Living Wide Open

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” – Psalm 34:8 NIV.

Upon arrival to our cottage, this person (name withheld) was instantly attracted to the field of popular wildflowers. They consumed her interest and enthusiastically she decided to place herself among the burst of purple and pink flowers call Lupines. For years that field has been carpeted with Lupines but it was not until I noticed her positive energy towards them that I too started to be drawn in as well. The Lupines introduced me to the person in a new and glorious way. In the past, I have heard only negative comments about the blooms and decided to do some information gathering of my own.

Before supper that day, this person obtained a vase within the cottage and began filling the vase with some of the Lupines along with some other flowers from the field. Our table was beautifully complimented not only by the wildflowers but also by this person’s joyful presence. I thought I knew this person; however, she is obviously continually showing her splendor.

On that day, God’s love blessed me with a new sacred place and growth in my relationship with this person and God. He wants us to “taste and see” and not miss the obvious. When we begin a relationship with God, our knowledge is partial and incomplete but motivated by love. As we trust him daily, we experience how good he is!

Before the person left our cottage that day, both of us spent time together among the Lupines.

Our Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the ability to live wide open. Forgive us for not always setting ourselves free to explore and enjoy God’s being. Thank you for the people you have put in our lives and for the fields of wildflowers. By sharing our blessings, we ask that others will realize their need for You in their daily lives. Amen.

Live in the Spirit of the Lord

“In him we live and move and have our being” Acts 17:28.

While gardening in the shade, I notice the sunlight shining through the trees as the wind blows the branches. Down on my knees the sky is so high and blue. From time-to-time the squirrels take their right away through the yard while the birds sing their songs perched on their branches. There are many things to please the soul when we take the time. This time of year, mid-May to late July, there are large yellow butterflies that are commonly seen flying. They are known as the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail. Two of these butterflies were resting on one baby oak leaf which was edging along the side of the garden close to the pond. As I went inside the cottage to retrieve my cellphone, anticipating that they may still be there for a photo.  For your information, they remained there long after I tended the garden.

Seeing both of the butterflies resting there together gave me joy and meaning. Even thou I did not see God He was letting me know that He is here. It was then that I prayed. I thanked Him for wakening my soul as I gardened and for feeling His love and care.

As gardening came to an end that day, I carried with me God’s presence. I walked towards the cottage knowing I had a beautiful photo that will provide me with a delightful memory of my time with God.

Our Heavenly Father, thank you that you are my Saviour, the maker of heaven and earth. The One who is never far away! “Lord, in You I live and move and have my being.” Help me to plant some of Your words into memory so I am able to harvest them to nourish myself and others for Your glory. Thank you Heavenly Father that my sins have been washed away by the shed of the blood of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hard Work

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness”  – 2 Peter 1:3

“Home is the one place in all this world where hearts are sure of each other. It is the place of confidence. It is the place where we tear off the mask of guarded and suspicious coldness which the world forces us to wear in self-defence, and where we pour out the unreserved communications of full and confiding hearts. It is the spot where expressions of tenderness gush out without any sensation of awkwardness and without any dread of ridicule”, (quote by *Frederick William Robertson)

Re-read the above quote but replace the word “home” with the words “a godly life”.

We can live a “godly life”! Comfortable and free to be ourselves, “where tenderness gush out without any sensation of awkwardness and without any dread of ridicule”. God has given us everything we need – he has given us the power to grow in our surroundings and love others by giving of ourselves.

Our Heavenly Father, thank you for your glory and goodness. Thank you that we are able to strengthen our faith. Forgive us that our faith is not always a part of all we do. Thank you for letting us know you better and giving us a whole new way to look at life and the fullness of Christ. Help us to be hard working believers so we can help others know that all believers have the power of the Holy Spirit available to them to live a godly life. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

*Robertson served as curate to several churches from 1840 to 1847, and became the incumbent of the Trinity Chapel, Brighton, August 15, 1847.