I love my sneakers!
I love how the laces cinch in my big feet to help them appear slender and stylish with the tongue popping up to show-off the “All Star” tab for all to see. Plus there is a special way to lace up my sneakers … it’s like an initiation rite into “THE” sneakers club! I mean … they even have Youtube videos on how to lace my sneakers – cool right!?!
“What a blessing!,” comes to mind when we get something unexpected, like some sort of divine kiss of approval from above. We often attribute the word blessing to financial gifts, help from family/friends, or even a prime parking spot.
As I walked through the intricate design of an English garden, full of impeccably trimmed hedges, my eye caught a glimpse of a bright wildflower off in the distance. It was swaying in the ocean breeze, changing directions in the salty wind. Streams of sunlight reflected different hues of colour on its pointed petals. It was freely dancing in a tapestry of divine movement. My heart fluttered recognizing it’s own wildness in that strong yet delicate flower.
The dust kicked up behind the pick-up as we sped toward our destination. A friend picked me up for a surprise adventure. He was excited to show me something.
That is wrong! Such a bold declaration escapes our lips, hurled toward anything that assaults our sense of what is right. We can react with a visceral conviction that can passionately erupt from deep within. We think justice has been served when someone is made to pay for their transgression of the law.
“But is this what justice means to God?”
Have you ever wondered if you are doing what God has created you to do? Has church become more like a club where you go to high five your favourite friends? Could it be possible that we’ve become more like consumers and less like world changers? I admit I’ve wrestled with all these questions and the answers, ..are well … life changing!
Do you mourn lost years? Has your heart lost something of value? Deep down do you think of yourself as a failure? How would you describe your inner self, the part of you that you hide from others? You are not alone these are deep questions that plague many of us!
Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
~ Paul, Philippians 2:13
Have you ever felt like you were in a tumble dryer going around and around in an unstoppable cycle that you had little control over? Or maybe like one of those dryers that rotates one way then stops and reverses rotation in the opposite direction? My spiritual life has felt like this all too often.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree,
and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree;
and it shall be to the Lord,
for a name,
for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off
~ Isaiah 55:13
The life of faith believes beyond itself. It reaches beyond our own human ability to clasp into the revealed depth and grandeur of who God is, and anchor our anxieties and fears into His unfailing promises and love for us.