Tiger Cruise Update 5 of 5

10:25am 06.01.08 (back on PST)

Church on the USS Germantown:

Well it’s Sunday morning, and for the first time in at least a year, I slept in. I wanted to go to the “Protestant Service” here on the ship, but it didn’t happen. Right now I am used to being busy making sure church is going off well, meeting new people, running around all over the campus but instead I am sitting in a little 2′ x 6′ floor space with my Bible next to me and the computer in my lap. Welcome to my church.

Proverbs 1 is the selection of the day (hey it’s June 1st). So here’s my thoughts:
– Purpose of Proverbs, to teach (wisdom & discipline, both of which I need).
– They will make the simple minded clever and give knowledge & purpose to the young. I’m fascinated by this because I do believe that I lean on the simple minded side. I’d like to think that I’m a deep thinker, and that I contemplate the social, theological and economical issues of the day, but in reality I don’t. I like things to be simple and to make sense – that doesn’t always work out though. I’m reminded of a quote by Einstein: “make everything as simple as possible, but no more”. I also love that the Proverbs are here to give us purpose and the author specifically calls out to the young, as if saying “if you are old and haven’t figured out your purpose – what’s wrong with you?”.
– Those who are wise? Proverbs will make you wiser if you only listen. Another huge one. If there’s anything I want to do as I get older and have more experiences and gain some sense of wisdom it’s to remain teachable.
– Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. How true. I’m afraid this is lost in the modern church. But surprisingly it’s not lost with modern people. I constantly hear people outside the church saying things like: “I hope God can forgive me for this”, or “God won’t forgive people like me”, etc. Even though that is far from true, I believe a healthy respect for the awesomeness and holiness that is God stems from a deep respect for who he is and and understanding of who we are (our depravity without him). Far too often inside the church we paint a picture of God, our best buddy, of God our big brother, of God our team coach, God Santa Clause, God the tooth fairy, God Mickey Mouse, God the genie in the bottle. We hardly hear of God the majestic, holy, righteous, divine, all powerful, all knowing, all present, who simply obliterates anything less than holy from his presence, surrounded by smoke and beasts and angels, worshiping him day and night forever and ever. Sometimes I think the modern church has neutered God, maybe I have. The point is, perception is reality in our minds – and a correct perception of God (a reality check) is the beginning of wisdom.

And that is enough for me to chew on today. As I look out on the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, just one of many, I am reminded of just how small I am, and just how big God is. I’m aboard a 600′ ship with 700 people. We’ve got guns & tanks, captains and seamen, the very highest and the very lowest – almost a little floating city. And yet we are a spec in the vastness of just this ocean, on a spec of dust (as Louie Giglio says) in the unmeasurable vastness of a universe that God created as a testament of who he is.

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name
You are amazing God
All powerful, untamable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing GodIndescribable, Chris Tomlin

Today has been a good reminder of who I am and who God is, and who I am not.

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