Direct Connect

 

Miniature engineer team try to connect ethernet cables to portI remember some of the computer technology that was “pre-internet”. I remember having a “floppy disk” that had a program on it that would run locally on my laptop and then it created some sort of code that would transfer over the modem to another computer in Atlanta. I took my first real estate course online in this format. Today, with the internet, it’s more of a direct and “live” connection. I can take the class in real time and connect with an instructor. I think the world has so much more direct access to so many. It seems to me though, that as our world is so connected, there is less direct connection. I have a myriad of ways to communicate, however, it seems there is less connection happening. I think it was Seth Godin that pointed out how we go to dinner with a friend or loved one and spend more time on our phone connecting with our “fake friends” (on social media) rather than connecting with the friend across the table.

Jesus started giving His disciples a heads up that He was about to leave them and go back to the Father. This started a lot of discussion and concern among the disciples. I love how He took the time to further explain what was about to happen. Check this out…

20 I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy.  23 At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. 24 You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy. 33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:20,23-24,33 NLT)

Jesus is explaining the “Direct Connect” that I now have with the Father. The disciples grew up in Jewish culture where you went to the priest and he then went to God. Jesus came to earth to open up this “Direct Connect” with the Father. I no longer have to go through a priest to speak to the Lord – I can talk directly to Him. I will often ask others to talk to Him on my behalf as well. I try to talk to God about everything and everyone. I’m certainly growing in my understanding of His Power and His Presence. This “Direct Connect” that I have with the Lord has given me wisdom and depth of understanding that I would have otherwise missed. I believe that the Lord can give me insight through this “Direct Connect” with Him. He knows everything and everyone. This “Direct Connect” has another more common term: PRAYER. Through prayer, I can talk directly to God because Jesus made the way or “built the Connection”! I’m so thankful for prayer through times of struggle, suffering and even times of joy. I’m learning to talk to the Lord in great detail about everything and everyone.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Deep Waters

Scuba divers, coral and fish in the Red Sea.I’ve enjoyed being around water whether it’s the ocean, a lake or a pool. There is something about water that pulls the stress right out of me. I think it’s the waves and the ripples. In the shallow waters, I can touch the bottom and feel a bit anchored. Out in the deep water, there is a lot more going on and I can’t touch, so I have to work a bit to keep my head out of the water. That part can become stressful.

Following the Lord is a lot like being in the water. I can be in the shallow end where I feel in control and safe because I can touch. However, He often calls me out to the deep waters where I’m dependent on Him. He has much to teach me in the deep waters. Check this out…

5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,

    but one who has insight draws them out.
6 Many claim to have unfailing love,

    but a faithful person who can find?
7 The righteous lead blameless lives;

    blessed are their children after them. (Proverbs 20:5-7 NIV)

 

The depths of my heart are like deep waters. They may look calm on the surface, but there are problems underneath. The deep waters tell the truth about what is going on in my heart and the Lord knows all about it.

I want the Lord to take on the deep waters of my heart and do some great work there. I want to uninhibited by His Presence in the deep waters of my heart. I want to go to the deep waters where He does some great work in me. The shallow end is safe, but almost silly after having been in deep waters. There’s way more freedom and fun in the deep end. There’s more space to explore and room to move.  I want the Lord to search the depths of my heart and clean my heart up and make it presentable before Him.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

 

 

Depth

Scuba divers, coral and fish in the Red Sea.My youngest son is interested in so many different things. He was sharing with me the other evening about how deep the ocean is. He was telling me of this place where the ocean is really deep. I think the part he was speaking of is Challenger Deep and it is approximately 36,200 feet deep. I really can’t imagine that depth because I can barely think past 20 feet deep of water. I’ve always thought it would be cool to scuba dive, but I honestly have a strong fear of deep water. King David writes about the depth of the Lord’s justice. Check this out…

5 Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,

    your faithfulness to the skies.
6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,

    your justice like the great deep.

    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!

    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
9 For with you is the fountain of life;

    in your light we see light.
10 Continue your love to those who know you,

    your righteousness to the upright in heart. (Psalm 36:5-7; 9-10 NIV)

 

I can’t wrap my head around the descriptive terms of the heights of the heavens or the depths of the seas, let alone begin to grasp the amazing love of God. My human mind can’t compute a love that big and that deep. God’s love is bigger than anything I could use to try to describe it. He is so very faithful to me even when I’m unfaithful to Him. I’ve never been to a place where the Love God isn’t there too. He will never leave me or forsake me. A relentless love like that is hard for me to understand but easy to accept. I’m blessed to be loved by God. From the depths of the oceans to the heights of the heavens, His love has me covered!

 

Pressing On!

Dwayne