Tuesday, April 24, 2012

(Wo)man vs. World

Here at Hobbit Cottage, yesterday was an all-day-pajama day. After weeks of sunny, gorgeous days, we had a dark-grey, frigid, snow-spitting one, so why not? Tom and I lounged around together watching episodes of Man vs. Wild, a survival show we do enjoy, after all, even though Bear Grylls is on camera, alone (normally, we prefer stressed-out interaction amongst those lost out in the wild). But Bear's personality/gifts/talents are just right for such a crazy, wilderness series and once again, we're hooked.

Tom and I prefer our scary, wild, dangerous adventures be experienced the tv way. :)

Something I find so cool about Bear's survival shows? He repeats the same basic wilderness survival hints over and over. Like how to make fire (he wears a cool flint and steel necklace so he's always prepared to make a quick fire. Of course, now Tom and I want a necklace like that!). And episode after episode Bear explains how to land in water when you must jump into it (legs straight, feet together), how to create a basic shelter, how to melt snow in a water bottle (keep it inside your shirt, next to your body) and lots of additional hints, as well ...

... over and over. And over.

And you know? Where many folks would find that boringly repetitive, I appreciate it much. Mostly because my poor ol' Over-50 brain, I'm finding, must hear things over and over (and over) before it can remember them. So really?  After the many survival shows Tom and I have watched, I would tell you I've learned the most from Bear's Man vs. Wild. 

Lose me out on a wild mountaintop and only now would I stand a chance of walking out, alive.

And do you know what all that reminds me of? The way each of us needs to hear/read/listen to the Word of God repeatedly before we really get it. Before it becomes part of who we are-- before we can recall it in rough times, share it with others and use it to keep us at peace and walking in a daily kind of powerful joy.

Hearing the Word in a sermon once isn't enough, nor is reading a daily devotional one morning. No, learning what God wants to tell us requires hours of repetition and relearning. And memorization if you can handle that--but many of us (me, me!) find that rough. What works for some, does not work for everyone and I believe that's why many Christians crawl away discouraged--someone convinces them that memorization is the only way to go, so they hang their heads, kick themselves for their inabilities and eventually, quit altogether.

What works for me? I prefer  to stay doused, drenched in good video teachings and reading for myself and meditating on God's goodness, either here in my room or outside or at cafe's or while doing my housework or-- .  Meditation can be done anywhere once you become good at it--so there again, don't let anyone tell you it can only be done one way, in one place.

Know God, know the Bible, know yourself--what works for you and what doesn't. But know! Seek to learn so you, too, can survive --thrive, even--no matter where God and Life may drop you.


"But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night."  Psalm 1:2

"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus."  ... Romans 8:1  (So I'm hoping none of you feels condemned if you can't memorize verses the way other people can.)

... for the joy of the Lord is my strength..."  ... Nehemiah 8:10


Ack! Just discovered our friend, Donna, had to have emergency colon surgery. Good gracious--we can't believe all she's been through this past month. Anyway, please keep praying for her, ok? She really would like to get home and allow God to help her build her new life there. Thanks.



Dolores said...

Debra, you are an angel. Thanks so much for the mention and link to my blog. God bless. Dolores

Robin in New Jersey said...

Oh boy! Another blog to read...loved it! Thank you!

Debra said...

Dolores--aw, you're welcome. Happy to to do that for you!

Robin--you blessed my socks off by commenting at Dolores' blog. Honest, I can't even tell you.

Thanks, Ladies! Blessings, Debra