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Name: Buzz Trexler
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Journalist for 29 years; married to Donna for 28 years; parent of David, 27, and Elizabeth, 24; pastor of Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa since 2002.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Making room for God ...

I have a copy of Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost For His Highest" that I keep handy for devotions. On the fly page of the inside cover is the inscription "Dick & Joan Pace, Christmas '90."

Today's devotion is entitled "Leave Room For God." Chambers writes, "Do not look for God to come in any particular way, but look for Him. That is the way to make room for Him. Expect Him to come, but do not expect Him only in a certain way."

The Paces were once our neighbors and our families went to church together. Our kids played together and Dick was an early influence on me as I began my journey with Jesus. It didn't matter whether we were cutting wood for the winter, standing in the driveway talking, or hanging together with our kids, we always made room for God. And Dick taught me to look for God to come anywhere, and everywhere, in life.

It was Dick who introduced me to the music of Keith Green, which influenced the way I viewed discipleship and led me to others who were then making room for God in the music industry. It now occurs to me that Randy Pudelek, another brother who makes room for God, introduced me to Larry Norman, the great-granddaddy of contemporary Christian music.

Dick also exposed me to pentecostal Bible studies, and worship that broadened my understanding of the Christian experience. It opened my mind to the knowledge that God doesn't just show up with the "warming of the heart," but the fire of the Spirit, and we have to make room for God in things we don't always understand. The experience led me to believe that all Christians are pentecostals, just in different flavors.

Eventually, my work at The Daily Times grabbed hold of my life in a big way, cutting into my relationships. Later, the Paces moved out of the neighborhood, changed churches and our lives grew further apart.

Dick and I bump into each other occsionally, and it's the same way with Randy. If we talk for very long at all, we are soon making room for God to enter into the conversation.

This morning I thank God for them and some of the other men who, in the early days of my life in the Spirit, taught me to leave room for God: Don Haas, Coley Pardue and Don Arnurius.

Grace and peace ...