On Friday morning it finally happened. Austin’s summer heat collapsed under the weight of clear skies and cool(er) temperatures. October and March, offer Austin the kind of weather that explains why us locals are willing to endure horrific summers and pathetic winters. On Friday, all across the city people wrapped that weather around them and headed to Zilker park and listen to glorious music wash over them at ACL Festival. And instead of running to join them, I got in my car and drove to ‘work’. (Well, my version of work – speaking at a retreat.)
Let’s start with a nice friendly neighborhood warning:
“Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house, to set his nest on high, to be safe from the reach of harm! (Habakkuk 2:9 ESV)
Habakkuk is talking about the Chaldeans who have established security in their lives and their families lives building ‘houses’ that they think will keep them safe from the reach of harm.
God calls this evil for two reasons.
First, because of how they gained their safety. They have established their security by ‘cutting off many peoples’, by shaming others, by the blood of man.
Spent some time with a wrestler this morning.
(Calm down, crazies. I did not hang out with Triple H. Probably lots of you don’t know who that is. I’m not sure my target demographic on this blog are RAW fans. But you all should be. You should be.)
I spent some quality time with Habakkuk.
Habakkuk was a guy who woke up to a world that baffled him. When he looked around, it didn’t seem like God was being who He said He was. The people of God were tearing themselves apart with sin and disregard for His Word. The enemy appears to be ruling and winning the day. Habakkuk is calling out to God but nothing seems to be happening. He hears the promises of God – to persevere His people – but everything he sees seems to be contradicting them.
There are days when all my passionate topics and all the hills I’m ready to die on on get totally eclipsed by a glimpse of something bigger. Days like December 5th. Days like today. When all that matters is that my God is on His throne and He is working all things for the good of those who love Him and all the foolish things that seem so important evaporate in the eternal.
Today I don’t care about scheduling or singleness. I don’t care about the fun I’m missing and I don’t care about the emails flooding my inbox. I don’t care about disputes and disagreements and I don’t care about insults or frustrations.
He restores my soul.
It might be one of the most famous passages of scripture:
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:1-3 ESV)
He restores my soul.
My soul feels…tattered. It feels bent and broken, by sin, by suffering, by this world.
But He restores my soul.