cultivate (kuhl - tuh - veyt)
v. 1) develop 2) nurture

graft (grahft)
n. 1) transplant 2) bud 3) union

Monday, October 15, 2012

Am I Disturbed?

You know it's going to be a good story when it begins with a legal pirate.

 Sixteenth century English sea captain and privateer, Sir Francis Drake, had some pretty good kick-you-in-the-pants zingers. His prayer recorded in 1577 resonates with me in an elephantine way:

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.

~Sir Francis Drake~

In the throes of life, sometimes it's all too tempting to hang the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door and remind God that I have enough on my plate. I can hide behind the excuse that my family is my ministry during this stage of life. We can all huddle behind our door, with our pretty "go away" sign and I can teach my kids how to love others.* Safely. From a distance. Maybe just let them know I texted someone a "thinking of you" message. I'm sure that's the stuff of Kingdom work. Stuff that will surely set the world ablaze.**

We can be safe or we can be strong, but rarely can we be both.

Needing To Be More Disturbed,


*Confession: We have a welcome mat at the front door that says "leave". Did you honestly expect something else coming from me?!?
**If the new definition of "ablaze" indicates something about lighting fires with a wet sponge.


  1. That is a great prayer and well...disturbing!

  2. I needed that. thanks .

  3. Sometimes our prayers leave us in a "safe place" - especially if we don't listen and heed the call that God puts on our hearts. God is not interested in "politically correct" prayers - He is interested in commited hearts calling out to Him.


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