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When God Spoke to Me in My Backyard

Posted: November 14, 2011 in Faith

There are life lessons to be taught and learned as a Dad. What appears trivial in a moment with my kids, God uses as a school book for my faith. Take for instance this last Saturday as I played baseball in the backyard with my boys. I was stoked about enjoying the cool weather and this fatherhood past time of playing catch with my sons. Fairly quickly, however, my good time slipped into frustration.

Playing catch is fun only if both participants are “catching” the ball. Both of my boys were doing fine in the throwing department. It was actually catching the ball where their skills broke down. I had been working with them on not being afraid of the baseball when I threw it their way. Their natural reaction was to fling their body away from the path of the ball making catching it near impossible. I gave encouragement, tips, pep talks, bribery and lectures: “Trust the glove! I’m not going to throw it harder than you can handle!”. I used all the tools that dads seem to pull out when they hit an impasse with their kids. Nothing was working. They were just plain scared of the ball.

God Speaks

That’s when God reached down in my backyard in Raleigh, NC and spoke to me:

“Nathan, you’re just like your sons.  As your Heavenly Dad I’m desiring to play catch with you all the time with the future I have for you and often you’re scared of the ball. Trust Me. Trust my throw. I’m not going to throw it harder than you can handle. I’ve given you all the tools you need: a new nature, faith, the power of the Spirit and unique giftings. Trust this glove I’ve given you and let’s play some ball.”

I bowed my head recognizing it was a holy moment. I whispered a prayer, “Got it……Thanks Dad.”

The Take Away

Needless to say, the rest of the afternoon I was much more patient with the boys.

With God’s help I’m trusting the Thrower and the glove He’s designed, knowing that faith always conquers fear.

What about you? Are there any God throws you’ve been avoiding? Let me hear from you below.

>Faith on Cruise Control…..

Posted: April 22, 2009 in Faith

>Cruise Control……other than beef jerky and Journey thumping on your ipod, there is no better gift to road trips. Not only does it help those that have the tendency to have a “heavy foot”, but many drivers have been able to change clothes because of this beautiful invention. Maybe you’ve heard about the guy who purchased a giant brand new RV, who on his first road trip decided to put the traveling whale on cruise control at 70 miles per hour and headed to the back for some much needed lunch. After three bites of a turkey sandwich and 5 crushed vehicles later our gentleman found himself with a new understanding of the limits of modern technology. (I wonder if “Jesus take the Wheel” was playing in the background?) The owner was under the misguided idea that cruise control meant “auto-pilot”.

As funny as this urban legend sounds…..I found myself not laughing at all when thinking of the parallels I see in this story when it comes to my walk with God. The list is long and detailed of the times I’ve been in a great place in my relationship with Christ, but I’ve allowed that great momentum to convince me that I can compromise my time with Him in reading His word and meaningful prayer. Each time I say yes to that thing that can’t seem to wait or that which is incredibly urgent, I’m also saying no to the very thing that I cannot do without…..Jesus. Walking away from the wheel of my faith…thinking I can coast on a experiance from a worship service, camp, conference or season of life is a disaster waiting to happen. What about you? Are you at the wheel or in the back eating a turkey sandwich?