Monday, May 30, 2011

In Pursuit of God


Before the Lord God made man upon the earth He first prepared for him a world of useful and pleasant things for his sustenance and delight. In the Genesis account of the creation these are simply "things." They were made for man's use, but they were meant always to be external to the man and subservient to him. In the deep heart of the man was a shrine where none but God was worthy to come. Within him was God; without, a thousand gifts which God had showered upon him.
~ Tozer's The Pursuit of God, Chapter 2
421 ~ when the argument in the back seat is about who is going next on mission to Guatemala or first to
           Africa with their dad
422 ~ a cashier who alerts me the other brand of milk is on sale for $2.50 a gallon, because I was buying
           three
423 ~ the example of my mother who loves her children fiercely
424 ~ that fierce love's not always pretty
425 ~ the smell of gardenia on the church walkway
426 ~ a backyard full of blooming gardenias through the window
427 ~ hoping heaven will smell like blooming gardenias



428 ~ packing away lunchboxes for the summer
429 ~ sandwiches after church with Romano cheese
430 ~ Adrian asking Dad late at night, "Can I read the bible with you?"
431 ~ that he knew the answer before he asked because his bible was already in hand
432 ~ a tired father who says yes, so often he says yes
433 ~ Philemon, Onesimus, and Paul: their mercy, humility, and discernment
434 ~ amazing writers
435 ~ American armed forces who sacrifice every day for their country and me
436 ~ the season of invitations to celebrate with those I love
437 ~ finally getting around to reading Tozer's classic
438 ~ his inconspicuous invitation to count those 1000 "things"

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