The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Friday, November 1, 2013

He's Still Here

“There’s a reason they call God a presence - because God is right here right now.”  Elizabeth Gilbert from Eat Pray Love

God is our refuge and strength, 
a very present help in trouble.  
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, 
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
Psalms 46:1

Animalcule:  “a minute or microscopic animal, nearly or quite invisible to the naked eye, as an infusorian or rotifer”  dictionary.com

Where is God when time runs out?  Where is He when the deadline is looming and there’s no possible way to meet it?  Where is He when the human factors of life are overwhelming?  And when tempers rage?  He’s still here.  He’s still here even though life is difficult.  He’s still here even when life is ending.  He’s still here.  It’s not always easy to see.  Sometimes He has to be sought.  Throw a stone into a pond and the surface becomes a jumbled mess of ripples and waves.  When we look at it, it is difficult to see anything but the tumultuous effects of the stone.  But look at that pond undisturbed, it’s surface like glass.  When we look at it what do we see?  We see our reflection.  We see the world around us and what’s happening in it.  In many ways life is like that pond.  When it is disrupted and messy all we can see is the mess.  It’s hard to see anything else but the effects of the stones thrown at our lives.  However, when life is good, it’s hard to see past ourselves.  We focus on what we are, the things happening in our lives.  Our thoughts become mirrors of life that we can’t see past.  But Jesus is in that pond too.  And He’s not always walking on the water.  Often He’s below the surface.  Seeing Him requires concentration and purposeful effort.  We have to try to see past the waves.  We have to try to see past ourselves.  And just below the surface, there He is.  When the 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed by white supremacists in Selma, Alabama at 10:22 AM on the Sunday morning of September 15, 1963, the results of the blast quickly became the easiest thing to see.  It’s wake left four little girls dead.  And America was forever changed.  September 11, 2001 sent a shockwave that is still clearly evident.  Two of the world’s largest buildings fell.  Thousands of people died.  War began.  Jesus was still there.  He was still in Selma and He was still in New York and Washington and a Pennsylvania field.  Through all of life’s tragedies He’s still here.  Of all the broken glass in the Selma church that morning, it was noticed that in the stained glass window depicting, “The Good Shepherd,” only one pane was broken, it was the pane that bore Jesus’ face.  And out of the twisted metal carcass of the fallen World Trade Center in New York City many saw something that gives us hope.  From the rubble rose a cross formed from the frame of the destroyed building.  You can see that cross at the museum at Ground Zero.  He’s still here…  It’s not always easy to see Him.  But He’s still here.

Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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