After undergoing some testing last month my dad was told that there were some blockages in his heart. Let’s be honest this is the type of diagnosis that instantly incites fear and worry in people and when I heard this I was no different. No one wants to hear that they or someone they love is dealing with a significant heart condition.
Your heart is the core of your being. It’s the motor that keeps everything running and the thought of it not working properly is terrifying.
In order to truly get a clear picture of the severity of his condition and to potentially implant stents in the obstructed arteries, an angioplasty was scheduled. The doctors had said that depending on what they found after running a small camera up up through a vein in his leg all the way to his heart, they may implant stents, they may find that they didn’t really need to do much of anything or the situation may be such that bypass surgery would be required.
Well let me be honest, while I was hoping for the best I was expecting the worst. Perhaps this was pessimistic of me but it was my mindset when I heard what the possible outcomes were. As I drove to the hospital early that Friday morning of the procedure, I turned on a song that has radically mixed emotions for me. The song is called, “Healer” and it was written by a worship leader in Australia who pretended to be afflicted with cancer. Talk about an awful lie to live.
While, the story behind the song is incredibly sad and untruthful, the song itself is filled with powerful encouragement and truth. And it was just that encouragement that I needed. If you are unfamiliar with the song here is a great rendition of it by Kari Jobe.
A couple days prior I had also come across a Facebook post by my cousin that spoke the the healing power of Christ. The post said…
You are the Healer and you know what’s broken. We’re not a mystery to You
While these were both powerful reminders for me of God’s love and power, it was a simple text from my brother-in-law to my sister that really drove home these truths.
After finding out that my dad’s condition was much less severe than originally thought, my brother-in-law sent a text that included the following…
… I think your dad just got touched by the healer.
To think about the God of the universe specifically touching and healing my dad is breathtaking. To think that the God of the universe cares enough about His people that He is willing to miraculously intervene in their lives is hard to comprehend.
And yet I believe He does.
Was this a miracle, or merely a misdiagnosis? I don’t know. But what I do know is that there were an awful lot of prayers being said on my dad’s behalf and I believe that those prayers didn’t fall on deaf ears. Moreover, I believe that the God I love, loves me, and my dad, and the rest of His creation. And I believe that if He desired to touch by dad’s body and heal him, he absolutely could.
Posted on September 6th, 2013 by David | No Comments »
It feels as though the month of August just began, and yet here it is August 30.
Over the last three weeks a great deal has happened and I look forward to filling you in on all of the juicy details. The month included a health scare, wild animals, a classic car, a childhood dream fulfilled, marriage, and preparations for embarking on a two year long journey.
When I think back on the last few weeks there has been lot of chaos, a great deal of enjoyment and at times a significant stress.
…That sounds like life in a nutshell.
There were also a lot of great moments reminding me of the value of telling stories and sharing experiences with others. We all walk our own paths. Paths that at times intersect and at others move in opposite directions. But what is common to all of our journeys is the compilation of stories. Stories that should be shared.
While not all stories are worthy of the next great American novel, many are worthy of at least a short blog post.
What are your stories from the last few weeks?
Posted on August 30th, 2013 by David | No Comments »
Have you every encountered an opportunity that immediately resonated with you on a deep level. Perhaps it was a job or a schooling opportunity. Or maybe it was mission trip or service organization whose purpose really spoke to you.
Recently I came across such an opportunity and it resonated so deeply with me that I had do apply to be a part of it. The opportunity is called “RHYTHMinTWENTY” and it is a two year, three meet-up, leadership journey for cohorts of 20 men from all around the country. The focus of this journey is developing good life rhythms, pursuing your calling and avoiding burnout, among other topics. Talk about significant subject matter.
I came across RHYTHM via Blaine Hogan’s blog. Blaine is a Creative Director outside of Chicago and I began reading his blog several months back. When I came across his post on RHYTHM I was immediately intrigued and decided I needed to look more closely at this opportunity. It didn’t take long to decide that this was something I had to try and be a part of.
So I applied.
There wasn’t much time left to get my application in and they were only selecting 40 men (two cohorts of 20) so I wasn’t sure what the likelihood of my acceptance would be. But on the final day applications were being accepted I submitted mine.
Within a week or two I received the email, I was accepted.
I think there was a part of me that felt like I would be accepted because this truly felt like God leading me to this opportunity. But there was also a part of me that thought there is no way I would be one of the few selected. However, I was and I believe it is because God plans to use this opportunity to significantly impact my life.
So now I prepare for the first meet-up with my cohort, fully expecting to meet some great people, have some meaningful conversations and be challenged in new and profound ways.
This is going to be a fun ride and I look forward to sharing what I learn and how God is transforming me over the course of the next couple years.
What opportunities in your life are you most excited about?
Posted on August 9th, 2013 by David | No Comments »
A few weeks ago I began the application process for a leadership journey called “RHYTHMinTWENY” (I’ll share more about Rhythm in the days to come). Like all applications I was asked a variety of run of the mill questions about who I am and why I want to be a part of Rhythm, but there was one question in particular that really stood out to me. The question was essentially this, “what five pieces of media have inspired you lately?” These pieces of media could be books, music, movies, etc.
This was a profound question for me because I don’t believe I am always aware of the external influences in my life, especially those non-human influences. Books, podcasts and music might be the exception for me because I tend to be more intentional about my consumption of these types of media. However there is a vast array of other media forms that I regularly observe but don’t put any intentional thought into how they are shaping or influencing me. For this reason I have tried lately to be more in-tune with the things around me and the corresponding emotions, feelings, thoughts, etc. that they generate.
If you were to really stop and think about the media that you have consumed lately, what specific pieces have influenced or perhaps even inspired you and how have they done so?
Posted on August 1st, 2013 by David | No Comments »
The last few years have been an epic sumo wrestling battle with life (sans the horrible underwear…but fully clothed nonetheless).
My top priorities enter the ring of time with one another and slap each other around until one priority, most often the least important although not all the time, gets pushed out of the ring and sent flopping by the wayside.
Unfortunately, for the last several years in these wrestling matches, my blog has been the 90 pound wuss violent expelled from the ring by more imposing priorities and left splayed out on the ground desperately in need of attention. This can clearly be observed if you simply look at the number of posts written over the course of the last two or three years and in particular, the number of posts claiming to be excited about rejoining the blogging ranks.
Well, chalk this up to be another post in the long line of “I think I’m ready to blog again” posts.
What might make this particular attempt more fruitful is the fact that I am meeting regularly with two other guys to talk about life, family, culture, theology, etc. and we have talked about how great it would be to each engage/reengage with the blogosphere in part for the purpose of sharing each other’s thoughts with those that follow or used to follow our own blogs.
It is my hope that this community and common desire to engage in conversation and share ideas with others will add more heft to the priority of blogging. Perhaps even enough that when pushed and shoved around the sumo wrestling ring of life, it will be able to once again stay strong in the ring and even on occasion be victorious through the consistent sharing of content and dialogue.
How about you? Have you found yourself in a sumo wrestling match with life, trying not to let valuable priorities get bumped from the ring of your attention?
Posted on July 31st, 2013 by David | No Comments »
I don’t know how the last few weeks have been for your but for me they have been STRESSFUL!!!!
A couple weeks back I embarked upon what I thought would be a fairly easy weekend project of installing new laminate floors in my house. Haha, yeah right. What I thought would be a simple DYI project turned out to be a daunting five day nightmare that only resulted in the completion of more or less half of the area I was looking to do. I do have to admit that they ended up looking really nice as you can see from the photo below (sorry about the blowout from the lamp).
In addition to the stress of a massive home improvement project, I took on some new responsibilities at work that have been quite challenging AND on top of that I started teach a class at Northwest University this week.
Now all in all, it’s great to have the new flooring in, I hope to learn some new skills as a result of my new responsibilities at work and I am incredibly excited about the class I am teaching, but it has been a stressful couple of weeks.
I think I find that I become most stressed when I am overly busy. When I don’t have some down time. While individual circumstances can be stressful it is the compounding of situations that ultimately gets to me.
What causes you to stress? What in your life leaves you feeling tired and exhausted? Stress is a regular part of life and while it’s not fun, it is a constant reminder of how much we need to rely on God for our strength.
Posted on August 31st, 2012 by David | 2 Comments »
I’m pretty sure I have a book obsession. I can’t pinpoint exactly when or why it started, however over the last several years I have truly come to love books, both the content contained in books, but also the physical, tangible item itself. My love for the physical form of books is another post in and of itself which I should probably write in the near future.
However, this evening I have been reflecting on the fact that I am a self diagnosed ADD reader. I regularly find books that I want to read and check them out from the library, order them from Amazon, purchase them from my favorite used book stores or borrow them from friends. The problem is that quite often I end up not finishing books because I find new ones that I want to start.
While this may not be such a big deal, I need to find a way to read cover to cover more of the great books I start. After all if the beginnings are good, the middle and ends are probably quite enjoyable as well.
Does anyone else suffer from this ailment? I know I can’t be the only ADD reader out there.
Posted on August 6th, 2012 by David | 1 Comment »
“They” (whomever they are) say that “home is where the heart is” and I suppose that’s true on some level. But can your heart be in multiple places…?
While the sentiment of this statement is rooted deeply in the idea of a person’s home being with the ones he/she loves, I have also found it to be true of locations. Specially the city I called home during my high school years and the city in which I attend college.
What is somewhat fascinating to me is that I have not lived in either city for years and yet they maintain a more homelike feel than the city I own a house in and have lived in for the past five plus years. Although my city of residence contains my house and home in the familial sense there is little about the city itself that feels homey.
Puyallup, WA where I went to high school does however retain a homey quality for me. I find that odd considering that growing up it seemed quite dull and boring, yet being ten years removed from any consistent residence in the city, there is a charm and familiarity that is comforting.
Additionally, Bellingham, WA where I lived during college similarly retains an appeal that often leaves me feeling homesick and longing for an opportunity to return to the beauty and laid back lifestyle of Whatcom County.
It’s funny how certain places leave such and indelible imprint on who we are. They in many ways become part of us and us a part of them.
*Photo Courtesy of fairhaven.com
Posted on July 27th, 2012 by David | 2 Comments »