New Yorker Roger Pasquier has an unusual hobby. The retired ornithologist has a keen eye for spotting dropped coins.
Since he began this strange hobby late in 1980’s Pasquier has found almost $2,000 worth of coins dropped on the New York City’s sidewalks.
In recent years he has developed some specific strategies to help him find and keep track of the coins he collects. He avoids eye contact with other pedestrians. He hovers outside of bars where careless drunk people drop money.
Since the invention of the iPhone Pasquier’s annual findings have nearly doubled since people are too busy looking at their phones to notice coins on the street.
“It’s important,” Pasquier says, “that I keep my eyes on where the money is.”
Obviously, Roger Pasquier has a passion for his hobby. What is your passion? What is your eye focused on?
In my recent Bible reading of Psalms, I was reminded and impressed by David’s deep passion for God. Read slowly the excerpt from Psalm 63.
O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
No wonder David is called “a man after God’s own heart.” David was in love with the Lord. Just a casual perusal of the Psalms impresses us with David’s longing for a spiritual relationship with God.
Modern religious writers have described our desire to enjoy a relationship with God in various ways. Mike Cope calls it a “holy hunger.” Martin DeHann refers to it as a “radical reliance.” Joe Beam speaks of it as a “craving.” Henry and Richard Blackaby write about “experiencing intimacy with God.” And my friend Dee Bowman often describes it as “divine association.”
The challenge Christians often face in developing this relationship is described by John Eldredge this way. “Communion with God is replaced by activity for God.” To overcome this barrier Eldredge encourages us to think of our relationship as a “Sacred Romance.” If this sounds a little weird, read again the words of David in Psalm 63.
Although Bible characters often encountered a more direct communication with the Lord, we can “draw near to God” as we learn of Him through the “Book of nature” and the “Book of Revelation,” the Bible.
Part of the challenge of a close communion with God may lie in our genuine desire and effort to develop our relationship with God. In his book, One Holy Hunger, Mike Cope writes, “When our vision of God diminishes or fails to grow, Christianity becomes a tame, drab, lukewarm, safe religion that fits comfortably into our malnourished worldview.” Could it be that we want to live as we please, asking for divine favor, and neglect to “draw near to the heart of God?”
A. W. Tozer describes this problem among Christians by what he calls “the lost concept of majesty.” He says we not only have a “low value of man” but a “low value of God.” When we devalue human life created in the image of God, we soon lose appreciation for the grandeur of God. Every trivial and carnal thing in this life is described as “awesome.” Instead of the very one whose name and works are really Awesome (Ps 66:3; 111:9).
May our passion for God be revived so that we may exclaim with the Psalmist, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God” (Ps 42:1).
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman