W5-Who trumps what-where-when and why

In Belfast we have a wonderful science and discovery centre called W5, WhoWhatWhereWhenWhy – visit W5.  My sons aged 7 and 4 absolutely love it and we visit a few times each year.

What?

What should I do?  What do you want me to do?  What did you do?

What is the best approach to this project?  What hope do I have of making that work?

What should I spend money on? What should I eat? What type of x y and z should I have?

What subjects? What career? What company?

What is it made of? What does it need in order to work?

What am I going to do with you?

What have I done?  What have you done with my Son?

Where?

Where should we live? Where should we go to church?

Where should we holiday? Where can I find one?

Where is the best place to find peace and quiet?

Where did I lose that ticket?

Where can we go from His presence?

When?

When will that delivery arrive?

When can I go out to play?

When will I feel better?  When will things get better?

When will I learn?

When will you learn?

When will I earn enough money?

When will people realise how talented I am?

When will God answer?

Why?

Why me?

Why do I need to do that?

Why did that happen to you?

Why should I?

Why not?

Why, just stinkin’ why?

Why would anyone do that for me?

Why don’t we? Why wouldn’t we?

Why does it matter?

 Who?

Who said that?

Who knows best?

Who’s the daddy?

Who needs this most?

Who should I listen to?

Who can I help?

Who can I turn to for help?

Who can I depend on?  Who can depend on me?

Who is there?

Who loves ya baby?

Who’s left?

“Who do people say that I am?”   Who do I say that He is?

Who is a God like you?

You forgive those who are guilty of sin; you don’t look at the sins of your people who are left alive.

You will not stay angry forever, because you enjoy being kind.   Micah 7:18

You should read this great post on Coffee with Noelle for more on this verse.

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Love is not blind

Love is BlindThe Poet

Love to faults is always blind,
Always is to joy inclin’d,
Lawless, wing’d & unconfin’d,
And breaks all chains from every mind.

Deceit to secrecy confin’d,
Lawful, cautious & refin’d,
To every thing but interest blind,
And forges fetters for the mind.

William Blake

I have always loved the sentiment of these phrases from Blake, the powerful contrast of love, joy and freedom with deceit, self interest and captivity.  I do however wish the first line were different.   Perhaps we are blind to faults, but love really isn’t.

We sometimes shorten this to ‘Love is blind’ meaning  it doesn’t matter what someone looks like as long as you love them.  At first glance this may appear to be a great characteristic.  However I believe above all things love ‘sees’ what others don’t.

The Prophet

…saying to the prisoners, “Come out,”

to those who are in darkness, “Appear.”
Isaiah 49:9

I absolutely love this message ‘Appear, be seen, come out,’ this message of the power of the love of God in a human life.  It reminds me of God calling “Adam, where are you?”

God in His love calls out to us ‘Do not hide, I love you and have done everything necessary to clothe you and make you lovely’

It is this love of God that makes us lovable. (see Ephesians 5:25-27 to discover how Jesus’ love makes us whole)

God, in loving us sees us, really knows us yet loves us still.  A reminder that we are in fact the work of God’s hands, crafted not to be hidden or filled with shame but as a display of God’s greatness.

The Husband and Father (Me)

The Poet disturbs me into knowing that love ‘sees’.

The Prophet reminds me that in really ‘seeing us’, God also restores us

Personally I am not known for my public displays of affection but I am happy to know that I am loved.  I am married to a wonderful and beautiful woman who knows me, sees my faults but chooses to draw out my gifts and strengths.  Who encourages me to remain in the light sharing and not hiding.  (Thank you Heather, I love you very much)

I have two amazing sons who have taught me that really knowing someone only leads to greater love.  My heart is filled with the desire to love and inspire them to be great men who see clearly, are obsessively kind and love outrageously.

Takeaways for Valentines Day

1.  Are we guilty of failing to really ‘see’ the people whom we claim to love?

Do something about that TODAY!

2.  Spend some time with this hymn excerpt to help you not define or explain Gods love, but simply to receive and respond.

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea

there’s a kindness in his justice, which is more than liberty.

For the love of God is broader than the measure of man’s mind;

and the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.

F.W. Faber

How is God known?

Another 1

God is known

One day at a time
One week at a time
One coffee at a time
One sorry at a time
One dance at a time
One gift at a time
One laugh at a time
One lunch at a time
One Sabbath at a time
One broken heart at a time
One broken loaf at a time
One glass of wine at a time
One outpouring at a time
 
He said, “look, you look like you’d like to eat”
I said, “a glass of coke and a hotdog, fine”
He said “how ’bout some bread and a glass of wine”
I said “lead me on. lead me on where you’ goin”
Larry Norman
 
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