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A Way Through the Roof

Luke 5:18-20 Some men arrived carrying a paraplegic on a stretcher. They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus. When they couldn’t find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some tiles and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus. Impressed by their bold belief, He said, “Friend, I forgive your sins.”

>Strong’s word for crowd is “multitude” and it means “rabble” or a low class of people.

While I have often been just as paralyzed as this guy: no direction, no vision, no hope of forward motion with Jesus, my issue in reaching Him is just the opposite. It’s not the rabble pressing in on Jesus that limits my proximity…it’s the rabble pressing in on me. While I have this awesome and every-day opportunity to seek and find Him, to ask for healing from my immobility…I let the crowd hold me back. Not everything in the crowd is “rabble” ( a low class of distraction). My family, my home, my job are all certainly worthy of my attention, but lots of things are not. All of these pieces of the crowd – in varying degrees of intensity – push in to absorb my time, my day and even my desire to find a way in to seek Jesus. Actually, I think a LOT of people – especially Americans – give up too quickly when seeking Jesus gets hard to do.

So I love how this guy and his friends just will not give up.

They don’t.

They won’t.

They devise a plan to get him in and quite a plan it is…it’s a gutsy move. He could get hurt, he could be rejected by the angry mob – or even an angry Jesus. Somewhere, it’s clear that this guy developed such a desperation for healing that the risk was worth it. Of all the characters in the enormous Word of God, I think I may identify with this one the most. Somewhere inside of 2007, I got desperate to find Jesus. Desperate to be built by Him…even if that meant being taken apart first. Even if it meant risking everything.

For so many years, I have stayed hidden in the crowd and suffocated by – yet secretly thankful for – their company. Finally, I decided to find a way through the roof. Though it would have seemed ridiculous and impossible a few years ago, the tile that had to be moved was the tile called: MORNING. The very small door labeled “before sunrise” was the opening through the roof that I needed to get through the crowd. In fact, I’ve discovered that the streets are pretty quiet and the ordinarily busy and bustling world is nowhere to be found at that time. The only one pressing in for time with me at that hour is the very One I’ve been desperate to talk to. And finding Him here has been the best thing in my life.

Absolutely the best thing ever.

February 2, 2008 - 7:42 am

Katie Scott - ——- —– ——- — —— — — ——— — —— —- —– ——!!!!!

February 2, 2008 - 7:43 am

Katie Scott - Also, check out my comment on the Janna post

February 2, 2008 - 7:44 am

Katie Scott - Also, I’m apparently trying to steal all possible comments, so here’s one for free.

February 2, 2008 - 8:03 pm

Bo - I certainly love the blanks…I wasn’t sure if you were speechless or just really, really mad (I know how you love your mornings!) and THEREFORE I was glad for the explanation. 🙂 K…checking the Janna post comment…did you see her new tattoo? (I got spell checked on tattoo…I must be over 40).

February 2, 2008 - 10:29 pm

Helen - Excellent post…I too am discovering the wee hours of the morning even on Saturday mornings where I feel one with the mattress…it definitely is a treasure worth digging and seeking.

Thanks!

Helen

February 5, 2008 - 6:36 pm

Eric and Lindsay - 1. This blog changed my life.
2. I’m excited for small group on
Sunday!

Kenya.

Steve’s brother, Jon, and his family live in Kenya, where they run Kings Kids Village – an orphanage for children who have lost their families to AIDS. Please pray for them as they are in the middle of rampant violence and unrest and are responsible for many children and workers. Here is the latest update from Jon Stern – it’s long, but important in understanding the scope of the situation. Our God is GREAT and His power will prevail…but I believe that prayer is going to be the key that turns the lock. Here’s the letter from Jon:

Hello everyone, and sorry we haven’t written an update
lately…….we’ve heard from some of you that you are hearing the news
and following that way – you are probably getting as much as we are –
EXCEPT for what’s on the ground here at KKV……so that’s why we are
writing an update today. The unrest is getting worse and worse, and
there is talk that now things will be really bad for the rest of the
week……and it has slowly encroached on to Nairobi and anarchy
ensues. The country is shaken to it’s very foundations.

Here at KKV, like I said before, we have been in a haven of peace. But
today, the unrest comes close. Many of our workers who live in this
area are fleeing their homes with only what they can carry – threats are
coming that whole housing areas will be burned. We have taken in all
of our employees and their families from these areas……..today, we
went and bought mattresses for the floor and a good stock of food to
cover the extra mouths…..hopefully, enough for a whole week…..and we
are yet to see if more will still come – as many went home early to get
their children out of the schools and to see if their area is
threatened.

The saddest thing is the tension that is here – right here
among us……pointing of fingers and accusations and side taking. WE
told them ALL that if they are to come here to stay, they must leave all
that outside…..we are Switzerland – TOTALLY NEUTRAL, both tribally and
politically.

Otherwise, i don’t know how to tell you to pray – just pray in the
Spirit and let Him guide you…..but please DO pray – we need God’s
protection and KNOW we will have it AND we believe that God has the
only answers……no one else seems to get to the real bottom of the issues.

Thanks and blessings,
Jon and Molly Stern

January 29, 2008 - 11:53 pm

Tess Abigail - It’s so sad that something that big can come from something like loosing an election 🙂 What is wrong with our world???

January 30, 2008 - 2:26 am

Bo - Hey Tess…you’re totally right and what’s wrong with our world is: they really need Jesus. I love you for caring so much – you’re going to make a difference . – Mom

January 30, 2008 - 3:04 am

Tess Abigail - yeah I don’t think I’ve told you this but I love the title of your blog. Oh and thanks 🙂

January 30, 2008 - 8:02 pm

Caleb and Ashley Brown - Hey Bo- we will pray. We have been hearing and seeing the pictures on the news and such… I remember being there and it is just such a weird feeling to know that you were at the same place where all this is happening now. We miss you guys! Hopefully we will see you soon,
Love Caleb and Ashley

February 1, 2008 - 7:32 pm

Helen - Thanks for sharing this letter…I will be praying about something that I can’t even envision that they are witnessing…hard to wrap my mind around but I know that God is able and will step in…

When you get a chance, please visit my blog!

Helen

My Friend, Janna

This is my friend, Janna Meyen, who’s life is a clear picture of the strong & beautiful grace of Jesus. She’s totally famous and was in TWO newspapers this week – here’s the link to the one that quotes ME! 🙂 http://www.bendbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080124/SPORTS05/801240427/1013/SPORTS&nav_category=SPORTS

I’m so proud of you, Janna.

February 2, 2008 - 8:23 pm

Bo - Yay for Janna being so Janna-like on Sports Center!

Politics and the Passionate Woman

I get frustrated with women who don’t know anything about politics…seriously, friends, you live in the greatest country in the entire world, take a little time to get to know it! I actually LOVE the political process and have been continually surprised to run into women who know nothing about what’s going on in the nation they call home. Many have asked me to write a political blog, but every time I try it just sucks the fun out of it for me. SO, instead of a blog, I give you this post!

A few things that will help you in this pursuit:

1) West Wing -Tori and I watch it on DVD and have converted Whitney and Corey and many others. Whether or not you agree with the political bent of the series (I don’t), you will definitely be captivated by the clever dialogue and suck-you-into-the-story plot lines. You can pick up a whole season (22 hours of episodes!) for about $15 at Costco or you can find it on www.half.com for a little more than that. Great stuff to kill a rainy Saturday, especially as we head into a full-blown election year. If you like An American President or A Few Good Men, you’ll love West Wing. If you don’t know either of those movies, you gotta get out more!

2) www.polichicksonline.com. It’s a relatively unbiased site for women who want to know some – but not ALL – about the political process. Also, it took some time of weeping in my office to get over the fact that I didn’t think of that clever domain name first!

3) www.realclearpolitics.com TONS of information – most of it slanted one way or the other. Still, if you read a couple of commentaries each morning, you’ll get a fairly good idea of what people are thinking and saying about the elections.

One thing I’ve found: women who know even a little about politics are given an automatic 20 point bump on their AIQ (Assumed IQ). Go for it – you may be surprised to find that you like it and then you’ll be running for president instead of Hillary someday.

And hey – if you find any great sites for the lowdown on politics, let me know!

AND…here is my favorite political moment this week:

January 24, 2008 - 6:50 pm

Eric and Lindsay - I love how Clinton put his hand up to his ear like it helped him hear better…how he nodded in agreement…Glorious!

January 24, 2008 - 7:49 pm

Bo - Yes! And also…the “come out of the coma and into the nod of agreement move.” Well executed!

January 24, 2008 - 8:02 pm

Bo - Hee…I just noticed that you mentioned the nod of agreement…and that means I just did what he did – unnecessary nodding. I’m the blog-nodder!

January 24, 2008 - 8:44 pm

Molly Polly - After using the last three years researching on college kids sleeping in class (joking), I’ve got this down to a science. *ahem* First comes the slump, then the legs stretched out and ankles crossed, then the hand holding up the head, then the eyes closing for just a second and opening again, to closing for just a minute, going on two and three. Next comes the nod. If they are really gone, nodding occurs in all four directions- left, right, front and back (my favorite because their mouths usually tend to open). If they are having a really hard time reviving themselves, you see the repeated bob. All very amusing definitely worth coming to class for. hahaha.

January 24, 2008 - 10:57 pm

Helen - Hey Bo,

Great post…I just popped onto your blog to ask a question…but that can wait a few sentences.

I really think that many women are intimidated by the process and then decide that it is “better” “safer” to just plead ignorance…I have a group of girlfriends that I grew up with and we get together once a year and we all have been amazed at the huge holes in our personal education…world history, government, geography…it took a lot for us to admit it to one another but now we all have worked to catch up or at least learn right along with our kids…

Thanks for the sites…I will check them out…I must say that this debate/primary/caucus time is quite interesting on both sides…and entertaining.

Love the Clinton video…poor Bill…Hillary is wearing him out!

My question…I am sure you do this in your classes but would you have a place on your blog or it could just be a post of your favorite books…maybe in different categories…I love to know what people are reading and what is worth my time…and basically I am just plain nosey! (Not to add to your list of “to do’s” just at your leisure…tee hee…see I am assuming you won’t say no!

Okay…I have a 4 year old looking over my shoulder and he asked me to write his name…so here it is Caleb…now he is smiling and happy that you know he is 4…hope you don’t mind!

January 24, 2008 - 11:18 pm

Bo - Hi Helen and CALEB! 🙂
I absolutely will post some book favorites. That’s a fun idea!

I know what you mean about women and politics…I think we already have so many plates to keep spinning and this one just seems like a bottomless pit…and it’s always hard to tell truth from fiction. I do love clear, concise sites, however – the kind that I can check briefly each morning and feel like I’m up to date.

I guess when it gets too difficult, we can just do the Clinton sleep-nod-sleep-listen-check-the-watch thing. 🙂

January 30, 2008 - 12:19 am

Katie Scott - Oh my gosh I laughed so stinking hard!!!

February 5, 2008 - 7:36 pm

Victoria Ashley - And all I can say is what did we do? How on earth did he become President? I know it’s because he was unlike anyone other candidate, but seriously, since when was different a good thing?;)

The Shack

I’m right in the middle of reading The Shack by William Young. This book is just unlike anything I’ve ever read. It’s absolutely exploding through the book world and I tell you: you gotta read it! It’s very difficult to describe, which makes it all the more miraculous that it’s soared to the top. The reason for it’s great popularity, I believe, is that it deals with going to the dark and painful places of your history, and meeting God there. While it’s official genre is “religious fiction”, it’s very prophetic in addressing the stuff we keep hidden in the back rooms of our lives that are secretly shaping and distorting our picture of who God is.

Pick it up at Barnes and Noble and let me know what you think. I promise it’ll challenge you and mess with your thinking…don’t give up on it, though. I think it’s a really important book for everyone who’s ever been hurt or felt abandoned.

January 21, 2008 - 8:16 pm

Helen - Hi there Bo,

I just bought this book on Cheryl’s recommendation…I brought it with me in my purse when meeting a friend and she was reading it as she waited for me…I haven’t started it yet…I have some continuing education that I have to get busy on and I know that I will pick a book over the necessary task…but I plan to tackle it soon and I will let you know my thoughts!

I am so glad to have your blog address again…looking forward to reading what I have missed.

Helen

January 23, 2008 - 10:24 pm

Bo - Oh goodness, Helen, I can totally identify with the big trick it is to fit a work of fiction into the rest of the required reading! This one sat on a table for days before I had a chance to pick it up…and I’m still trying to get back to it and finish. Tomorrow! Tomorrow it shall be accomplished!! 🙂

February 10, 2008 - 9:57 pm

Cher - Hello Dearest Bo,

It’s nice to get to be reading your posts again!

I was wondering if you had snagged this book. There are moments in the story that are etched on my mind and continue to make me think about some of the questions asked in deeper ways than ever before. I continually wondered…”How did he know all of the questions I’ve had…?” and I believe the answers were divinely inspired. So much laughter and tears all from one book. Just like life…

February 10, 2008 - 10:02 pm

bolovesjoe - Yep – I snagged it the very day you told me about it. Then I recommended it and our bookstore at church has been selling out…such a cool thing to read something so unique, compelling and meaningful. The first night I read it, I tossed and turned thinking about it all and it’s been a long time since a book has had that kind of effect on me.

September 6, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Kikilicious - I was given this book by a friend and I really got into it until his cabin experience.. it all of a sudden turned into a comedy for me.. It lost me there!! I thought it might make a really great movie!!

September 6, 2012 - 3:02 pm

Kikilicious - … and I was just curious!! Who’s Joe (in BolovesJoe)!! ;))

September 7, 2012 - 3:58 pm

bo - Joe is my son and he was standing next to me when I chose a new email address a lotta years ago. 🙂