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Rubber Mallet

April 1, 2013 — Leave a comment



On the way home from work today, it was nice, I had my window down, nice breeze blowing in. Then at a stop light, a giant red wasp came in the window, so I jumped out. Everyone thought I was crazy, but at least I didn’t get stung. They always sting me in the head, too. Probably because I’m bald.

I picked my oldest daughter up from school, went to pick the youngest up at day care, and realized when I got there that my window would not roll back up. And, on top of that, there’s severe weather headed our way.

So, I popped off the door panel, whacked the motor with a hammer – nothing. I whacked it more. I whacked it with a wrench, then the hammer again, then with a ratchet just in case. Nothing.

Now, we can afford to have this fixed. It’s not a problem. It’s not a great time to be spending money. We have it. But it’s earmarked for other things – important things. So I was mad, Cheryl was mad, the kids were mad that we weren’t going to take a walk and that Cheryl and I were mad. I didn’t say a word through dinner. I was really mad!

Half way through eating, something (God) told me to hit it with a rubber mallet after dinner. All of this is going on in my head – Me: I don’t have a rubber mallet. The Voice: Yes you do. In the garage by the Christmas tree. Hit the door right by where the motor is. Me: No. The Voice: Yes. One good whack. Me: I’ve hit it with a hammer and a wrench and ratchet. I’m not going to hit it with a rubber mallet. The Voice: HIT YOUR DOOR WITH A RUBBER MALLET AND THE WINDOW WILL GO UP.

So, I stopped eating, went and found the rubber mallet right where I was told it was, hit the door, flipped the switch, and the window went up.

Imagine that.

Most people will not have a conversation like that in their head. I generally don’t. God doesn’t generally speak to me like that. It’s feelings, impressions, ideas. Not real words.

But I think God does still speak this way – he did with me tonight. Over a busted power window. Think what might happen if I listen to Him when it’s really important – think if we all learned to listen! What a world this would be!


(This is the final part. Read part 1 here, part 2 here.)

Moses is about 80 years old, he’s just led the biggest rebellion in history, God has defended them and provided for them and performed miracles every step of the way, and here we are, a little hungry, a little thirsty.  Now, I know, people die in the desert real quick without water and food, and God devotes two whole chapters in the Bible to how He provides for His people.  Exodus 16 & 17 – I’ll just read 2 verses – 16:3 and 17:3

“The Israelites [whined], ‘If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by pots of meat and ate all the bread we wanted. Instead, you brought us into this wilderness to make this whole assembly die of hunger!’”

“But the people thirsted there for water, and grumbled against Moses. They said, ‘Why did you ever bring us out of Egypt to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?’”

Oh yeah.  They went there.  And bought property.  If I ever get that whiny, I want someone to punch me in the head.

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(This is part 2 – you can read part 1 here)

Last time I was talking about how Jesus used the sermon on the mount to give the people an image in their minds of how things were during the Exodus, so let’s go back too – to the beginning of the nation of Israel.

By the time of Moses, Egypt was the superpower – everything great came from there – architecture, scholarship, technology – Egypt was the world leader in just about everything.  There was a famine which you can read about toward the end of Genesis. During the famine, all the money, livestock and land in and around Egypt was sold to Pharoah in exchange for the grain that Joseph had stored.  The people even told him that he had saved their lives, so they were glad to serve Egypt in exchange.  These people became Israel.

The first chapter of Exodus tells us that a different king came along, a king that didn’t like all these strange non-Egyptians and he feared their numbers.  So, under the new king, they went from being servants to being slaves.  This was the world that Moses was born into.

Pharaoh had it in his mind to kill all the children in Egypt, so the mother of Moses sent her son down the river to be raised by whoever found him.   And that happened to be none other than the daughter of Pharaoh himself.  Moses grew and became a man, a son of Pharaoh. Then one day, his heritage, which I’m sure was no secret anyway, came to the forefront.

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I love church!

But I have one problem, and here’s the deal.  I love being in church, but about 11 am every Sunday, man my stomach starts growling.  By 11:15 I can almost smell the tacos.  I can almost taste that ice cold Coke.  By 11:45 I lean over and ask my beautiful wife, “what’s for lunch?”  And she always gives me the same look.

I love church!  But Monday-Saturday, I eat at around 11:00.  One day a week I guess I just have to suffer.  I will buffet my body and be ready for the buffet later.

Seriously though, how many of you have been there?  Church is awesome, God is good, and you’re thinking about ribs on the grill and tall glass of lemonade?  Come on, fess up…I can’t be the only one.

9 out of 10 doctors agree that if you don’t eat you’re going to die.  God knows this because he made us this way!  But in every church I have been to, there’s always a sign that says, no food or drink allowed.  Man that’s a kick to the gut for a guy like me.  It’s almost a deal breaker.  I suffer through though and by 1:00 pm or so every Sunday I have had my fill of something.

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