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What are we doing today, Dad?

I am working through the book “The workbook of Abiding in Christ” by Maxie Dunnam. Today’s quote that struck me was:

“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a chidlike “What’s next, Papa?”

We live on the same property as our daughter and son-in-law and three grandchildren. The kids love the weekends when their Dad is home.  They love most of all to be with him,  helping him with the things he is involved with. If he’s feeding the birds, they want to come into the aviary with him, if he’s repairing something, they want to knock in a nail or two, hold his tools, whatever he gives them to do. If he needs to go shopping to buy more fish to replace the ones that died, or scoop out the baby fish before they become another fish’s lunch, they are there, asking questions, eager to be involved.

Imagine if my walk with my heavenly Father could be like that! “Hey Dad, what are we doing today?  Will you come with me to the places I need to be and the things I need to do? Can I help you with what you are doing? I might not be able to fix something but I can hold nails! Pleeease.” Imagine how exciting life could be!.

 

 

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The Parable of the Rose Bush

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11New International Version (NIV)

I have been hanging on to this promise for  three years now with varying degrees of tenacity. We have been praying for this future that God promised. Every now and then there would be a flare of hope and it looked like an answer was coming but as time went by and there was no follow up, they all faded and died.

A week ago I looked at my rose bush and had a new insight. Two year ago this plant suddenly realized that it was actually a climbing rose and started climbing all over the wall. I had attached plastic fencing to the wall for the sweet-peas to climb up and this rose grew all over it. I looked forward to a wall full of roses but last year all I got was leaves and new shoots and more leaves. During the winter I threatened the rose bush. If you don’t produce any roses when summer comes, I am going to dig you up. I didn’t want a creeper, I bought a rose plant.

It took me seriously. It is now Spring and bunches of tiny buds have appeared all over the sprawling plant. I know I am going to have my wall full of roses. They are not here yet, they are still promises but I know without a doubt that they are coming.

God’s promises are like that. They are definitely coming but they are not here yet.  Every day when I look to see if any new flowers have appeared, I remember that  God is faithful and His promises secure. It is just not the right time yet.dscn4471

One day I will see a wall full of roses.

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The Embassy

In our fellowship group we are doing the Reframe course, run by Regent College.

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On Monday we discussed how being a Christian was like being an ambassador in a foreign country.  One of the things that struck me was that, if you are an ambassador, one of the requirements of the job is to learn the language and customs of the country to which you are sent. It is no use speaking “Christianese” to the world. Among ourselves at the Embassy, however, that is perfectly all right.

I have been pondering on this image and trying to relate it to my life.

the Embassy (the Church) is our mother-ship. It is where we find resources for our work, where we are encouraged, sometimes disciplined if we are acting contrary to our own country’s policies. Of course we also have to obey the laws of the country we are in while maintaining the customs of our home country.

My home country is actually more like a kingdom and if I want to do my job properly it would be a good idea to have a hotline to the king. Then every morning I could report for duty and get any special instructions for the day.

I got to thinking about what the main function of an embassy is. I have no first hand experience but I would imagine one of the prime functions is to support citizens from my home kingdom. They, too, are in a foreign country and, let’s face it, stuff happens.  My role as ambassador would be to help wherever I can.

Another function of the Embassy is to represent our kingdom and our king. As ambassadors, we have a certain amount of authority given to us. We can arrange passports for foreigners and other legal documents. We can pray in the name of our king and our petitions are heard. We can lead others to become citizens of our home kingdom.

Looking at life from this point of view, I am not doing very well. I have become so acclimatized to the foreign country that I don’t stand out at all. I go about my life very much making my own decisions as impulse takes me. It is time for a new mindset.  Please pray for me.

 

Coffee with Wings June #3

This is part of the Coffee with Wings Challenge.

Every Monday think of a bible verse or inspirational quote  that has been meaningful to you in the last week or which you’d like to take into the new week with you.

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Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. (Romans 5:1 NIV)