“From a distance the world looks blue and green, and the snow-capped mountains white. From a distance, there is harmony, and it echoes through the land. From a distance we are instruments
The past week I collected my new ID card from Internal Affairs. Excited I pulled the card out of the envelope and cringed a little inside as I looked at the black and white photo representing me. I didn't cringed because I didn't like the photo (it's actually good). I changed. Yes, most definitely older than my first 18 year old snapshot! But putting age aside, I looked at the photo and knew within me: I changed. This is what people see!
We all crave to receive revelation. Sometimes we even desire something more dramatic and more complicated than what has been shared before. We pray to God to reveal Himself. We pray for dialogue between ourselves and God. Every so often we engage in complicated conversations. We read our Bibles hoping that we will make a miraculous discovery of something never seen or read before. While all along the answer often lies in the simple things! “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” – 1 Corinthians 14:33 (a)
Not sure where I am going with this? Well, let me use the example of the rich young man (I’m borrowing this awesome revelation from a friend!).
One of my most favorite verses and one I belief has shown its work in my life continuously is the notorious Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." But some days, just some days I just wish I was brave. Like, REALLY BRAVE! I'm just a normal woman (yet some would lift an eyebrow at the normal part...) A Mom, a daughter, a sister, a friend. I stand up for what I believe in and try to live my life according to the Word of God (even though I fail miserably at times).
“But rather what we are setting forth is a wisdom of God once hidden from the human understanding, and now revealed to us by God—that wisdom which God devised and decreed before the ages for our glorification [to lift us into the glory of His presence].” – 1 Corinthians 2:7
Over the years I have read a lot of predestination theories. And I’ve followed a number of debates about how some believe in predestination, and how others totally disagree. I personally, are on the side of the ones not supporting predestination, for the pure fact that I can’t believe that a loving Father will predestine some of His children to be saved, and others to be abandoned and to live a life of purposeless existence. I honestly cant’ imagine that we are all puppets part of a pre-planned act, with God being the puppet master. “There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and so he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].” – 1 John 4:18
Tonight I had an encounter with a frog. I don't mind spiders, snakes nor any other creepy creature for that matter (I have a pet spider - Sue), but hopping, little slimy frogs... I have a hard time implementing Genesis 1:28 here. I even chased a little field mouse in my grandmothers house to rescue it from being swatted by my brothers wild broom swings while my mother stood hysterical on the couch pointing the direction the mouse scurried in. It was a race between mouse survival or annihilation that day, and am happy to say the mouse was released back into the field. Much to the dismay of my grandmother (who didn't sleep for two nights). And while looking the frog in the eyes tonight (unafraid), it reminded me of only a few weeks ago when I finally conquered my fear of the amphibious.
We said our last goodbyes to a friend this past week. When we received the news of his passing on Friday morning, all sorts of thoughts went through my mind. What happened? Why him? He was so young! But as the day progressed, I realized what a huge role he played, and what an enormous impact he made in our community. He was an amazing husband, a remarkable father, a family man, but also a true friend and dedicated pastor. He was one of those people with 27 hours in a day, because he somehow managed to spend time with everyone!
I don't make new years resolutions. There's no big reason or paragraphed explanation as to why. I just never saw it as important. New Year to me is just another date. Another year. I am not a new person every new year, erasing my flaws like they never happened. I am not turning the page of my life-book on the struck of midnight and "Viola!": 365 new days for my new life. No. My new life started the day I turned to Jesus. I don' t have to count the 365 days, I have eternity with the lover of my soul. Uncountable days! In that day I was reborn in Christ, my new life started. And so did my journey with the Word of God. Gods word is my "new life" resolution.
“The babies jostled each other within Rebekah’s womb, and she said, ‘Why is this happening to me?’ So she went to inquire of the Lord. The Lord said to her, ‘Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.’ ” – Genesis 25:23-24 (NIV)
Birthright is the right which naturally belonged to the firstborn son (in this case Esau). The birthright of the firstborn entitled him to a double portion of what his father had to leave. This probably means that he had a double share of such property as could be divided. The firstborn furthermore became head of the family and thus succeeded to the charge of the family property, becoming responsible for the maintenance of the younger sons, the widow or widows, and the unmarried daughters. He also, as head, succeeded to a considerable amount of authority over the other members. Further, he generally received the blessing, which placed him in close and favored covenant-relationship with Yahweh. (Source: Biblestudytools.com)
I never share my sermon messages. Not because I don't want to, but because when I sit to write, I let the Holy Spirit guide my thoughts and my words. And getting ready to type the blog, all I could think of was this message God shared with the Church. Before you sigh and think you have to read through an entire sermon, don't worry, I have shortened it. I hope you learn from it as much as I did.