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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Numb, awe, wow, and other one syllable words

This morning’s reading captured my emotions perfectly this morning. It had to be shared~
Revelation 8:1 – “When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.”

Can you see it?
Can you even imagine?
All of the heavens glued on Jesus and His every move. Motionless. Still. Frozen. In awe of what He is doing. Numb with emotion. Too much "wow" to process at one time. It is every great celebratory moment in the history mankind -
Birthdays, anniversaries, grand slam walk off game winners, parades, Cinderella Story moments in March, weddings…and honeymoons, getting the middle of the cinnamon roll, green lights the whole way when you really, really need them, college acceptance letters, Chuck E. Cheese birthday parties when you were young, being tall enough to ride the big coasters the first time, your first kiss, your first time with the car (hopefully unrelated), the first sonogram, buzzerbeaters, signing the papers of your first home, the last donut in the pink box, finishing the 5k race when you thought you wouldn’t ever, ending finals week and still living, unheard of field goal kickers winning the game and becoming a household name, having Ed McMahon actually come to your house with those aggressively sized checks…
…all combined and even then coming nowhere close to the intensity of the moment right then in that verse.
Can you see it now?
Can you feel it?

I picture angels actually getting numb with elation. Stopping their praising, ceasing to worship to be in awe of Jesus. In awe of what is happening, the impact, the magnitude. Wow.

This is where my heart is at this morning. Numb.

I cannot go into all the details but I can say that something happened yesterday that I never thought ever could or would…and it brought tears of joy and unbelief. It was one of those slow-motion, wipe your face with both hands, kinda moments. Lindsay and I sat in our car, sobbing in each other’s arms, unable to grasp how awesome our God is. No, once again, don’t spread rumors, we are not pregnant or hitting the road with Bono or anything, sorry! Just know that right now, my heart is in awe of what God is doing in our lives.

Praise God from whom all blessing flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Stop.
Look.
Soak.
Wow.
Thank you Jesus.
From Wilmore, with Love.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

JD was right...again

So much has been swirling around in my head these past couple weeks, so much. I told JD that was my excuse for not blogging during the Spring Break and this past week. His response came with a southern smirk, “It’s time.” He’s right.

I am slowly learning that being balanced in life has little to do with actually juggling your priorities well, waking up early, time management techniques, and multitasking. It has a whole lot to do with saying, “I can’t”…and being really honest about it. No matter what is on your plate in life, there will always be things undone, unperfected, unmet, unrealized, unread, unwritten, forgotten, misplaced, un….whatever-ed. And that has to be ok, because we are finite. We have limits. We are fragile. And we have no need of a Savior if we can handle life all on our own.



Let that sit there for a bit.


Don’t get me wrong, its been hard to admit that lately, real hard. BUT, it is getting much easier realizing and saying, “I can’t” in this past month. It is much more freeing to say “I can’t”. It is much more REAL, right? And the Savior that took a chance on me died for the real me, not the “me” that everyone else perceives, right?
Try it. Be freed by it. Be healed by it. Then, thank the God that created you that it’s ok to be REAL.

Let's change gears - If you happen to be in the Lexington, KY area anytime soon, stop by Gold's Gym and ask for the most beautiful blond personal trainer they have on staff. Without hesitation, they will introduce to my wife, their newest personal trainer. I knew she could do it! She is on the road to being PT certified and ready to "bring the pain babee!"

Signing off, I leave you with my most recent reason to make me smile.
I dare you to watch the new Sherwood video and not smile the whole time. In fact, I will triple dog dare you. These guys are so down to earth, so humble, so fun, so creative, and so thankful for the opportunities they get. Enjoy.
From Wilmore, with love.