Saturday, April 11, 2015

PAST THE OBVIOUS



I find most of the best insights needed to be the best man I can be are PAST THE OBVIOUS. Beneath the white noise of radio, television, Facebook, twitter, billboards, web ads, friends and family who offer chatter every minute of every day. Beneath the books and magazines I read, even beneath the devotionals I read about God. Beneath the reading plans of the Bible and even beneath the sermons I listen to each week online and in church. Truth, relevant and necessary for my success lies PAST THE OBVIOUS

I don't think it is complicated, I think it is simple. My new friend Sam Silveous would challenge me to "think small" in many areas of life. And, I believe he is on to something. Small, in terms of focus and proximity, not small in terms of vision and destiny. There is something simple and small, lying just PAST THE OBVIOUS that I believe deserves investigation. 

I tell my kids they will go to bed at 9pm. They assume certain things, obvious things, about why I am sending them to bed. PAST THE OBVIOUS, if they were to ask, might be an early morning trip to the donut shop across the road before school. 

Moses was put into a basket and basically left for dead by his mother. Obviously God and his family were willing to let this little guy die, or at best, beg for food in obscurity the rest of his life. Or, PAST THE OBVIOUS his true destiny was to lead thousands of people to freedom and to challenge the most powerful leader in the world. 

The book of Proverbs teaches us about Wisdom. We hear it and read it often, even if we are not a church goer. Obviously, this is the book of Wisdom. When I read PAST THE OBVIOUS , however, I find a few other key concepts that, after further discovery, seem to be pillars of the faith I claim to hold true. And, it seems without them, my faith is somewhat empty, yet I hear little discussion on these topics. 

Fear of the Lord, Discretion, and Understanding are just a few. Why? Why do we miss the concepts, the truths that are PAST THE OBVIOUS? When Adam and Even fell into deception and their family fell into hate, rage, jealousy and murder, didn't that mean the end of the human race? Or, did God have a plan of redemption already in place? JUST PAST THE OBVIOUS

When sickness sets in, when parents divorce, when rape steals innocence, when careers fall apart, when corrupt leaders rise to power or when finances dry up completely. Obviously the world or God is trying to tell us something, right? Obviously, the news is right, it's a dog eat dog world, some are blessed and some are not. There are the "haves" and the "have nots". We are not as smart as we think, our kids are destined to be like us, our fate is sealed, we are broke, ugly, stupid, lonely, hopeless and frighted. Obviously, this is my lot in life. 

WHAT IF THIS IS NOT TRUE. WHAT IF WE LOOKED PAST THE OBVIOUS, PAST THE SURFACE, PAST THE NOISE, PAST THE LAYERS OF LYING AND DECEPTION, TO THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM, ABOUT THE CHURCH, ABOUT THE WORLD AND ABOUT US, NOT JUST US, AS A PEOPLE, BUT US, AS A PERSON. 

PAST THE OBVIOUS, we may find Moses destined to be a ruler, Mary destined to be the mother of the savior, Jesus, destined to rise after 3 days in the grave. What if PAST THE OBVIOUS, the living Church, 300k plus churches in America alone, are still the brightest, most life-giving families of human beings there is. What if over 1 billion people on planet earth, more even, are really out there, in small homes, hidden churches, obscure corners of the earth, serving the same God we do, worshiping the same God we are, reading the same Bible we read? What if right and wrong, war and peace, black and white, up and down, night and day, light and dark, rich and poor, tall and short, fat and small, evil and good are more than non controllable human experience? 

What if PAST THE OBVIOUS God has designed life, with all of the challenge and victory, confusion and clarity, all of it, to provide a path, a step by step, day by day, moment by moment plan to reach PAST THE OBVIOUS to where he speaks? 

What if there is a secret place where the Father of all Creation whispers in our ears, directly into our hearts, where the hurt, pain and doubt hide like a killer virus waiting to spread? What if we pushed past the obvious, what if we were more hungry for GOD TO SPEAK and GOD TO MOVE and GOD TO GET THE GLORY, than we were to see the next episode of our favorite show, or to hear the next song on the playlist? 

What if the truth we need to acquire the most powerful life we could imagine, was just PAST THE OBVIOUS?

PUSH PAST THE CROWD TO THE FRONT
PRAY LONGER THAN A MINUTE
READ MORE THAN JUST A CHAPTER
ASK FOR MORE THAN JUST ENOUGH
HUNGER FOR ALL AND NOT SOME
HOPE FOR GREAT INSTEAD OF SAFE
KILL SIN HABITS INSTEAD OF PETTING THEM
LEAVE ABUSIVE PEOPLE INSTEAD OF ENABLING
CRY HUGE TEARS INSTEAD OF HIDING THEM
DANCE FOR FREEDOM INSTEAD OF BEING BORED
TELL A FRIEND INSTEAD OF FEARING SHAME
LET IT ALL GO INSTEAD OF HOLDING ON

THERE IS MORE, 
MORE OF HIM, 
MORE TO US, 
MORE TO YOU

IT IS NOT HIDDEN, IT'S JUST BELOW THE SURFACE THE WORLD, THE DEVIL, AND DEAD RELIGION HAS COATED IT WITH. BITE THE APPLE OF LIFE AND BITE IT DEEP. LOOK INSIDE TO THE LIFE-GIVING, SEEDS OF TRUTH, ENCOURAGEMENT, DELIVERANCE, HOPE, WEALTH AND HEALING. 

RUN DON'T WALK
FAST AND PRAY
NEVER STOP SEEKING HIS FACE
ASSUME HE HAS MORE FOR YOU
RECEIVE FAVOR WITH GOD AND MAN
RESIST ARROGANCE AND PRIDE
BOW YOUR KNEES TO A HOLY GOD, AND WHILE YOU ARE THERE, DIG FOR TRUTH, ASK FOR A BLESSING, CALL HIS NAME, FOLLOW HIS LIGHT AND TRUST, NOW AND EVERY DAY YOU ARE ON THIS EARTH...

GOD HAS SO MUCH MORE....JUST PAST THE OBVIOUS


Billy Ramsdell
Saying YES To My Father

"Blessed are we when we HUNGER and THIRST for righteousness, for we WILL BE FILLED"  Matthew 5:6


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