Make Me to Know Your Ways, O LORD

Good morning. It is Saturday, March 28, 2015. Nine more days until Opening Day!!!

Today’s word of the day is trope. I’m familiar with this word, and have seen it used, before, but was never quite sure of its meaning. Turns out it has a LOT of meanings. (Please note the correct usage of “a lot.”) I won’t be quoting all of them. It begins with I. “A particular manner or mode.” Under that heading is 1.a. “Rhetoric. A figure of speech which consists in the use of a word or phrase in a sense other than that which is proper to it. Hence (more generally): a figure of speech; (an instance of) figurative or metaphorical language.” b. “Music. A manner of playing; a mode; a harmonization. Obs.” 2. “Christian Church. A phrase, sentence, or verse, usually sung, introduced in the medieval Western Church as an embellishment into some part of the text of the Mass or of the breviary office, esp. at the close of a psalm or response.” Skipping to 7. “A significant or recurrent theme, esp. in a literary or cultural context; a motif.” Then there are other uses in relationship to astronomy and mathematics.

Today is Weed Appreciation Day. Before you get all bent out of shape, I’m not talking about that kind of weed! I’m talking about what my back yard mostly consists of. Hey, some of those weeds produce some pretty flowers. Dandelions, for example, are weeds. And I’ve always been quite fond of thistles. So throw some love at some weeds today!

I probably shouldn’t write much about yesterday. Twelve hours. I was not a “happy camper,” so to speak. I will say this . . . as I was driving home, just the sound of my sweet wife’s voice worked wonders in alleviating my stress and anger. I could feel it coming off of me in waves as we talked. I love you, Christi, and am so very grateful that God put you in my life thirty years ago.

I’m not sure what is in store for today. We have our usual prayer and worship gatherings, this evening, beginning at 4:45. If you are in the area, come check us out. We are The Exchange.

Tomorrow, we are planning a trip back to Mineral Wells to visit with my parents, along with Rachel and Justin, hopefully. Tomorrow is Rachel’s birthday, and my mother’s is a week from Wednesday, so we decided to celebrate them both tomorrow.

It was on this date in 1979 that the Three Mile Island incident occurred. Operators failed to notice that a relief valve in the primary coolant system had stuck open, allowing sufficient coolant to drain to cause a partial meltdown.

Today’s birthdays include Teresa of Avila (Carmelite nun and saint), August Anheuser Busch, Jr. (brewer and baseball executive), Marlin Perkins (zoologist), Jay Livingston (composer and songwriter), Conchata Ferrell (actress), John Evan (keyboard player for Jethro Tull), Dianne Wiest (actress), Reba McEntire (singer), Vince Vaughn (actor), Julia Stiles (actress), and Lady Gaga (singer).

John Evan is a keyboard player, born on this date in 1948. He played keyboards for Jethro Tull from 1970 to 1980. He is featured in this performance of “Locomotive Breath,” from their Aqualung album. He plays piano on this song, and I have read that he composed the introduction to the song.

Just for kicks, I want to share this video of Ann and Nancy Wilson performing “Stairway To Heaven” in a tribute show for Led Zeppelin. In my opinion, it’s one of, if not the, most beautiful version of this song, made so by the addition of an orchestra and choir. Plus Nancy does a fantastic job of playing the intro. She is an amazing (and totally underrated) guitar player. It is also fun to watch the members of Led Zeppelin as they react to the performance.


Of David.
To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

Psalm 25:1-5

(From Heart Aflame)

David begins this psalm with words that indicate that he is “not driven here and there, after the manner of the ungodly,” but that all of his desires are directed to God and God alone. “To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.” We must be consistent in our prayers, that we do not allow our gaze to waver about. I confess that I struggle with this, especially when I’m praying on my morning drive to work. And it is not just the traffic that distracts me (that is a necessary distraction), but, in the midst of my prayer, of my lifting up of the soul to the Lord, I find my mind wandering off to unrelated topics. We must have our hope fixed on the Lord. “In order, therefore, that we may pray aright to God, let us be directed by this rule: not to distract our minds by various and uncertain hopes, not to depend on worldly aid, but to yield to God the honour of lifting up our hearts to him in sincere and earnest prayer.”

In verse 4, David prays, “Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.” This is a prayer that we find many times in various psalms. It is very similar to Psalm 86:11, which I have made my “life verse.” “Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” When we pray, thus, we ask God to keep our path straight, not allowing us to turn to the right or to the left. “When our minds are thus composed to patience, we undertake nothing rashly or by improper means, but depend wholly upon the providence of God.” There is great wisdom in that sentence. How often do we run ahead of the Lord, because we think he is not answering quickly enough? In this psalm, “David desires not merely to be directed by the Spirit of God, lest he should err from the right way, but also that God would clearly manifest to him his truth and faithfulness in the promises of his word, that he might live in peace before him, and be free from all impatience.”

Father, make me to know your ways! Lead me in your truth and teach me! Help me to wait on you, and to not act rashly in any circumstance. I acknowledge that yesterday was a glaring example of my failure, yet again, to allow your Spirit to rule in my life. I went into the day frustrated with the circumstances, and that frustration grew and grew until the end of the day, twelve hours later. Yes, it was a long day. Yes, the circumstances were probably unfair, due to management ignorance, but there were people on our team that were there longer than I was, some as much as fourteen hours! Regardless of the circumstances, Father, it is my duty to seek your face, and to allow your Spirit to reign in me. I confess I was not a good emissary of your Kingdom yesterday. So I find myself still praying the same prayers from David. Teach me your way, that I may walk in your truth. Unite my heart to fear your name. Take my eyes off of me and keep them on you. You are the God of my salvation. May I truly wait on you.

I pray for this day. As we go out and about to do what needs to be done, may your grace shine on us. I pray for the activities of the day. May our prayer and worship time, this evening, be glorifying and honoring to your name. Speak to us through your servant Jacob, that our lives might be enriched by your Word. I pray for our PAT meeting after the gatherings, that it would be productive, but that we would have good fellowship, as well.

Make me an instrument of your peace.

May we know the God of our salvation, and may he direct our paths, that we might not turn to the right or to the left. May he make us to know his ways faithfully.

Psalm 25-4

Grace and peace, friends.


Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.~~Matthew 6:34

Good morning. It is FRIDAY!! March 28, 2014. A weekend away from BASEBALL SEASON!!

Today is Something On A Stick Day. We are, referring to food items. Sausage, caramel apples (if you like those), bites of steak with peppers and onions, Popsicles, Fudgesicles, whatever. Today is the day to enjoy a snack on a stick. Corny dogs!! Somebody alert Sonic!!

Yesterday was another busy day. In fact, I didn’t get off work until after 6pm last night! I wound up going straight to my meeting with my friend and pastor, Jacob. We met at Lee’s Grilled Cheese for dinner. He had never been there before, and he really liked it. We had a great conversation for about an hour and a half. During that time, he gave me something to really pray through. We talked theology for a little while, which is always fun. I don’t have a lot of people to discuss that with, and Jacob and I are very close together, theologically, at least in most areas. Definitely all the crucial stuff. I won’t go into any details here, but I was given an invitation that I need to pray through, as well as discuss thoroughly with Christi.

Speaking of Christi, she was feeling much better yesterday! It seems the chiropractor did her some good. That was great news. She has a return appointment with him today. She also got her severance check yesterday, so that’s good. We have a bit of breathing room now. Nothing has changed, yet, on the job situation. I got an email from my future manager yesterday, and they have started the process of getting my new badge for the new facility. Raytheon is a government contractor, so there will be some new access things going on.


It was on this date in 1979 that the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history began. A pressure valve on the Unit-2 reactor at Three Mile Island failed to close, causing contaminated cooling water to drain into adjacent buildings. The core began to overheat. The emergency cooling pumps began to operate, but human operators, misreading confusing readings, shut off the emergency water system. Temperatures came within 1000 degrees of a complete meltdown, and operators got things cooling withing about an hour of complete disaster. Two days later, however, a hydrogen bubble was discovered in the reactor building. Before it was all over, 100,000 people had been evacuated from surrounding areas. Unit 2 was never operated again. Unit 1 did not resume operation until 1985. No new nuclear plants have been built in the U.S. since this disaster.

Today’s birthday features Dianne Wiest, who turns 66 today. Dianne has been in numerable hit movies, my two favorites being Edward Scissorhands, and The Lost Boys. Here’s the trailer for The Lost Boys.


(From The Divine Hours)

Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:3
Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness . . . make your way straight before me.
Psalm 5:8
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We bless you from the house of the LORD.
Psalm 118:26
Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel.
Psalm 69:6

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:34

A quote from today’s reading in Daily Guideposts:

“Worry is, at best, a waste of time and, at worst, a destructive downward
spiral of negative thinking because the things we worry about often don’t
happen. The things I am looking forward to sometime don’t happen either, and
if I fritter away hours in endless fantasy, I am misplacing my attention,
missing out on what God has given me today, and not trusting Him to
provide for me tomorrow.”

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
Matthew 6:27
. . . do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Philippians 4:6

Today’s reading in Reflections for Ragamuffins is “Complacency.”

Do we become so familiar with our vision of Jesus Christ crucified that get used to it and forget what it truly is: “an injunction to strip ourselves of earthly cares and worldly wisdom, all desire for human praise, greediness for any kind of comfort, spiritual consolations included; a summons to be stripped of those fine pretenses by which we manage to build up a fine picture of ourselves for the admiration of our friends. . .” Do we prefer the “more attractive duty to the less attractive?” Do we give more attention to “the people we want to stand well with?” “Even the last rag we cling to–the self-flattery that suggests that we are being rather humble when we disclaim any resemblance to Jesus Christ–even that rag has to go when we are face-to-face with the crucified Son of Man.”

Father, first of all, I pray that you would help me to strip away any facade that resembles those written above. Bring me face to face with my savior with nothing to hide behind. No pride in anything; no greediness or desire for the praise of any man. Teach me to desire only that duty which you have given me, attractive or not. Then, my Father, teach me not to worry, for I spend too much time, even at this stage in my life, worrying. My heart and my soul trust you implicitly. My flesh is another story. I pray for reconciliation between the two. I pray for the flesh to be put down and the spirit to reign over it. Teach me faith in your provision and your promises. Teach me that I am nothing without you and have nothing except what you have given me. Help me to throw off the rags of complacency and self-absorption to serve the greater good–the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I pray for this day. May your grace follow me to and from work; may it also go ahead of me. I pray for a good work day to close out this week. I pray for an easy transition to the new job in a week or so. I pray for more news for Christi today as she pursues a new job. I pray for her pain to continue to diminish. It’s a little higher this morning, but hopefully will recede as the day goes by. Help her to not overdo things. I pray for Stephanie today, that your grace would shine in her life.

Give me wisdom in a decision that needs to be made.

Your grace is sufficient.

Trust in the Lord and don’t worry. Easier said than done. It is also wise to not engage in “positive worry,” or the act of over-planning for something that may not even happen. Let us engage in what God has given us for this day.

Grace and peace, friends.