Archive for March, 2008

Do you see the cross? (b)
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On Easter, a friend and I went to a Sunrise Service . As we were leaving I couldn’t help but wonder what the second Easter was like. Did the Christians celebrate it as we had just done or was it just another day? Once the apostles and followers of Christ realized Jesus had defeated Satan at his strongest stranglehold over man, death itself, the enemy’s hold on them was forever weakened. Paul speaks about this when he says in Romans 6: 4, “When we were buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Then Paul tells us “..if we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.” If they lived the resurrected life every day did they celebrate it on the anniversay of the resurrection of Christ?

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This particular day, I was with my brother and sister-in-law touring Glacier National Park. I about caused a wreck as I screamed for my brother to stop his van so pictures could be taken of this cloud pouring itself between the mountains. All that was going through my mind were the words from Matthew telling us we “…will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.”

This picture also reminds of the words in Acts 1:9-11: “After He said this, He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee, they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

During this time when we are celebrating our Saviour’s last week on earth, let us not forget the great sacrifice He endured for each one of us. The love He showed to the world by being our Living Sacrifice is immeasurable and eternal. It is so easy for this time to be a time of familiarity rather than personalization and reflection. It is a time for us to remember He died for us, but it is also a time to remember He overcame the enemy and He rose again. It is also a time to remember, He will return. Will you be ready?

Remember what Jesus said to Nicodemus …..”I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”

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As a result of a car accident when I was in my 20’s, I have no ankles and my feet are fused in a position which requires me to wear shoes with a 1-1/2″ heel. These fusions render me unable to walk up inclines of any kind but, most especially, steep inclines. On this day, I was traveling with my brother, sister-in-law, nephew and his wife and we stopped here so they could check out the glacier. Unfortunately, there was not a tour bus equipped with tracks leaving for the glacier for a couple of hours and the tour was about 2 hours long. As we wanted to eat supper in Jasper that night and it was mid-afternoon by time we arrived here, the closest I could get to the glacier was in the parking lot. The parking lot was about a mile or so away from the icefields and the path had steep inclines.

While the rest of the group was hiking to the icefields and seeing it up close, I sat in the car telling God how disappointed I was in not being able to see the glacier upclose and personal. Normally, it doesn’t effect me when I can’t access an attraction; however, this was rare and was something I knew I probably would never have the opportunity to see again. It was not bringing me any comfort at all telling Jesus.  It was only making me feel worse.

When my family returned, I asked them to take me to the parking lot by the restaurant on the far side of the highway. At least I could take pictures of it, I thought. The camera I used for pictures on this trip was a little Canon PowerShot A60. I used the strongest zoom possible on the camera, shot a couple of pictures, and left.

It was not until the next day, when I downloaded my pictures from the previous day that I saw with my own two eyes how God heard my prayer and was trying as the Psalmist says in Psalms 20  to “give me the desires of (my) heart and make all (my) plans succeed”. Usually, when you zoom as high as you can, it causes great distortion or fussiness; this picture had none of that. God, in His infinite love for me, enabled me to experience this glacier in a way far better than walking on it or getting close to it. He let me see it through His loving eyes.

If anyone has experienced God’s love for you in a similar manner, I would love to hear about it.  Use the “comments” area to tell me your experience..

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Zion National Park, Utah
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Psalm 36:6–“Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O Lord, you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love!”

Before I left on this trip, I set a goal for myself of reading the Bible from cover to cover.  I knew if I was going to make it through the begats God was going to have to make the Old Testament come alive for me.  So, in my naivete, I asked Him to bring the Old Testament alive for me and show me the relevance of it to today.  Throughout this trip and for the years since this trip, He has shown me over and over just how the Old Testament relates to the New Testament.  He has shown me views like this and then taken me to Scripture like the one above and I hear the question in my mind, “Now, do you comprehend in just a small way the measure of my love for you?  Do you see Me in a new way?” 

Would you like to see the Bible come alive for you? As we are told in Matthew, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” 

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