10 May 2008

And now for something completely different

Just a quick note on how easy it can be to screw this walking with God thing up.

I was a few key strokes away from reporting another ‘sign’ here that had to do with the space heater in Odin’s room. In short, I was suddenly struck yesterday by the name on the heater, ‘Lakeland.’ And how, in God’s inimitable way, Lakeland is the city in Florida where the HS breakout that I’ve been talking about in NC actually started. Admittedly a minor sign, but again interesting given all that’s been going on.


On second look as I wanted to double check my facts, the heater does NOT say Lakeland, but Lakewood.

What point am I trying to make here?
It is incredibly, INCREDIBLY,  easy to get caught up into what God is doing and find ourselves tempted to fudge the facts. Whether that is to force a ‘sign’ where there really isn’t one, to ‘claim’ a healing that really hasn’t happened, or to give a ‘courtesy fall’ because the folks around you are all being slain in the Spirit and you don’t want to be left out.

There is a very fine line here between healthy skepticism, where we are commanded to ‘test the spirits’ on the one side and the command not to ‘quench the spirit’ on he other hand...cynicism.

So I’d encourage folks to be wide open to God where he can sweep you up, but be extremely cautious not to ‘fake it ‘til you make it.’ Likewise, double-checking with God is always a good idea. Triple-checking is appropriate when the stakes are high, quadruple checking is likely to let the blessing pas on by without you...

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