Friday, September 16, 2011

Beauty-Psalm 104

     It was a beautiful, warm afternoon in Arkansas.  My husband and I had taken our two grandsons out to the farm for a pizza picnic.  As we were packing up to leave, I noticed the birds flying in to roost on the trees in the reservoir.  They reminded me of ornaments on a Christmas tree.  
Psalm 104 says:
1 Praise the Lord, my soul.  Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
2 The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent and rides on the wings of the wind,
3 and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.  He makes the clouds his chariot.
I love the thought of God wrapping himself in light and riding on the wings of the wind.  But then the psalmist tells us in verse 30, “When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.” God is omnipresent, everywhere at one time.  That’s difficult to wrap my mind around.  But like the psalmist, I think God is pleased when we try. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord. Vs. 30 That makes me happy, too.                        

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Streaming Light

     One thing that photography has given to me is an even greater appreciation for the light.  Several days ago my husband and I were out walking early one evening.  I looked up to see a tree literally glowing from the rays of the setting sun.  It was an ordinary tree that became extraordinary because of the light.   
      In Psalms 36, the psalmist says, "in your light we see light".  Jesus tells us that He is the light of the world, "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12 
   Years ago, as a young mother, I would wake up in the night with panic attacks, strange sensations that were unexplainable and very terrifying.  One night this happened, and as I tried to pray my way through it, God gave me a vision of standing in His streaming light, a light that warmed and comforted me. Three phrases came to me as I sat up on the side of the bed, “reach out in faith, trust in Me, and stand in My Light. I got up out of bed, went to another room, and wrote the words to this song:

Does life seem overwhelming?
Nothing feels quite right.
Just reach to touch the Lord’s hand
Just stand in His Streaming Light

Reach out in faith when you are lonely
Reach out in faith when you are ill
Reach out in faith when you see no hope
Reach out in faith for God’s perfect will

Trust in Him to be beside you
Trust in Him to get you through the night
Trust in Him when you are afraid
Just stand in His Streaming Light

After all your prayers for healing
After you’ve given Him the fight
Just reach to touch the Lord’s hand
Just stand in His Streaming Light

Close your eyes and look at Jesus
Close your eyes and reach for His hand
Close your eyes and feel the love flowing
Just stand in His Streaming Light
Just stand in His Streaming Light

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Treasures in Heaven

     Several weeks ago, I took a picture of this beautiful, old silo, long ago abandoned to the ivy and weeds that almost now completely cover it.  These old silos were used to store "silage" for the upcoming winter to feed to the livestock.  I learned that the round silo was actually invented by Franklin Hiram King in the early 1900s  to prevent the silage from molding in the corners.  The grain was packed down in the silo with gravity forcing out the oxygen so that the grain actually fermented without molding.  Of course, by the end of the winter the silage was gone, requiring the farmer to plant again in the spring to replenish the silo for the following winter.  The cycle continued......
     Jesus tells us to lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven. "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."  Matthew  6:19-21   
     Several years ago, someone actually broke into our house and stole several things.  Everything was replaceable except for my husband's high school senior ring.  But, just like that old, abandoned silo, this was a reminder that the things of this world will eventually be forsaken and deserted.   The things of God, however, will be as golden treasure, stored in my heart and taken to the Lord for all eternity.