Reflections

Written by cycleguy on January 6th, 2014

So…it snowed.  And when I say it snowed?  I mean it snowed!!!  It didn’t start until about 7:00 Sunday morning, but when it did it came with a vengeance.  Some reports were an inch an hour.  I saw some of the biggest snowflakes I think I have ever seen.   We had made plans to meet.  The worship team showed up to practice, but when two of them slid past the entrance to the driveway we needed to rethink our plans.  🙂  We made phone calls and texted and caught everyone.  (Amazing how much can be done when more get involved).  I don’t think too many were planning on coming anyway.  So we sent them all home.  I stayed some to work, but finally decided I better head home.

Seemed strange not meeting.  I reckon it is so much a part of me that I look forward to it.  Of course some might say, “Well, you are the pastor and you are the one who studied and you are the one who is to preach. Of course you would feel like something was missing.”

True.

But, it is more than that.  I was stoked to bring the message that was to begin “The Great Adventure: A Year with Jesus.”   It will just have to wait for next week.  I figure there will be someone next week who will need to hear what is being said or would not have been here this week.  I don’t question things like this.

Betty, over at Wise-Hearted, posted a song.   While she knew it would not be everyone’s cup of tea (mine for sure), she posted it because it spoke to her.  It is also a reminder of her Word for the year.  While I don’t do a “Word” I respect the many who do.  Betty is one of them.  Eileen and Kari are two others.   (There are tons more).

I truly want my life sucked into, taken over by, and radically changed by my year spent with Jesus in the Gospels.  This Christmas someone gifted Jo & me with Chris Tomlin’s “How Great is our God,” a compilation of his greatest hits.  Since my musical tastes gravitate toward rock like Styper, Disciple, Red, and the “hair bands,” my time of listening to this style are rare (usually when Jo is in the truck with me).  I took my sister-in-law home last weekend and I know she is not a “lover” of my music.  🙂  So I listened to the new one.  One song hit me like a brick on one of my pensive moments coming home as I thought about “The Great Adventure.”  I leave it with you today.

Any song you might like to share today?

Oh yeah…it snowed about 10-12″.  Today the wind chill is close to -20.  Reckon I’ll be staying inside.  🙂

 

24 Comments so far ↓

  1. Daniel says:

    If you were any sort of a man, you would be out on your bike putting in some miles (smiles). Me, I would be home sitting in front of the fire with a mug of hot cocoa with mini marshmallows.

  2. the Old Adam says:

    If this global warming keeps up, we will all freeze to death.

  3. Bill, I’m sure you’ve heard it’s near 0 here. It just isn’t supposed to get this cold in East Tennessee. Brrr.

  4. Kari Scare says:

    We got the snow too but on Saturday, so we had time to clear it before Sunday service. Not many showed. We then got frigid temps of 30 below. Haven’t been outside for 3 days. I am all out of whack. Strange way to start my focus on “details” (thanks for the mention, btw), but God is using the messed up routine. I think He likes to shake us up like a snow globe once in a while. Good for us.

    • cycleguy says:

      I suspect since we are pretty spread out we would have had the same result if it had snowed on Saturday. I finally made it to the office today but you are right, it sure throws out of whack. I am sure He likes to shake us. 🙂 Thanks Kari.

  5. The answer my friend…is blowing in the wind. 😉

  6. That’s some good snow fall! I know what you mean. I remember one year in Juneau when we had to cancel the 1st service of the new year and it did feel like something was missing. It’s a beautiful privilege to share the word and be with His people, in His presence. I don’t want to take it for granted. I guess the song rolling in me right now is Hillsong United’s Oceans (Where Feet May Fail). I’m ready to follow Him onto the water (at least I want to be ready). 🙂 Thanks Bill.

    • cycleguy says:

      I reckon I don’t feel so bad when you have to cancel in Juneau and you guys expect it. Gonna have to listen to that song Jason. if it means that much to you, then it is important I give it a listen. No walking on water around here…only ice. Thanks Jason.

  7. Betty Draper says:

    We are suffering out here in southern California with 70’s weather…just saying. I love to hear what songs are encouraging for everyone. As I told Bill God is so good to us to have an assortment of different music out there for each of us…just one way I feel loved by Him. Stay warm.

    • cycleguy says:

      I almost didn’t approve this Betty because I got the distinct feeling you are rubbing it in. LOL My brother lives in Coronado. I have some friends who live in Port St Lucie, FL. Maybe time for a visit?? Thanks Betty.

  8. floyd says:

    I’m with you, Bill. It’s all in our Father’s timing. His words from you weren’t meant for Sunday.

    I shared with Betty one of my favorite songs ever; Third Day’s “YOU Are Everywhere”. It starts small and ends majestic and reminds me that our Father is indeed everywhere and is sovereign over all of His creation. Hope you get time to get to it, it’s pretty much your style in case you haven’t heard it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4iaEebJfFk

  9. tcavey says:

    So many wonderful songs out there. I don’t think I have a set “type” of music I listen to. Just depends on my mood. Lately though I’ve been drawn to Casting Crowns “Praise You In The Storm”.
    Storms will come, but how I respond to them is what matters.

    I’m not much on a “word” from God for the year. Last year was the first time I asked God for one and He gave me a big one- DEPENDENCE.
    He stretched me beyond what I could have imagined last year and this year I didn’t feel I needed to ask for a “word”. I think He’s still helping me with last years word…only I do think this year God is wanting me to learn to REJOICE as I learn to DEPEND upon Him in the storms.

    • cycleguy says:

      I’ve heard that song and it is a meaningful one. Sounds to me like you might want to either choose another word less threatening or continue on with this one. 🙂 You are learning though and that is good. Thanks TC.

  10. Nancy says:

    Some us will be more prepared for the message after two plus days with no electricity! …meaning no TV…

  11. Ed says:

    I find it hard to even imagine that someone of your statue could listen to Christian metal. But then I completely understand. Listening to old time elevator music while cycling, or working out for that matter, doesn’t do beans for energy.
    We are not that cold in Las Vegas, hardly ever snows here, but I know it snows in places like New Jersey…

    • cycleguy says:

      I listen to the music while driving and working out. When cycling inside I watch movies with the subtitles on. I never listen while riding. Like I tell some people, I may be 61 but I ain’t dead yet. 😉

  12. STRYPER! Blast from the past!
    The bad weather freaked us out here, too – although we didn’t have snow. We did have some pretty chilly days though. Too bad, I would’ve liked a little precipitation.
    I hope you are blessed with your tour through the gospels. There’s just so much in there – I feel like I could spend forever there.