“I’ll Rescue You & Then Give You a Party!”

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“Like the Prodigal, I was received with lavish love–yet and grace and it wasn’t the last time, only the first. ” Annette Trucke/2016 Photo on Mt. Pisgah (Moses was said to see the Promised Land from Pisgah.) 

Does the prodigal story resonate with you like it does me?

I don’t think it is just because of my own experience coming to Christ, though it may be, but it seems to be the whole incredible lavish storyline that makes me want to smile and cry at the same time.

The Father, running to the son, restoring him, and throwing Him a party! That is the kind of life we lead in the grace and fullness of God. Not that we insist and squander as the Prodigal did (or we have) that not the way we walk with God–or others.  (Luke 15:11-32)

I was reading the Message version of Psalm 91 this morning; here is the latter part, verses 14-16:

“If you hold on to me for dear life,” says God,

“I’ll get you out of any trouble.

I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me.

Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;

I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.

I’ll give you a long life,

Give you a long drink of salvation.”

 

Psalm 91:14-16 is the essence of grace, underserved, and lavishly applied to all mankind. By the God who waits because of His faithfulness to an often unfaithful people. 

I needed to share this today. It seems like such crazy good news that I should be blogging about this kind of favor from God every day, all day. Oh the joy and freedom that comes from His grace. We do our best, especially regarding those we love, but everyday most of us blow it in one way or another. That’s why I delight in grace, mercy, compassion…and the character of a God who declares His mercies are new EVERY morning (Lamentations 3:23). 

How do you respond to these scriptures? How about this amazing song, When God Ran, by Phillips, Craig, and Dean, first done by the amazing Benny Hester.

 

 

High Rollers

I remember looking up the term “high roller” a couple years back as I heard someone I know has that status in Vegas. That was my introduction to the term. 

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Last year, as a friend was establishing a business model that would attract very high-end, high-maintenance clients I remarked to said friend, “You are a high roller, now!” I meant that in a spiritual way as well as a business person who was taking a calculated risk to do something big. 

I had so much fun watching the process and discussing elements of it. 

And let’s say, they attracted a client as their first that surpassed their wildest expectations. 

These high rollers hit the target while relying on the peace of God and His wisdom in taking risks. God adventures in the business world! 

Many of you may fall into the “high roller club.” Not necessarily because of your gambling or business risk-taking but rather because of the audacious risks you take following God. You follow Him in little ways that no one ever knows about and you do some things that appear wild to others, as you follow God and pursue sweeping God-given dreams. 

Forgive my ignorance since I have never literally gambled, nor been to Las Vegas. Clearly I am not an expert. However I am an expert in other ways.

I have studied, as well as observed, and I have assisted many people who step out and do prodigious ventures. They possessed huge dreams, they did their planning, and then jumped in to do the plan in partnership with God.

I’ve seen a lot. They go to other countries doing ministry, start businesses, design products, start organizations, volunteer and mentor, write books, create art, make movies, do television programs, radio, digital media, comedy, and so much more.

Every time they step out they meet some resistance; they know they are taking risks. It is more than clear to them–and others that the rope ladder could leave them dangling unless they have it tied right and they are confident of the climb.

They do risk failure. They risk judgments by others. They risk the fact they may have taken the wrong path. They risk money, time, and reputation. At first they are wobbly. Some don’t get past that stage.  Others get knocked over like a inflatable punching bag they spring back up. They step forward even when they are afraid but somehow they grab a hold of the courage that God extends from His hand and Word. As people start seeing them have elements of success, they then get more support. 

Things start happening. The learning curve and adjusting things along the way is part of the process. And it takes some time to hit the markers. But it happens. If…they don’t give in and give up. 

Are you a high roller or are you called to be? Do you desire to do big things because it is in you to do so? Has God developed a level of faith in you and acumen in the area you are to go? What is stopping you from being a high roller? 

Photo Credit: Me with High Roller nail polish sent as a gift from High Roller, Herself.