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Catch and Release: what might it look like for you to live from your wild heart?

I decided to re-read “Wild At Heart” by John Eldredge in recent days and once again am captured by the imagery of man’s design.  John speaks of “the recovery & release of your heart, your passions, your true nature, which you have been given by God“.

It reminds me, that within our identity there is something ragging in the hearts to be wild.  Not a “bad” wild… a created wild by the very, “Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” in Genesis 2:7

John says, “I’m convinced that adventure, with all its requisite danger and wildness, is a deeply spiritual longing written into the soul of man.”

That resonates deep within me to my core.  It is my core Creator calling me out from within my design.  Does it resonate with you?  When I think about how God created man from far within the untamed part of His Creation, I see myself in that untamed part.

John Muir said, “when a man comes to the mountains, he comes home.”

Are you home or are you entangled by the corporate life that battles for control of all that is not your created being.  God created us in spirit to long for danger and wildness.

THINK:

As I read I couldn’t help but contemplate on John’s questions, “Where do you most come alive?”  For me it is in God’s Creation.  I can not stand working in an office and I’m a pastor.  In fact, I am sitting outside as I write this posting.

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There are a few characters in the Bible who also find God in His Creation and it is from that place that they truly hear God’s voice.  Let me encourage you to do a word search on the Men of Scripture and where they encountered God.

Moses heard God in the desert of Sinai, Jacob wrestler with God in Mesopotamia, Elijah went into the wild to recover his strength as did John the Baptist and Jesus himself who were led by the Spirit into the wilderness; as well as, Jesus in the Garden to be with God before He was crucified.

ACT:

I submit to you… you were created by God to live a vibrant soul life, one filled with adventure and wildness.

Here is a thought…

John says, “The masculine heart needs a place where nothing is prefabricated, modular, nonfat, zip-locked, franchised, on-line, microwavable.  Where there are no deadlines, cell phones, or committee meetings.  Where there is room for the soul.  Where, finally, the geography around us corresponds to the geography of our heart.”

How would you describe your daily topography, does it mirror the topo lines of your inner heart beat?

How much room for your masculine soul – for adventure and battle and beauty – is there in your typical work week?

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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Devotional

 

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I have no excuse… I have seen God’s Creation

This past year I’ve learned a lot about how I see God in His Creation.  In fact, as the Spiritual Growth Pastor at Friends Church I am leading our congregation to use an online tool that gives insight in to how you learn, how you connect with God, and a more full understanding of ones personality.  These insights help us  create a personal spiritual growth plan, hand-crafted for who God has wired you to be.

As for me, I am a visual learn and my pathway to connection with God is through His creation.  I have the passionate ability to connect with God when I experience the world He has made.  Being outdoors replenishes and energizes me.  If I am cooped up inside too long my soul starts to feel stale.  I see God in the spectacular and in the everyday outside world.  I am wired to spend large chunks of time outdoors, often praying and meditating.

THINK:

I was reminded of this learning Friday/Saturday of this past weekend while my oldest son, Caleb and I were on an overnight Coyote Hunt.  As Caleb and I sat on a hillside overlooking the high desert I couldn’t help but reflect on God’s Word in Romans where Paul says, “so that people are without excuse”.  That means you and I…  Read Romans 1: 18-21

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18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

ACT:

I would submit that you and I failed to give glory to God when we see the beauty of His creation.  God’s creation has become so second nature to us that we lose sight of the magnificent wonder of all He has created.  Remember, God threw the starts into the sky and told them to stay there.  WOW, now that is awesome.

Make a list this week of how you see the beauty in God’s creation.  Tell God in your prayer time how you feel about all that He has created… thank Him for the mountains, forests, ponds, lakes, rivers, oceans, fish, deer, elk, turkey, quail, pheasant, prairie dogs, chukkar, rabbits, coyotes, etc…

As you make your list I bet you’ll be surprised how long your list becomes.

Share your lists of God’s beauty in creation with all of us here on the “COMMENT” section.  We want to celebrate with you.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2011 in Devotional

 

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