6.27.2008

Fame

I am not the guy who goes crazy around celebrities. I never have been like that. I would say that 9 out of 10 times that I spot someone famous, I'll leave them alone. I figure they get people bothering them all the time, and I know that's the price of fame, but that has to get old quick. I don't know why I'm like this, but I've always been that way. This morning I got to the airport really early. Wow, really & early have almost the same lettering. Anyway, as I was sitting and waiting on a bench, I looked to my right and saw some pretty cool looking guys, and I looked closer, and it was Delirious. One of my favorite all time worship bands. These guys have written some timeless songs for the church, and they were 10 feet away from me. I felt this jolt of excitement, because I really have been influenced by not only their songwriting and recording, but their style in which they lead worship. So, I checked my bags, and I went over to them to say hi. I'm not at all angry about this, but they barely said much back. At that moment I felt like I was bothering them a smidge. They weren't mean or rude by any means, they were very polite, but I could just tell they were not looking for a conversation with a fan. It really didn't bother me, because these guys are pretty big, and pretty famous. I went about my way and went to my gate. I saw them follow me and walk past me as they went to theirs and that was pretty much it. That's about as exciting as it got. That's my Delirious in the airport story.
The next few hours, I really started thinking, and God spoke to me about this. The last few days I've been finishing up the book of Job, and I read some pretty amazing things about our God. For instance, in Job 36, I read this:

26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not;
the number of his years is unsearchable.

27
For he draws up the drops of water;
they distill his mist in rain,

28
which the skies pour down
and drop on mankind abundantly.

29 Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds,
the thunderings of his pavilion?

There is none greater than God. There is none higher. There is no one more famous in our universe than the Creator. His fame is known throughout the galaxies and reflected from star to star. God is bigger and more famous than Delirious or the Beatles or any President or King or Queen. What's great about Delirious is that they do what they do to proclaim the fame of our God. I am ashamed to say that Delirious' presence, because it was tangible, jazzed me up for a moment more than God's presence. I'm thankful for this lesson today. I needed it and I treasure it. I go back to Psalm 139 for perspective:

1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me!

2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.

7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?

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