53. The Flood

Aug 08, 2015

53. The Flood

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Rejection for good reasons: To be “rejected” is never easy but it helps when there are good reasons behind the decision. Have you been turned down for reasons you now understand?

Acts of God: The insurance industry uses this term for natural disasters, including fire, flood, earthquakes et al. One such event helped me to consider planning for such disruptions…even those that we are in the midst of making?

Reasonably consistent witness: If one is to be believed as to what we consider to be true, then we need consistency and reason on our side. Do you have an example in your life of such a witness? 

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  1. Lynn Severance Says: April 13, 2016 2:15 am

    Rejection for good reasons: “Oh, the rejections I have known!” Some I have understood and can relax knowing it was not me, per se, being rejected rather a need in another to act in that manner. Yet Graham’s question seems more in the line of “turned down” when purposely seeking out an idea or vision and it is not understood by others (as in the YWAM experience). Whatever the kind of rejection – some we may understand in time ( can see God’s caring providence in sparing us harm). Other rejections are never understood and simply need to be let go.

    Acts of God: I’ve never been on the scene or in the devastation of any natural disasters. But there are comparable devastations that can come spiritually when a hurricane out of nowhere storms into a life turning it upside down. I say, “spiritually” because the storm takes every ounce of spiritual strength to trust God at depths we have never known. It would seem there is no preparation for these times other than the years of having trusted God in “lesser” upheavals and realize He is trusting us to allow him to work at deeper levels within us. In time, His time, the incarnation of new birth will arise from the devastation.

    Reasonably consistent witness: When it comes to being a consistent witness with the truth I believe, as a Christian, there will be others who see “no reason” for my belief. Yet I know the reason and it is with that reason that consistency is attempted to be lived out.I am grasping for an example that can be expressed succinctly (not that anyone else is taking up space in this “stream” right now! 🙂

    I had a phone call a week or so ago from a man with whom I worked nearly 50 years ago – an avowed agnostic who from our first meeting has (with respect) questioned me often about my faith in Christ. We have been good friends all these years though my moving back to the Pacific NW has us living at opposites sides of the USA. We’ve spent various times together through out the years in this friendship status with his “puzzlement” as to why he is so “drawn” to me with all our differences. Such is goes for one committed to living her consistency with God and another deeply seeking for what he has yet to find. What strange paradoxes. His intellectual reasoning and need for logical proof is his consistency. Yet he counts me his closest friend.

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