Good News Sierra Journal I Celtic Tiger, Cadillacs, and the Child of God
Special to the Sun
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; and#8220;He just has so much love in his heart and#8230; Heand#8217;s my hero,and#8221; said Bethany from Joplin, Mo. about her husband, who was crushed to death after he protected her with his own body during the recent tornado. Ah, the power of heroes. In a separate incident, Denous Estenour, a 6-foot-3-inch, 306-pound lineman from South Florida, got an adrenalin rush and lifted a 3,500 pound Cadillac off of a tow truck driver. and#8220;I tried to lift the car, and when I first tried, it didnand#8217;t budge. I backed up. I donand#8217;t know. But I felt this energy come, and I lifted it.and#8221; Apparently, he didnand#8217;t even need a cape. and#8220;And the power,and#8221; where have we heard that? On a different stage, a 22-year-old Celtic Tiger with a wee bit more class has replaced the old Tiger as the King of Menand#8217;s Golf by totally over-powering the field at the U.S. Open. Rory McIlroy, Celtic Power?-
First Lady Michelle Obama just visited Nelson Mandela who once said this regarding personal power, and#8220;Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?and#8221;
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so other people wonand#8217;t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. Itand#8217;s not just in some of us; itand#8217;s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.and#8221; –
During the morning rush hour, Carole Markowitz panicked and screamed as her leg was trapped between the subway train and the platform, only to be lifted like a rag doll by an anonymous stranger. The power of random acts!- A single dad read to his daughter every night for 3,218 days, including her prom night, until she left for college. Ah, the power of commitment.-
When Julie and I first moved to the Sierra back in the early 80s, we went for a ride out to Jackson Meadows. While we were there, and soon after sunset, God showed his power with the most incredible lightning storm Iand#8217;ve ever seen. It was all over the place, all around us, multiple strikes, concussive thunder, and it went on and on. Frankly, it was more than a little scary. I remember thinking what an awesome God, what staggering power, and I wondered if God routinely did unbelievable displays of his power in the Sierra.
Later on when my son David was born, he always associated lightning with his God. He said God talked to him. Even to this day, weand#8217;ll stand outside, or just under the eve of the house when the lightning comes. He calls it my Godand#8217;s power. Sometimes he would say that his God was mad.
Itand#8217;s weird how many people call twisters, hurricanes, rogue waves, earthquakes, floods, and all those things and#8220;acts of God,and#8221; as if only God could do something that powerful. Itand#8217;s worth prayerfully considering when youand#8217;re standing by that thundering waterfall, watching the giant waves crashing into the rocks of the shore, when the blizzards howl, and the avalanches thunder down the mountain. And when you consider all the light, energy, heat, inertia, momentum, and all the forces in the entire universe, it makes our little earthly displays almost pale in comparison. I remember now, it’s not just and#8220;Thine is the kingdom and the glory,and#8221; but played out for all mankind since the beginning of time, and#8220;Thine is the power,and#8221; forever and ever.
and#8212; Randy Allen is as Sierra Sun columnist, worship musician, and former teacher. Heand#8217;s lived in Truckee for 29 years