Snow and a reflection of His light…
(12.17.08 original post date)
Well it snowed where we live, a little earlier in the season than normal. As I got out of my car at 8:45 last Saturday evening I noticed how bright out it was. Funny how much lighter out at night is seems when snow is covering the ground. It’s amazing the reflection and luminescence that lit up the street. If it wasn’t so cold we could have gone for a walk in the snow. Then I had a thought, you hear children describe God as being everywhere. Hmm, maybe like snow when it falls, anything and everything gets covered, as far as you can see. So the bible says through Jesus are sins are forgiven and we are clean, white as snow and that now we are to be a light unto the world. If we shined, like snow shines in the dark wouldn’t that be incredible.
David wrote in Psalm 139:11-12 (NIV) “If I say, surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me, even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like day, for the darkness is as light to you.” It was shining like day, the other night. How come I don’t always shine like day for Jesus? How can I get to the point of saturation where I am always reflecting his light? The next day I was driving home from work and the sun was getting ready to set and beamed even more light off of the snow. Shouldn’t I be that reflective in my witness for Christ? Almost to the point of obnoxious? Not to anger people but to reflect hope in such a way that it can’t be missed. I look at snow a little different now, and do believe that God is everywhere, covering us with his light, through his son Jesus Christ.
I received an email from a friend this morning that at first read caused me to scream (in my head of course) another chain email, REALLY!? I am just so tired of the well meaning blessing threatening in the name of Jesus or for the sake of Jesus emails I receive.
First and foremost: I am a Christian. A bible believing born again, bible thumping Christian. And I am a Pastor, Co-Pastor to be exact. My husband and I minister in a sweet family home fellowship called tfc or That Fish Church ><((((*> .
So it is not the fact that the emails are Christ based, but the offense comes in for me at the point of saying I must not be a believer or I must not want others blessed if I don’t forward this to at least 7 others. Or whatever other statement of disaster is posted in the closing. I have become so critical of these that frankly I don’t read them with an open heart anymore or read them at all.
Until this morning.
I read the email and my heart was initially offended.
I went up to take a shower and get myself ready for the day.
(I have some great moments of thought and revelation in the shower, maybe that is T.M.I., but wonder how many of you would agree that it’s a great place for thinking?)
And it dawned on me…
Holy Spirit is a catalyst to us, prompts people to write books or a blog, give great sermons and talks, brings us to pray, unction’s us to just go visit, many things we are prompted to do by Holy Spirit’s intervening. Can we not be prompted to send an email?
All things work for the glory of God…right?
So I re-read the email. I had to laugh at myself. It wasn’t a chain email at all. In fact it was a sweet prayer and gesture to “Dear Woman of God,” that’s me and so many other wonderful ladies I know. (and be sure to include the Dear Men of God)
The point of this blog?
Do you maybe need to re-visit something/someone that initially offended you?
Is that really what it/they said?
What if your heart’s attitude was more like Christ requested? They will know we are Christians by our love. “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35 NIV)
Let us look past the offense and see more of Christ in them and us.
I got out of the shower today and was getting dressed. I notice on my right forearm a quarter sized bruise and wondered where did that come from? I do not remember smacking my arm against anything recently or anything hitting me with that kind of force, what it takes to leave a bruise. I touched it with my pointer finger and did not feel any pain. Hmm deep enough to leave a mark but no pain when pressure is applied that’s odd. Our past life experiences are sometimes like that. We have some hurts that left a scar but by the grace of God and the blood of Jesus Christ they don’t hurt anymore. We may see or remember these bruises from time to time. Often we refer to them as our testimony. Maybe it was abandonment, divorce, abuse, neglect, addictions or whatever the case may be. Somehow by our act of laying these down before the cross the pain has been removed. We have walked through the healing process and moved on and see that there is life after such a tragedy. For others when they see the visual reminder the pain is immediately there! The agony of the hurt inflicted while going through the divorce or abuse lingers and they have not let God heal them. They are so used to wearing the pain and have become a victim of the action that they seem to not know any other way to respond. I hear it from time to time as I minister to people. The victim tone. My husband and I were facilitating a time of worship and Bible study recently for a group of men recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. One man came up to us afterwards and asked for prayer, but in his asking did more wining than confessing. He was being wrongly accused and set up. Now it is true that this happens, but it was his tone in the describing of the events that caused concern. Do you know what I am talking about? Think about it for a moment. Is it not true that sometimes we so love the attention and concern that we get when we wear our bruise or badge as a horrible accusation or infirmity that only we have ever had to bear! The ole woe is me story and no one else has ever been through this like I have! I am not assessing judgment here just pointing out the difference of allowing God’s healing verses continuing to wear the bruise. The choice is up to you. What are you going to do?
The Glory Spot
My husband likes to go to the “Glory Spot” and he had that opportunity yesterday. You may wonder what the “Glory Spot” is. For him it is located not too far from where we live here in Puyallup. He hops in the Blazer with his Bible and heads out to Wildwood Park off of 23rd and parks in one of two stalls that get good reception for his favorite Christian radio station 88.8 (he actually picks it up more clearly at 89.1) and takes some time to listen to what God has to say. Often times he will go for a walk and do even more pondering about God and his word. Yesterday was a great time for him because his natural gift of gab and evangelizing also took place. He was listening to the group Selah during one of the radio programs and had the volume turned up a bit. A gentleman got out of his vehicle and scowled at Rod indicating that the volume was too loud, so Rod politely turned it down. The gentleman continued to scowl and Rod turned it down some more. And then the man got back in his vehicle and drove off. Funny how easily people our offended. So Rod thought he would be left alone and get some devotional time to himself. Then another vehicle pulled up this time with a couple in it and they got out. The woman had a curious look on her face as though she was trying to focus and it became clear to Rod that she was interested in the song she could hear floating through the air so Rod turned the volume up a bit and she smiled.
The lady said who is that?” and he mentioned that it was the group called “Selah” and she said, “Oh I have heard of them I like them.”
They continued in conversation a bit and her husband did not seem too interested what they were talking about but was trying to be courteous at least. Rod began talking about how he likes to come here to his “Glory Spot” and spend some time in devotion and reading the Bible. The lady began to ask him questions about what do you mean by glory spot and how do you talk to God? Rod has a natural gift of evangelizing and so he just started sharing about his routine and life and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the lady continued to ask him questions and the husband again just stood there quietly yet a bit uninterested. As the dialogue continued the usual question came up, do you go to church and where?
So my question to you do you go to church and where? If not, why not? No time like the present to begin a good habit more than that to reestablish a relationship with Jesus Christ and become familiar again with the family of God.
How does the chorus from the Gaither song go: “I’m so glad I’m a part of the family of God, I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His Blood! Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod, for I’m part of the family, the family of God.”
Happy Valentine’s Day!
This day has nothing to do with Christian love, yet everything about Christian love is what it should celebrate!
Consider these verses from the New International Version of the Bible:
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
Mark 12:31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
May God bless you as you love those around you today in the name of Jesus Christ!
Not a very catchy title I agree, but its what I came home singing after Sunday evening church at Passion Worship Center. I love to visit other churches, especially those of friends of mine. Pastor Chris had the congregation read verse by verse the 10th chapter of 2 Corinthians and then discussed how that applied then and now. I love a good read of the Word and the challenge of application. He reminded us that Paul was a man of really no physical appeal or that of any great entertainment value, but that he was an apostle called by Christ and the one selected for the job. People in Corinth were complaining about how unimpressive Paul was in person verses in print because he spoke so boldly in his letters. Paul tried to tell then that it wasn’t about him anyway, it is about Christ and His message. Churches today can get caught up in the culture, don’t. “Just say No!” as Nancy Reagan would have said. We were asked at the end of the sermon/discussion How do you deal with those un-Godly thoughts that enter your head and what do you do with them? How do you get rid of them? I think that is where the 2 Cor 10:5 came in as my heart started singing “Making war in the Heavenlies, casting down every high thing, that exalts itself against the knowledge of Christ!” Our minds really are a battlefield, a place of spiritual warfare. So what are you going to do with those thoughts next time they creep in?
Happy 1st Sunday ya’ll! Hope that church is a part of your regular routine. Not just going to go, but going because you know our Creator Father God and have relationship with His son Jesus Christ. What hope do you have for eternal salvation otherwise? What value is there in life if you have not this relationship?
To be a good person is one thing, to be good to others another. But truly if you have not accepted Christ as Lord and Savior in your life, well then you are going to hell in a handbasket as the saying goes.
Sounds a bit down and in your face I am sure. Know though that love is where it is at. Why else would Christ have said, “They will know we are Christians by our love.” Not by our hatred or rudeness to one another, but by our love. So it is in the spirit of love that this be posted. So that you might know Him.
John 3:16~For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall have everlasting life.