Sunday, August 12, 2007

Down by The Lake (Introduction)

Psalm 36
5-6 God's love is meteoric,  his loyalty astronomic,   His purpose titanic,  his verdicts oceanic.  Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost;  Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks.
7-9 How exquisite your love, O God! How eager we are to run under your wings, To eat our fill at the banquet you spread as you fill our tankards with Eden spring water. You're a fountain of cascading light,  and you open our eyes to light.
10-12 Keep on loving your friends; do your work in welcoming hearts.

Before I publish my next series of stories I need to set it up for you. I feel the need to set it in a time and a place where I didn't know the astronomical grace of God. We all have the points and places in our lives as none of us were born into the kingdom of God.
I need the above verses to get me through the next series of stories. For so long I didn't know His plan. Looking back now, I can see what He was doing in my life. Some clear and some not so clear. The chapters in my life are being sorted and arranged in this book I have titled "Down by The Lake". It  deals with the many of my most inner thoughts and twisting turns in my life that have developed me to who I am today.  
For the past two years I have been down by the lake in order to see myself as I once was and now who I am today.  Looking into the water each day and seeing a reflection of myself, transparent and at times disturbed deep in my soul. God allowed me to travel the many highways and back roads of our great country seeing the most abused, forgotten and hopeless people in America.  I was allowed to bring a message of hope to these people through the ministry of In His Wakes with the support of my sweet wife Lisa and daughters Sara and Laura. I could mention a host of others that supported me through this but the list would be long and I am sure I would forget someone. For the most part my wife Lisa would see me at my lowest points and the rest of you would see me at my highest points. 
To make this really clear, this book is not about the ministry of In His Wakes but the way God allowed and used it in my life to bring an image to me of His greatness and the condition of real people in our land. Not only was I seeing myself in the reflection of the water each day but at each event I was looking at myself, reliving my child hood all over again.   
Some of the people you have already read about but some are still deep in my memory. It's my hope to introduce you to these people and the many that have crossed my path even before In His Wakes. As I reflect on the events leading up to and before the ministry I am reminded that it started at the waters edge.  
First at Kennedy Home, then the Haven House in Raleigh, NC and then to the Boys Home at Lake Waccamaw, NC. These group homes along with the many sessions in the "nut hut" would mold me to who I was and who I would turn out to be, so I thought. The puzzle of my life was so scattered, it never seemed to fit the way I thought it should. Until one day I was introduced to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. This journey has proven to be most difficult but God is a God of truth and has never let me go. He has always held me tight even in the most difficult circumstances. I am blessed to even write about this great journey I have been on and is no way finished.
My plan is to write in chapters, they won't be in chronological order but as God leads me to write and release them. I am not sure if the book will ever have an ending but if it does I hope it's a message of hope.
 I will change the names of some of the people so to protect their privacy and respect their families. It has taken me more than two months to write this. I have several chapters in the works and will publish them here as they are completed.
God allowed me to work with the most disadvantaged and hurting people in the world, being in front of and beside the most abused and forgotten people. These people that have names but no address, they have faces but little hope, they have finger prints but no identity, seeing myself in the mirror as I once was the most haunting experience I could have ever imagined.
I thank God for a loving family that has seen me come through this, to my wife Lisa, who watched me cry for days, who watched me in agony as I told some of the stories of my life, who watched me get so excited that I could hardly contain myself. To Sara and Laura who were with me the whole way.  I could not have made it this far with out their love and the love of my wonderful wife.
I also thank God for my closest friends, who supported me even when they really didn't know. They showed me the love of Christ, they were there in my darkest hours and in my brightest hours. They loved me and love me today. I hope to mention them in the chapters to come, they are exciting and some "goofy acting" on my part went on the the early months of getting to know them. I learned through them, no matter what people do or who they are, they are still just people, all with a past, all with hurts and pain and all going in a direction and getting closer to death each day just like me.
This book will take you back to a period that most have forgotten. My intent is not to glorify this period but to give you some insight on what God has done in my life. In Psalm 36 it says " God's love is meteoric,  his loyalty astronomic,   His purpose titanic,  his verdicts oceanic.  Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost;  Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks".
Can you get a hold of that?  I had nothing to do with it, it was always Gods plan, nothing is done in this universe without Him knowing, no thought, no idea, no touch, no hug, no look goes without notice from our great God. So for me to say my life has been bad would not be fair. It has been what it is, it has been what God planned.
I write with joy, I write with tears, I write for the sake of others hoping they will see there is hope. 
I was told by a great friend "George, you can never quit". I didn't understand at the time but now know what he was talking about. I can never quit!  I can never quit telling my story, it has hope for a hopeless world, it has the Gospel of Jesus, it has all the elements of His grace. 
Lets get into the stories and see what happened "Down by The Lake".

















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