Month: May 2016

River

I’ve written before about our rivers (journeys) curving and taking longer to travel than necessary.

Here is another thought – did your river form the landscape by cutting into the rock and dirt or did the landscape dictate where you would flow?  Think about it.  It is thought that the Colorado River formed the Grand Canyon.  Other rivers like the Danube River in Hungary make a 90 degree turn when coming up against a mountain.

So, have you etched out your journey by cutting into rock to make the path you want or did you let the rock dictate where you would go?  Remember, there are not necessary wrong answers.

John 7:38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.

 

Stream by  Anton Nihtyanov

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Is that a stain or shadow?

I have a dog that occasionally has accidents in the house.  Because of her I am always looking for possible stains.  Sometimes I say, “Oh no, there is a wet spot” but when I go check it I find it is just a shadow.  The most common are the chains with little round things that hang down from a ceiling light/fan.  If those lights are on they can cast a round shadow that really looks like a stain.

Does this happen to anyone else?  Are any of you deceived by a shadow that looks like a stain?

How is your spiritual heart?  Does it have shadows that come and go or does it have stains?  Shadows are temporary and they come and go – you know a bad day or short term depression.  Stains are permanent unless they are cleaned up.  Stains can ruin your carpet and your spirit.  Stains can smell.  Stains can grow bacteria and germs.  Stains need dealt with.  Shadows are a lighting problem.

Are you moving furniture and rugs to cover your stains instead of cleaning them?  Don’t linger.  Clean up those stains before they destroy your whole being.

Ephesians 5:26-27

26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

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War, earthquakes, famine

We are currently in battles over bathrooms, gay weddings and a host of liberal issues.  Some would call these 1st world problems.  Since our country is wealthy and at peace we can take the time to argue over such trivial things.  If we were at war or dealing with a natural disaster or famine we would never bother to spend time on such stupid subjects.

The point is, if we were fighting for our survival we wouldn’t worry about who was married or what bathroom they used.  In a catastrophic world, we would be lucky to have any kind of bathroom.  We probably wouldn’t have the luxury of having traditional weddings with cakes and photographers.  Survival.  That’s all we would be focused on.

What may be a sin in a 1st world may not be anything in survival mode.  What may be disgusting in normal settings may be celebrated under extreme conditions.  Eating a rat is repulsive to me but if I was starving, a rat may look pretty good.  You get the point?

Now you may say sin is sin.  True.  But many rules go out the window when survival is at hand.  I think Grace moves to a new level and Mercy definitely has new status.  You just can’t condemn someone who is trying to survive.  I don’t support looters but someone stealing a loaf of bread to feed their family . . . well….

You may think that you are living in 1st world reality with no real problems but we’re not.  We are at war.  People all around us are suffering and trying to survive.  Sin is sin but don’t forget about Grace and Mercy.  And while you’re at it, throw in a little Love.  We’re not in Kansas anymore.

Matthew 24:6-8

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

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