Short Changed on Life

Looking up waiting for the bus.

Looking up waiting for the bus.

Monday morning waiting for the bus to work, wishing for the weekend. I thought of John 10:10: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” A verse better for a Saturday morning, not now.

Lord, why do I short change myself in you?

I do this when I want another day, instead of today with you.

I do this when I run through prayer to get on with my life.

I do this when I look at what stirs my lust, instead of love.

I do this when I seek my own glory, instead of yours.

I do this when running from fear and do not run to you.

I do this when I fill my life with things, instead of you.

I do this when I hold onto worry, instead of you.

I do this when I go my way, instead of yours.

When will I learn that you are all I need… all I will ever desire.

Lord, help me not to short change myself of life in you.

To look up while waiting for the bus.

Ours for the Asking

Such beautiful water

Such beautiful water

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
love and faithfulness go before you. (Psalm 89:14)

We all want a land with the environment as it should be, unpolluted by the trash, clear crisp horizons, green healthy forest. If this is how we feel for the physical world how much more for spiritual. Oh, for a land where rightness and justice stretch from horizon to horizon. Where love and faithfulness flow unending from God to sustain life in all its abundance. The problem is me, I have pride, lust, selfishness, and other faults that hold me captive, and if I were permitted to enter would spoil the land of my dreams.

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 15:57)

In Jesus Christ I have a way to regain my innocence and purity, a new creation never to be a blemish again. I can enter into God’s presence and be part of the joy.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! … God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:17,21)

This is ours, just for the asking.

Learning to Fly

The joy of flying

The joy of flying

Anger consumes my mind letting nothing else in.
Holding a grudge takes over allowing only thoughts of getting back.
Wanting to see someone hurt because I have been hurt, only keeps the wound open.
My life crippled from pain, yet I want to cause more pain.
Like a cancer, anger spreads and takes over.
It destroys joy. It gives me a heart of stone. It slowly strangles life.
Thank you, Lord, for forgiveness.
When I forgive, it lets me move on, it lets me fly again.

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (Matthew 6:12-13)

The merciful man does himself good,
But the cruel man does himself harm. (Proverbs 11:17)

Transformation Glory

In dying there is transformation

In dying there is transformation

How can life’s difficulties be any more than what they are?
How can trials and heartache be worthwhile?
How can falling down and hurting be uplifting?
Because God promises to use it to bring about transformation in us.
At the root of this hope is the power of the resurrection,
God makes Jesus death become our death.
Dying to self we are raised to share in His resurrection,
And thus partake in His glory.
For now we must hold on to this promise, and our hope in Christ.
Knowing the transformation is hard but so worthwhile.

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

Endless Peaks of Praying Hands

Sawtooths, Northern Cascades

Sawtooths, Northern Cascades

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)

I recently learned, that prayer has more to it than just helping the person, or situation you are praying about. The benefit is not confined to some future happening, but occurs in those that pray. It is hard for me to put into words, but after praying at my church’s night of prayer, I felt a significant change in me. My troubles remained, but I left with a reassurance, with a refreshment, with a peace that surpassed my understanding. Surprising how easily I forget the power of prayer. The blessings of talking with God. Then have to relearn this with each new trial. In spite of my learning disability, it’s good to know that God is full of compassion and runs to meet me, regardless of my failure to learn.

Heaven and Hell Pictured

The heavens declare the glory of God

The heavens declare the glory of God.  Psalm 19

Being in the presence of God is wonderful beyond description. Sometimes a picture, or during special moments in prayer, I catch a whiff of what that will be like. Then it makes my spirit soar. But, I think, only when we are before the throne of God will we truly know what the abundant life is all about.

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

The absence of God is a horror of equal dimension in the other direction. Only those caught in Hell will realize the depth of this hopelessness. There is no picture I have to convey this, so I will only put forth the words of Jesus in describing such a place:

“But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” (Mark 14:21)