SHE’S A BAD MAMA-JAMA

Got your attention? Thought so. But, wait a minute; hold on. Don’t let go of your favorite gospel tune. David, sweet singer of Israel, concluded Psalm 150 (verse 6) with the words—Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord. I’m convinced that, in this case, a disco lyric is part of “everything.” Especially when we focus our attention on the heavens.  It reigns supreme among a billion starry wonders in our solar system. God created this colossal fiery sphere. He lets it breathe cataclysmic gulps of gas into the universe. And He called it the sun. So, I’m turning a disco beat into fervent praise. Start with the title, “She’s A Bad Mama Jama,” then just make up your own words.

It’s Saturday, its March, its 73 degrees in Nashville and I’m writing outside on the deck. Drinking sweet tea and eating old fashion shelled peanuts from the downtown Arcade (a tradition my husband started). Gazing up at a nearly cloudless sky, I’m thanking God for His awesome sun.

When God finished speaking creation into existence, He sat down and said: “That’s good.” Not that He needs my concurrence—but I agree. God, You are awesome.  When it comes to the sun, God might also have said: “She’s a bad Mama Jama.”

Life magazine recently reminded us that, while we’re accustomed to seeing the sun as a life-giving force, we forget about it’s awesomeness and how downright terrifying it is.

SOHO, the space-based Solar & Heliospheric Observatory, captured this solar prominence erupting from the sun’s surface. According to Life, such loops of superheated gas rise hundreds of thousands of miles, suspended for months at a time…eerily gorgeous reminders that our sun is an unfathomably large and volatile nuclear reactor, releasing every second more energy than humans have used in the last 10 thousand years.
Consider this:  You may never have pondered the sun—what it is, where it is and what it’s like in comparison to us. And you may never have asked:   What is the source of all that power, heat and boundless energy? Who lit it? How does it stay suspended up there? And here we are, third rock from the sun—a sun that’s just close enough to warm you yet far enough away not to burn you up or set your hair on fire.

Photo Credit: NASA

Kim was the first to draw my attention to it. At breakfast after a family wedding, she asked: “How many times can the earth fit into the sun?” So we imagined the sun as a huge bowl; our guesses were wildly wide-ranging. Her answer was astonishing. One million times.

In a world that’s so incredibly UNpredictable, there is one thing you can count on…our unbelievable sun.  It drives the oceans, the currents and our climate. Sunlight is the secret to life. Our sun provides an umbilical cord of light stretching across a vast 93 million miles of space. It breathes temperatures up to 1 million degrees Fahrenheit. If you listen, you can almost hear it’s heartbeat.

The sun was the subject of an historic sermon by African American former slave, The Reverend John J. Jasper, one of the nation’s most famous preachers.  His landmark message: “De Sun Do Move.” Folks came from around the world to hear him, even if they disagreed with his scientific hypothesis. Jasper preached it by invitation more than 250 times and once before the entire Virginia General Assembly. I don’t think anyone ever convinced John Jasper that the earth revolves around the sun, but that’s okay; we can appreciate his baptized-by-fire enthusiasm for God and His creation.

And so, this blog post is for YOU, a lesson from the sun and an 80’s disco beat. You…with the audacity to believe your problems are too hard for God to solve. It’s for you…whenever you think you’ve gotten yourself into something too thorny for God to untangle. The God who created the majestic sun, flung it into the heavens, balanced it’s fiery presence on an invisible cord and hasn’t let it self-incinerate—that God.  Next time you’re in doubt, break out in your own song and know that the great God of the universe can surely fix absolutely anything you’ve got broken.
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Photo sources:  http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/gallery/images/large/superprom_prev.jpg

and  http://bit.ly/hKrbAs
For the curious, you’re invited to read John Jasper’s sermon (in original dialect) on the web site of Virginia Commonwealth University at http://bit.ly/fbVhq9

STARTING THIS DAY

Get ready! Get ready! Get ready!  Starting now, here come the blog posts about your Joy, your new-found Fearlessness and your Healing…my sharings, all designed to encourage you to get your glow on.  I have declared myself the Lord’s Chief Evangelist of Joy…that’s what I’m all about.  Spreading the Good News—to share the evangelion, inGreek, the announcement, the gospel. Declaring those things which God speaks through His Word or in my soul’s ear…the things I truly believe you should know.  Sometimes you’ll already know them but perhaps you’re just waiting to be reminded.

Here we go.  Stick with me now!  Get ready, get ready, get ready!  We’re going somewhere.  Choose now to pack carefully. Carry with you all of your faith, confidence, courage, love, peace, joy and determination; letting go of the baggage you’ve been carrying around by instinct—your fears, doubts, disbelief, chaos, turmoil, confusion and uncertainty.  In the victorious Christian life, I’ve discovered that there are some things you have to leave behind.

As we coast towards the end of the first month in 2011, it’s time to get ready for whatever God has for you this year.  Accept the reality that He is calling you out of some things.  Abraham (Genesis, chapter 12) was called away from Haran onto a new path God had chosen.  God was saying:  “Abraham, leave the comfortable and the familiar behind.  Stretch out on faith and on your trust in Me.” That’s what 2011 may mean to you. Out of the old, into the new.

Today, I bask in a renewed awareness of the One who is the only source of our strength.  Philippians 4:13 says:  “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”  (New International Version)

Don’t you just love it when we gain fresh clarity of the real issues of life?!  Know today that you have a strength, an unbelievable inner potency and vigor which will allow you to face anything…truly, anything that life throws at you.

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”   Isaiah 43:19 (King James Version) Hallelujah!

I’m overwhelmed by His awesomeness.  When God lets go, when He opens the floodgates of Heaven, when your new thing breaks forth, you can’t even stand up under the weight of His tremendous blessings. It’s coming!  So…ready, set, GO!