Wednesday, March 31, 2010

That's It! That's All!

It is 10:30 AM. I am wandering around my house doing this mundane chore and that mundane chore. Already this morning I have heard a man say: “I would like to do great things for God.”
I have heard a woman say: “We are going to ‘such and such’ church but I am not really doing anything for God.”
‘Doing for God.’ How do we do anything for the omniscient, omnipotent One who created us in the first place and everything around us. What does God want from us? Two things, I think. Our love and our trust and that’s it, that’s all. To the degree that we learn to do that He will take the circumstances of our lives and ‘work it all out for good.’ Romans 8:28. And what is the good? We will become more and more like Jesus (Rom. 8:29) and the result will be He will glorify us (Rom. 8:30). Surely, as a person glorified by God I will be a blessing to someone, somewhere, sometime without consciously wishing or worrying that there was something that I could do for God. When I stop trusting Him and Him alone is when it all falls apart. So what can I do for God? I can love Him! I can trust Him! Two full time jobs ----in which no chore is ever mundane!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

From Sorrow's Heart - A Gift

I just read an article in the London Free Press entitled 'From Sorrow's Heart A Gift.' The request from the family of Fred Preston asking people to make donation to the family of the slain police officer inspired this title. How could it ever be worded in a better way for this tragedy or any of the multiple tragedies and heartaches that come to all of us. It behooves all of us who know this family to do all in our power to help them work through the details of the tragedy in such a way that we will all receive 'a gift from sorrow's heart.' If we don't Satan will win one more battle and more sorrow will be the result. It was Grant Preston, who many years ago, made me aware of the meaning and beauty of 1John Chapter 1. May we all get into the Light, embrace each other as God embraces us, in full and complete love. Love begets love

Friday, March 12, 2010

Gold. So What?

He know the way that I take and when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 23:10.

As I sat and contemplated the terrible hurt that often we go through I thought again of this verse. I thought of how important it is in difficulty to beseech God to teach us what He wants us to learn from the situations of our lives. Pain is only ‘hurt’ if we don’t learn something God is trying to teach us in it, it is a bygone experience that fades away and our focus, rather like childbirth, is on the jewel that the pain has produced when we have learned something.

However, this morning my mind meandered down a different path. So? An overweight hunk of gold - what’s the good? I share with you my thoughts. What does gold mean to us? It is a symbol of commitment in the wedding banc and when God has purified us through pain and we see the beauty of that pain because of what God is doing in our lives we will be ever committed to Him. But, also, we wear gold as a thing of beauty added to our person. I wonder , if when we have been purified, when we come forth as gold. do we do the same for God? I pictured in my mind, me worn by God, enhancing His beauty in the eyes of someone who needed that; helping Him in some way in the giant battle that He is in with Satan. Is that what it means to glorify God? In the midst of these thoughts I remembered Isaiah 40:31; “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.“ and for the first time in my life I felt transported to that place.

I have to go and walk my dog now. I pray that the rays of the Son will shine on this overweight hunk of gold and cause a sparkle that will bring cheer and comfort to someone else as I go.