of meaning. Certain scholars say that Revelation was written before the siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.; the verse could refer to God’s judgment coming that year. Or it may refer to Jesus Second Coming, or to both.

But I gained a powerful insight in discussing all this with my husband. So often I have felt desolate, even somewhat abandoned by God, because “nothing seems to be happening,” or the changes I would desire (often in myself) don’t seem to be coming to fruition. But, hopefully looking at things more from God’s point of view, HE REALLY DOES CARE; He is just doing things in His own timing. What a comfort to know God’s care. Let me always remember that He has a good plan, with the best timing.

Pizza in a Bowl

I don’t know if I’m getting a touch of dementia, just getting older, or what. Lately I seem to be dropping things more, and some goofy little incidents are happening — not necessarily due to me, but some might be. Call me a klutz!

The other morning, we came home to find water streaming from the water dispenser on the front of our refrigerator. While my husband diagnosed the problem and I tried to assist, I was hurriedly going into our bedroom and my foot knocked the cat’s food and water tray, causing water to spill all over the floor. So my hubby and I were both cleaning up water. Then I tried to roll up our window shade some more, and it got stuck at the lowest level, without being able to roll it up again. Three or four days later, my husband fixed it. All these incidents within one morning hour!

The other day, I decided to fix pizza for dinner. We usually buy them frozen from the grocery, adding several more toppings, because the toppings you get are a little paltry for our taste. So I added pepperoni, mushrooms, sliced olives, and a bit of pico de gallo. Soon the oven was heated and I slid the pizza in, anticipating a mouth-watering treat. When the timer went off, you could hear me exclaim, “Oh, no!” I had forgotten to remove the bottom cardboard from the pizza. (Most of the grocery pizzas we buy don’t have cardboard underneath.) It smelled delicious, but the dough was fused into the cardboard. We salvaged what we could by spooning it into bowls. It was quite yummy, so now I want to resurrect a recipe I used to make for crustless pizza. Please do share if you have a favorite one!

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