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“Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name.  He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes (Deuteronomy 10:20,21).”

I put on my athletic shoes in the mall parking lot where I pick up the trail for my morning physical and spiritual constitutional and felt something in my shoe. “Must be a rock”, I thought.

I leaned against a guard rail and pulled off my shoe. The obstruction bothering me wasn’t a rock, but a quarter.

I thought,”Money doesn’t grow on trees, but it sure grows in shoes.” Then I began my walk.

As I headed down the path, I thought of more proverbs as my thoughts brought them to mind. For example, I heard the “whoosh” of a biker behind me and as I moved over I thought,”Well, I dodged a bullet.”

I was thinking of a big decision I had to make, probably today. As I continued on down the trail, it came to me that this situation was nothing new.

I have regularly been in dire straits, especially in the last 20 years or so, and been faced with similar circumstances. I thought that mine had been a walk of faith in many respects, taking leaps when I couldn’t see two feet in front of my face.

“You don’t have to have all your ducks lined up,” I told myself. I hadn’t always had them all in a row before.

I am unemployed and I have been offered a job overseas, where I just moved from one and a half years ago. Getting over there won’t be easy, but getting there is half the fun.

In some ways, this position came out of nowwhere. I didn’t expect it, so as I moseyed down the path I thought, “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”.

The thing is, my potential new boss wants to know ASAP, and I have pressed the “pause” button after my request for perks was not honored. Maybe it’s time to press the “reset” button instead.

This seems like a really good opportunity to return to a country I miss and a job and colleagues I know well. In fact, I already am thinking of some things I can do better than I did before.

What I am talking about is doing a better job of living a godly life of outreach. I was too caught up in my troubles last time.

That’s how I am now, too caught up in my troubles, that is. Life is short, and I need to make a decision.

A stitch in time saves nine. Should I reject this post, I have nothing on the horizon except extremely difficult work trying to find employment and keep me and my family out of the poor house.

Seems like a no brainer, huh?  I am still keeping my finger on pause at the moment because I don’t want to be hasty or make the wrong move.

After all, the wise  man of Proverbs wrote,” It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows (Proverbs 20:25).” Because I lack resources, I don’t want to commit myself to a new employer and then look like a fool if things fall apart.

I want to be cautious and not proceed with undue haste. I also want to give careful thought to my ways.

However, I feel as if I have received the type of notice I once got from a health club when I hadn’t paid my bill. My dunning letter said,”Time for Action -yours or ours.”

It is about time for me to do something. I think God knows I have reached the end of my comfort zone in my circumstances.

In addition, it isn’t like I have am running off “willy nilly”. I have been seeking God every day, sometimes for hours. (After all, when you are unemployed, you have the time.)

Yesterday my family and I got together and we prayed, read the Bible and listened to God in relation to our situation.  After this time, in the early evening, I thought there was something more important than my work involved here.

In my thinking, I believe God has other priorities than just our survival. He wants to do some things in and through us -big things! He wants us to honor Him.

In my paltry view of God, I have forgotten that helping me financially is not hard for Him. He’s done it many, many times before.

God doesn’t change. People change, but God doesn’t.

Man’s love may grow cold. God’s doesn’t.

Here is what Chris Tomlin writes:

“You have my heart
And I am Yours forever
You are my strength
God of grace and power

And everything You hold in Your hand
Still You make time for me
I can’t understand
Praise You God of Earth and sky
How beautiful is Your unfailing love
Unfailing love

And You never change God You remain
The Holy One
My unfailing love
Unfailing love

You are my rock
The one I hold on to
You are my song
And I sing for You.”

It’s a shame when your view of the true God is one that contains a Person with a capricious nature. In that image of the Lord God of Heaven, He changes his mind like people change socks.

When I read the lyrics of Neko Case and learn about her life, I see a person who believes in a God like that, if she believes at all. I love her music, but I feel sad for her.

Unlike Chris Tomlin, she doesn’t sing for God, by any means. Indeed, it seems she is singing for the Evil One.

Why is that? In a New York Times article entitled “Wild Thing”, Daniel Menaker describes her as a “feral outsider” and a person who is “like the weather that sweeps through her songs, a product of chaos.”

Menaker quotes Case in reference to her childhood:

“I should have been an abortion. The only reason I wasn’t was that my father was a Christian.”

Menaker writes that “air quotes didn’t quite land on that proper noun, but they hovered close by.”

Case told him, “He was also a heavy drinker,  and used drugs” and “he hated his life. And he reminded us of that every day.”

Her songs are full of the lack of dependability she learned by observing her “Christian” father.   

“I hear the tiniest sparks and the tenderest sounds
Diving music, drowning the sound
Waltzing with the hairs upon my arms
And your fight-or-flight alarm
And you tremble and you stumble
And you scrape up your palms
I can’t stay here to hold your hand
I’ve been away for so long
I’ve lost my taste for home

And that’s a dirty, fallow feeling
To be the dangling ceiling
From when the roof came crashing down

Peeling in the heat
Vanish in the rain
The next time you say forever
I will punch you in your face
Just because you don’t believe it
Doesn’t mean I didn’t mean it

You never knew when I’ll show you the never
You never know when I’ll show you the never.”

Unlike sincere Christians, Neko doesn’t have God to hold fast to or a love to cling to.  Instead, her lyrics reflect that she is a lost soul who has gone away from God, seeking the love she feels she didn’t get from her father and other men who said “forever” and didn’t mean it.

Th girl has no one to hold on to, except the Devil, it seems:

“The most tender place in my heart is for strangers
I know it’s unkind but my own blood is much too dangerous
Hangin’ round the ceiling half the time
Hangin’ round the ceiling half the time

Compared to some I’ve been around
But I really tried so hard
That echo chorus lied to me with its
‘Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on’

In the end I was the mean girl
Or somebody’s in-between girl
Now it’s the devil I love
And that’s as funny as real love

I leave the party at three a.m.
Alone, thank God
With a valium from the bride
It’s the devil I love
And that’s as funny as real love
And that’s as real as true love.”

I fail to see the humor that Neko does in her love for the Evil One. And she’s wrong about the Devil.

He doesn’t love anyone. He hates them.

Poor Neko. She needs to get with fellow singer/songwriter Chris Tomlin and learn that God loves her and when it comes to faithfulness, is all in.

“All of You is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with Your love
And all I have in You is more than enough

You are my supply
My breath of life
And still more awesome than I know
You are my reward
worth living for
And still more awesome than I know

All of You is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with Your love
And all I have in You is more than enough

You’re my sacrifice
Of greatest price
And still more awesome than I know
Youre the coming King
You are everything
And still more awesome than I know.”

God has been awesome for me and mine in the past. He doesn’t change.

When God says “forever”, He means it. I will bank on these truths about Him and proceed accordingly.

More than all I want
More than all I need
You are more than enough for me
More than all I know
More than all I can say
You are more than enough for me


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