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inside the tension of normal...


As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways are higher than your ways...
 
Isaiah 55:9

Inside normal men are gods.
 
Because inside normal we can manage events and predict our outcomes.
 
A wise man knows that life is not normal and that he is not God.

Ask Matt Chandler.
 
Caleb introduced me recently to Matt’s story. You may already know this story. Young. Married. Anointed. And… terminal. At least, so say the doctors.
 
Stories like Matt’s make you ask “why”? Asking why is normal. It’s what we do when we want to make events manageable and outcomes predictable.
 
If we could just get God to explain Himself, we could know His mind. We’d be like Him. We’d be gods again.
 
Maybe that’s why He so often answers our questions with riddles. Maybe He wants to keep us inside that tension only trust can mange and only hope can predict - that place where no delusion can deceive us into believing we are like God.
 
Funny how that works. The Evil One tells us we are like God and brings us death. And though that death God delivers us to eternal life.
 
Life grasped
      Death obtained
                  Death embraced
                              Life regained
 
It’s okay to ask why. We are only human, after all – stretched to the breaking between hope and despair.
 
God uses men mercifully who struggle mightily.
 
In the Scriptures I see Job raging, Elijah pouting, and Thomas doubting. There’s Jonah arguing, David crying, and Peter denying.
 
Through these men I learn at least two things about myself and two things about God. About myself I am reminded that I am not alone and I am not God. And of God I learn that He is in control and He is good. 
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How's everybody doing? Kelle and I are looking forward to having a full house for a few weeks at least. Then it's off to the races again. Kelle driving. Rebekah traveling. Caleb and Joshua working. And Jonathan surviving.

For you working men with a higher calling - check out Boa's slide show (right column).  Also, we posted some interesting links at diaddigo.com.  Talk soon.  
   -dcd

Rebekah: Photo shoot in San Antonio

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