Sunday, December 23, 2012

Dare to Conform

I was thinking how funny it would be if trees when they are growing are concerned to be different and want to make the most creative fruit. Or birds boasting about being the weirdest birds because of this and that. Or a fish holding a slogan encouraging the other fish to go against the flow... And yet it is so diverse, so beautifully in a varied harmony. I wondered why... They just are, they just live, they just carry themselves as they should... This made me remember that he first name God named himself was "I AM". Of course, He is He, He acts according to His nature...But for us people it is more complicated. We have inherited a rebellious spirit, we have two natures... And we are offered the choice to be in I AM just be in Him and then we will flow like rivers and sing like birds and nourish like tree, we are offered the freedom to conform to the Unconformist  or we can just be concerned in  who we are and loose our identity in the quest of it, in the quest of being unique and in each move, taking a step further from the Creative, the Creator... 
The Lord knew that we have this natural desire to be who we are and He knew that we will loose track and think that it is in the things of this world, in following what the king of this world does that we will think that we are finding ourselves... That is why He came and set an example for us, an example that obeying is actually innovation, death is life, meekness is strength... dare to follow, dare to conform  it is in this kind of conforming that you are creative... It is not in things of this world that you will be marked out those are never new... Dare to be the same as Him who Is. He does not grow old, He is never outdated. He is the source of all New and Beautiful... Dare to conform to Him who is worthy! 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Guess what!

I find some "guess what" questions to be very funny, specially if they end with an exclamation mark and not an actual question mark. They are those guesses that either you will never be able to guess or the ones you actually do not need the rest of the phrase to guess it. And some people might find them so odd: why ask a question you know the other will never guess and why if you know they know, you ask it again?!
But for me I do not think it is that way that I should look at it. I find it beautiful! I find a "guess what" question that you do not know what it is about to be like a trumpet-call announcing a revelation! Something that will startle you, that will probably brighten your day. God wakes you up in the morning everyday with this sort of guess whats... He has in store for you something you cannot know ahead but if you try to guess it with Him, you will be startled! 
Now the other kind of guess what are maybe my favourites! They make you happy! Ohh yes I know the answer!! And those ones the Lord asks them too... Guess what your future holds... YES the best! Guess what about your sin... Yes I paid its price... 
Ps. If you are reading this then Guess what!  

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Of Incense, Perfume and Hearts (again!)

Someone got me  a very beautiful original bracelet. It had one bead full of some sort of a lavender mixture that as I was told was something in the past used instead of perfume! Because of that I started to remember all the beautiful smells and perfumes... Incense! It fascinates me! On a soft but continually burning coal it melts to the most beautiful smelling smoke you can ever smell. The smell of  gardenia, jasmine, myrrh,... sweet flowers, will remind you of places, people, incidents that made you happy!With all that,  the verse that we are to be the fragrance of Christ came to mind! The most beautiful Christ! How can I be His fragrance... all my lavender, all my jasmine, all what I would wear would not be enough... I started to wonder and my brain goes to a different topic, a song, "A Man on Fire"  and I know I am on fire, my heart burns but not a flagrant, overwhelming fire, it burns something constant, something flameless, but something hot! Hot in love, in pain, in joy, in repentance... (sometimes hot in impatience, in disobedience...)
And suddenly it made sense! Let my prayer burn like incense before you Lord said David! Let the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you! I knew! I knew this burning heart is what will make a beautiful altar! There I will  lay my incense: my prayer, my praise, my supplication, my words, my emotions, my stories, my self... On a heart that was set on the fire by the Burning Bush... I will not put nasty stuff to burn, I will not dwell on ugly thoughts, I will not deliver hate, those I will throw before they get to my heart! I will be a beautiful fragrance of Christ because it is from Him that all loveliness comes and it is from there that I will get my incense... and on my heart they will burn because I am on fire!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Heart wholes

I heard the story of The Parable of the Sower at Church today and as usual the explanation that our hearts should be a good soil for the Word to be planted in it. But today I realized something! A very simple step in planting I so did automatically today made me stop! We all know that you have to put soil and then make a whole and bury the seed in it and slightly cover it and then water it and after a period of waiting you get so tiny things coming out that make you so happy! And then my brain drew the parallel with the parable! If I want the Sower to actually plant something, I need to let him have a whole in my heart! And my hurts, my deep cuts in the heart suddenly made sense! He cannot plant without those!  They are not made to stay empty! They will be filled and he will water it and shade it and cover it and take care of it  and it will have roots and flourish and become beautiful and make Him so happy! 
He gives Life! He shines! Source of endless living water! The Seed, the true good seed! We shall never find a better Sower!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

No Hand but Wings

I discovered today why birds have no hands! Of course they won't have hands! Grab! that is what hands do, hold unto things! They can't hold unto something and fly, they have to be liberated from what is below, set themselves free. But yes they have feet, because they need to keep a touch with things, they need to be real, they need a place to rest indeed. Feet do not grab, do not hold unto things, feet simply rest.
Hearts, if you want to fly, do not grow hands! Have steady feet but extended your wings! Sing to the sun, the Son! Dance to the wind, the Wind! and aim to the high, the Highest! My heart learned this and to Him it will fly! 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Emergency door

You know that salty thing that flows from your eyes, I have discovered that it starts from your lungs. It is because you can't breath anymore that your eyes help you. You feel like a stone is on your chest and you want to shout but since you need to breath to shout, you feel helpless so God decided to design an emergency door for it...