My mother was released from the hospital on Monday and is recovering well. It was very good that I was here to help her as she re-acclimates to life after surgery.
Tonight my sister and I spent the evening together catching up on old times and shopping. Now that the worst is over and we know that my mom is going to be all right, everyone wants to visit with me before I go home to Wyoming.
My sister and I went to Goodwill and I was in the book section looking for low-carb cookbooks. I was walking past the religious section and decided to see what was there - just in case something piqued my interest. I found a book with the name, "Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters" by Dick Staub. At first I laughed at the concept, but as I looked through the pages, I thought to myself - (in an almost guilty, if you were still a legalist you would think this book was blasphemy, sort of way,) I'm going to buy this book.
I started to read it when I got home and I am amazed at the sound spiritual truths presented in the book. If you get a chance to read this book, I highly recommend it - or at least the first 31 pages because that is as far as I have gotten. It inspires me to get back to the spiritual journey, to know that where I am - even now - is where God wants me to be - but to be the best Jedi I can be in those circumstances. As in, "Do. Or do not. There is no try."
I already know that where I am, is where the Lord wants me to be because that has been proven time and again. But now I understand that I need to embrace it - that in whatever circumstance I happen to be - I know how to abase and I know how to abound. Shall I argue with God if he wants me to have a high-paying corporate job? We are so use to the idea that we all need to be in poverty to be spiritual - we forget that Abraham and Jacob and Job were all wealthy men. I have been in poverty - and now the Lord has given me back all the things I was willing to give up in order to seek Him.
The true point is - the seeking of the Lord never ends. His ways are past finding out but that does not mean that we give up on seeking Him. Obi-Wan did not stop being a Jedi Master just because he spent all those years staying in the desert. I may not have blog posts every day with great spiritual insight, but that is because I have real relationships outside of the computer where I am living the spiritual truths I learned on my wilderness journey.
The children of Isreal were first in Egypt, then in the wilderness, then in the Promised land and then carried away into Babylon. When they were in Babylon, the Lord said, "build houses and plant vineyards and get married" etc. Every one of those seasons had a purpose, and those things were written for our learning. The different seasons in our lives, the different circumstances we find ourselves in - all serve a purpose. All things work together for good.
Even so. I really could use a Yoda. A Jedi Master who will make sure that I understand the spiritual truths that I need to understand. Speaking of which - there is a spiritual weekend coming up - with the Jedi Masters of my generation. I am hoping and praying that I can go to the upcoming Scripture Conference:
Grace and peace!This year's Sacramento Scripture Conference is August 3rd, 4th & 5th.
Location:Holiday Inn Express
2224 Auburn Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95821 www.hiexpress.com/sacramentone
Enter group code "SSC" for a discounted hotel room.
Speakers: Dan Sheridan, Martin Zender, Clyde Pilkington, and Tony Nungesser
Friday night, August 3rd: There will be a dinner at the home of Charles Rutsch.
The address is:
6737 Steele Oak Ln,
Carmichael, CA 95608.
Phone number is (916) 515-9355.
This is open to all who wish to attend.
Saturday, August 4th: The conference begins in the hotel at 9am and ends at 9pm with breaks for lunch and dinner.
Sunday, August 5th: The conference resumes at 9am and ends at 6pm.
Do you have any questions about the Bible? There will be time to address your questions to the speakers. You can email your questions to CharlesRutsch@gmail.com or ask your questions at the conference.
Conference Themes: The speakers have been asked to prepare one talk on each of these two themes:
1) Jesus Christ-Who is He? His purpose, relation to His Father and to us, etc.
2) Prophecy- What is our hope and expectation? What will happen in the future on earth and in heaven?
If you have any questions you can contact Charles Rutsch at (916) 515-9355.
Or you can contact Darron Haworth at (916) 215-6071.
Hope you can attend.
Starke & Hartmann, Inc.
Please pray that I can go - but if I can't maybe you can.
Lots of love my friends - and may the Force be with you!