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Mike Trimble
Visalia, California
Loving God And Loving People
Interests: Grandchildren, Family, Photography, Baseball, Coffee, Leadership
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Last week I ministered to a family in our ICU who lost a father and three sons to Covid-19 all in the same week. I witnessed doctors fatigued, nurses exhausted, and staff stretched to the limit. Every bed in the unit was full. This week I chased codes and sat with family waiting to hear if their loved ones were able to be saved. And then I log into social media and hear people complaining about wearing masks, not being able to eat at an indoor facility, attend a movie, or having to worship outdoors or online. What’s going on outside the hospital is almost more heartbreaking than what’s happening inside. “Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” Philippians‬ ‭2:14-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2021 at The Journey
Hebrews 4:16 (NLT) — So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. This past Friday, we decided to escape the Valley heat and the smokey air created by the numerous wildfires blazing throughout California this month. I watched my grandson race out to the place where the ocean meets the shore. He loves it! Maybe he's watched Disney's Moana too many times and hears the sea calling him. Maybe its the feel of the cold water rushing around his little legs and feet. Or maybe its just the sheer beauty of God's creation that draws him to the water's edge. I'm not completely sure what attracts him to the sea, maybe one day he will be able to articulate that to me. I do know this, I want to be more like Mason, in the way I approach God...I want to be drawn to Him, run to him, be filled with joy and laughter in His presence. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2018 at The Journey
A 30 second exposure taken near Shell Beach, California. This photo was taken after the sun had set, making it pretty dark outside. The long exposure time allows the camera to absorb more light, light that is not easily seen with the naked eye. At the same, the longer exposure makes the waves and splashes along the rocks look smooth and glossy. How much better would our lives look if we approached them as long exposures rather than snapshots. Being patient and allowing the light of God to be absorbed into our souls enabling us to see life's seas as smooth rather than up and down with the winds and waves of each moment. James 1:2–7 (NLT) — 2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. 5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at The Journey
“Learn the discipline of being surprised not by suffering but by joy. As we grow old, there is suffering ahead of us, immense suffering, a suffering that will continue to tempt us to think that we have chosen the wrong road. But don't be surprised by pain. Be surprised by joy, be surprised by the little flower that shows its beauty in the midst of a barren desert, and be surprised by the immense healing power that keeps bursting forth like springs of fresh water from the depth of our pain.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at The Journey
"But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” ~ Luke 9:62 (NLT) I enjoyed an afternoon visit with Pastor Larkin Yandell (now 90 years old) and his wife Winnie today. They even let me take some photos while we were together. Pastor Yandell has been a great example to me as a small church pastor. He along with several other pastors in our local area were guiding lights for me when I began preaching at the tender age of fifteen. One of the things that has impressed me most with Pastor Yandell and these men is their tenacity and faithfulness. They put their hands to the plow and never looked back. There have been times when my heart was broken and spirit crushed and all I knew to do was trust God and keep on going, following in these men's steps. Today, when I took this photograph of Larkin and Winnie's hands, I thought about how many lives those hands have touched throughout the years, how many doors they have knocked on to share the gospel, how many people they have pointed in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at The Journey
“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.” ~ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables In the coming year, I hope to devote more of my attention to the sea, the sky, and the soul. The sea reminds me of the amazing control God has over everything in this life. Jesus called his disciples from near the Sea of Galilee, he taught near the Coasts of Philippi, and he did the miraculous, walking on the water and commanding the wind and waves to be still at the sea. The skies fascinate me and the more science explores the far reaches of the galaxies, the more amazing God is. He created the universe and then used its vastness as an illustration to Abraham of how great his promises were. The soul of man, more specifically my own soul, is the most amazing of all. God breathed into man the breath of life and he became a living soul. Our souls long for a personal relationship with God. Jesus taught there was nothing on earth more valuable than a man's soul. Where do we find... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at The Journey
Jeremiah 1:5 (ESV) “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” The words of the Lord are so amazing! The Lord says "Before I formed you...I knew you" then He says "I consecrated you" and finally He says "I appointed you". These words bring joy to my soul, especially when I keep them in this order. He knows me, or loves me just because! Then he claims me as His very own. And then, because He loves me and has claimed me, He provides a place for me to serve Him. One of the great dangers in ministry is forgetting that God knew you before He called you. Don't forget that God knew you and loved you long before you took on your current ministry role and He will love you regardless of how successful you feel or how long you serve in that position. Are you cultivating your relationship with the Lord? Are you taking time out of your busy schedule to simply be with the God who knew you, consecrated you, and called you? Is it time for you to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at The Journey
Albert Einstein has been quoted as having said, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” I ran across an article in Forbes Magazine that referenced a study of how people keep their desks and what that says about them. Apparently a neat desk usually belongs to more conventional thinkers and a messy desk belongs to more creative thinkers. I like to think of myself as a more creative thinker and yet here I am on a Sunday evening sitting at a clean desk. It's only clean for my wife's sanity though, it will be messy again by the end of the week. I suppose I should get my more "conventional" thinking out of the way during the first couple days of the week and then get back to normal by Thursday. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at The Journey
Always strive, my son, to do another's will rather than your own. Always choose to have less rather than more. Always seek the lowest place and be submissive in all things. Always desire and pray that God's will be entirely fulfilled in you. The man who accomplishes all this advances toward peace and rest. Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ (p111) Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at The Journey
Today, these toes are just so stinking cute, Tomorrow, they’ll carry him a million miles or more, He’ll dip them in new and exciting waters, They’ll get stubbed and stepped on along the way, But today, these toes are just so stinking cute. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at The Journey
Disturb us, Lord, when We are too well pleased with ourselves, When our dreams have come true Because we have dreamed too little, When we arrived safely Because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord, when With the abundance of things we possess We have lost our thirst For the waters of life; Having fallen in love with life, We have ceased to dream of eternity And in our efforts to build a new earth, We have allowed our vision Of the new Heaven to dim. Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, To venture on wider seas Where storms will show your mastery; Where losing sight of land, We shall find the stars. We ask You to push back The horizons of our hopes; And to push into the future In strength, courage, hope, and love. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at The Journey
Our souls thirst for God just like the trees on the hills thirst for water. The wonderful news is that there is no shortage of God. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at The Journey
I have made it a custom to take my camera out on Memorial Day weekend each year and try to capture a photograph that speaks to the real meaning of Memorial Day. This year I visited Bakersfield National Cemetery and was moved. Many of us will never understand as well as others what the true cost of freedom is. This lovely young lady had just posed for pictures with her daddy at his headstone. As her family was leaving she politely asked her mother, "Can I spend a little more time with daddy?". My eyes welled up in tears as I watched her spend a few moments there before returning to a park bench and waiting patiently while her mother went and spent a few moments at the same headstone. Abraham Lincoln once said "“A nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.” Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at The Journey
God stills the waves Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at The Journey
California's Central Coast (Just North of Pismo) Ephesians 3:20–21 (ESV) — 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Our God is big enough, it is our thoughts and dreams that are to small. We would do well to find a place to admire all that God has created and then to think of all that He could do for us if only we had faith to ask. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at The Journey
“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” ― Henry David Thoreau Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at The Journey
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.” ~ Walt Whitman Keep your face always toward the SON... Hebrews 12:1–2 (NLT) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at The Journey
“If I can put one touch of sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.” ~ G.K. Chesterton Make a priority today and everyday to add something to the lives of those you come in contact with. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at The Journey
"Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil." Ephesians 4:26–27 (ESV) I am speaking this Sunday on Forgiveness, both giving and receiving. In my studies, I ran across an interesting line from Jonathan Tropper's novel, This Is Where I Leave You. Two brothers are talking after one has been hurt... “I wasted a lot of time being angry, time I can't get back. And now I see you, so angry about what happened to your marriage, and I just want to tell you, at some point it doesn't matter who was right and who was wrong. At some point, being angry is just another bad habit, like smoking, and you keep poisoning yourself without thinking about it.” ― Jonathan Tropper, This is Where I Leave You Time is indeed too precious to waste. Once it is gone we can never get it back. How much time have we needlessly wasted by being angry? I wonder sometimes if being angry really does become a very bad habit. Something makes us angry, we refuse to forgive, bitterness creeps into our hearts, and then we walk around angry... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at The Journey
G.K. Chesterton — 'There is no way in which a man can earn a star or deserve a sunset.' On my way from Tulare to Visalia, while making visits this week I stopped along the side of the road to admire these majestic oaks. The timing was perfect and I watched The Lord paint another masterpiece across the skies. All the way home I whistled the tune of Beyond The Sunset. When I got home that night I looked the lyric up and fell in love with the story behind the hymn. On a summer evening in 1936 Virgil and Blanch Brock attended dinner at a friends home in Indiana. After having enjoyed an amazing sunset over Winona Lake the group talked about the sunset, how the sky turned orange and the reflection on the water made the lake look like it was on fire. Virgil's cousin, Horace Burr, was at the table that night listening to everyone speak of the splendor they had all witnessed. Horace, who had been blind since birth and never had the opportunity to see a sunset for himself, exclaimed with excitement, "That is the most amazing sunset I have ever seen!". Virgil asked him... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at The Journey