Kirk's Blog-3/31

Technically I don’t think this is really a blog but I’ll just call it that to make the perfectionists out there squirm. Lol. Many of you are learning to develop some new rhythms in your lifestyles. This reminds me of when my mom would ground me when I committed some infraction in my young life. It seems like I spent a lot of time isolated in my room growing up. I often thought it would be better to just get a swat on the butt and have it be over with. But this isn’t a time for psychotherapy for Kirk…

So Jane and I made a commitment to get out once a day for exercise. Jane rode her bike today and I’m getting ready to go do a “Tabata” workout on Easter hill. Yesterday we went on a hike with our 1 year old black lab, Ruby. We’re using a shock collar to train her (and it’s proven to be quite effective - some of you may be aghast at the concept). But she has really learned how to heal, stop and come to us by verbal commands quite well.

As we were hiking Ruby yelped a couple of times and ran back to us. I was concerned that she stepped on a cactus or something sharp. But when she ran back to us she seemed fine. So we walked a couple of more miles and then she yelped again for no apparent reason. Then it dawned on me...I had the control for the shock collar in my back pocket and I was accidentally doing a “butt dial” with the shock collar. Poor Ruby. For those of you concerned of this being animal cruelty I have used the shock collar only once or twice in a number of months. Ruby responds right away to the beep or vibrate with no need to actually shock her.

So what’s the point of this? The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the church in Rome in the first century…”“But that’s not all! Even in times of trouble we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance. And patient endurance will refine our character, and proven character leads us back to hope.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:3-4‬ ‭TPT‬‬ Paul wrote this letter to the church in the midst of severe persecution and martyrdom in the early church from Nero.

Is it possible that God could use the Corona Pandemic to “shock us” into a new reality of our life in His Kingdom? None of us had planned for this global shaking. But God wasn’t surprised. I’m asking the Lord to use this time of trouble to create a new heart within me. To gain confidence in experiencing God’s faithfulness and provisions. To learn to develop patience in my soul as I have to wait for the virus to subside. To be open for God to develop character within me. A character that looks forward with hope that His Kingdom would move in us and bring glory to Himself through us.

All of our gods have been taken down with a sweep of His hand through this pandemic. No more sports; financial markets crashing; jobs and businesses in crisis; travel and leisure limited to our communities we live in. Our worlds have been turned upside down in a matter of days. So my prayer is this global pandemic would shock us into seeing that Jesus is really calling us to seek His Kingdom first and lay down our gods and idols. (Matthew 6:33). This is what will bring an awakening in our souls. This is what will bring revival within us. This is where we find peace and hope during this Corona Crisis. God be with you my friends.

-Kirk Yamaguchi


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