Thank you, dear blog readers, and those many other friends who have checked out all the happenings since January, 2010!
Many of you have heard the story, but for those who haven’t, let me give you a brief account of how I arrived at the beginnings of this website…
It was late in October of 2009 when I was awakened early one morning by a very vivid dream. In the dream, I was in my bed and suddenly in the darkness, right above my head and directly outside my bedroom window, an intense light appears. As I focused my eyes on the light, it turned out to be a very angelic-looking being. This angel was pointing to a very large book that was lying closed on a massive church lectern. The book seemed to glow with the same brilliant light that was surrounding the angelic being. At first I wasn’t sure what the book was. While now it seems so obvious that it was a large Bible, my first thought in my dream was maybe it was a ‘book of life’ or some holy book of some sort. The powerful glow coming off the book was quite stunning. As I looked at the book lying closed on the lectern, I heard the angel say just three words…”Open the book.” At that moment, I suddenly woke up and knew that I had just experienced one of the most vivid encounters with the Kingdom of God that I have had in years.
It was also during this time, I discovered a powerful phrase that evangelist Henry Varley used to deeply challenge Dwight Moody back in 1867. Moody, a successful traveling shoe salesman from Chicago, was visiting England, looking to learn from some of the great evangelists of his day (Charles Spurgeon, George Muller and others). Sitting on a park bench outside a massive cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, Varley turned to Moody, and said…
“Dwight, the world has yet to see what God will do with a man who is fully consecrated to Him.”
As Moody returned to the States on a slow steamship, he struggled with Varley’s statement. As he stood on the deck of the boat as it pulled into the New York City harbor, Moody decided to take Varley’s challenge personally, asking the Lord to empower Him to be “just that man”…a man or woman who is fully consecrated, or set apart, for God’s unique call and purpose in his or her life. In response to that challenge, Moody went on to become a man of God who made a unique difference in his generation.
As I pondered my vivid dream/vision and reflected on how I might respond to Henry Varley’s challenge, I decided that I needed to get a bit more serious (and intentional) with my devotional studies with God and with my strong desire to write as I pondered on God’s Word. Since I needed some accountability in my studies and writings, I thought it best to commit myself to posting my writings regularly via the internet. I was intrigued, at the time, by the popular movie, “Julie & Julia” where one passionate person (in this case, a writer with one big love for Chef Julia Child & her famed French cooking) began blogging on her cooking experiences and found a true niche for herself and her writings. So in January 2010, I ventured out on my own with my “As I See It” blog series here on pastorboller.com. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Now, here we are 60,000 hits later…and the journey continues! Thank you to all who’ve taken the ride with me! I hope you’ll continue the journey with us as we trek onward to become Christ-centered contemplative activists in the midst of one of the busiest, loudest, and seemingly, most hurried times in human history!
May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You…
Marty Boller A recovering 3-B pastor on his way to becoming a contemplative activist.