Money in Mexico

Two guys are bungee-jumping one day. The first guy says to the second, “You know, we could make a lot of money running our own bungee-jumping service in Medico.” The second guy thinks this is a great idea, so the two pool their money and buy everything they’ll need – a tower, an elastic cord, insurance, etc.

They travel to Mexico and begin to set up on the square. As they are constructing the tower, a crowd begins to assemble. Slowly, more and more people gather to watch them at work.

The first guy jumps. He bounces at the end of the cord, but when he comes back up, the second guy notices that he has a few cuts and scratches. Unfortunately, the second guy isn’t able to catch him. He falls again, bounces, and comes back up again. This time he is bruised and bleeding.

Again, the second guy misses him. The first guy falls again and bounces back up. This time, he comes back pretty messed up – he’s got a couple of broken bones and is almost unconscious. Luckily, the second guy finally catches him this time and says, “What happened? Was the cord too long?”

The first guy says, “No, the cord was fine, but what is a pinata?”

The God Clause

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2 (NIV)

I usually spend a lot of time praying and wondering what to blog about the upcoming week blog. I am presently re-reading the bible in its entirety for the third time in a row and at present am reading the second book of Chronicles. While meditating I realized something and became excited as I have discovered my next blog.

In the Old Testament there are many scriptures that tell of the kings of the period that did and did not listen to God or follow His decrees and commands. Some kings would ask God’s prophets if they go into battle would their enemies be handed over to them. Sometimes the answer was no if you go to battle you will die then king would go into battle anyway and was killed. Usually this happened because that particular king did things that were displeasing to God usually these kings were worshiping other gods which we all know is wrong.

“You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3 (NIV)

God’s prophets would turn and walk away shaking their head muttering “They never listen.” Other times God would say “Yes I will hand them over to you but send some of your troops behind them so your enemies will not escape.” The king would do as God has told them and be victorious in battle. Usually those kings that won battles always followed God’s decrees and commands.

The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps. Proverbs 16:9 (NRSV)

I am reading Second Chronicles right now which is the inspiration for this blog. In meditation and reflection I realized that we really don’t see God’s Divine plan until afterwards. Much like the young pastor who told me that she was told by God to become a pastor then she runs off to become a pastor but encounters many obstacles along the way 15 years later while in seminary she realized that she had to endure many challenges to prepare her for her role as a pastor to a church…or she had to wait 15 years to become a pastor…one of the two. Or the young man that lost his job and had to move back in with his parents and one day while taking care of his sick mother realized, a year later, that this is where God wanted him to be.

We as Christian will always wonder why things happen to us the way they do. Christians will always look back at their recent events in their lives shake their head and chuckle to themselves as they realize that THIS is what God wanted them to do…oh…I get it now. So if you are wondering what’s going on in your life then it’s probably God.

So in conclusion God uses each of us doing that small part of a greater and divine plan. I saw a picture once of a man searching his couch as if he was looking for something. The caption read: “Looking for the scripture that says being a Christian is easy.” I laughed when I saw that but it is true it is not easy to be a Christian but it is worth it. So what’s the God Clause?

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 ESV

Amen

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Revelation 22:21 (KJV)