The Arrival (Shepherd’s Echo)

[The Shepherd’s Echo is a reposting of a previously published TheShepherdsPen]

Upon arrival to the airport, I was informed that I would be doing well if my flight were to leave on time. It seemed that everything was quite a stir around the airport as it was expected that the president of the United States would be arriving shortly. There were the warnings that flights would be pushed, that no landings would be allowed for a time, and therefore, connections would be missed.

Outside of our terminal was an army cargo plane which had ferried the presidential vehicles in from D.C. Security was increased. A Helicopter was hovering about. People were nervous about the thought of being stuck on planes, yet there was expectancy in the air as everyone anticipated the arrival of Air Force One and its occupant. Eventually, the motorcade (some 24 vehicles in all) whisked the president and his entourage to those awaiting his appearance at some distant location. Word had it that he was going to a university to participate in a graduation ceremony, presumably as an esteemed speaker with an important message to deliver. Continue reading “The Arrival (Shepherd’s Echo)”

The Arrival

Upon arrival to the airport, I was informed that I would be doing well if my flight were to leave on time. It seemed that everything was quite a stir around the airport as it was expected that the president of the United States would be arriving shortly. There were the warnings that flights would be pushed, that no landings would be allowed for a time, and therefore, connections would be missed.

Outside of our terminal was an army cargo plane which had ferried the presidential vehicles in from D.C. Security was increased. A Helicopter was hovering about. People were nervous about the thought of being stuck on planes, yet there was expectancy in the air as everyone anticipated the arrival of Air Force One and its occupant. Eventually, the motorcade (some 24 vehicles in all) whisked the president and his entourage to those awaiting his appearance at some distant location. Word had it that he was going to a university to participate in a graduation ceremony, presumably as an esteemed speaker with an important message to deliver. Continue reading “The Arrival”

Let’s Eat

If you ask most people they would tell you that the primary function of eating is to sustain life.  We take in food to ingest calories so that our bodies have energy to make them function, to do the tasks we ask of them. In reality, if we believe this is the only reason for eating, we are really missing out on the fuller blessing.

Throughout the Bible, eating is associated with people, with relaxation, and to aid in building relationships. God spent time with Abraham at the oaks of Mamre. Abraham actually offered the Lord some water and refreshments. God seemed to host a meal for Moses and his men on Sinai. The Lord Jesus Christ shared many meals with his disciples. He shared meals with people who were sinners, and tax-collectors whom He desired to know. One meal He spent with Zacchaeus resulted in a transformed life. Sharing meals is how God sought to spend time with people. This is how intimacy was developed. I believe this is the model for eating, yes, for the purpose of nourishment of the body, but also nourishment of the spirit, and relationships.

Unfortunately, in this day of hectic lifestyles, we sacrifice the last two. We slam down some fast food and call it good. A recent study said that Americans eat 13 percent of their meals in their vehicles. Not much intimacy or relaxation, huh? In the old days “fast food” referred to a gazelle or a rabbit, not a double cheeseburger and coke gobbled up at 60 miles per hour. Continue reading “Let’s Eat”

Take a Number, Lord

We have all gone into places and seen a long line of people waiting for service and been directed to the “number” machine. Without looking up the person behind the counter dispassionately says, “Take a number and have a seat.  We’ll get to you when we can.” We know we are in store for a l-o-n-g wait. We watch impatiently as the red numbers in the box on the wall slowly advance; sometimes it feels that they are reversing. Arrggh!

Unfortunately, we do the same thing at times in our walk with Christ. When Christ comes to us and desires to have fellowship with us, how do we respond? Do we say, “Yes, Lord. Let’s spend time together. I have so much I want to share with you and ask you about”? Or do we not even look at Him and dispassionately say, “Take a number, Lord. I’ll be with you when I am done with these other things. I’ll be with you when I am done with this book. When I am finished with my sports. When I am done with recreation. When I am finished with work. When I am done sleeping. When I am done eating. When I am done with this big project. Then, I’ll get around to your number, Lord.” Continue reading “Take a Number, Lord”