Monday, August 29, 2011

Scripture Verse 17- and the trees of the field will clap their hands




     My friend, Emma, and I spent the day together last week.   There was a wonderful old road close to our little town that took you back to the Old South.  Someone, many years ago, planted trees along the highway, and these trees have grown up into a canopy of loveliness.  I wanted to get a picture of it, so I said, "Let's take our cameras!" Here we were standing out in the middle of the road pointing our cameras, giggling like young girls and just having fun. 
     Yesterday I was reading from Isaiah 55:12, "For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you and the trees of the field will clap their hands."   Joy is simple---quiet times with a dear friend, good conversation, and finding the beauty in God's creation.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

In the Hand of God




Two of my grandchildren were staying with me last week.  My grandson, Silas, wanted to go out to the backyard, and of course, asked me to go out there with him. "Cisa, I have a ladybug!"  He sat down beside me and gently allowed the little ladybug to walk up and down his fingers.  "She likes me!" he said.  It would seem so since she didn't fly away, but continued her journey across his hand.     


Maybe the hand of God is just like that, allowing us to walk up and down his fingers, watching us, smiling as we marvel in his majesty and investigate his world.  It is an emotional and spiritually safe and secure place as he gently cups us in his hands and protects us from harm.  Admittedly, there are times when I fly away, but that freedom is not as satisfying or creative as the times when I allow myself to settle comfortably in the hands of God.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Scripture Verse 16 "And they were amazed at the greatness of God." Luke 9:43




-------To be able to see through the eyes of a child.  Several years ago, our family spent a week in Captiva, Fl.  It was a sweet time, just being together and making those memories that are so precious in the years to come.  We were at the beach one evening to watch the sunset.  The sun was just about to set and several people were saying, "goodbye sun" as the sun was sinking into the horizon.  I snapped this picture as my little grandson turned to me in amazement and said, "Where did it go?"  
       God never ceases to amaze me.  I pray that I will always continue to see the world as a child--delighted, thrilled, and awed at his majesty and glory.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Does an unhappy ending mean no Happy Ever After?

3"What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we've been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for,4 including a future in heaven-and the future starts now!5 God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you'll have it all-life healed and whole." 1Peter 1:3-5 Message Bible
          Sometimes we pray, and our prayers are not answered the way that we want them.  That's just what happened to my family.  How could God let this happen?  Wasn't He listening?  Where are you God?  Where is my happy ending? 
       My God allows me to question and yes, even get mad at Him.  But, then He gently let's me know that the here and now is not the ever after.  He tells me, Cindy, the day is coming when you'll have it all--life healed and whole for ever--ever---ever---after.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Life As It Should Be

     The slogan for our little town is Life As It Should Be.  Last Sunday evening was a good example of that.  Our church invited another church in town to come and worship with us.  The thing I enjoy about our church is the fact that we have both white and african-americans worshipping together.  The church that we invited is a uniquely african-american church.  None of that matters.  We had a glorious time worshipping our Father together.  The young african-american preacher kidded that our preacher was like a brother to him..."a brother from another mother," he said!  But, really how true it all is.  We are brothers and sisters to each other...that's life as it should be.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Yes!

So, did I see it or did I not see it?  Was it my imagination or was it really God talking to me...specifically me?  I've read about people seeing Jesus' face in wood, nature, and even peanut butter sandwiches.  So, maybe if I put my thoughts to words, I can make sense of it all.


For the last week, I have wrestled with God, cried out to Him, pleaded with Him, and just tried to make sense out of what is happening in our lives right now.  The Bible says that God is in control, so I have tumbled this truth around in my head searching for peace.  I wake in the night with questions pounding into my brain, twirling around until I  can only chase them away by saying the name of Jesus quietly and prayerfully over and over until I can go back to sleep.


So, yesterday as I was driving to the Dollar Store, I started praying again.  "Are you in control, God?  Help me to know that you are in control, Lord."  For some reason, I looked up to the sky at that very same time. These hot, sultry days of summer haven't lent themselves to very many clouds in the sky, but right above me was a large, puffy cloud that looked just like a "Y".  I drove under some trees and looked up when the sky came back into view.  Sure enough, the "Y" was still there and right beside it,  the clouds  looked just like a cursive "e" and then a "s".


Did I really see "Yes" in the sky?   Was it my imagination; my brain trying to make sense out of everything?  As I continued to drive, a peace just flooded over me.  "Yes," God is in control.  "Yes," He has a perfect plan that sometimes we can't see and-------"Yes," He is there for us when we just don't understand.