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November 4, 2014, 9:00 PM

Tripping...........II

So I returned to the scene of the "Tripping Incident" this afternoon (see the blog entry dated 10/19). I had two goals for this trip: to "flag" my path from the logging road to the deer stand I will be using, and to scout some sites for my brother Tom to sit the first day of the season. I planned to place some flagging (plastic, stretchy tape like "stuff" in VERY visible colors) at a few spots that have easy access because Tom cannot walk long distances. 

I parked the car along the road, pulled on my boots, grabbed my spool of flagging, and headed into the woods. I traveled a few hundred yards and came to the first potential place for Tom. Looking it over, I decided to flag a tree to mark the spot. I tore off a long piece and wrapped it tightly around a sapling easily seen from the road. Walking on from there I marked several more places, made my way back to my stand, and a couple hours later walked back past the first tree I marked just in time to see the flagging release from the sapling and sail away in the breeze.

Now I'll be the first to say I have not flagged many trees in my life, but I am pretty sure it doesn't require an advanced degree to perform the task. Wrap it, cross it, tie it, pull it tight - not rocket science. And yet there went the bright orange plastic, floating away as though it had never been tied. As I watched it disappear, I realized that what I had thought was simply a breeze was, in fact, a pretty stiff and steady wind. I had actually tied the flagging correctly, but leaving it unattended and exposed to the wind caused the knots to loosen and eventually come apart. 

And then the Spirit of God did what the Spirit has done numerous times in my life: stopped me and whispered, "pay attention." Like unattended flagging exposed to the wind, my God connection can loosen and even come apart if I leave it alone to face the winds that batter life - and so can yours. We worship once in a while, or catch a sermon on TV or on line every so often, maybe dust off  grandma's Bible and leaf through the pages wondering about the underlined or circled parts, or whisper a prayer when our back's against the wall, and then wonder why God seems distant and unconcerned about the storm that's battering our life. Investing in our God connection sporadically is like tying the flagging around a tree and leaving it to fend for itself against the wind - the connection can loosen and may eventually come apart. The result? Life that is driven by the winds of pain and heartache and human wisdom and...just like flagging caught in the breeze. 

"The Jesus got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, 'Lord, save us! We're going to drown!' He replied, 'You of little faith, why are you so afraid?' Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm." (Matthew 8:23-26) Power to rebuke the wind....now that's the One I want to stay tied too....how about you? Think on these things, and remember...

Keep Lookin' Up! 

Pastor D.

 



Comments

11-14-2014 at 1:37 PM
Pat Mong
Loved your analogy, Dave! Spot on!!
11-05-2014 at 3:16 PM
Darlene Finch
Had some wind lately. Thanks for the reminder to stay tied to the One who calms the wind. Keep blogging!
11-05-2014 at 11:50 AM
Pat Mann
Which reminds me of the "forces" within each believer, the flesh against the spirit. (Gal 5:16-18). We need to keep a tight rein on what we believe and the one who we believe in. One little "slip" one loose end, and the flesh is there to pull us away. None of us are alone in this journey. Stay connected. So blessed. Thank you for sharing.
11-05-2014 at 9:32 AM
Charlene Schroder
I am glad to be able to share some long distance moments with you. Your recent reflections have hit the mark with me. It's great when the Holy Spirit makes the connection. Peace and love.
11-04-2014 at 10:59 PM
Traci Z.
Thankful to have stumbled across your blog. Had to go back and read what I've missed!
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