Monday, March 22, 2010

Grateful



Just want to say I'm grateful. Grateful that the wounds that Jesus took on His body paid the price so that my body could be healed. My heart could be healed. My mind could be transformed.

I took pictures of my wrist so that I could show the restored tendon. The surgeon did not find it and reconnect it but the Great Physician did. Another picture shows that tendon more clearly, but this picture stopped me.....it reminded me so much of His wounds - taken so that I could be restored - body, soul, spirit - restored.

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him,and by His wounds we are healed.
Is. 53:5

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

THE FOG...




Today I'll talk a little more about the hike I blogged about last time...



Initially, there's a place to view the ocean that's pretty easy access. A paved path, hand rails, handicap access. Someone else did a lot of work so that others could just come in and enjoy the view.

When you take the hike to the higher vantage point, you leave the easy access. Every once in awhile there's clearing and you can look back to see how far you've come - you can see the look-out with people standing there.

Probably 45 minutes into our hike fog started to develop. It collected quickly around the place of easy access. Those people simply could not see the view any longer.

By the time we headed back down the path, fog had filled where beautiful view had been several hours before.

My heart was sad as I watched the fog envelop those people...it reminded me of the Church.

Someone goes before us and experiences God (the View). Tries to make it as accessible as possible for others to see Him.

Some are happy to not go any higher - if higher involves work or discomfort - or the path isn't what they anticipated.

Fog can be discouraging in our lives but, it's only VAPOR - it's not a brick wall. Don't believe the voice of the enemy when he whispers to you in the fog.

We love to see the magnificence of God but is He less magnificent when we are fogged in? NO! His magnificence is still there - just like the ocean is there whether those people could actually see it or not. Don't be disoriented, discouraged, or let your faith be dampened by the fog.

I truly believe that it is time to leave the easy access place and climb higher on the the trail less traveled. Don't turn back - PRESS ON!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Aha! vs. Yikes!


We arrive in Kauai...
Aha! We can watch the whales do their thing from the porch of the cabin we're staying in!
Yikes! We are not just staying on a missile base, but a missile RANGE. For some reason that one word startled me.
We decide to hike...
Aha! Spectacular views of the ocean every once in awhile from 3500 feet!
Yikes! The hike is more like climbing on slippery rocks, or climbing your way up a mountain with the help of roots and tree limbs. (What has slowed me down in the past from taking these kind of hikes is the fact you do have to COME BACK DOWN after you climb UP somewhere.)
Aha-ha! The two men I was hiking with slipped and fell, and I DIDN'T FALL! I didn't fall!!!! Those of you who know me know that this is somewhat of a miracle. Usually my story goes something like, "and then I hit my head or broke some bizzare bone or cut myself in some freakish way", but not this time! Yippee! (They weren't hurt - but their faces as they suddenly landed on their backsides was so great. Yep, I'm laughing out loud as I write this.)

So, what did I learn? That life has aha moments and yikes moments happening at the same time and it's all good - as long as my attitude is not RULED by the "yikes". When you look back over your day (or your life) what do you think of? What went right or what went wrong? What you have, or what you don't have? It's much more strengthening to think about what's true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of GOOD REPORT....if there be any virtue, if there be any praise THINK ON THESE THINGS! (Phil. 4:8)