Thursday, June 30, 2005

Don't Think and Drive

Today I woke up at 6:58am.

I prayed at 7:13am.

I worked on a sermon for next week at 8:25am.

I worked on my Pastoral Skills Final project from 9:30 - 10:45am.

I went and saw War of the Worlds with my son at 11:15am.

I took my daughter Laura to the doctors at 2:15pm.

I got a haircut at 3:23pm.

I visited with my wife at work at 4:12pm.

I went to Sam's Club for one of those Y2K-don't let Dad ever buy groceries alone-mega shopping sprees at 4:49pm.

I never heard God once. Not one time.

As I drove home from Sam's, I felt Holy Spirit urging me to turn off my radio. My radio was blaring "Christian" music (well music with Christian lyrics!) and good stuff too - I'm talking Casting Crowns. But I felt Him saying turn it off.

So I turned off the music.

And then it got really quiet. Uncomfortably quiet. Like "hear my heartbeat" quiet.

And then I heard God.

As I passed our local golf n games fun park and noticed that it was for sale, I heard God say, "you put too high a price tag on fun and games."

As I merged onto the loop, I heard God say, "You try and fit in way too much."

As I passed a pretty bad wreck and the emergency crews, I heard God say, "Life's short. Love hard."

As I passed ACU's Allen Farm, I heard God say, "You know nothing about the farm and it's principles of sowing and reaping. You should learn."

As I passed a team of 6 man football players practicing in 100 degree weather, I heard God say, "I made men to be warriors and this wasn't what I was talking about either."

As I saw the vastness of the West Texas skyline, I heard God say, "Earth is so small. You, Joel, are even smaller. I am Huge!"

As I passed a new home being built, I heard God say, "This world is not your home."

As I passed the fire station, I heard God say, "your job as a minister should be a lot more like a fireman than the president of a company."

As I passed a young couple jogging, I heard God say, "the way you take care of your body hurts both of us."

As I pulled onto my street, I turned the radio back on.

I didn't hear God anymore.


I dare you right now (right now!) to get up from your computer/desk and walk outside and find a good place to stand for a minute and just get still and don't say a word.

You will hear Him. Don't think you won't.

19 comments:

Kevin said...

Joel,

I am still chewing on your earlier post, and you bring yet another prophetic word to your blog. Until the Lord directs you to your next official ministry, we are all blessed to be ministered to by you several times a week. Keep on leading up front, and we will try our best to keep up.

That Girl said...

Thanks. I'm not working today so I went outside just to sit. I heard a train, some birds, some insects, traffic and then a really nice breeze blew across my face. I cried. I think God said, "I love you - have a great day."

Sam Middlebrook said...

truth. thanks.

Jim said...

Great post!
thanks

Stephen Bailey said...

Joel, it's been a long time. This is the first time I've visited your blog, although I have enjoyed your comments on BST's.

I walked outside just now, felt a warm breeze and I think God said you should call me. 817-501-6573.

Jeremy said...

Hello Joel,

My name is Jeremy Potter. I'm a friend of Brocks and I stumbled across your blog and I appreciated your reflections. I too and scavaging through a busy life. The irony of God continues to backlash on what I want to think is right. May God continue to bless your ministry!

Because of our Messiah,
Jeremy

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