May 28 2005

Finding God in the Garden

Dirty hands

Originally uploaded by codini.

Recently bluer (my church) just finished a series of messages exploring “An Emerging God.” It was an attempt to remind ourselves that God is everywhere, and in everything, we just need eyes to see him… ears to hear him… and hearts to feel him.

I spent the day gardening with my mom. We planted her two flowers gardens, some climbing flowers in the front, and some tomato plants on the deck. Check out the pictures.

I carefully prepared the holes for the plants, removing weeds and stones. Then I removed the flowers from their flimsy plastic pots- being sure to loosen them first, then unbound the roots so they would spread and grow. Then I would fill in the dirt around the roots and smooth it all out. Then I sat back and looked at my work, and imagined what the plant would look like as it grew and flourished.

And then it hit me… this is what God did with my life.

At one time, I thought I had it all figured out. There was no God, we were all a cosmic coincidence, and my home theater system was something worth large amounts of time and money.

I had no idea I was sitting in a flimsy plastic pot, root bound…

Then God came in and (via the holy spirit) opened my mind to the larger scope of life, love, the universe and everything…

I was not a cosmic accident, I was a beloved son and my home theater system was a minor, minor detail.

Carefully and lovingly, God loosened me up, removed me from my pot, unbound my roots and planted me in His Garden… so I could grow and flourish.

Of course it was a messy process (that continues to this day) but you can’t plant flowers without getting your hands dirty… and in the end… it’s worth it.

Mom, if you ever read this: thanks for reminding me who the real master gardener is. Luv ya.

May 27 2005

Me: OK, Deer: Dead, Car: busted

Radiator is hosed and leaking

Originally uploaded by codini.

Update: My car will be in the shop until June 10th — looks like I’m headed back to the cities for a spell…

This afternoon, on my way home to visit my parents in WI, I hit a deer near Camp Douglas. I was going 70ish in the left lane with a car on my right and one behind me on wet roads. I didn’t skid, slide, or otherwise lose control at all…

The deer didn’t make it. My car made it to the next exit, then I didn’t dare drive it more. The radiator is cracked and leaking a bit. A local body shop will look at it on Tuesday. My insurance will cover it 100%, which is a relief. My parents came and picked me up so I got to Portage safe.

I’m OK. I suspect I’ll be a little sore, but I’m just thankful to be alive and uninjured.

On Tuesday I’ll talk to the shop and decide whether to drive back to Minneapolis (in a borrowed car) or stick around in Portage until it’s fixed.

I found myself wondering if I had left 15 minutes earlier or later if this would have happened, or if that deer was somehow meant for me… I don’t know. I’m thankful to God for keeping me safe, but a bit confounded by his purpose for all this.

View the pictures

May 27 2005

A connected oil change

I’m at Richfield Honda getting an oil change at the moment. Although they don’t appear to have WiFi (not sure as my laptop is at home) they do have 2 computer workstations with internet access for customer use. Why they are using IE and not Firefox is beyond me, but hey, it’s pretty great to not be stuck watching bad TV like I was at Hopkins Honda!

Update: I just remembered I have Portable Firefox on my USB Jumpdrive! Browsing just isn’t the same without tabs…

May 24 2005

What is the Gospel?

Humanly speaking, it is possible to understand the Sermon on the Mount in a thousand different ways. But Jesus knows only one possibility: simple surrender and obedience – not intrepreting or applying it, but doing and obeying it. That is the only way to hear his words. He does not mean for us to discuss it as an ideal. He really means for us to get on with it.

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dan preached a great message calling bluer to act on our beliefs. It was convicting (I’ve passed my share of homeless while rushing to church).

Give it a listen: Dan Lukas- What is the Gospel?

May 20 2005

John Musick time-delay blogging from Nashvegas

My Pastor is blogging (slightly delayed) from the Emergent Conference in Nashville this week.

Read all about his adventures in the “most secret place” and hear his thoughts on all the creative and dangerous people he’s been hanging out with.

May 20 2005

Star Wars Last Supper

My new desktop




Perhaps, but it makes me smile.