My daughter-in-law told me about how she was in the salon and the hairdresser was chatting with a client who said they can’t believe in God because of all the horrible things going on…so much hurting and destruction.
Another customer got up from the waiting area and walked out, seemingly disturbed by the conversation. A minute later the customer returned with a haggard, messy, and somewhat ‘scented’ person, and said to the beautician, “This person is a mess and you are a hairdresser. How come someone is sitting right outside your beauty shop in this wretched condition!?” The astonished and wide eyed hairdresser replied, “I’d love to help this person but he never came to me. I’ve actually tried to talk to him, and he refused.”
I don’t know what triggered it, but the song ‘Play Me’ by Neil Diamond popped into my head the other day, and I have been singing it over and over. I’ve even encouraged the process by playing it (over and over). I sing it to the LORD.
“He is the SUN I am the Moon.” I love the picture.
I know the relationship between the sun and moon is a type of me reflecting the light of the Son to a lonely world floating in darkness. Earth has no way to illuminate itself. ALL light (and warmth) on earth is in some way generated by the sun.
“Play me” is my invitation to Him. Without Him I can do nothing. And how beautiful would my relationship to Jesus be if I could release myself to be ‘played’ like an instrument, like the clay I’m supposed to be, solely to be the orchestration of His hand. I want it to be so.
“Words that rang in me…and what was Right became me.” God’s Word pursued me. Jesus and His Word (one in the same somehow) made me Born Again and His Moon.
“another grace would save me” The word ‘grace’ always makes me think of God. Over and over He gives me grace again. Tries to teach my stubborn heart or assures me again of the same doubts and fears. He never gives up or goes away…or runs out of grace.
I’ve been talking to the Lord about this and we’ve been listening together.
I am just beginning to come back to life.
I realize I have been paralyzed, stricken with horror and pain, holding life like one might hold their breath.
It’s been over 15 years. My children are grown, and now I am truly ‘Solo’.
I invite you to come with me as I walk the path before me. Next time I sit to write, I will attempt to describe or document the story for you, and maybe help myself to continue to emerge.
I have been more aware of God’s amazing provision more acutely lately. Ashamedly realizing how ungrateful I’ve been at the same time, makes me amazed at the blessing and attention He continues to bestow. Why this makes me think of Noah, I don’t know.
First it made me think of Elijah being fed by raven’s by God’s design, and him having to trust the needful sustenance would be there when his stomach was growling. It must have been extremely strange. Certainly cause for anxiety. And ravens are not “clean” animals (Lev. 11:13), so Elijah must have been wondering, “I don’t understand this, God.” – I can relate.
But then I came to Noah in my considerations. His circumstances were totally strange – weird even. Today Noah would seem like Jules Verne, building some contraption for ‘rain’ – a new phenomenon. He had to wonder what God was doing; why was He making him go through this labor and for what?
I think Noah must have experienced – and (more importantly) paid attention to God’s provision in his life already. He had a basis for trusting God and thereby, the open door to more trusting and bigger blessing – stepping foot off the ark and onto a completely new world – BIG.
vs 13 If you desire to flourish in the court of the LORD in time to come, and the word ‘shall‘ is indicating a promise which God is sure to keep, you must be planted in the house of the LORD now.
How is it with you? Are you a member of a local Bible believing Christian Church? Definitely siding with God’s team on the path to bliss, or trying to ride the fence, or travelling incognito? Can your church attendance be described as “planted” or is it lackadaisical and non-committed. Do you have a ‘spot’ where you sit?
God cares that we are “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. ” – Hebrews 10:25
Vs 12 is in contrast to vs 11; those at emnity with the righteous.
Those who belong to the Lord – Born Again Believers (because none are righteous apart from Jesus’ sacrificial blood) who God , Himself, declares righteous, shall flourish and grow.
Our church family encourages each other in hope (not a doubtful-wishing kind of hope, but a ‘now we have hope’ hope) of the promise that one day the devil and his agents that worked so ruthlessly and tirelessly against our goals will be put down and we will see it! The word shall indicates a promise, and you can mark it down – God did!
vs. 11 Seeing my desire upon my enemies means -GOD wins! God is true, and a faithful Friend (even when I’m flawed). I’ll choose Him!
Anyone who has ever mocked a Christian for their position (or worse persecution)- this is where their eyes meet, at the fork in the road….
One way to a blissful eternity with the Lord, the other to everlasting torment alone. Alone, utter loneliness (not so popular now), with physical pain and one’s own memories of unalterable regrets.
I’ll take the road to peace and beauty as a citizen of the Kingdom of God!
Please bear with me, as this site was down recently, and when it came back up, all the content from mid 2017 to present is missing. I can retrieve most, as I post it as a copy-and-paste style post on facebook (so scroll back on my facebook feed to see old, and not so old, blog posts) I will get things sorted out ASAP.
I have found a wonderful way to express myself and incorporate my love of memories, moments really, captured in a photograph.
I have been ‘digital scrapbooking’, and loving every minute of it.
vs. 10 Blessed Assurance – Heaven
We will feel like kings, exalted – The Bible says we will “reign with Him” Rev. 20:6. That’s a promise!
Anointed with fresh oil – like a new day, fresh and clean from the shower; but far, far cleaner that we can understand, now with new and fresh relationship with the Oil , which is the Holy Spirit.
Seeing how He wants to bestow such blessings and honor on us, should we not consider what honor we are giving Him each day ?