Archive for March, 2015

In the twilight

Posted: March 29, 2015 in In the twilight

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Surely there was no misery like this.

Her Lord and truly beloved had been killed in front of her eyes and was dead and buried… The end of the game… He broke his word.

She so trusted in him and believed in the new life forever with him, but look how it ended- agony, loneliness and death.

As she walked to the tomb early on Sunday morning her thoughts consumed her and those circular mind processes, that lead downwards into the grave, had taken hold. In the darkness, not even the light of the moon helped to brighten the scene.

The dark silhouette of a figure walked towards her.

Instantly she suspected the worst. This was a soldier, stealing away the body of her Lord. Her mind raced – How could he! – the corpse was all she had left – had he no pity..!

He stopped, just out of arms length… “Mary” he said. Before the last syllable had struck the air, she knew. She sank to the earth and stretched out glad hands to grasp his feet.

“Not yet, Mary, I will see my Father first.”

The joy Mary felt at that moment never left her again. He had kept his promise and he was who she knew him to be.

Everything was now different and different forever.

She didn’t need to hold on to him, he was right with her now and forever…

Beautiful exchange

Posted: March 25, 2015 in Beautiful exchange

Raging monster

Posted: March 21, 2015 in Raging monster

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The ocean churns and the wind whips it into a raging monster. No swimming today…
No one can stop the waves as they crash against the shore and grind the stones into fine sand. The water looks brown as the sand below gets mangled up in the water and the whole mass of matter is beaten and churned into sea soup…

We look at the power of such things- the weather and the massive elements that make our Earth, and wonder at our own smallness and lack of ability to control them. Some of these elements are so powerful they can take away life and decimate whole communities in a short space of time. God is all powerful. His strength is truly awesome.

Psalm 104 says:
“He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. But at your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder they took to flight; they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them.”

He alone controls these mighty entities and all must bow to Him… And yet we don’t. We forget, overlook and ignore him and his works.

How then will we see the work of his Spirit and understand our need of Him?

The picture of the man on the cross who died in such shame, is the true sight of the power of God. Such weakness and such monumental glory.
He died so that we would not have to. Believing in him is real power, the power to repent and humble ourselves before him…

Mercy failure?

Posted: March 15, 2015 in Mercy failure?

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The mercy of the LORD is comprehensive. There are no limits for the people who love Him, and he will keep us as we travel along in the depths.
As we walk the dark valley, his mercy is right there, even though we might not know it or feel it. Faith keeps walking regardless.
No one knows how long that valley is- a shorter time or a longer time- the future is kept secret from us. He will decide its depth and duration and deliver us at the right time.
Keep learning the lessons and his presence will become more obvious as we become adept at using our spiritual weapons, learned only in that dark place.
“How great the Father’s love for us…!”