I had a very busy morning… running to the local Junior High for bible study, then home to transport one of my kids to school, followed by a trip to a local coffee shop for a meeting… it seems to never end..
This got me thinking about two things…
- the bible study material for this morning and
- the act of going and not always feeling I am knowing where…
First things first…
Our bible study was about praising God for WHO He is and for WHAT he created or did for us.
Psalm 150 .. the final chapter if you will in the book of Psalms. It says, “ Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance, praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals! Praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
The teacher talked about the WHO and WHAT but it was totally cool when she talked about them when.
- Praise him with quiet music, and silence
- Praise him with loud music and talking..
- Praise him .. even the birds praise him.. when we aren’t doing so.
Going without a clue where I am heading..
I feel for people especially students these days. I feel for them because the world has this idea of knowing where you are going.. Kids are required, forced and encouraged to know what they will become.
We ask each 5 year old what do you want to be when you grow up?
We ask people we meet in junior high what college you thinking about?
We ask high school students what are their career plans?
It isn’t fair..
Reflecting back on my youth….
As a senior in high school… my plan was simple… graduate.. have fun and don’t worry more than you need too. I was a worrier big time.
I remember clearly the day my parents set me down and asked the troubling question….
What are you planning to do now? I must have looked confused… so they helped me out some…
Dad said, “ will you be going to college or work?” I was slightly offended by the question but as an adult parent I think… well that is a solid question for sure.. I chose college and wasted a ton of money.
So friends, why do we need to know those answers? Is it for our comfort? Is it to compare what others are doing? Is it to give us a feeling of acceptance?
I don’t know a good answer but I do know God knows what it happening and what will happen. I can be searching and content at the same time.
My one caution is to be careful when asking questions that might rock someone’s world in an unhealthy way.
We also need to remember to praise God in a variety of ways and times… He is worthy of our praise.