Sing! Dance! Laugh and prance for Fall has kissed the trees with color! It matters not that they won’t last in fact that is the charm. To show and go then disappear creates an inner balm that fills the soul with promise sweet that one day more will come and then again will rise the show that brings on so much fun!
Then as the sun rose the clouds and everything became washed in hues of gold and red and pink blessing the day with radiant songs of God’s immense care and wisdom and kindness.
Like a powerful warrior our Mighty God exhilarates in His triumphal display over His enemies. Is anything too hard for our God? To ask is to know the very thought is ludicrous. He clothes Himself in light and darkness runs from His presence.
I hear Your song Dear Warrior! My soul delights in Your power over darkness. You are the giver of light and warmth and hope for You inhabit the praises of your people and have stooped down to lift up the weak and small to accomplish the impossible. A-men. Let all the earth stand silent before you. Let all the earth shout praises to the Victor! Let all the earth weep for Your music is too glorious to contain and Your beauty is inexpressible and calls for words that cannot be uttered for there are none yet invented that can adequately contain Your glory and Your worth. But You have compassion on us for we are dust and yet you call us precious. You wipe our tears and call us to joy. You call us to sit and dine at your banquet table. You surprise us with joy!
Jana and JD are an amazing couple living with their 3 adorable daughters in a 2 bedroom craftsman antique on a 32 acre ranch in Colorado. The largest historic building on this property is a huge barn that just begs for a party!
In the sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel chapters 5-7 Jesus used illustration after illustration to send home the message of how profoundly God loves and cares about us. “Oh yeah, Oh yeah, I know that”, says you, “but it is a message with a price tag that I don’t hear anymore.” You might not even be sure it matters because, perhaps, you are in a world of hurt and nothing seems to be getting better. But I am here to tell you God is not a cosmic killjoy or some lawgiver that is ready to rap your knuckles if you don’t toe the line. I am here not to defend God because God is God and doesn’t need me to stick up for Him. But I want you to take a close look and what I saw yesterday in His garden. I saw life. He is the Giver of Life. I saw beauty. He created it all and said it was VERY good! Look closer. Really look. God is an artist. He is a scientist. He is a chemist. He is a poet. For He inspires songs and poems and dance and joy with all He puts His hands to. We love our gardens. We look out for pest and weeds and promptly dispose of them. We love our gardens for their fruit. We love their fragrance. We love their looks and how they transport us to our happy place when we are there. We love their shade. We love and tenderly feed and water them. We watch them grow and agonize when they fail to thrive. Jesus said if God cares so much for His garden that is so temporary: gorgeous today and withered tomorrow, how much more does He care about your needs?! Cheer up! You are vastly more important and treasured in God’s thinking. With each picture will you please say out loud: God loves me more than this! God loves ME more than this! GOD LOVES ME! Take a deep breath a begin the tour! Enjoy!
Soon after we moved into our present home my husband decided we needed storage. We had 25 years of accumulated living from our marriage and child rearing we couldn’t part with: bikes, a sassy seat, camping gear, lawn mower, tools, and the huge preserved marlin my dad caught on a fishing trip. So on the back of our large yard we cut a foundation, put up a COSTCO metal storage unit and packed it full. 15 years later it was like opening a defective time capsule when we discovered, much to our chagrin, most of it was rusted and now worthless. And the marlin looked like it had seen better days. This disappointment called to mind Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount found in the gospel of Matthew in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. Jesus said “Don’t lay up for yourselves treasures on earth were moths and rust corrupts and thieves can break in and steal. Rather lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven where moths and rust do not corrupt and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasures are your heart will be also.” I’d say if Jesus needed a good word picture to prove His point I had a few I could offer. The fact is everything this side of the grave is, with time, going to be worthless and useless. Everything we work so hard to attain or achieve will eventually slip through our fingers like sand. The Bible says God put eternity into the hearts of man. He has put into mankind a spirit and soul that will never cease to exist. This spirit and soul is the real you and is precious, and dear and, to God, worth dying for. Jesus is saying if we really want fulfillment, true wealth, status, peace then find out how God defines wealth and how we cam earn points with God. If God holds the key to true wealth then it stands to reason to bank with Him. Jesus said “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.”
Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, neither entered into the heart of man the things God has prepared for those who love Him. Great is Your faithfulness oh Lord. When I consider the works of your hands, the jaw dropping beauty and complexity of creation, I am in breathless wonder that you care for me so deeply.
Tomorrow is Your birthday. You have accomplished the impossible. You left your throne to enter our world like every other human child. You allowed yourself to be utterly dependent, needy, fragile. You suffered through sibling rivalry, misunderstanding, alienation, rejection, abuse and execution so I can know You truly do understand my sorrows. You, in Your death and resurrection opened wide the doors of heaven for me. You tore up the list of damning accusations against me, that were all true, and declared me not guilty. Not guilty! NOT GUILTY!!!