For Father’s day last Sunday, we were invited to our daughter’s house for breakfast. The three children helped set the table and the girls decided to make place cards. Breakfast was almost delayed because they wanted to finish them. Each one was individual. I got flowers and a butterfly.
My daughter, who runs an art studio, got a palette of bright colours and paint brushes. The men, my husband and son-in-law, both got balloons which spelled Happy Father’s Day.
Place cards are important. They assure us that we have been invited and are welcome. On this occasion, it also showed that somebody thought about us and our individuality and interests.
The bible says, “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” …..”Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” ( Rev 17 vs 7 and 9). Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Math 6:29)
We are invited to the celebration in heaven where there will be feasting. I am pretty sure that there will be place cards that will be individual to us and that we will be made to feel very welcome.
I was enjoying the sunshine outside when I heard an alarm of Go-away birds. I looked at the tree which seemed to be the centre of the ruckus. Was one of the juvenile cats climbing the tree again?
Then I saw the perceived danger. A pied crow flew away and landed in the fir tree at the far end of the neighbour’s garden. As I watched, another four of five crows circled the tree before flying away.
The Go-away birds identified the danger and made sure the whole neighborhood was warned. Crows eat eggs and baby birds. Take care! Destruction awaits the careless or those who ignore the warning.
Psalm 19 says in vs 8b The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. Verse 11 expands on this, By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
Isn’t it funny that the birds know how to act when given a warning of danger, but we humans think we know better. How many of us take seriously the Word of God?
May I be more like a Go-away bird, both prepared to sound the warning and to heed it when others give the alarm.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us .
God loves me. Just as I was created for him and I have a God-shaped hole in my heart, so He has a me-shaped hole in His heart that only I can fill. That is so exciting. And it changes everything.
I was looking at my bubble-bath the other night and thinking what a difference it makes to an ordinary, routine bath. It does nothing to change the amount of air or water around, but just by trapping pockets of air, it makes the mundane special.
Knowing I am loved is like bubble-bath. It does nothing to change circumstances in my life, but it brings life to my circumstances. I can look around and see little bubbles of God’s grace all around me. I know He is in control and I can relax in His love. The more the water gets agitated, the more bubbles of grace appear.
May I always keep my eyes open to the wonder of God’s love for me.
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous on every occasion, and your giving through us will produce thanksgiving to God.… (2 Cor 9:10 – 11)
I recently heard a preacher discuss these verses at a Worship Celebration.
God supplies our needs. In these verses, two things are mentioned, bread and seed. In case we miss the difference, the bible specifies what they are to be used for. Bread is for eating. I interpret it as supply for our daily needs. Our Father knows what we need.
The seed is for sowing. We are to sow into the lives and the needs of others. In other words, God supplies not only what we need, but enough for us to be generous “on every occasion.”
The preacher stressed that we should not confuse our seed and our bread. We are not to eat our seed – use all of God’s provision on ourselves. If we do, we won’t have any left to sow.
I am not quite sure how this can all work out in my life but it has certainly given me pause for thought.