Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

TOYS FROM THE ATTIC

                Toys from the attic

                           June 21, 2015

 

 

 

1Co 13:11

 

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (1Co 13:11 NKJV)

 

There were things that came across the desks of our lives that we encountered, examined, gleaned, internalized, extracted from, and then put aside. This process happens from the time we encounter the first light of our births until we close our eyes to mortality when we pass into the arms of God. This process of growing and maturing should never be underestimated as a useless part of our lives, but cherished moment by moment as the love journey that takes us from glory to glory.

Today, I am taking a somewhat different spin. I want to share with you an encounter I had with the Lord and myself recently. I did not grow up a child of tremendous privilege. My family was comfortable and we had nice things. But the Lord asked me a question during a recent quiet time with Him. He said, “if you could single out the toys you had as a child and focus on the ones that spoke to you the clearest about me in your lifetime, what would they be. Well, I had a bunch of them, But for time sake, I will share with you the top three that I believe still have a tremendous part of who we are as believers on a day to day basis.

 

 

Live above your obstacles ... The Periscope

 

 

 

Hebrews 12:1-2

 

 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV)

 

Two simple mirrors mounted in opposing patterns in a tube. That is all that this toy is comprised of, yet it teaches something so valuable, it’s hard to believe that we miss it. We live our lives in a continual state of overcoming. The Bible calls us “overcomers”...and that would suggest that there is something to overcome.

If we continually live staring at the obstacle, we lose hope. There is no way to see around it....no way to see above it. The relationship we have with God through Jesus causes us to be able to see past the obstacle. It gives us insight into the “future and hope”, that God has promised us and lets us overcome the thing that has been sent to discourage and disarm us from the deeper things that God has in store for us.

When we worship, when we pray, when we wait on and rest in the Lord, a spiritual periscope gives us a God’s eye view we have never seen before in our mortal ability. It causes us to see the healing overcoming the disease. It gives us encouragement to see the end of the long hard road we endure. Indeed no weapon formed against us can prosper. And though the weapon be there, we can rise above it and overcome it by seeing through God’s eyes.

 

 

Stay balanced... The Gyroscope

 

 

 

I Corinthians 10:12-13

Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (I Corinthians 10:12-13 NKJV)

 

These little gems were all over the school yards when I was about 9. This was a state of the art toy that still involved a string. An improvement on the standard top, the simple gyroscope was a toy that evolved from space age technology used to keep NASA orbiters in check where balance is concerned.

For about a buck fifty, you could have hours of amazement watching this thing take on hard angles, balancing on your finger tip...or the tip of a pencil. Lesson learned??? There was a force in the universe that was so strong that it could even overcome gravity itself. This concept did not come from the space program, but from God who daily keeps the solar systems in check. He maintains the perfection of all creation at the wave of this hand.

During the time in which we live, our eyes have beheld and will continue to behold disturbing things that we cannot explain, nor can we remedy save to pray God’s mercy and grace upon. We must stay spinning...powerful...upright...balanced....unshakable...stable...and we do that through our dependency upon the power of God.

 

 

Stay thirsty.... The Drinking bird

 

 

Judges 7:4-7 NKJV

 


 

 

 

But the LORD said to Gideon, “The people are still too many; bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. Then it will be, that of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ the same shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ the same shall not go.” So he brought the people down to the water. And the LORD said to Gideon, “Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart by himself; likewise everyone who gets down on his knees to drink.” And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men; but all the rest of the people got down on their knees to drink water. Then the LORD said to Gideon, “By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his place.” (Judges 7:4-7 NKJV)

 

Now, this little guy probably teaches us the greatest lesson of all of the toys. Though he is but a simple fulcrum made of delicate glass, it was once thought that this little toy represented the closest thing to a perpetual motion machine. Through a process of heat exchange, the drinking bird will repeat the process of sticking his head in the glass of water for weeks without any human attention. Only one problem...water evaporates.

Gideon had a problem most of us pastors wish we had. He had thousands of warriors in his army and at his disposal. But God had a special ops mission and also had different ideas. He only wanted the ones who fit a certain profile to be in that army. This dwindled Gideon’s military strength from the thousands he once depended on to only 300.  Pastor Charles Green once sat me down and told me, you know, I’ve had thousands of people in my church, but truth be told, Larry, you can do great things with 300 people...and that’s the number you need.

300 hungry and thirsty people can accomplish infinitely more than 3000 “meh” people. God knew this...so he told Gideon to take his men down to the river and see who would lap up that water like a dog....The thirsty ones...the hungry ones...the desperate, passionate, unstoppable ones will change the world. Drinking bird has one purpose in life...to drink. We have one purpose in life; to serve God; to drink of His goodness and do His work.

 

 

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