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There’s an old saying, I don’t where it’s from, but it says, “Time and tide wait for no man.” I was reminded of this recently when I received a really nice letter from a reader telling me how much he appreciated a story I wrote in a local entertainment magazine.

The story was about motorcycles and motorcyclists, and although it heavily featured Harley-Davidson’s  – if only for the reason that the people I talked with had settled on Harley’s as their preferred bikes. The letter was from the PR Manager at Victory and Indian Motorcycles who saw the story I wrote when he was out here in California on business.

As I read his letter of appreciation and saw which motorcycle company he worked for, I was immediately transported back in time. I was 8-years old and my mom met, then married my step-dad. He was a presence whenever he walked into the room. He not only was intelligent and well-educated spending his career educating others, he was self-taught at pretty much everything he did, from woodworking to rebuilding cars, trucks and motorcycles. And everything he did, he did well.

Although he ended up riding Harley-Davidson bikes as he got older, it was the story of his experience on his very first motorcycle, an Indian, that forged itself into my wide-eyed 8-year old mind.

He would regal me with the story of how when he was just a young man, he and his Indian motorcycle rode from South Dakota out to California, and back again. In my mind’s eye, he was like the greatest of adventurers, fighting the winds and weathers, cruising across the country with the sun setting in the background while he rode on his white Indian motorcycle. For many years, I would get him Indian bike memorabilia for gifts on his birthday, at Christmas and on Father’s Day.

I realized as I thought about the memory I have of him on his bike, that I never really got the detailed story of his ride. I carry around an image of him as a knight of sorts riding a white Indian steed, with a backdrop of the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota as he rode steadily on a black ribbon of highway heading West.

You would have thought with me being a writer, a gatherer of people’s tales, that I would have gathered the details of that particular one, but I never did. My dad is older now and the place in his mind where the details of that ride live is locked away in the recesses of his memory. The key that would have opened that box in his memory is lost forever. So, there is no way for me to truly ever know what the details were, I waited to long to ask and now there is no way to coax it from him.

Yes, time and tide wait for no man, and in this case, no woman. Yet, the ride and the picture it draws in my mind, no matter how limited the details, in many ways represents the way that he has been in my life. A knight riding a white Indian motorcycle who rode in at just the right time.

In many respects we do the same type of thing with our own children, or others children who are dear to us, when it comes to telling them about the LORD and all He has done. We give them the basics of Him and neglect to tell them the details of His greatness, His love and His faithfulness. We leave them in the situation that if they don’t ask they don’t know, until it is too late to ask.

“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”

Deuteronomy 4:9

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Sencillez / Simplicity

Image by victor_nuno via Flickr

Just the other day I was reading a Twitter post and the first part of the post really caught my eye. It read, “God isn’t like us.”

Think about that for a moment. God isn’t like us.

The whole post actually reads, “God isn’t like us. God forgives and forgets, we remember and punish each other.”

On reading the whole post, I immediately thought about the verse that says He casts our sins as far away as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:11-12). A thought that most of can’t really conceive of if we really took the time to think about it. I mean where is the East from the West? It just doesn’t exist in our little world, but it does in God’s.

I mean how many times do we go back to the LORD and ask for forgiveness for the same thing? And, I don’t mean when we do the same thing over and over and have to ask Him for forgiveness and help with it, I’m talking about when we go and drag up the same instance.

Yet, when we go to Him there’s silence in response to our heartfelt request for forgiveness and we can’t quite figure out why. The answer is simple, when He says He tosses them away as far as the east is from the west it means it’s gone, no need to revisit it, no need to bring it up again because it’s gone.

This little tidbit itself should give us a clue that He is nothing like us, yet we continue to try and remake Him in our image. Instead of stepping into what He is doing and in the process being remade into a reflection of Him, we insist that He conform to what we want Him to be, whatever that may be.

Angry? Check. Vengeful? Check. Retaliatory? Check. And, this is the short, short list of things we believe He is because they are who we are. It’s kind of strange because the list of positive and wonderful things that we attribute to Him, like being loving, kind, gentle, caring, etc. we have a terrible time actually absorbing as true and real, maybe because they aren’t really like us and, even on a good day, we don’t have a very firm grip on them.

Plus, the way He expresses them are so foreign to us that they make us uncomfortable or nervous, or a little bit of both. I mean what god in his right mind would actually come down and sacrifice himself so that the innocent could have a chance at life, let alone the guilty? That’s a god that it’s hard for us to get behind and none of us in our right minds would make a god like that up for ourselves.

God isn’t like us. He is who He is, not who we are. Words we all need to remember on so many levels every day that we follow Him.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8

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