Archive for June, 2010

The scholar’s warm bum

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Yesterday’s sermon was hard hitting and it hit hard.

Derek is definitely right when he says we’ve listened to sermon after sermon only for the word to go in and out the other side. Christine’s outburst about our passiveness to apply sermons to our lives is absolutely right. How many sermons have I turned into action or lifestyle? How many have caused transformation in my life? It’s my responsibility to move me – not the preacher’s.

“Between promise and possession is a fight.” – Ps Joel Chelliah

I hang on to the passion to transform lives, the prophesy of fiery preaching and promise of truth bearing. But that is all I’ve ever done, I’ve hang on. I’ve been hanging on for so long that it’s all I know how to do.

I’ve been waiting for transformation to be breathed into me, fiery preaching to appear out of the blue, truth bearing to come from the sky. It’s time to work my faith. Some would say that is strife and there is no strife in God. No no, that is not strife. That is growth. This is growth.

“There are no miracles in the boat”

I think I understand what God has been trying to tell me.

Light and rhythm

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Light and Rhythm 3

Light and Rhythm 2

Light and Rhythm 1

Photography by Joel Crane.

Stop… in the name of love

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Break the metal to open?

The world from f/2.8

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Jaded

Shadow play

Hospital

Winter sunset

Reach up

Wrong side of the fence

Its all about perspective

Minus sized models

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

“Four things on earth are small,
yet they are extremely wise:
Ants are creatures of little strength,
yet they store up their food in the summer;
coneys are creatures of little power,
yet they make their home in the crags;
locusts have no king,
yet they advance together in ranks;
a lizard can be caught with the hand,
yet it is found in kings’ palaces.

Proverbs 30:24-28 (New International Version)

Nature of the passage

The writer points to 4 creatures on earth, giving reasons as to why they are considered wise yet without an explanation of their characteristic/nature which makes them wise. Interestingly enough, characteristics that are contrary to their wisdom is mentioned. This passage might not be written as an instruction of what can make us wise, but states that we can possess wisdom inspite of circumstances. It is an observation of the nature of wisdom and its presence in nature as appointed by God.

Big Things Come in Small Packages

A distinguishing quality of all of these things is that they are small. Sometimes we imagine small to be insignificant, unimportant and weak. It is often seen as below average and inferior. This is applied across the use of the word in the magnitude, extent, quantity and scale.

The bible defies all understanding of the word small to and uses “extremely wise” to describe these things. God obviously looks beyond what the world sees as big or small, but looks deeper (1 Sam 16:7). People whom the world deems as small have been used mightily by God (Zaccheus, Luke 19 or Samuel, 1 Samuel 3). Being small is not a determinant of being wise or being used of God.

The Ant

Relative to it’s size, the ant is amongst the strongest creatures on the earth. However, looking at things in proportion is only useful when everything else is the same proportion. The ant’s raw strength is so small that my brother’s harmless kitten can squish it for entertainment. Little kids burn them with magnifying glasss in summer. In fact, it is quite a skill to pick up an ant without killing it.

Have we ever had a rainy day when we had no storage of food, money or friends? I’ve had days when I had no money, simply because I did not save. When the money came in, the money went out. When a need arose, my pockets were empty. An ant could only carry small leaves, grains of sugar, bits of lollies around, while we can do so much more. Putting our hands to the plough, we could do so much better and store up much more, yet many of us don’t. Sometimes our excuse for not saving and storing up is that we don’t or can’t earn much. That would have been the ant’s excuse. He would have grumbled that “my job doesn’t pay much” or “I can only carry so little”. Yet, with their little strength, they do. Little by little, the so little adds up to so much. The so little is what enables them to weather through winter.

Did I not have a brain to think that saving and storing was important? My Mum always told me that saving was important. We humans have 10 000 million brain cells while an ant has only 250 000. So I did. When I had money, I would buy packets and packets of maggie mee. When my money ran out, at least I had instant noodles. But that was foolishness! Maggie mee didn’t allow me to travel, make friends, bless others, or go on missions trips. I had maggie mee only because I didn’t want to get scolding from my Mum when I was out of money and hungry. Maggie mee solved the problem of being hungry, but that isn’t the source of the problem. I needed to store things that were of value. Ants store food, and food ensures their survival through winter but not just for survival, it ensures that new eggs can be laid.

What we see of ants is that they carry things around back to their nest. What we don’t realise about this is that they do it on Saturdays and Sundays as well, they do it in the summer heat. With ants, late spring and early summer is their best time. Decomposing animals and fruits are in abundance, the weather is just right. Female queens grow wings and dance around looking for partners. Doesn’t that sound like our summer? Summer is probably the best time to splurge and enjoy. It’s the holidays and you get to go out shopping or to the movies everyday with friends. But if our excuse for not storing up is that it’s not the season to, watch out – winter is coming.

Take the opportunity while things are looking up to store up. Although we might not be able to store much at a time, the little that we store grows. When tough times hit, we’ll be thankful we did.

More to come…