Friday, July 31, 2009

What kind of car would Jesus buy?

Yesterday, we thought we would venture out and purchase a new car under the governments Cash for Clunkers program. We ended up buying a very practical, more fuel efficient, albeit smaller, car. President Obama is proud of us for stimulating the economy, and Al Gore is proud of us for reducing our carbon footprint. At any rate, we didn't utilize the Cash for Clunkers program due to the mountain of paperwork involved....but that is a story for a different day....

I think we did everything right....we (well, me) researched, researched, and researched some more. I even found a tax deduction for buying a diesel. We ended up with a very nice fuel efficient vehicle. It is candy apple red, and the spouse is loving it! We got a good deal and were completely satisfied with our purchase and the whole experience at the dealership. (note: to save time at a dealership - bring a baby along!!! We were in and out of there in under an hour!!)

As I'm laying in bed last night I wondered what kind of car Jesus would buy. (I know - it is crazy how my brain works!) There are so many choices, sizes, colors and options available I couldn't wrap my brain around what he might purchase. I initially thought he would buy a very small, fuel efficient, non-flashy car. Practical and unassuming were the first thoughts I had. Then, as I began to think how Christ embraced everyone, I thought he would get one of those 15-passenger vans. Definitely not fuel efficient; but think of the room. As Christ walked along the road in the Bible he told people to follow him. Think of the room in that van - so much room to add people as he went down the road. He might even have to trade up to a school bus! Gas wouldn't be an issue, because God always provides and in many different forms. The generous support of his passengers would provide the gas to move the vehicle from location to location.

Obviously, Jesus didn't have to worry about this; but I look at our churches and our daily conduct as a vehicle. A vehicle to show Christ and His love in all we say and do, and to bring others along on the ride.

In His Grip,

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I'm several days behind on my Bible study work; I wish I could blame it on having a newborn, but technically she is almost 3 months old.

Anyway, we are studying several Psalms, and one of the lessons discusses loss - any kind of loss in life and how we deal with it. I suppose my version of it would be "Why do bad things happen to good people?" Sometimes I question God, as most people do, but in Job, God says "who do you think you are to question me?" (my paraphrasing). Ecclesiastes says let your words be few. And that struck a chord with me. I'm often so quick to just spit something out - not think about it or analyze it before it leaves my lips.

My girlfriend just lost her father unexpectedly, I lost a boyfriend in car accident while I was in high school, and our youth are struggling with an illness within our group. I want the answer to these questions - I want to know "Why". But the Bible says the secret things belong to God. In the final chapter of Daniel, Daniel says I do not understand these things. His vision ends and there is NO explanation.

It is hard in human terms to not get an answer - to trust in the Lord, and lean not on our own understanding. We know nothing compared to the great God we serve. When I'm in these situations I try to remember that God's timing and His plan are always perfect.

These words are hard to swallow; they're hard to share when someone you know is suffering. Sometimes it's best tolet my words be few....

In His grip,

My first blog

My first blog....

why I'm doing this....For me it will be cathartic....I have a mind that does not have an "off" switch (as my spouse calls it). So, in an effort, to clear my head and my thoughts, I will try to put pen to paper so to speak.

I am a (almost) 38-year old wife and mother. The O Show is almost 3 months old, and I've been happily married for 15 years (in November).

I live in beautiful mountais of Western NC and am a SAHM.

You may think that the title of my blog is a reference to Hawaii; however, Kiki is my nickname. My first "psuedo" child came up with this name. She couldn't say Kandi, and Kiki is what came out. As she grew, she would ask a million "why" questions. Everything was "Why Kiki, why?" So, it just stuck. In addition, it is how my brain works - "Why" is always running through my head.

I'm a growing Christian, and want my life to be authentic. My friend used this word a few weeks ago, and it has stuck in my brain. What does it take to be authentic? Am I living my life in this manner? Am I the same person at home and in the community that I am at church? Do these two areas of my life mesh together? It is a work in progress....

In HIS grip,

My first blog and I am cutting it short - the O Show is crying. So much for being cathartic; perhaps more later.

In His Grip,