Amazing God

by DanWolgemuth on February 5, 2016

And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty!  Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!”  (Revelation 15:3)

At precisely 4:10 last Thursday, I was amazed by something that happened.  It’s not particularly important what exactly amazed me… just that God, in His own, unmistakable and unpredictable way, broke through my routine and interrupted my expectations with something well beyond my ability to ask or comprehend.

God is incredible.
Unconventional.  Unhurried.  God.

To the extent that He does what I expect, in the time frame that I expect it… He ceases to be God.

A burning bush.
A jabbering donkey.
An unexplainable rainstorm.
A large and hungry fish.
An infant king.  A controversial life.  A brutal death.
Tongues of fire.
Mercy for the guilty.
Our God is astounding.

And in the middle of a scripted day God did what only God could do.  He broke through.  Arresting my spirit, assaulting my assumptions.

I will never exhaust His vast resources… never explain His infinite power… never understand His perfect timing… never extinguish His powerful love.

At 4:10…

Amazing God.

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Eyes with an optic nerve to the heart of God

by DanWolgemuth on January 22, 2016

When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. (2 Kings 6:15-17)

“What will we do now?”

The emotion surges and swells. Fear grows to paralyzing levels. Troops, horses and chariots in formidable proportion. The man of God and his servant were no match.

The morning landscape was littered with trouble, and the servant of Elisha was a firsthand witness to the trouble. They were surrounded.

Elisha embraced the report of his servant without panic.

“Don’t be afraid!”

Elisha knew that God had not abandoned him. The solution was less visible than the problem, but they were not outmanned.

The headlines were bleak that morning, but the victory was secure. Elisha knew what this young man needed to be assured of. “God is for us.” “God is with us.” “Our God is never outflanked or overmatched.”

Elisha saw what less seasoned eyes were unfocused to see. Elisha saw the strength of his God. Elisha saw the unobstructed and unconstrained power of the Almighty.

Indeed, Elisha’s prayer was not for victory but for visibility.  “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!”

20/20 vision to the muscle and magnitude of God. Clear line of sight through the eyes of an elder.

On Saturday in Pasadena, California I will join a group of friends in celebration of the 100th birthday of Evon Hedley. I’ve known Evon since I was a child. He’s Godly, he’s good, he’s wise, he’s gentle, he’s confident, he’s bold… and Evon sees with the eyes of Elisha.

When I see the size of the enemy, Evon sees the vast power of God. When I fix my gaze on the enormity of the problems, Evon fixes his focus on Jesus.

Evon’s words illuminate. Evon’s words reveal. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!”

On Saturday I will celebrate the centennial birthday of a friend… but the real celebration is in the revealed power of the God that Evon Hedley loves, serves, worships and exposes.

A morning glimpse of chaos is no reason to panic. God is on our side. I know this because my friend Evon prayed for my eyesight.

20/20 vision to the army of God.

“Don’t be afraid!”

I want eyes like Evon. Eyes with an optic nerve to the heart of God.

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The Grass Grows and the Snow Flies

January 11, 2016

Spring ignites an onslaught of green. Grass, slumbering from November, awakens. Fresh growth meets a sharpened lawnmower blade and an eight to nine month process of weekly mowing ensues. Predictable in its rhythm, the task is embraced with regularity. Flakes fly, the wind blows. Snow. It nudges out other chores on the list. It cuts […]

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He will bring us goodness and light.

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah the prophet) Peace. …because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to […]

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My Toro. My King.

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The snow flew, and it flew, and then the wind blew. It’s not often that the weather forecasters in Denver underestimate the power of a winter storm, but they did. So Monday night it was me, my undersized Toro snow blower, and 10 inches of fresh white beauty… with drifts to nearly knee high. I […]

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hark! the herald angels sing “glory to the newborn king”

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I’m an American citizen. Every four years I have the privilege and right to vote for the next President of my country. Democracy pulses through my veins. It’s all I’ve known. But a king? I’m not certain that I can even appropriately embrace this reality. Culturally we anoint kings. We enthrone athletes and actors and […]

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“Who told you?”

December 4, 2015

My dad loved cars. New cars especially. He marveled at the new gadgets, loved the new designs, and reveled in the tight and precise handling of a new vehicle. For a Pennsylvania farm boy that walked behind a mule and a plow, he esteemed what Detroit produced. (With the notable exception of a Ford. I […]

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The power of danke

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I would never have guessed that a 50-year-old pair of lederhosen could provide the perfect costume for my five-year-old grandson, but that’s exactly what happened. A year ago that German getup took some significant salesmanship from our daughter Alli, but the explosive results in Halloween 2014 made the 2015 repurposing a no-brainer for Desmond. He […]

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“You are…”

November 20, 2015

The stories flow with clarity, transparency and pain. Young people, from every region in our country, describe the personal travail of having their identities defined by friends and family who poison the promises of God. Words emerge. Descriptions cascade. The narrative begins with, “You are…” and the catalog of what follows includes… Worthless. Loser. Mistake. […]

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Echoing Praises to Our King

November 13, 2015

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! You are amazing, God. I cry out your name and I shout it out loud. It erupts from my soul. Praise you. Glory in his […]

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