But Lord, I Want to Go Back Out and Play! 10NOV
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
I love all the passages about JOY in the Lord, but a key to life is to also understand all the passages about Fear. I have tremendous respectful fear of the Lord. Actually my level of JOY and love could never match the awesomeness of the Lord. Likewise, I can’t fear the Lord enough… We all must grow into our wisdom and respectful fear… We must take slowdowns and sidelining… We must look big picture, not weekly matinee or newsreel moments to understand the Lord.
I fear the Lord’s correction MORE than I fear the devil’s sifting… and sometimes I hear the angels smack their hands against their heads in disbelief of the rescuing they must muster up for me (AGAIN!). The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9). Even many of those who don’t actively seek the Lord still fear the Lord… That’s wisdom…
My retroactive wisdom often comes from the times I should have stayed still. My scratches from a tree limb incident yesterday are yet another type of lesson, a PAINFUL brush with wisdom… I could go on and on about my injury, but I have a better story instead. I need to tell you, and show you in photos, the “can-do-spirit” of a little boy, likely 4-yrs old, who wanted to come clean up his playground after a tree fell and crushed it… His spirit came to inspire men and women well over ten-times his age… He worked with fearless attitude alongside teachers and preachers… If you take time to watch childlike faith in an actual child, you will see an approach to life with an attitude of participation, determination and drive. He just wanted to work to be able to go back out and play.
In the attached photo, zoom in and see the intensity of hard work on this little boy’s face, a tongue sticking out of his mouth like basketball player Michael Jordan, every muscle and molecule he had was focused – he came with intent to accomplish a mission.
I paused to take photos and I saw lots of “big kids” also focused with intense mission to help… I am one of those big kids too. I felt the camaraderie of “all hands on deck” and I loved every moment…
And then I was benched. Who knew that I needed a break? The tree or the Lord?
My fear of the Lord came with full force this day. I was lucky blessed to only have a scratch. I leaned into a flying branch a half-inch below my eye. No worries please, I am fine, but the scratches made me stop first in pain, in wonder, in shock. I was knocked out of the game, I was sent inside for a wash, medicine and a Band-Aid. I was taken care of by a grandma in her own focused mission of helping too. I was iced. The coach pulled me.
I rested but I was antsy, I just wanted to get right back out there to help more…
“Send me in coach!” But God reminds: “Which game are you playing? Yours or Mine?”
“But Lord, I want to go back out and play!” But God says: “My Work needs child-faith, not your stewing.”
“But look at all the others Lord, I can’t wait to be back on Your team Lord!” But God says: “Benchwarmers are my workers too. THEY MUST WATCH AND LEARN. Keep your heart warm. I’ll call you in WHERE and WHEN I need you.”
“But it’s only a scratch Lord!” But God says “BE STILL!”
I watched from the window with an ice pack on my cheek, the little boy in the red coat had also taken a break and was back looking at the crushed playground of his many memories. That’s work for another day… that tree removal will be a much longer process for professionals to handle, a specialized team.
Oh, yeah… I am reminded that God has specialized teams for everything, us too… we are to LET GOD PICK which team He wants us working on, playing on. We have work directives for tomorrow too, not just today. He may have us working and playing with our friends some days and other days be by ourselves.
I am often put on “Team Scribe” – using photos, watching, recording, and retelling – to tell the world what the Lord did for me. And maybe eventually I will be put on Team Wisdom… but not until I wait upon the Lord for instructions and serve on “Team Respectful Fear” first…
In the playground and in the grove, there was intense tornado destruction but the crosses were still standing… a fitting sight for any scribe to capture… Yes, I see your message Lord, please keep us focused on Your mission. Your Way is the only Way. The Way of Jesus on the cross is our Way back to You.
We are but a moment, but your Kingdom will reign Forever.
Point the Way. For tomorrow, we are ready to work, TODAY.
The LORD favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness. Psalm 147:11
Better is a little with the fear of the LORD Than great treasure and turmoil with it. Proverbs 15:16
Who is the man who fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way he should choose. Psalm 25:12
And He will be the stability of your times, A wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; The fear of the LORD is his treasure. Isaiah 33:6
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. Psalm 103:11
You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is the help and the shield. Psalm 115:11
In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death. Proverbs 14:26-27