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Earthquake

Hey y’all!

I def didn’t mean to disappear. But life has been life. I think I’m gonna just continue to let life be and get back to it at the beginning of April.

However. I had a concrete, postable (is that even a word?!) thought earlier so I’m heeeeeeere!

There are, at times, cataclysmic events, people, seasons, and/or situations that shake the foundation, core, plates of our lives just like an earthquake.

Like legit. An earthquake is the moving and shifting of the tectonic plates in the earth’s crust. Far from where our eyes see, there is pressure at fault lines (thanks for the refresher Google and wiki) that causes the plates to grind and shift.

Some earthquakes are felt and some are not. Some we see evidence of and some we do not. But no matter what, something happened and left the earth forever changed.

The biggest earthquakes have visible changes, disturbances in roads resulting in cracks and sinkholes. Houses and buildings destroyed from the foundation up. Not to mention destruction of their contents. Water main breaks. Gas lines destroyed. Havoc wreaked on power lines. Death. The list is endless.

The smaller ones exist but, much like the daily rotation of the earth, we don’t necessarily see or feel them at the moment. But, as sure as winter turns to spring, summer, and fall, leaves and flowers, daylight and darkness, nothing stays the same.

Not to mention the aftershocks or shockwaves. Those tend to be worse and far more dangerous than the earthquake itself. Things are already out of whack and perilous. And here comes more shaking to add to the destruction.

For us, cataclysmically, death, loss, life, addition, quakes us. Changes us. Would seemingly destroy us. Or make us better.

If we stay at the quake we miss out on the beauty of it. If we hold on to whatever it is, good or bad, we don’t make room for the goodness that can come of it.

Being stagnant is not always a standstill in grief. Sometimes we think we have arrived at the best we’ve ever had and as good as we think it’s gonna get. So. Out of an abundance of caution, we park there so we don’t risk it or lose it. Never mind the possibility of more or better.

There is something to rebuilding though. Processing the event. Learning from it. Growing from it. Mourning or celebrating. Grieving or rejoicing. Going through what the earthquake brought you and putting it into proper perspective. Learning the lesson and accepting the gift.

All life really is is a collection of moments sewn together to make a well-used, patchwork quilt. It is up to us to determine what we do with the pieces and how we embrace or even use what is sewn together.

NAME OF GOD: El Bethel

Pastor Tony Evans created a list of all the names of God and their pronunciations that can be found here. He also included the scripture for each one. I am going to put every English translation from biblegateway.com. I don’t know what all of the abbreviations stand for. You can click the verse at the top to be directed to biblegateway.com and discover which version is which if you are unsure. 😉 My thoughts are italicized.

MEANING: The God of the House of God

Verse: Genesis 35:7

KJ21 And he built there an altar and called the place Elbethel [that is, The God of Bethel], because there God appeared unto him when he fled from the face of his brother.

ASV And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el; because there God was revealed unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

AMP There he built an altar [to worship the Lord], and called the place El-bethel (God of the House of God), because there God had revealed Himself to him when he escaped from his brother.

AMPC There he built an altar, and called the place El-bethel [God of Bethel], for there God revealed Himself to him when he fled from the presence of his brother.

BRG And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

CSB Jacob built an altar there and called the place El-bethel because it was there that God had revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

CEB He built an altar there and named the place El-bethel, because God had revealed himself to him there when he ran away from his brother.

CJB He built there an altar and called the place El-Beit-El [God of Beit-El], because it was there that God was revealed to him, at the time when he was fleeing from his brother.

CEV Jacob built an altar there and called it “God of Bethel,” because that was the place where God had appeared to him when he was running from Esau.

DARBY And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el; because there God had appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother.

DRA And he built there an altar, and called the name of that place, The house of God: for there God appeared to him when he fled from his brother.

ERV Jacob built an altar there. He named the place “El Bethel.” Jacob chose this name because that is the place where God first appeared to him when he was running from his brother.

EHV He built an altar there and named the place El Beth El, because God had been revealed to him there, when he fled from the presence of his brother.

ESV and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

ESVUK and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

EXB There Jacob built an altar and named the place ·Bethel, after God [El-Bethel; or “God of Bethel”], because God had appeared to him there when he was ·running [fleeing] from his brother.

GNV And he built there an altar, and had called the place, The God of Bethel, because that God appeared unto him there, when he fled from his brother.

GW He built an altar there and called that place El Bethel [God of the House of God]. That’s where God had revealed himself to Jacob when he was fleeing from his brother.

GNT He built an altar there and named the place for the God of Bethel, because God had revealed himself to him there when he was running away from his brother.

HCSB Jacob built an altar there and called the place God of Bethel because it was there that God had revealed Himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

ICB There Jacob built an altar. He named the place Bethel, after God, because God had appeared to him there. That was when he was running from his brother.

ISV He built an altar there to God and named the place El Beth-el, because God had revealed himself there when he was fleeing from his brother.

JUB And there he built an altar and called the place Elbethel because there God had appeared unto him when he fled from the face of his brother.

KJV And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

AKJV And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

LEB And he built an altar there and called the place El-Bethel, for there God had appeared to him when he fled before his brother.

TLB And Jacob erected an altar there and named it “the altar to the God who met me here at Bethel” because it was there at Bethel that God appeared to him when he was fleeing from Esau.

Yas words!

MSG Jacob and his company arrived at Luz, that is, Bethel, in the land of Canaan. He built an altar there and named it El-Bethel (God-of-Bethel) because that’s where God revealed himself to him when he was running from his brother.

MEV There he built an altar and called the place El Bethel, because God had appeared to him there when he fled from his brother.

NOG He built an altar there and called that place El Bethel [God of the House of God]. That’s where Elohim had revealed himself to Jacob when he was fleeing from his brother.

Okay Elohim

NABRE There he built an altar and called the place El-Bethel, for it was there that God had revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

NASB Then he built an altar there, and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed Himself to him when he fled from his brother.

NASB1995 He built an altar there, and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed Himself to him when he fled from his brother.

NCV There Jacob built an altar and named the place Bethel, after God, because God had appeared to him there when he was running from his brother.

NET He built an altar there and named the place El Bethel because there God had revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

NIRV Jacob built an altar at Luz. He named the place El Bethel. There God made himself known to Jacob when he was running away from his brother.

Not just revealed-made himself know. Way more intimate and relational sounding.

NIV There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

NIVUK There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

NKJV And he built an altar there and called the place El Bethel, because there God appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother.

NLV He built an altar there, and gave the place the name El-bethel. Because God had shown Himself to him there, when Jacob ran away from his brother.

NLT Jacob built an altar there and named the place El-bethel (which means “God of Bethel”), because God had appeared to him there when he was fleeing from his brother, Esau.

NRSV and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because it was there that God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

NRSVA and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because it was there that God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

NRSVACE and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because it was there that God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

NRSVCE. and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because it was there that God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

OJB And he built there a Mizbe’ach, and called the makom (place) El Beit-El; because there HaElohim appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of achiv.

RSV and there he built an altar, and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

RSVCE and there he built an altar, and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

TLV He built an altar there and called the place El-Beth-El because God had revealed Himself to him there when he fled from the presence of his brother.

VOICE There he built an altar and called the place El-bethel because it was there that God had revealed Himself to Jacob when he was running away from his brother.

WEB He built an altar there, and called the place El Beth El; because there God was revealed to him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

WYC And he builded there an altar to the Lord, and called the name of that place The house of God, for God appeared there to him, when he fled his brother. (And he built there an altar to the Lord, and called the name of that place El-bethel, for God appeared to him there, when he fled from his brother.)

YLT and he buildeth there an altar, and proclaimeth at the place the God of Bethel: for there had God been revealed unto him, in his fleeing from the face of his brother.

Crazy how good God is to us when we simply are not good. Jacob made a deal with his older, twin brother Esau when he was starving. Esau wanted stew Jacob cooked. Jacob told Esau to sell him his birthright. Esau claimed to be so hungry he was about to die and asked what use the birthright was to him. Jacob made sure Esau swore to it before giving him food. The Bible says Esau despised his birthright. Despised. Genesis 25:29-34 English Standard Version (ESV). Huh.

Tis mother, Rebekah, was aware of the deal. She helped Jacob cash in on the deal in a deceitful manner when their father Isaac was old, blind, and told Esau to get ready to be blessed. Genesis 27:5-17 ESV.

Esau clearly did not really mean it. Genesis 27:34, 36, & 41 ESV. Crazy how his hunger caused him to willingly trade something so important so callously. What has our hunger for sin caused us to forfeit and later regret? He wanted nothing do do with it when he was in one condition. But, when he came back to himself and it was time to receive all that was attached to it, it was too late. He had to deal with the consequences for the rest of his life.

Thing is though, in hindsight, it makes sense that this happened. They wrestled in her womb and she asked God what was up. He told her they were two nations and that the older will serve the younger. Jacob came out of Rebecca’s womb holding on to Esau’s heel. Genesis 25:22-26 ESV. Once Esau realized what happened and conversed with Isaac, Isaac said something similar to what God told Rebekah: you shall serve your brother. Buuuuuuut. Isaac said that when Esau grew restless, he would break Jacob’s yoke from his neck. Genesis 27:40 ESV.

A father looking out for a son who didn’t even really deserve it. The Bible doesn’t say whether or not Isaac was aware of the deal. It appears that he wasn’t. I doubt he would have just been okay with it had he known because he didn’t seem to pleased upon the discovery. But he made sure to speak to Esau and prophesy something good in the midst of a devastating moment that would alter the course of his future. Just like God does for some of us.

Proverbs 25 (The Message MSG)

Further Wise Sayings of Solomon

The Right Word at the Right Time

1 There are also these proverbs of Solomon,
    collected by scribes of Hezekiah, king of Judah.

God delights in concealing things;
    scientists delight in discovering things.

Like the horizons for breadth and the ocean for depth,
    the understanding of a good leader is broad and deep.

4-5 Remove impurities from the silver
    and the silversmith can craft a fine chalice;
Remove the wicked from leadership
    and authority will be credible and God-honoring.

6-7 Don’t work yourself into the spotlight;
    don’t push your way into the place of prominence.
It’s better to be promoted to a place of honor
    than face humiliation by being demoted.

Don’t jump to conclusions—there may be
    a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw.

9-10 In the heat of an argument,
    don’t betray confidences;
Word is sure to get around,
    and no one will trust you.

11-12 The right word at the right time
    is like a custom-made piece of jewelry,
And a wise friend’s timely reprimand
    is like a gold ring slipped on your finger.

13 Reliable friends who do what they say
    are like cool drinks in sweltering heat—refreshing!

14 Like billowing clouds that bring no rain
    is the person who talks big but never produces.

This is for me.

15 Patient persistence pierces through indifference;
    gentle speech breaks down rigid defenses.

And this too. Both timely for different reasons.

A Person Without Self-Control

16-17 When you’re given a box of candy, don’t gulp it all down;
    eat too much chocolate and you’ll make yourself sick;
And when you find a friend, don’t outwear your welcome;
    show up at all hours and he’ll soon get fed up.

18 Anyone who tells lies against the neighbors
    in court or on the street is a loose cannon.

19 Trusting a double-crosser when you’re in trouble
    is like biting down on an abscessed tooth.

20 Singing light songs to the heavyhearted
    is like pouring salt in their wounds.

Eek. Ouch.

21-22 If you see your enemy hungry, go buy him lunch;
    if he’s thirsty, bring him a drink.
Your generosity will surprise him with goodness,
    and God will look after you.

23 A north wind brings stormy weather,
    and a gossipy tongue stormy looks.

24 Better to live alone in a tumbledown shack
    than share a mansion with a nagging spouse.

25 Like a cool drink of water when you’re worn out and weary
    is a letter from a long-lost friend.

26 A good person who gives in to a bad person
    is a muddied spring, a polluted well.

27 It’s not smart to stuff yourself with sweets,
    nor is glory piled on glory good for you.

28 A person without self-control
    is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.

Stuff

We have so much stuff.

We define ourselves by how much and how expensive our stuff is.

I was walking and saw so many expensive cars and driveways full of two, three, and four cars.

Jesus and the Bible talk about how stuff and riches aren’t always the greatest.

Yes, some of us will be rich and prosper. That’s in the Bible.

How we treat that stuff is the problem. Are we making it idols? Are we making it gods? Are we valuing and worshipping it more than we should and more than God? Are we using stuff to fill voids and cover our issues and insecurities?

While stuff is nice, and I am blessed to have plenty of it, it doesn’t define me. Receiving gifts and stuff is not important to me. That’s my lowest love language.

It may have something to do with feeling like my stuff mattered more than me to others when I was younger. It may have something to do with the fact that I got stuff when I needed time.

I just don’t need much. I am actually overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I discovered I had after living 10ish hours away from all of it for more than a year. I gave some away and dang near wanted to just give all of it away. I’m not gonna be able to wear most of it soon anyway.

Years ago, when I cleaned out and gave away my physical stuff my inside, my mind, felt clearer and lighter. I ended up wasting money and acquiring a lot of stuff again. Fortunately, it was just stuff to me. I was lazy and didn’t want to pay money to wash clothes. I was bored. I still gave stuff away and bought stuff for others.

I ended up far less able to afford stuff a couple of years ago. It didn’t even matter. I can’t really afford the different levels of lifestyles I’ve had. But I don’t care. My identity isn’t tied to stuff.

I have the capacity to earn a lot of money when I pass the bar. My dream car? A GMC Acadia. American made. Cheaper maintenance.

I want to buy a condo in the near future. Eventually? Land to custom build a house for me, houses for any children I have or adopt to leave something for my future, and have a farm to give food and jobs to those in need. The hands and feet of Jesus (Matthew 25:31-40) and following what the Bible says parents should do (Proverbs 13:22).

What does your stuff and how you relate to it say about you? What does it mean to you? How does it affect you?