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Oceans

JusJoJan 12 January 2022

This post of part of One-Liner-Wednesday as well as Just Jot it January

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Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Saviour

From the song Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) lyrics © O/B/O Capasso

Songwriters: Joel Houston / Matt Crocker / Salomon Lighthelm

The Parable of the Chocolate

JusJoJan 10 January 2022

Then the Lord came to the chocolate and said, “I want to use you.” The chocolate was happy until the Lord continued, “First I’ll break you…”

“No no,” cried the chocolate. “I’ve got it all together here. I like my life as it is. I am made of neat rows and columns. Surely that’s the way I’m meant to be.”

And the Lord said, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)

The chocolate quaked but finally whispered, “Let it be done to me as You have said.”

So the strong hand of the Lord broke the chocolate into little pieces and put them in a bowl. The chocolate was uncomfortable in her new environment. Nothing was as it used to be.

Then the Lord said to the chocolate, “I am going to melt you.”

But the chocolate cried, “Please don’t melt me. I will lose my strength. I won’t be able to do anything. I’ll be shapeless.”

But the Lord said gently, “Unless I melt you, I cannot use you. Trust Me”

The chocolate cried. She wanted to be used by the Lord, but she didn’t want to be melted. But finally she agreed.

Then the Lord turned up the heat. The chocolate felt herself melting. All her rigidly held ideas, all her prejudices, all her unforgiveness softened and melted away. She became rich and shiny and the aroma of chocolate filled the room.

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Then the Lord moulded and shaped the chocolate according to His will. The chocolate had become submissive in His hands.

Finally the Lord filled the empty hollows in the creation He had made. He wrapped each individual piece in shiny foil and sent the pieces into the world to bless everyone they met.

This post was inspired by the following hymn which is also my prayer:

Spirit of the Living God, Fall afresh on me, Spirit of the Living God, Fall afresh on me. Break me, melt me, mold me, fill me. Spirit of the Living God, Fall afresh on me. (Source: Yes, Lord! Church of God in Christ hymnal#197)

Remember the Avocado Tree

Recently I read that walking by the Spirit is no more than inviting God into my internal conversation with myself. I resolved to try to live this way but since then, haven’t really been doing it intentionally.

This morning, while I was bathing, my thoughts were in idle mode, just running on themselves. Mainly I was thinking about the Girl Guide camp my daughter is running this weekend. The weather forecast is dismal – 80% rain on Sunday. Every Guider knows the hassle of packing up in the rain. You can’t pack up wet tents. They go mouldy and rot. Mostly you have to take them down wet, bundle them loosely, take them home and, as soon as the sun shines, put them up again then pack them properly when they are dry. I idly thought of possible contingency plans.

While I was worrying thus, it is almost as if the Lord interrupted my thoughts.

HIM: Why do you need a contingency plan. I thought you handed that over to Me last night.

(I remembered I had prayed last night with the family that it wouldn’t rain until the tents had been packed away.)

ME: Yes, but the weather forecast said…

HIM: Do you think I can’t?

ME: I know You can.

HIM: Don’t you trust Me? Or would you rather trust the weather service?

I had to think carefully about these questions. I decided it was not that I didn’t trust God nor that I doubted His power but rather that I thought the God of the universe should not be troubled by such a trifling matter.

HIM Remember the trees? remember the avocado tree.

That silenced me. I remembered them both.

Our neighbours used to have eight tall conifers just in front of our north-eastern wall which divides them from us. When the house was sold about two or more years ago, we got new neighbours. I was careful to hint to them that we’d love the trees cut down and we would be happy to pay half. Then later, when I saw they were actually cutting down other trees, I raised the matter again and tried to set up a meeting. It never happened. Soon after that I read again Mark 23-24.

Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ but does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”(NIV)

There was nobody around, just me and the trees, so I thought I’d try it. “Trees,” I said, “be cut down in Jesus’ name.” then I stopped fretting about it.

The trees are no longer there. In about April this year, the neighbours started work on extensions. They wanted to build extra rooms so her parents could move in with them. The trees were in the way.

As for the avocado tree, we have a tall avocado tree next to our house. It has never given us any fruit. When we came back from a two month winter escape this year, my gardener reported that the tree was dying. Sure enough the leaves were hanging limp and seemed to be a dull grey colour. Remembering the conifers, I said to it, “Tree, live, in Jesus name.” Although many leaves turned brown and fell off, new leaves grew. Now it looks like this.

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So tomorrow I am going with my daughter to help with the Guide camp until her assistant arrives. Maybe I should take an avocado leaf with me.

My Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, I am never quite sure when You are speaking to me and when it is my own imagination. Please interrupt my thoughts more and more frequently and teach me to know Your voice.