The following is a lesson I shared at our church, where I’m a staff member. I felt like sharing it with you as well.

Isaiah 40:3-5
3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Potential means existing in possibility : capable of development into actuality. It’s a word that illustrates that something is possible, not impossible. Everyone wants to do the impossible. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe in The Lord doing what is impossible for you and I to do. I believe in The Lord doing through us what is impossible for us to do. But to be grammatically accurate, which is not something I’m often accused of, I don’t expect to see God doing what is for Him impossible. The reason for that? Because the Scripture says, “With God All Things Are Possible.”

Our impossible is His practice. It’s routine for Him to do what’s not even feasible for us to do. However, not only is He a Miraculous God, He is a Meticulous God. He sets forth a plan and lays the groundwork for the future. Case in point, before He ever needed the burning bush, He ensured that someone planted it on the backside of the desert.

The word Potential illustrates this point. It’s not a word that means accidental, or chance. It comes from the Latin word for power, it means that it has the possibility of making something happen. One definition says potential means it’s capable of development into actuality. I think I can becomes I did it! A blueprint completed means there is now a building where there was nothing.

It’s not guaranteed that it will happen, that depends on the individual, whether he or she live up to their potential, but the possibility exists. We know that The Lord always lives up to His potential, but what about us? What about the times in our lives where we could have done this, or could have done that? Whether we failed or succeeded, we had the potential to succeed.

Pastor preached the Message on Enabled, God enables us to accomplish something. It’s possible, through Him, for us to fulfill our potential. Tonight I want to talk to you about the potential of a place called the desert and the potential of a person called John the Baptist.

The two are inseparable, you can’t have one without the other. The Desert didn’t mean to the Jews what it means to you and I. When we think of Desert, we think of a barren wasteland. To the Jews, the words Desert and Wilderness can be interchangeable.

In Luke chapter one, the word for Desert is the Greek word Eremos. One of it’s meanings is an uncultivated region fit for pasturage. Not a lifeless mass of sand, but a land that, when cultivated can flourish. In other words, it has potential. It also means wilderness, a lonely region, and when applied to people, it means deserted by others, deprived of the aid and protection of others, especially friends. I thought this was interesting, it is used of a flock deserted by a shepherd, or a woman neglected by her husband.

“The Jews have an observation of many things coming from the wilderness;
“the law came from the wilderness; the tabernacle from the wilderness; the sanhedrim from the wilderness; the priesthood from the wilderness; the office of the Levites from the wilderness; the kingdom from the wilderness; and all the good gifts which God gave to Israel were from the wilderness.”

What is the Desert or Wilderness then? Tonight, I would like you to think of it base of operations. Not your Ministry in the sense of what you do, but where you do it. That’s not just here at POM, it’s part of it, but not all. Point Of Mercy isn’t just about Sunday and Wednesday. Those are important days, but they’re only two days. Your journey is what you make it. The Lord never intended for the Wilderness to be miserable.

The Desert of The Bible contained cities, villages, towns. John was not the hermit that pictures have made him out to be. Commentators believe that the city of his birth was Hebron. It went back to Caleb and became a city of the Priests.

John’s Dad was a Priest, his Mom was from a Priest’s family. The Word calls her a daughter of Aaron, meaning her background is in Ministry. He was educated about the Scriptures.

I’ve got to stop seeing Church as something we do and realize it’s who I am. I don’t just mean in the Spiritual sense. I know that are bodies are the Temple of The Holy Ghost, but do we act like it? Too many times when I get up on Monday morning, I’m thinking about getting through the day. Shouldn’t I be thinking of how I’m going to share The Lord Jesus that day?

You see, God sent them through the Wilderness to get to the Promised Land. It wasn’t there final destination either, but there were things that they had to do while they were in the Desert. If they spent all their focus on the future, they would never have received the Law or built the Tabernacle. We are a fast paced culture and society, we spend our lives worried about getting things done. We’re so interested in arriving, that we neglect the journey.

John’s journey started before he was ever born. You know the story, the Angel appears to Zachariah in the Temple. Can you imagine being eight years old and being told your going to be the Prophet of The Messiah? No pressure right! If I were him I’d be thinking, how will I know The Messiah? Apparently John had asked because the Scripture said …

John 1:33
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

John was a Priest’s son, his friends were probably Priest’s kids, his entire early life probably revolved around the Priesthood. Then his Dad sets down and tells him, “Son, you’re not going to be a Priest. You’re going to be a Prophet, but not just any Prophet, the Prophet Of The Highest.”

What would you have done? “Dad, all I know is what I’ve seen you do. You’re a Priest, how am I going to learn to be a Prophet? What do I do? How do I do it?” Zacharias may not have been an Elijah, but had been used by God to Prophesy his son’s calling. He was equipped to explain to his son how to feel a role that, to the extent John did, he would never play. Zacharias was of the course of Abia.

To give you a little history lesson, when David was King, he separated the Priests into 24 courses, each of a different family. When Judah went into captivity, only four of those families came back.

The Rabbins teach, that four courses came up from the captivity, Jedaiah, Harim, Pashur, and Immer; the prophets that were among them stood up, and divided them, and appointed four and twenty lots, and put them into a box: Jedaiah came and took his lot, and the lot of his companions, six; Harim came and took his lot, and the lot of his companions, six; and so Pashur and Immer: and so the prophets that were among them taught, that if Jehoiarib, the first course, came up from captivity, he should not drive away Jedaiah out of his place; but Jedaiah should be the principal, and Jehoiarib an appendix to him.”

Now, though the course of Abia did not return from captivity, yet its order and name were retained as the rest of the courses, being divided between these four by whom they were supplied; and therefore Zacharias is not said to be of the posterity of Abia, but of his course.

“Our family was called to fill a Ministry that we weren’t connected to. We are accustomed to serving where we’re needed, and son, God needs you for something very special!” His parents must have shared with him what the Angel said and the future that The Lord had prepared for him. But I have a question …

Luke 1:39 – 43
39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of
40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed [art] thou among women, and blessed [is] the fruit of thy womb.
43 And whence [is] this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

John 1: 29 – 33
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him,and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
1:30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

My question is, did Elizabeth never share this part of the story with John? The commentators mention that John was from Hebron and he probably did not know The Lord Jesus, his cousin by sight. They lived in different cities, Joseph and Mary had fled to Egypt for a time. Surely they saw each other at Passover and the Festivals.

Whether they did or not isn’t really important. Obviously The Lord kept this particular knowledge from John because He wanted to confirm to John through the vision. I bring it up though to make a point. Elizabeth had an amazing revelation from God, but it looks like she didn’t share all of it with her son. There’s no question that she raised him up the right way, but this, albeit through Divine intention, was missing.

What are we leaving out? It’s one thing to say my Momma could pray. It’s another to say, my Mother taught me how to pray. We skip over a line of Scripture in the story of The Lord’s Prayer. Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. John didn’t leave things out. His Disciples didn’t just see him pray, they learned how.

When the Jews had questions for John, he had answers. How did he know what he did? He had spent time in prayer. It may be old fashioned, but you are never going to fulfill your potential in God without a prayer life. There’s simply no way around it. Why? It’s about relationship. Just like us, John’s whole Ministry was about relationship. He was Called to prepare men’s relationship with God and each other.

Malachi 4:5, 6
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Isaiah 40:3-5
3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

The with God part is obvious, but what about the with each other aspect of it. Why did God want John to do that? More is revealed when Gabriel tells Zacharias about John’s calling.

Luke 1:16, 17
16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

The commentators have different opinions. One says that John’s preaching should restore harmony in families. But Lu 1:16, 17 substitutes for “the heart of the children to the fathers,” “the disobedient to the wisdom of the just,” implying that the reconciliation to be effected was that between the unbelieving disobedient children and the believing ancestors.

After John announced The Lord Jesus, he didn’t stop. He kept on Preaching, Baptizing, and Telling about Jesus! When they tried to make John jealous of Jesus, he stopped them.

John 3:29
29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

John didn’t get offended because his Ministry was changing. For two reasons, one, he saw the big picture, this isn’t about you or me, it’s about The Kingdom. Second, he had a relationship with God. I won’t get offended at my friend because my methods have to change or because I’m not in the spotlight. It was never about my glory, it’s about His. While I’m at it, God isn’t ego driven, He isn’t about His glory because He needs praise. His glory changes lives, my glory only makes my head bigger.

When John’s Disciples went and told The Lord that John had died, Jesus went back to the Desert. John and Jesus both knew, once you have gone from Potential to Actual in one goal, go on to the next. That’s why as Pastor says, “We rest but never stop.” You celebrate what God has done, start working on what God is doing now, and prepare for what’s next.

Matthew 14:10-15
10 And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.
11 And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.
12 And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.
13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. 14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.

Finally in the book of Acts we see Philip doing the same thing that John had done. Standing in the Desert, quoting the Prophet Isaiah, and telling someone about Jesus. Our methods will change but what will never change is this. You will always see Point Of Mercy standing in the Desert of Potential, quoting the Prophet Isaiah, and telling people about Jesus.

Acts 8:26 – 36
26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
30 And Philip ran thither to [him,] and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

Unexpected Blessings

I’m sitting at Starbucks on a Friday afternoon. No, it’s not a vacation day, it’s a work day. Unexpectedly, I was able to leave early. There is no special reason, at least that my supervisor would pinpoint. I could though, it’s been a stressful week.
It’s been a good week, but it’s had it’s twists and turns. I think The Lord saw that I could use a little downtime. God amazes me at times, even over the smallest thing, He shows me how much He cares.
You see, one of my weaknesses is that I worry too much. I shouldn’t, and I’m working on it, but I have that tendency. I needed a few quiet minutes away, and without expecting it, He blessed me with a few hours.
Sometimes, all you need is a little time. What we do with that time makes all the difference. Yesterday, I was stressed, but talking to The Lord about it helped. He gave me an acronym yesterday for Stress.

S eek
T imes of
R efreshing,
E ncamped in the
S avior’s
S trong arms

If we Stress the right things, we’ll be less stressed! God isn’t saying that we won’t have problems. As a matter of fact, He said the opposite.

John 16:33

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

The Lord said, “I warned you that there would be trouble. This way, you can stay calm in the midst of trouble. The reason you can is this, I have already overcame any trial you will face.”
We forget, or ignore that, in those times when we panic. My Dad used to tell me, “The main thing, is to keep the main thing, the main thing. The main thing is, don’t get excited.” In other words, if I will take a minute and trust God, then I won’t stress.
It’s not a matter of whether or not I’ll be ok. God already said that we’ll be ok. The only question is, how much are we going to trust Him along the way?
I can either stay calm and be an example to others of what God wants me to do. Or, I can hyper ventilate and hear Him say, “See that guy? Don’t act like him!”
I want to be an example of what a Christian should be, and not what they shouldn’t be.
So, hopefully, the next time you see me in a storm, it will be like the Apostle Paul at the time of shipwreck. I want to either swim to shore, or calmly hold on to a piece of the ship, as I float to land. I don’t want to force God to keep me from drowning in a foot of water.
If you’re hurting, scared, frustrated, or weary, let me encourage you today. Steal away and talk to the Master. Prayer still lifts burdens. It does so because it puts you in the presence of the Burden Bearer, and He continually hands out Unexpected Blessings!

Who What When Where

Too often in my life, I’ve been guilty of spending too much time asking why. Why did this happen? At other times, I’ve wasted a lot of energy being concerned over how. How was I going to do this? I’ve found though, that why and how are overrated.
The two twin words don’t bring much comfort. The real productive questions are Who, When, What, and Where. The who matters, first and foremost, because of the Who that loved me enough to give His life for me, The Lord Jesus. When I spend my time and energy engaged with Who The Lord is, why and how lose their importance.
Also, the who can be, who are the loved ones around us. The people that go through our trial with us deserve our time and attention. The Lord laid out the prime example for us when He came to Earth. The Eternal God, the One who is the center of all things, spent all of His time focusing on others. If I follow His example, I’ll show those I care about that I love them more than I love myself.
In the same way, I feel my mind with whens instead of the whys. The when matters because it reminds us of the memories we have with those we love. Remember when we did this, or when God gave me that victory! Memories trump worries anytime.
What, matters in the sense of, What are your priorities? What matters to you? Struggle and tragedy are great times to re-access what we value. What can I do to make someone’s life better or easier? “What can I do to help?”, is always a greater question than, “How did this happen?” One question signals giving, the other is concerned only with receiving an explanation. There is a necessary time and a required place for how, but timing is everything. First, give them a shoulder to cry on, and worry about how later.
Last of all, the where matters. Where are you going to spend the time of your trial? Where is more a location of spirit than of body. It goes back to my priorities, I can choose to spend the time in the pit with my problem, or working for others. I encourage you today to think about the Who,What, When, and Where around you, it’s a good way to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

A Strong Weakest Link

“You’re only as strong as your weakest link.”

It’s been said countless times, but it’s still true. The thing that you have to determine is that, with God’s help, to be the strongest weak link. It sounds strange saying it this way, so let me clarify. “Let the weak say, I am strong.” – Joel 3:10
Paul said it this way, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:10 In other words, in your weakness, draw on His strength.
There will be many times in your life and ministry where you will experience weakness. It never comes alone either. Sometimes it brings fear, other times despair. Anger and jealousy can come with it also. Those are the loud ones, and their purpose is to distract you. They don’t want you to see the temptation that is lurking in the background. Misdirection is an old tool that has destroyed many.
The thing that you have to determine is this, will you draw on your weakness, or God’s strength?Too many times, we think “I can face anything”, until we face something we can’t handle. Or, you can do what wise men and women of God have done through the centuries. If you live in His strength, then your Christian walk will be consistent throughout even the darkest times of your life.
I’ve faced serious battles in my own life. I’ve also watched dear friends and families face life and death situations successfully. All because, in the worst times of their lives, they knew something vital. In the day of battle, all your talent, your abilities won’t be enough. They knew that God has always been more than a conqueror against any foe!
Why is it so hard for us to rely on God’s strength? He told us from the beginning that we would need His strength every step of the way. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
After all, His shoulders bore Calvary. His arms lifted the sins of the world. Mine can’t handle traffic at rush hour. Lord, help me to look to you, and not to myself. It’s the example of the Apostle Simon Peter. As long as he looked at Jesus, he could walk on the waves, but when he took his eyes off Jesus he sank. The Lord was there to save Him, He will keep us safe as well.
My only failures came when I relied on me instead of Him. When I look to Him, I am always successful. So do not let weakness discourage you. You will face it at some point, and you will need help! Let His strength bear you up and you will not fail!
This doesn’t mean you want have trials. You will, but it means you will have them, they will never have you! My hands will tremble, they will grow weak, old, and frail. That’s why I don’t trust in what I can handle. Instead I follow the words of the old song and simply, “Hold To God’s Unchanging Hands!”


I saw a picture of a friend of mine today, Cory McCool, a huge part of my family. His smile was as bright as ever, and I can’t imagine it any brighter. Although I know it is, for he’s there now. Heaven is a place as real as any address the Post Office delivers too. Even though a mail carrier cannot transit our letters back and forth, it exists. It is as real as the noonday sun, and more desirable than rain to a barren land.
Heaven holds more for me now than it ever held before. My Savior, my patient, loving, and yes, long suffering King awaits me there. Three out of four Grandparents have crossed over, no longer feeble, and no more wheelchairs. I have three siblings that miscarriages took from my Mother. An Uncle that passed as a child is there too. One of my best friends is smiling and laughing in that treasured place.
For those reasons alone, I long to go there, but even more than this, it means something else. It’s a place where all questions fall away. Paul said that now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face. We get to be with Jesus, to know Him more than ever before.
I’m sure that like myself, you have plans for what you’ll do when we reach that shore. Right now, there is a lot we have to wait on, embracing certain ones and talking to them. However, there is one thing that I don’t have to wait on.
I may not get to see His face just yet, but here I can still talk to Him. In this vale of tears, I can still hear His sweet voice. How often do we neglect communicating to the One we claim we’re going to Heaven for?
I can’t speak for anyone else, but I want my conversations with Him on this Earth to accumulate to more than just a few hours of my life. I can’t currently pass the milky way, but I can enter Heaven’s door. For where He is, is truly Heaven, and He meets me in that place of prayer.
So, I encourage you today, to take a trip to Heaven on prayer’s strong wings. They are more than capable of entering His presence as He wraps you in His arms. The old song says, “Sing One More Song About Heaven.” To sing or talk about Heaven is to talk about Jesus.
May the passion of His presence never bore us. His hands were scarred for you and I. Those stripes that He could have banished from His glorified body, but didn’t, those say I Love You. His patience with my stumbling and stupidity overwhelms me.
The fact that He saw me, and yet still loves me, leaves me amazed. I must never forget, Heaven is more than just the ending of my journey, Heaven is The God of my journey! The Lord Jesus should be more Heaven to me than walls of jasper and gates of pearl!
I want Him to know that He is more than just my pardon to Paradise, but my reason for existing. I want, some way, to let Him know that I appreciate Him. More than that, I want The Lord to know that I treasure Him.
Let’s take some extra time this week, and ignoring problems and requests, show Him that He is the reason that we pray. That it’s not what we need, or where we’re going, but that it’s who we’re traveling with that means the most to us.

Project C


“God is known in her palaces for a refuge.” – Psalms 48:3

In the palaces of Jerusalem God was more famous than the kings that He had placed on it’s throne. That’s because everyone who lived in the palace knew who made it possible for them to be there. A shepherd king was there most famous royal.
God had established David’s kingdom with men and women who could not have possibly filled the positions that they were given alone. Only through the miraculous hand of God could those who were in debt, distressed, and discontent, as 1 Samuel 22:2 says, now run the country.
Felons and fugitives were now Generals and Captains of God’s armies. When they laid there heads down at night, they knew it wasn’t the stone walls they trusted in. You see, they had once laid the same heads to sleep in caves. They traded one stone structure for another, and neither one provided safety. There Salvation came from The God who brought them from cave to palace, and not the mansion itself.
Generation after generation had now set on the throne and you could add there testimonies to that of their famous ancestor. Jehoshaphat could tell you how The Lord saved them without picking up a spear. Hezekiah could tell you the story of how his palace was surrounded until God attacked the attackers.
I rejoice at the story because you and I are a part of it! We, who were strangers and pilgrims, enemies of God’s love due to sin, are now Children Of God! Your story and my story, shared with the world, can change someone else’s story.
That’s what we’re doing at a place called Point Of Mercy in Nashville, Tennessee. Every Sunday morning, individuals and families who have no hope, are fed breakfast and lunch. Something called The Care Closet gives them free clothes. Furniture is donated to those who have went from one trash bag in a shelter to a place of their own.
In 6 years, God has taken us from a Church of seven senior citizens to over 200 people. It’s all been due to the fact that we know who is responsible. It’s exciting to watch God rebuild a family from nothing. It’s thrilling to be on the front lines of ministry where souls are saved, lives are touched, and hearts are mended.
Now, we are literally busting at the seams. Our goal, turn the gymnasium in to a Sanctuary that will seat everyone. Right now, we can’t fit all the people into our current structure. I wish I had the words to do justice to what The Lord is accomplishing in our Church but my words aren’t sufficient to describe it. I do have a link to a video at the end of this blog, I’d like to ask you to watch it.
I want you to see firsthand what can be done when everyone comes together and leave there ego at the door. This isn’t about us, it’s about Him. He is known at Point Of Mercy as our refuge. Now our goal is to bring more hurting into the place where God is lifted so high. Some have offered to help, this link will make it possible for you to do just that.
Is it worth it? Just ask a family that God put back together that was spread across the country. Ask the little boy who wants other people to experience the joy that’s now on his face everyday. Question the ones with broken addictions and restored lives that stand and say they are better because God is known in this place.
I’m a little passionate about this subject, but I do not apologize. This is our dream, this is our goal. Not a building filled with fountains and glamorous fixtures, but a place filled with hurting people. We need more room to minister to those in trouble, click the link below to see what we’re talking about.


Lead Me

Psalms 61:1-3
To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.

1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

I love David’s wording here! We see from his first sentence that he’s having a conversation with God. With that in mind, look at his second verse.

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

He makes a declaration that he would seek The Lord from the ends of the Earth. He’s still talking to God because he says Thee. That’s important to note because of the next few words.

when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

We all agree that The Lord is The Rock he’s speaking of here. So David is essentially saying, “Lord, lead me to more of You. Take me to a higher place in You. Where I am in my relationship with You is not sufficient for what I’m going through.”
In other words, David’s solution to his problem of being overwhelmed, wasn’t looking for a way out of trouble. He knew if he could get deeper into God, then The Lord would handle his situation.
That of course is not David’s only reason for a closer walk with God, but it is a result of a great existing relationship. Look at verse three.

3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

I know The Lord is the answer to my current situation, because He was the answer to my previous issues. He was my shelter against the lion, the bear, and the giant. God is great enough, and high enough, to handle this foe.
How often do I panic in the midst of a situation that I’ve already seen Him successfully bring me out of before? David said this is trying to overwhelm, or cover me, I’m going to higher ground! The Lord Jesus is still my answer! As the old Preacher used to say, “You still have to dig deeper to go higher!”
I need to bend my knees more than I chew my fingernails. It’s time to seek the face of the only One who can give me the favor I need. I don’t seek Him only to handle my problems. It’s because we seek Him that we know our problems are handled!

Rabbit Ears And Turtle Tongues

Tachus And Bradus

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:”
James 1:19

The word swift here is Tachus. It means quick, fleet, speedy. James knew the perils of being slow to hear. Commentators believe that this was James, The Lord’s brother. The Bible tells us that the brothers of Jesus didn’t believe in Him until after His resurrection.
Can you imagine the time with Him that they cost themselves? They missed so many miracles, and so many messages, because they didn’t believe. How would their lives have been different if they had believed sooner? He knew, all too well, the perils of not listening.
Slow here is the word Bradus. It doesn’t only mean slow, it means dull, inactive in mind. Metaphorically, it describes it as stupid, slow to apprehend or believe. In other words, speaking only for myself, it tells me to do the opposite of what I’m tempted to do.
Too often, I am Bradus about hearing, and Tachus about speaking. Essentially he’s advising us to keep an open mind and a reluctant mouth. One of my favorite quotes is, “Better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”
I suppose it’s my favorite because I have suffered from ‘Foot and Mouth Disease’ too many times. There have been so many incidents to where I immediately wish I could erase my last two sentences. Now, I work harder at silence, or at least I try too. I’m far, far from perfect, but I have found my stupidity level goes down when my mouth stays closed.
Our Pastor has always taught us that, “The Relationship is more important than the argument.” If we really believe that, then we must put more energy into the relationship than being right. We have to find tools to keep us from hurting those we care about. One good way of doing this is what one writer called, practicing pausing. If someone says something, before you respond to what you think they meant, pause. The relationship is worth the wait.
My Wife doesn’t have serious conversations with me at 4:00 in the morning. She knows that it would be a waste of time and energy. She takes my comatose state under advisement. I know that it’s a comical analogy, but it’s true. Most of the time, when I pause, I see the situation from more than my own point of view. I realize that what I heard, and what they actually said, are two vastly different things. I can be almost as sluggish at 4:00 pm as I can at 4:00 am.
Another tool is, remember who you’re talking too. Ashley would never purposely say anything to hurt me. If I keep that in mind when she’s speaking, then it can remind me that, what I think I heard could be more about my state of mind than hers. Neither one of us are perfect, but we know each other. We trust each other. Our commitment to our relationship tells us that we’re on the same team.
Lastly, remember, it takes two to argue. Maybe after pausing, you realize that you’re actually hearing what you thought you were. Perhaps it’s not a loved one that you’re talking too. Maybe it’s someone who is actually out to get you. In those cases, we have a choice.
We can lash out, possibly ruining our influence with that person. Remember, today’s enemy could be tomorrow’s friend. Or, keep in mind that you may be fighting with a stranger, but someone you influence could be watching. Someone, is always watching.
The other option is to remind myself that The Lord endured a lot harsher words than I ever will. Sure, I could try and say that He was perfect. Of course, then I’m reminded of the verses, “I Am With You Always. . .” and “I Can Do All Things Through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me.” That sort of ruins the excuse I’m trying to sell to God and me. Knowing that He who spoke worlds into existence, knew when to be silent, helps make my keeping quiet easier.
I still struggle with it, but I’m more successful today than I was in the past. It’s worth always working at, but it does get easier. My wish for us both today is that we may have rabbit ears and turtle tongues!

My Corner

Welcome to my corner of the Internet. I hope you’ll enjoy it here. I intend for this to be a collection of thoughts, writing, and conversation. More than anything else though, I hope you’ll find it encouraging. My purpose is not to be antagonistic, if anything, this is going to be the Anti-Negative Journal. If its important to me, I’ll address it, but with God’s help, I’ll address it in a positive manner.
Occasionally, you’ll see Dear Ed articles. Ed will be short for edification. They may seem somewhat comical, but I hope they’ll mix whimsy with knowledge to lift someone up. Ed’s a wily character, he’s patterned after a combination of people, including a comedian or two.
This will also give me a chance to share some of my writing with you, both fact and fiction. The first book God gave me was called, “A Portrait Of Servants.” It was a volume about heroes. Ministers that I look up to and there biographies. My second book is in the works now, it’s a book of messages from my seventeen years in the Ministry. It would have been my third book, but the second one is in the waiting stages. Part of it is written, but I feel like I don’t have the experience to finish it yet.
Finally, there are my short stories. I publish them on amazon under Timothy J. Pruitt. They range from the family comedy, “Prevot Said No”, to the action adventure, “The Engagement Rings.” we also have a trio of Christmas stories. The first is L.O.C. And Key. It’s about a very different secret agent and his mission to bring happiness to his adult Granddaughter at Christmas.
I really love a good, “We have to find a new Santa Claus!”, story. Mine is Captain Christmas. Tim Hill is a nice guy. He’s used to flying a small plane with engines, not a sleigh whose engines eat hay all the time!
Rounding out the three is “Scarfed”. It’s what happens when your Grandparents decide you need to get married, but you need their help to do it! George and Ilene Ryan are like two big hearted steamrollers that are determined to push Luke to The Altar. You’re asking, where do the scarves come in?
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ll check in regularly.