This morning I woke up with Jesus on my mind. This happens quit often, but on this particular Monday morning, seemingly a centrifugal force was guiding me. While still in my PJs, I went into my office/den, sat down at my desk and began to leaf through a stack of magazines. Now, so far, I really wasn’t looking for a topic for my weekly blog post because I had already decided to share Part 3 of last week’s blog with my audience. That blog was about building a spiritual life support system. Part 1 was the Discipline of Study and Part 2 was the Discipline of Solitude. Part 3 will be about The Discipline of Worship.
BUT GOD HAD ANOTHER ASSIGNMENT FOR ME!
Suddenly, my attention was drawn to the December 2018 issue of the AARP Bulletin news magazine/paper. I began to leaf through its pages and was reminded just how much I have always enjoyed its content about senior living, senior legislation, senior commerce and senior places for travel, and senior health issues.
But imagine my surprise to read about a Q&A interview AARP had conducted with former Astronaut James Lovell on page 32. The content of this interview was commemorating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first Apollo mission and the first to orbit the moon. What grabbed my attention was the reference Astronaut Lovell (now 90 years old) made about how his philosophy had changed while orbiting the earth. For some reason, God had me to read that paragraph over and over again.
There’s an old saying, “I hope to go to heaven when I die.” Suddenly, it dawned on me that we went to heaven when we were born! We arrived on a planet that had the right amount of mass to have the gravity to contain water and an atmosphere, just at the proper distance from a star. It appeared to me that God had given mankind sort of a stage to perform on. I guess how that play will turn out is up to us.”
The above is a direct quote and picture from the article. BUT God whispered in my ear and gave me a direct “eye-opener” from Heaven. God said in conversation to me; My child, do you know why that mission trip was a success and returned to earth safely, in spite of a near catastrophe, when one oxygen tank was empty and another was leaking profusely? I responded by saying…Say on, Lord! It was because of Astronauts Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise’s “May Day” message to their command post…”Houston, we’ve had a problem.”
Little did they realize that because of Jim’s highly insightful, informal and innamorate prayer of recognition towards Me, and his eye opening comparison of my gift of an ‘earthly stage’ for humanity to an eternal future heavenly ‘Place’, caused all of My heavenly Angels to shout Hallelujah to the King of Glory. It took Me to this very day to calm them down and to tell them to get back to the business of protecting and guiding My people.
Yes, and as you know…”HOUSTON, WE’VE GOT A PROBLEM” has become an iconic quote because just as the article said, ‘it fits into millions of situations people experience every day’. Always remember My Beloveds, when one of My ‘disciples‘ gets that excited (as Jim Lovell did) while admiring My Creation, he or she can call Me by any Name…I’ll even answer to the Name of HOUSTON and I will sure-nuf respond to their call.
Meditate on Jesus [Let Us] while viewing this 1:38 minute video. Just Click and converse with Him.
One final note…many, many, many years ago I referred to God as “Mr. Character”. I blogged about that conversation and encourage you to expand your recognition of Who God Is. Approach the Throne of Grace with humility and steadfast love for Him. Check out http://www.tgifmasterminds.wordpress.com/Mr.Character
Scripture Lesson: In the beginning GOD created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth. Psalm 8:9
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