Archive for May, 2008

patterns

May 30, 2008

i don’t know why this is so pleasing to me – but it somehow set my morning off to a good start. (happens once every couple weeks for me, about like a full moon):

9 eggs

also, my emily would like it

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hindsight

May 23, 2008

from the introduction to douglas feith’s book: war and decision, via clarice feldman’s nro review of the same:

Policy-making often involves choosing to accept one set of likely problems over another….Once one knows how a story turns out, it is easy to sift the record for telling comments and actions that can be connected to grand outcomes. But before the fact we cannot know which potential problem or opportunity might become the hinge of fate.

re-skinning

May 23, 2008

green, the new red

renewable resources

May 21, 2008

this quote worth quoting from national review online editor at large, jonah goldberg:

environmentalism’s most renewable resources are fear, guilt, and moral bullying

china earthquake

May 20, 2008

a few pictures from the china earthquake (some are hard to look at). over 40,000 dead 51,000. 5 million homeless. many who have homes are afraid to be in them because of aftershocks.

morning news

May 19, 2008

was reading my morning news on various internet sites i subscribe to.  which started me thinking how each of us can now get our information from sources that, in large part, share our world view.   much like the small-community world of, say, 150 years ago. 

is that a good thing?

zeke’s wife

May 18, 2008

i was reading in ezekiel 25 today how god told the prophet “your wife’s gonna die today and you can’t mourn her”.  it was to communicate to the people that god was going to take what they held dear (the temple) and destroy it, and they wouldn’t even mourn.

“groan silently”, god said to him.

i mean, god is god, and he can do whatever he wants in order to make a point.  but it does seem a bit drastic.

burma typhoon

May 13, 2008

i had stir-fry broccoli with spicy peanut sauce on rice today for lunch.  as i was eating, all i could think of were the news stories i’d read as my dinner cooked.  the cyclone that hit burma / myanmar may 2nd and 3rd killed at least 34,000 – they’re expecting the death toll to at least double, maybe tripple in the aftermath.

relief efforts have be put in a stranglehold by the myanmar government.  they’ve refused most emergency supplies and all emergency workers.  hanging on to power is more important to them than suffering and dying people. 

the news today is that, of the few relief supplies they have allowed in, some corrupt officials are either hoarding them or are selling them on the black market.  the food actually being sent to the victims is rotting or of poor quality.  i personally can’t imagine a heart so hard.

my prayer is this: lord god, you see what’s happening and you know not only a man’s actions but his motives.  for every myanmar official who would fill his plate or make himself rich while his country is wounded and dying – i ask that you would bring that official down.  comfort the mourning, the hurt and the dying of myanmar.  i ask for believers within the country to rise up to help those in need and that you will supernaturally make a way for christians to come in to the country and show your love.

ladder day saint

May 8, 2008

in the bible, when people enter god’s presence their reaction is the same.  they hit the ground.  trembling.  as if dead.  fearing for their lives.  that’s consistent between the old testament and new, and for those serving god and those in rebellion.  it’s not a trained response.  it’s involuntary in the same way we cover our eyes if there’s a flash of light.

so let me share a deep secret.  it’s frequently hard for me to not sin.  some patterns are so deeply drawn that all my “want to” doesn’t hold me back.

so i’ve been praying for some time now “god, give me a revelation of you”,  “i want to have a glimpse of you in your glory so i can remember your awesomeness and tremble and run away from sin.”  the fear of god is the beginning of wisdom!

just a while ago i was praying and god interrupted to give me this picture.  i believe it’s going to be very helpful to me, so i thought i’d share it with you.

imagine you’re outside and there’s a ladder.  for most people that’s not too intimidating.  if i needed to climb up to trim a tree branch or get a frisbee off the roof it’s no big thing.

now imagine that same ladder fastened to the outside wall on the 99th floor of a 100 story building.  your hands and feet are on the same rungs.  gravity is affecting you just the same.  but the stakes are much higher.  suddenly you hold the ladder tighter and are cautious with each step.

the picture is this: the reason we tolerate sin in our lives is because we don’t recognize the risk.  we don’t realize the risk to our lives.  we don’t think about the others below us we’ll knock to their deaths if we fall.  we never stop to imagine the lives that will never be lived because they’re not yet on the ladder.  most of all we don’t consider the enormous cost that our savior paid to put that ladder in place.

it’s not quite how i imagined it, but i believe he gave me as much revelation as i need for now.

 

oxymoron

May 8, 2008

fav t-shirt of the week, seen at slideshare.net: “viral marketing doesn’t work – tell all your friends”