This is my favourite Easter picture. I love the life, the surge of energy, the way the bandages fall away like things of life that bind us, the pains, the afflictions, the weights. One day we will run like this into His arms, all things of earth falling away with no need of bonds, supports or cover ups. We shall be naked, unashamed, bursting with love and life as He was when He won the battle with death for all time, for us.
Every once and a while, a ewe will give birth to a lamb and reject it. There are many reasons she may do this. If the lamb is returned to the ewe, the mother may even kick the poor animal away. Once a ewe rejects one of her lambs, she will never change her mind. These little lambs will hang their heads so low that it looks like something is wrong with its neck. Their spirit is broken. These lambs are called “bummer lambs.” Unless the shepherd intervenes, that lamb will die, rejected and alone. So, do you know what the shepherd does? He takes that rejected little one into his home, hand-feeds it and keep it warm by the fire. He will wrap it up with blankets and hold it to his chest so the bummer can hear his heartbeat. Once the lamb is strong enough, the shepherd will place it back in the field with the rest of the flock. But that sheep never forgets how the shepherd cared for him when his mother rejected him. When the shepherd calls for the flock, guess who runs to him first? That is right, the bummer sheep. He knows his voice intimately. It is not that the bummer lamb is loved more, it just knows intimately the one who loves it. It’s not that it is loved more, it just believes it because it has experienced that love one on one. So many of us are bummer lambs, rejected and broken. But He is the good Shepherd. He cares for our every need and holds us close to His heart so we can hear His heart beat. We may be broken but we are deeply loved by the Shepherd.
Never Trust a mirror, for a mirror lies,
It makes you think that all your worth,
can be seen from the outside,
Never trust a mirror,
It only shows you what’s skin deep,
You can’t see how your eyelids flutter,
when you’re drifting off to sleep,
It doesn’t show you what the world sees,
when you’re only being you,
Or how your eyes just light up
When you’re loving what you do,
It doesn’t capture when you’re smiling,
When no one else can see,
And your reflection cannot tell you,
everything you mean to me,
Never trust a mirror,
For it only shows your skin,
And if you think that it dictates your worth,
it’s time you looked within.
(Another great post from my friend that spoke so much to me right now I wanted to share it with you)
Go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons 2 Kings 4:4
The widow and her two sons were to be alone with God. They were not dealing with the laws of nature, human government, the church or the priesthood. Nor were they even dealing with god’s great prophet, Elisha. They had to be isolated from everyone, separated from human reasoning, and removed from the natural tendency to prejudge their circumstance. They were to be as if cast into the vast expanse of starry space, depending on God alone- in touch with the source of miracles.
This is an ingredient of God’s plan of dealing with us. We are to enter a secret chamber of isolation in prayer and faith that is very fruitful. At certain times, God will take away all the supports that we customarily lean on and will remove our ordinary way of doing things. God will close us off to something divine, completely new and unexpected, and that cannot be understood by examining our previous circumstances. We will be in a place where we do not know what is happening, where God is cutting the cloth of our lives with a new pattern, and thus where He causes us to look to Him.
Most Christians lead a treadmill life- a life in which they can predict almost everything that will come their way. But the souls that God leads into unpredictable and special situations are isolated by Him. All they know is that o dis holding them and that he is dealing in their lives. Then their expectations come from Him alone.
Like this widow we must be detached from outward things and attached inwardly to the Lord alone in order to see His
wonders. SOUL FOOD
Almost everyone I know seems to be going through a time of intense battles and confusion, even my country, even the world itself!
But it’s worth remembering, the cross was not the end, merely the means to the end. Jesus rose in victory, joy, liberty and freedom, never to die again. What a day of rejoicing that must have been when He rose and realised it was all over. He had won the victory; the world was saved!
Someone once said, “It’s not over till it’s over!” Like the best movies, God has a tendency toward the last minute rescue and, according to “the script” in the Bible, He has a blockbuster finish in store – what a day of rejoicing that will be!